Service-Learning & Volunteering

The Community Partner Directory

There many community organizations where students, staff, and faculty can volunteer and engage in course-based service-learning. Click on the name of the organization or group below to view their profile for more extensive information about volunteer opportunities, and then email us at to get connected with a community partner!

For one-time service opportunities/projects, visit the Upcoming Volunteer Opportunities page.

Questions? Suggestions for new community partners? Ready to get started? Contact us


350 Maine Maine Department of Agriculture
4-H Stem Ambassadors Mainely Girls 
American Cancer Society  Maine Narrow Gauge Railroad
American Red Cross Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association 
AmeriCorps Maine People's Alliance
Animal Refuge League  Maine State Society for the Protection of Animals
Autism Speaks Maine Veterans Home
Auburn Schools Maine Volunteer Lawyers Project
Biddeford Estates  Make It Happen
Big Brothers and Big Sisters My Place Teen Center 
Boys & Girls Club National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)
Bicycle Coalition of Maine   
Cape Elizabeth Schools  Partners for World Health 
Casco Bay Estuary Partnership  PATHS (Portland Arts & Technology High School)
Casco Bay, Riverton, & East End Schools  Portland Adult Education  
Catholic Charities  Portland Area Volunteer Administrators 
The Center for Grieving Children  Portland Food Co-Op 
The Children's Museum & Theater of Maine Portland Gear Hub 
The City of Portland  Portland Housing Authority 
Community Conversational English Class Portland High School 
Portland Media Center  Portland High School - ESL Department
ConnectED Portland Mentoring Alliance 
Crossroads  Portland Trails
Cultivating Community  Portland Water District 
Deering High School Study Center  Preble Street Resource Center
Druker Center for Civic Engagement - LAC  Prevent Harm
EcoMaine  Project Blessing
Environmental Health Strategy Center 

Project Grace 

Family for ME  
FIRST Robotics  Ronald McDonald House
FIRST Robotics (MaineFIRST)  Read with Me!
Friends of Willow  The Root Cellar 
Furniture Friends Portland  Root for ME 
Garbage to Garden  Ruth's 3Rs
Girls on the Run   
Good Shepherd Food Bank Saco Parks & Recreation Department 
Goodwill of Northern New England Safe Voices
Gorham Economic Development Corporation  Salvation Army
Graze in Peace  Sandcastle Clinical & Educational Services
Greater Portland Economic Development Corporation  Scarborough Schools 
Grow Smart Maine  SMART Learning Lab
Habitat for Humanity  Southern Maine Agency on Aging 
Hardy Girls, Healthy Women  Space Gallery 
Hour Exchange Portland  Special Olympics 
Intercultural Community Center  STRIVE & PSL Services 
Jewish Community Alliance  Sweetser
Junior Achievement of Maine  Take Action Portland
Katahdin Program  
King Middle School - Portland  The Telling Room 
King-Parkside Collaborative  Through These Doors 
Learning Works Unite Against Bullying ME
  Voices in Recovery 
Local Sprouts Cooperative  Wayside Food Rescue 
Logan Place Westbrook Learns
Long Creek Youth Development Center  Windham - Raymond School District  
Maine Adaptive Sports & Recreation WinterKids
Maine Audubon  York County Shelter Programs, Inc.
Maine Citizens for Clean Elections YMCA

  *Check out our newest Community Partners: Seeds of Independence and Wayfinder Schools!*  


350 Maine

350 Maine is a grassroots movement dedicated to solving the planetary climate crisis. They grow their power collectively to find real and lasting solutions, to end dependence on fossil fuels, and to build a healthy, sustainable life for people and the planet.

To get involved with 350 Maine’s efforts to move towards a fossil-fuel free future, please visit their Facebook page, website.


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4-H STEM Ambassadors

4-H STEM Ambassadors are trained USM students who facilitate hands on science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) with youth 8-14 years old. This is a fun opportunity to work with youth while developing skills in leadership, project planning, presentation, problem-solving, and communication -- all skills that are sought after by employers. No STEM-specific background is necessary; all you need is interest in working with youth! STEM Ambassadors will complete hands-on training to understand how to work with and keep youth safe, as well as how to facilitate inquiry-based STEM activities.

For more information or to sign up, contact Sarah Sparks at


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American Cancer Society

Together with our millions of supporters, the American Cancer Society (ACS) saves lives by helping people stay well and get well, by finding cures, and by fighting back.

The American Cancer Society is the nationwide, community-based, voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem by preventing cancer, saving lives, and diminishing suffering from cancer, through research, education, advocacy, and service.

Volunteer Opportunities:

  • Relay for Life - At Relay For Life events, teams camp out overnight and take turns walking or running around a track or path at  a local high school, park, or fairground to raise funds for the fight against cancer

  • Making Strides Against Breast Cancer - Walk and be behind-the-scenes at an exciting community event that raises awareness and funds to end breast cancer. Making Strides events celebrate and honor breast cancer survivors and caregivers; educate the public about prevention and detection to reduce risk of the disease; and raise funds to help end breast cancer. Event volunteers help with registration, logistics, and participant support.

  • American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network -  Use your passion for politics to help enact laws and policies that will make cancer a top national priority. ACS CAN volunteers work to make sure our leaders take real steps toward finishing the fight against cancer. As an ACS CAN volunteer you will meet with legislators, plan events, encourage new membership, and help make phone calls.

