Community-Based Learning

Community Service

Community service is an opportunity for you to gain valuable experience, pursue passions and interests, and give back to the community.  We offer meaningful programs that link you with local K-12 students to be a mentor or tutor and annual days of service.  We also have strong relationships with many community organizations addressing a wide variety of issues to whom we are happy to connect you. Contact us to get involved.


After School - Serve an afternoon or two a week in one of our school and community-based after school enrichment programshelping elementary, middle or high school kids with homework and learning activities.

USMentors - Become a positive presence in the life of a middle school or high school student in Portland, to encourage self-esteem, academic achievement, and college aspirations by meeting at school for an hour a week through the academic year.

Glenn Nerbak, Director of the Portland Mentoring Alliance describes the mentoring relationship between USM students and Portland High School students in this video.

Alternative School (ASB) is a group of students who travel to a service site for a week-long project in a community outside of Greater Portland during Winter (February) Break and again during Spring (March) Break. Students serve the community they are visiting and then have a chance to explore the area during their off time!

Annual USM Days of Service

Join other USM students in one-time projects to help the community. Contact us for details or to sign up!

Group or Individual Projects

We can help arrange projects for you or your student organization. We will work with you to identify a good community partner and organize a project that serves both you and the community.  Here is list of community partners that can handle short-term group projects; contact us for more help.

Community Volunteering

 You may wish to explore and create relationships in the community on your own, and we encourage you to do so.  Here is a listing of other community needs posted from local organizations who need volunteer help.  You may contact them directly to volunteer. The only thing we ask of you is to always report your hours to our office.

Find a complete listing of all our community partners and an outline of their needs here.

Student Spotlight

Sharmarke Hussain Ali was nominated for and received the USM Dog Pound award in the Fall of 2013 in recognition of his outstanding leadership within the community. 

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