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.

Maine Narrow Gauge Railroad's Polar Express (Nov 28 - Dec 23)

Ho, Ho, Ho! It’s time for the Polar Express to make its annual appearance at the Maine Narrow Gauge Railroad.  Volunteer elves are needed for this enchanted holiday ride. As elves, volunteers make the hot chocolate, deliver cocoa and cookies aboard the train and help Santa to give out the first gift of the season.  We are looking for people to help make magic aboard this special train.  This family friendly event runs the day after Thanksgiving, Nov. 28 through Dec. 23.  The train runs Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays and Monday, December 22 and Tuesday December 23.  We ask that people volunteer for three (3) nights out of our 14 day event, about 6 hours each night, but we are happy to have volunteers for as many nights as they can give.  This is a great way to give back to the community, have a fun time with friends and experience the magic of the season!  For more information and to volunteer contact Jennifer Halm-Perazone, Volunteer Coordinator at: 207-828-0814, MNGRR 58 Fore St., #6, Portland ME 04101 or

Holiday Open House for the Animals (Dec 6)

Put on by The Maine State Society for the Protection of Animals, the Open House is a free, fun and family friendly event!  They will have Christmas trees for sale, complimentary refreshments, raffle prizes, horse drawn wagon rides, kids crafts… Last year they had over 1,200 visitors at the Open House. A large event like this cannot exist without the help of volunteers.  Right now they have a need for 6-8 volunteers who would be willing to spend about 5 hours (9:30am – 2:30pm)  to help children make a quick and easy craft or do face painting, and they need one brave soul to be the mascot, aka Santa Horse!  Please contact Kathy Woodbrey at or 892-3040 if you are interested in volunteering.

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 ( (207 774 7616)  More Info: