Community Engagement and Career Development

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.

The Maine Regional Science Bowl Volunteers

The Maine Regional Science Bowl will be held on Saturday, February 28th from 8am-4pm at Bailey Hall on the USM Gorham Campus. This bowl is a competition in science and math for about 100 of Maine's high school students. The winning team will compete at the National Science Bowl in Washington DC! Volunteers are needed to help with timing, scorekeeping, judging, moderating etc... A volunteer training session will be held at 9am February 21st in Bailey 111. To sign up to volunteer email Rob Sanford at rsanford@usm.maine.edu, stop by the ESP office at 106 Bailey Hall, or just come to the training session on February 21st!

STRIVE Rocks Dance Marathon Volunteers

STRIVE is a nonprofit organization that serves of 900 tweens, teens and young adults with developmental disabilities through social education and emmployment training programs. The "STRIVE Rocks!" Dance Marathon fundraising event is now entering its 11th year! The weekend of March 7th-8th at Maine Mall includes STRIVE Rocks Day on Saturday March 7th from 10am-9pm, geared toward people who may not be able to attend the overnight event. From March 7th to March 8th at 9am the all-night Dance Marathon is held! About 150 volunteers are needed to help with registration, set up, clean up, serving food, running tables and boothes etc... Volunteers are welcome for the day or overnight events in shifts of a few hours. To sign up please contact Katelynn Davis at kdavis@pslservices.org or call 207 774 6278, ext. 202.

Volunteer for Maine Historical Society (Winter)

Maine Historical Sociaty is looking for a volunteer to help process pre-recorded audio files of lectures (MP3) and turn them into files suitable for our website and iTunes (mp3 and ogg). These lectures are recorded on an ongoing basis featuring well-known historians and authors. Rights have been cleared.  Volunteer must be willing to use his/her own computer and software. This can be done offsite on their own time. Experience with audio editing in Audacity or other program necessary. Maine Historical Society is a private, non-profit organization dedicated to preserving Maine history.  If you are interested, please contact Kathy Amoroso, Director of Digital Engagement at Maine Historical Society, kamoroso@mainehistory.org.

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/

MDA Summer Camp Volunteer Counselors (June 27,2015 - July 3,2015)

Want to get more out of your summer? Volunteer your time to give a kid with muscular dystrophy the best week of their year. From swimming, fishing tournaments, power soccer to arts and crafts, these campers get to experience a barrier-free week thanks to the help of college students like you. You must be 18+ to be a camp counselor.  Volunteer counselors are matched one-on-one with a camper for the week to help them access all the fun of camp. Counselors work as a team with the help of Camp Agassiz and MDA staff to ensure all campers have the best week imaginable.  This week-long, overnight camp is available for children ages 6-17 who are living with neuromuscular disease. Call the MDA for more information about how you can volunteer! Contact: Amber Pelletier (apelletier@mdusa.org) (207)854-3749

Graphic Designer for Catholic Charities Refugee and Immigration Services

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. 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