Community-Based Learning

Short Term and One Day Service Opportunities

As a service to the community we list here occasional and short term volunteer needs and opportunities. For more information or to sign up, please contact the organizations directly.

The Borgen Project is looking for volunteers in the Portland, Maine area to support the organization’s campaign to fight global poverty. In Portland this will entail calling and meeting with local legislators to secure support for crucial poverty-reducing legislation as well as fundraising for the organization and generally spreading awareness. If interested, please contact Felicia Heider at Felicia is Portland’s new leader and looking to build a steady volunteer base of 3-5 people who will meet weekly or even bi-weekly to brainstorm on how to promote the organization in Southern Maine.

Cumberland County Soil and Water Conservation District is looking for volunteers to help facilitate their annual Urban Runoff and Green Neighbor Family Fest on April 26th. This includes assisting with registration and check-in, course flagging, water stations, waste and recycling, and other tasks. Everyone who volunteers will receive a free shirt (not to mention their undying love and affection)! If interested, click on the following link to visit their volunteer website:

One Longfellow Square is putting together a street team to help distribute posters and spread the word about the awesome music they are bringing to town throughout the year. All volunteers will receive FREE TICKETS to shows too! If interested, email for details!

The Bicycle Coalition of Maine is looking for volunteers who can help out in their new headquarters in Portland during regular business hours. 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! If interested or if you have any questions, please contact Liz Hall at

Jewish Family Services is looking for volunteers to help prepare and deliver seder plates (plates of traditional, symbolic items eaten or displayed at a Jewish Passover meal). Activities will include making all the goodies that go along wtih a seder plate, assembling the plates and delivering them to area seniors looking for a Passover visit. Sunday, April 13th, Jewish Community Alliance, 57 Ashmont St, Portland. 1pm Seder plate assembly, 2pm Seder plate deliveries. For more information or to volunteer, please contact Andrea Krasker Gavin at 772-1959,

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 Mandy Garmey at


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 or visit 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 -

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

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 – or Nathan Cadorette -

Riverton Park Spring Health and Wellness fair will be held on Friday, April 18th from 3:30PM to 5:30PM. The Boys and Girls Club and many other organizations have collaborated to offer this day of health. Health focused information, food, and fun will be offered to Riverton Park residents, as well as other community members. Here are a few activities that will be offered:

- A Food Table
- Carnival Games
- Health Stations
- the Red Claws
- and More!

If you are interested in attending as an onlooker, please stop by! If you would like to serve as a volunteer, please contact Tiffanie Panagakos at

Get involved with United Way's Day of Caring May 15, 2014. This is a great way to give back. The Day of Caring brings together more than 1000 volunteers to complete community service work throughout Cumberland County and it's the perfect chance to help a nonprofit in need of a few extra hands. For more information about the opportunities available visit the above link or contact Karen Stephenson at

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Sharmarke Hussain Ali was nominated for and received the USM Dog Pound award in the Fall of 2013 in recognition of his outstanding leadership within the community. 

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