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.

Portland Farmers' Market (Oct. 25th and Oct. 29th)

The Portland Maine Farmer's Market has been in existence since 1768 and they are proud to continue to offer the Portland Community a place to come together and enjoy the bounty of Maine's harvest!  The farmer's market is currently looking for volunteers to help count customers (this is only a 20 minute time commitment happening Saturday October 25th and Wednesday October 29th).  If you are interested, please sign up here today!

4th Annual Maine Youth Leadership Summit (Oct 26 - 28)

The Maine Youth Leadership Summit is a two day event working toward supporting and energizing Maine’s youth. This is an opportunity to network with youth and adults interested in supporting youth voice. The days consist of workshops, presentations and activities. Volunteers are encouraged to share their skills and strengths including customer service assistance, taking pictures, setting up workshop technology, offering support to youth and providing first aid. Travel expense assistance is available. Please sign up by completing the volunteer survey. Contact Beth with any questions at or 207 553 5915. More Info.

Family Volunteer Day (Nov 22, 9:30 am - 11:00 am)

Family Volunteer Day is a national effort held on the Saturday before Thanksgiving. It is designed to encourage families to volunteer together, introduce children to volunteering and help support the communities in which they live.  In Portland, United Way of Portland will be hosting, located at One Canal Plaza, 3rd Floor, Portland.  Volunteers of all ages and abilities are welcome - and young children must be accompanied by an adult.  Volunteers will be helping to create the
centerpieces for a Community Thanksgiving meal on Thanksgiving, as well as create
personal cards for Meals on Wheels recipients.  If you are interested, please send an e-mail to

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