TOWN OF MONTVILLE, MAINE
The Way Life Is
There are two food pantries in Liberty that Montville residents are welcome to use. They are located at the Liberty Baptist Church and the AMVETS post.
Liberty Baptist Church
Main Street Liberty ME
AMVETS Memorial Post 150
Main Street Liberty ME
If you would like to donate canned goods to be used by the food pantries, you may drop them off at the Liberty Fire Station in receptacle by the back door. The fire station is closed to the public.
Liberty and Montville have joined together on a collaborative effort in order to personally reach out to all residents in both towns. The Liberty/Montville Wellness Check Phone Bank has trained local volunteers and they will begin contacting residents by phone to check-in and ask if you are in need of any assistance during the outbreak of COVID-19. This may include help with food, health care, temporary support, and/or online assistance with applying for unemployment and other small business emergency loans. Our local Representative, Paige Zeigler, has provided volunteers with names and numbers to help activate the phone bank. We wanted you to be aware that this is not a scam, just a wholehearted effort by neighbors helping neighbors. Please remember if you have immediate needs, call the Montville Town office and leave a message 342-5543 (checked daily) or call John York, Emergency Director at 382-3077.
Here is a flyer that offers an informative, direct list of resources available.
If you need to apply for unemployment, or seek out other online resources, but do not have a good internet connection, you may park outside the Town Office and use the guest Wi-Fi. The password will be posted on the bulletin board. There is also free Wi-Fi available outside of the Liberty Library, no password needed.
Here is a link for information on Maine Small Business Disaster Loan: SBA's Disaster Loan
Select Board Letter regarding COVID-19: Letter to Residents
There have been several inquiries if there is a need for volunteer help in town. This is all being considered but more details will follow as needed. For now, consider looking at this site to stay connected to Mainers: mainerstogether.com
Here is a link that provides a comprehensive list of resources available to people during the current state of emergency: Maine Equal Justice COVID-19 Resources
Information Handout for Assistance with Meds, Food, and Pet needs during COVID-19. One addition to this local grocery attachment is that Hannafords in Belfast, China, and Bucksport will have senior hours on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 6-7 am.
Zero-Interest Consumer Loans:
As part of its response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Legislature recently passed emergency legislation to assist Mainers with no-to low-interest consumer loans through a loan guaranty program involving FAME and Maine’s banks and credit unions. Mainers who have been economically impacted by the pandemic can obtain zero interest personal loans, of up to $5,000 per month for up to three months. It’s a brand new program, and FAME is working hard to set it up in partnership with Maine lenders. It’s hard to say when it will be ready, but soon. Interested borrowers should first approach their local bank or credit union (not FAME). The program is voluntary on the part of Maine lenders, so folks should check with them to see if they are participating. “Affected employee" means a resident of this state, including a self-employed resident, who has experienced a reduction in income since January 1, 2020 due to circumstances related to COVID-19.
Your creditworthiness (e.g. if you currently have a job or not) cannot be factored into your eligibility for these loans. Interest won’t be charged until after a grace period that will last longer than the current crisis. Your loan amount may be reduced by the amount of unemployment you are eligible for, but you can absolutely apply for both unemployment and the loan program. Here is a link to FAME