Community-Based Learning

Short Term and One Day 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 Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure 5K is in need of volunteers to serve in various roles for their annual race, which will take place on September 14th, 2014. The Maine Affiliate of Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure 5K raises money for breast cancer patients right here in Maine (through grants that provide patients with rides to their chemo treatments; who may need help paying their electric and/or oil bill; and by providing money for breast cancer screening and education.  Money raised is also given to breast cancer research right here in Maine, with a small portion of the funds raised going to breast cancer research on a national level. Volunteers are needed between the hours of 7:30 AM and 1:30 PM. All volunteers will receive a Susan G. Komen t-shirt. For more information, contact Julie Bartage at bartageja@comcast.net or call at 207-899-2250. If you would like to sign up now, you may do so at Komen Race for the Cure

ConnectEd needs volunteers for their Summer Meals Program. Summer months can prove especially challenging for some families as children, who were formerly kept fed and engaged in public schools, return home and often lack sufficient food and activities. As a result, Summer Meals programs exist to provide free lunches and some educational enrichment to these students at fixed locations across the Portland area. The main Summer Meals program is operated by Preble Street's Maine Hunger Initiative. By feeding children who might otherwise be food insecure or hungry, the atrophy of learning which typically occurs for low-income students over the summer months can be abated, stress can be removed from the families which struggle to feed their children three meals a day, and participants contribute to a deepened sense of connectedness to the community.The sites typically operate Monday through Friday for one hour a day around lunchtime, running late June to early August. To volunteer: contact Michelle Lamm of the Maine Hunger Initiative mlamm@preblestreet.org .

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  feliciaheider@gmail.com. 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 liz.onelongfellowsquare@gmail.com 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 liz@bikemaine.org.

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 mgarmey@maine.rr.com.

 The Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) is recruiting giant-hearted volunteer counselors for its annual summer camp! The 2014 MDA Summer Camp will be held at Camp Waban in Sanford, Maine from July 12th—July 18th, 2014. This unique opportunity provides over 150 volunteer hours. Camp also gives counselors an opportunity to truly impact the lives of young people with neuromuscular diseases in a profound and positive way. MDA camp offers a fun and safe outdoor experience, with a variety of adaptive activities, such as kayaking, swimming, arts and crafts, camp dances, and much more. This camp enables the kids to stretch their comfort zones and grow in independence as they spend a week away from home and make new friends. The lifelong friendships, increased self-esteem and confidence, and the chance to spend at least one week out of the year in a place where physical disabilities are the norm rather than the exception, make camp unforgettable. MDA camp counselors work one-on-one with campers for the entire week, providing personal care and supervision, as well as companionship at a wide range of recreational and social activities.If interested email Amber Pelletier, Camp Director, at apelletier@mdausa.org or call the MDA of maine office at 207-854-3749.

 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 betsy@bikemaine.org or visit www.portlandwalkingschoolbusprogram.org 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 - dbarton@usm.maine.edu

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 Briana.Markoff@goodwillnne.org

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 – bruce.roullard@bankofamerica.com or Nathan Cadorette - nathan.cadorette@maine.edu

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