As a service to the community, we list here occasional and ongoing volunteer needs and opportunities. For more information or to sign up, please contact the organizations directly.
Environmental Health Strategy Center works to prevent cancer, learning disabilities and reproductive harm by getting toxic chemicals out of everyday products through community organizing and science-based advocacy. At the same time, they work to create a more sustainable economy by developing safer alternatives to toxic chemicals, like plastics from Maine wood chips and potato waste. As a volunteer, you can help meet outreach and community organizing needs, plan events, conduct research projects, help raise funds, and much more. If interested, please contact Emily at email@example.com.
The Bicycle Coalition of Maine is looking for energetic volunteers who can help out in their new headquarters in Portland during regular business hours. If you're considering a career in the nonprofit realm, in outdoor recreation, tourism, city planning, event planning, or education, gain experience serving at a nonprofit that covers all those bases! The coalition staff needs help with various administrative tasks and outdoor/biking projects that support its mission and wide array of programs. They would welcome a group of regular volunteers who can lend a hand! Please contact their Volunteer Coordinator Liz Hall at firstname.lastname@example.org or 623-4511 to get involved or ask questions.
The Greater Portland Charitable Furniture Center is a non profit organization which redistributes donated home necessities to new immigrants, refugees, and others in dire need, staffed entirely by volunteers. Able bodied volunteers are needed (including, but not limited to those with access to large vehicles such as pickup trucks or vans) to help with pickups and deliveries of furniture. Most recipients of the furniture live right in Portland. This is a very rewarding volunteer activity which provides an opportunity to get to know some of our newest neighbors. For more information, call the Furniture Center at 210-5797 or email Emma Connor, Operations Director, at email@example.com.
Maine Youth Action Network is looking for volunteers at their 3rd annual Youth Leadership Summit. This is a fantastic opportunity to network with youth and adults interested in supporting youth voice, gain skills and resources by attending workshops, and MYAN can assist with travel expenses. Volunteer ½ day of your time (up to 2 days or more) at the Augusta Civic Center on December 9th and 10th, help with customer service, taking pictures, workshop technology, providing first aid, etc. Sign up by completing this brief survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/GNLC6NM by Nov. 8th. For more information, contact Chelsea at Chelsea.firstname.lastname@example.org or 553-5920.
Deering High School Study Center is a safe, supportive environment open to all students (grades 9-12) in need of structured academic support. The students that utilize the center are in danger of not graduating due to failing grades and suffer from generational poverty with no academic safety nets. Volunteers are needed to tutor primarily reading and math (basic, algebra I, II, and geometry). The time commitment is one hour, once or twice a week on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons for 2:15-3:15, beginning November 5th. Contact: Pam Bessey at email@example.com or Tina Mikkeleson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
SPIRAL Arts, a community arts program in Portland is conducting a major downsizing of its arts and crafts supplies. Between now and October 31, they are looking for groups to volunteer to help sort and carry materials. Bonus: they also have many supplies to give away: paper, fabric, yarn, found objects, and more. If you would like to help, please contact Priscilla Dreyman at 207-899-5689.
The Maine Narrow Gauge Railroad is looking for volunteers to become Merry Elves for its Polar Express holiday event! As Elves, volunteers will deliver hot chocolate and cookies aboard this magical train and help Santa to give out the first gift of the season. This is a great way to give back to the community and have a fun volunteering experience. Come be a part of this enchanted journey! This family friendly 13-day event runs the day after Thanksgiving, Nov. 29 through Dec. 23. The Train runs Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, and Monday Dec 23. For more information and to volunteer contact Jennifer Halm-Perazone at email@example.com or 207-828-0814.
Westbrook LEARNS offers after-school literacy programming for K-4 students. They are looking for volunteers who would like to help support their enrichment classes and/or a reading and writing lab to be offered daily. If you are interested in working with youth at Westbook LEARNS, please contact Abbie Carter at firstname.lastname@example.org or 207-854-0676 x277.
The Portland Walking School Bus Program seeks volunteers to commit to just 30 minutes, one morning per week. Volunteers help to walk children safely to school along a designated path (no more than one mile long). It helps kids to achieve their daily physical activity needs, reduces traffic and pollution by eliminating single-car drop offs, and is an easy way to engage with the community. Volunteers are required to undergo a free background check and attend a 1-hour program training session. For more information please contact Program Director, Betsy Critchfield at email@example.com or visit www.portlandwalkingschoolbusprogram.org to sign up today!
Est. in 2003, Upward Bound at USM Dollars for Scholars (DFS) is a non-profit organization, affiliated with Scholarship America, that provides scholarships to local low-income, first generation high school students enrolled in the TRIO Upward Bound Program at USM. The scholarships that DFS provides helps students bridge their financial gap thereby making college more accessible. DFS seeks USM students looking for community service hours to coordinate projects that will benefit the scholarship fund including CLYNK drives, hosting a rec sport tournament, car wash or other creative ideas. The USM community is also encouraged to join the DFS Board, especially if you have a TRIO connection . For more information please contact: Daniel Barton, TRIO Upward Bound Advisor and DFS Board Member - firstname.lastname@example.org
Girls on the Run - Maine is a non-profit after-school program that insipres girls to be joyful, healthy and confident using a fun, experience-based curriculum which creatively integrates running. GOTR is looking for assistant coaches for teams in the Portland area for the Fall 2013 and Spring 2104. The season runs for 10 weeks and teams meet after school twice a week (days vary by site). The fall season begins the second week in September and the Spring season begins the last week in March. Coaches do not have to be experienced runners, we just require a belief in our mission and an interest in working with girls in grades 3-5. All coaches candidates must go through an interview, background check and Girls on the Run Training prior to the start of the season. If you are interested in being a coach, please visit their website for more details and to fill out an inquiry form. http://girlsontherunmaine.org/get-involved/ To learn more, please contact Program Coordinator, Staci Olson at email@example.com.
Biddeford Estates is a 89 bed assisted living home that provides 24/7 care and support to the frail elderly, looking for kind and compassionate volunteers to help with wellness programming and activities. Volunteers can do anything from 1:1 visits (listening, reading, chatting with residents), to leading games (card, board, Wii), or if they have a particular interest (art, exercise, cooking, etc.) we can help to develop a program or activity around that. Potential specialized service learning for visual arts would be a study on Aging; for Therapeutic Rec to have hands on experience developing programs for residents with co‑morbidities; or for history students to collect oral history from first hand accounts about WWII and the Great Depression, etc. Contact Brittnee Greenleaf, MS, Resident Wellness Director, (207) 458‑8346.
Partners for World Health always needs volunteers to help with pick up and sorting and organizing at the warehouse. All are welcome to come and participate and see how you can make a difference in our environment and how your efforts help to improve health care throughout the world. For more information or to volunteer, contact Cari-Lynn Lane, Volunteer Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org
Ingraham House, a residential home for developmentally disabled clients in downtown Portland, is seeking a student or group of students to spend 1-2 hours a week teaching simple songs to clients. Contact Briana Markoff at Briana.Markoff@goodwillnne.org
Portland Lion's Club The Portland chapter of Lion's Club International, whose mission is "to empower volunteers to serve their communities, meet humanitarian needs, encourage peace and promote international understanding," wants to forge a relationship with students at USM, and give them the ability to not only be a member of the Portland LIONS Club, but to take on a leadership role within the club. Our vision is to allow the students to partner with the current leaders and actually run the club with the current officer’s guidance. Many leadership roles and project opportunities exist. For more Information: Please contact Bruce Roullard, President – email@example.com or Nathan Cadorette - firstname.lastname@example.org