Office of Engaged Learning

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 North American Passive House Networks' 2014 Conference and Expo will feature Passive House projects from across the continent and around the world - small and large - from homes, to schools, office buildings and city districts. The conference will provide an unparalleled in-depth look at what Passive House is achieving today. Presentations will also look at detailed technical aspects, policy and regional based solutions for this international standard. The Expo will showcase over 30 industry leaders. There are only a few spots open for volunteers. The idea is to volunteer one day for event admission the other day. The Expo will have world-wide vendors who specialize in Passive House products, they are knowledgeable and love to teach students. This is free and worthwhile, even if you can't volunteer! Please email if you are interested in volunteering.  Website:


Take Action Portland (TAP) is a volunteer-run organization in Portland, Maine, dedicated to community involvement. As advocates for local non-profit organizations, TAP's mission is to establish an alternative way for people to engage with eachother that fosters relationships, encourages community involvement, and increases the awareness of non-profits doing positive community-based work in Portland. TAP differentiates itself from a volunteer match organization in that it is largely focused on the volunteer experience. Volunteering gives people a sense of purpose, and TAP works to create meaningful and rewarding volunteer experiences. The commitment-free volunteer projects facilitated by TAP are fun, social and easily accessible to people with families and full-time jobs. Since its inception in July 2012, Take Action Portland has facilitated 30 volunteer projects with over 25  different non-profit organizations in the Greater Portland area. For more information about how to get involved, sign up for their mailing list by going to This will be the best way to get details about their upcoming events. They typically coordinate 1-2 volunteer projects a month, and every event is with a different non-profit. If you have more specific questions, contact Amanda Lehman at

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.

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

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 Portland Walking School Bus Program 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 -