Office of Engaged Learning

Upcoming Volunteer Opportunities

Explore this regularly updated list of upcoming one-time volunteer opportunities! For more information or to sign up, please contact the organizations directly. For more information about long-term volunteer opportunities, visit our Community Partner Directory.

FREE Senior Snow Shoveling Project (Winter)

The FREE Senior Snow Shoveling Project needs volunteers for this winter! The project is a free shoveling service to residents of Portland ages 65 and over. Volunteers provide their name, phone number and general address and are matched with senior residents nearby who need help shoveling their sidewalk and front steps after a storm. Volunteers would be needed to shovel one to two assigned neighbor's sidewalks after snowfall. The project started almost 10 years ago when Joan Sheedy found that the City of Portland charged a fee of $110 to residents who did not shovel their sidewalks within 24 hours. For those unable to shovel she realized this was a large portion of these residents’ social security checks every month. The project has gotten much publicity and has been promoted as a model for other cities by the National Association of Triads.  Contact: Joan Sheedy (joaniesheedy@gmail.com) (207 774 7616)  More Info: http://www.pressherald.com/2012/11/21/mainers-to-be-thankful-for-joan-sheedy/

Graphic Designer for Catholic Charities Refugee and Immigration Services (Early January)

Catholic Charities Refugee and Immigration Services, Mentoring Program is looking for a student with graphic design skills to create an interactive map, illustrating educational pathways, and resources for immigrants in Maine. The student would be responsible for designing and creating a digital map with the computer program of their choice. The student can work on their preferred timeline, however the map would need to be completed by Jan 29th. The project in total will likely take 20-30 hrs. of work. The Mentoring Program Coordinator will provide the content for the map and will supervise the student through editing the content and providing feedback around how the map can best be used and read by its intended audience. This project would be great for a student who is passionate about building connections within the immigrant communities in Portland.  If you are interested, please e-mail our office at community@usm.maine.edu