  • Cancer Resource Centers - As a trained volunteer at a cancer resource center you would interact with cancer patients and caregivers and be a conduit to information about cancer types, treatments, cancer screenings, and support services provided by the American Cancer Society and other organizations.

  • Community Office Support Volunteers - Activities conducted there include connecting local cancer patients with programs and services, planning and coordinating fundraising activities and events, and promoting the Society within the local community. As a Community Office Volunteer, you get to choose the activities you want to do in your local American Cancer Society office.

  • Discovery Shops - American Cancer Society Discovery Shops help support the fight against cancer through the sale of high-quality, gently used, donated merchandise

  • Distinguished Events - Communities across the country offer a variety of balls, galas, theme parties, and social outings such as golf tournaments to benefit the lifesaving work of the American Cancer Society. Distinguished events offer a fun and festive way to support the Society’s programs and services, and make a difference in the lives of people touched by cancer.

  • Hope Lodge - The American Cancer Society Hope Lodge Network provides free, home-like accommodations for cancer patients who have to travel for treatment. There are several ways volunteers can help with daily Hope Lodge operations such as preparing meals, providing entertainment, planning special events and activities, and improving the facility and grounds.

  • Leadership Councils - Members of the American Cancer Society Volunteer Leadership Council serve as ambassadors for the Society in their communities by facilitating collaborations with key corporate partners, health systems, advocacy leaders, and other community stakeholders who can help get us one step closer to finishing the fight against cancer.

  • Look Good Feel Better - The Look Good Feel Better program is a fun way to help patients learn beauty techniques and feel better about themselves during cancer treatment. In-person workshops help women with cancer manage the appearance-related side effects of treatment. Trained volunteer beauty professionals teach simple techniques on skin care, makeup, and nail care, and give practical tips on hair loss, wigs, and head coverings.

  • Reach to Recovery - The American Cancer Society Reach To Recovery program matches trained volunteer breast cancer survivors to people living with breast cancer. Through face-to-face visits or by phone, Reach To Recovery volunteer visitors provide understanding and hope to individuals who need support during their breast cancer experience.

  • The Society in Second Life - Since its inception in 2004, Relay For Life of Second Life has raised over $2 million for the fight against cancer. Team members do many of the same things that you see at a live Relay event. They walk 3D world laps, light virtual Luminaria, and make donations using digital currency Linden dollars.

  • Road to Recovery - The American Cancer Society Road To Recovery program provides free rides for cancer patients to and from treatments.

  • Group Volunteer Opportunities - Engage your organization and encourage your employees or members to make an impact in the fight against cancer by becoming American Cancer Society volunteers. There are nationwide volunteer opportunities in communities across the nation. 


Sign up here to volunteer. For more information, visit the Maine ACS Facebook page.


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American Red Cross

The American Red Cross is a humanitarian organization that provides emergency assistance, disaster relief and education inside the United States.


Volunteer Opportunities:

  • Disaster Relief - help staff storm shelters, support house fire victims; be a liaison between victims and social service agencies as caseworkers help victims with next steps

    • Volunteer Management - assist with volunteer recruitment, placement, record keeping and recognition

    • Disaster Services - provide food, shelter, comfort and home for families affected by major disasters such as fire, hurricanes and tornadoes

    • Disaster Action Team - volunteers need to respond to single-family fires with a disaster action team supervisor

    • Disaster Preparedness Volunteer - educate individuals and groups on how to be prepared before a disaster occurs

    • Public Affairs - during disasters, tell the Red Cross story to your community

  • Mental Health Volunteers - help people in need with emotional health issues

  • Health Services Volunteers - must be a CNA, EMT, Paramedic, LPN, RN, NP, or Physician. If you want to volunteer but don’t have licensure, you can shadow someone who does.

  • Nursing Student Volunteers - provide direct services, take/teach courses, participate in leadership activities, or support services.  

  • National Volunteer Week - celebrate the work and support of hundreds of thousands of volunteers during National Volunteer Week, April 12-18. Volunteers fulfill many roles from coordinating blood drives, to responding to house fires, to servicing as board members and many more.

  • After-Care Follow Up - call people who have received Red Cross services and follow up with them about how things are going and if they have any other needs.

  • Veterans Services Volunteers - staff veterans clinics throughout the state

  • Class Facilitators - Red Cross will train you to teach educational classes they offer, such as CPR and First Aid, Babysitting, Disaster Preparedness, Fire Safety, etc.

  • Volunteer Process - help the Red Cross with their extensive volunteer process and recruit volunteers

  • Red Cross Club - students can develop a Red Cross club on their college campus

  • International Humanitarian Law Volunteers - teach kids about the Geneva Convention and how Red Cross responds and can help during times of war

  • Tracing Services Volunteers - assist refugees in locating missing family members they have lost touch with

  • Door to Door Educators - door to door community outreach for smoke detector and fire prevention safety  

  • Administrative Support

  • The Red Cross has significant interest in possible Service Learning partnerships and are open to any ideas you may have for this, or for a community service or internship opportunity.


For more information, visit their general inquiries page.


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AmeriCorps engages more than 75,000 Americans in intensive service each year at nonprofits, schools, public agencies, and community and faith-based groups across the country.  


  • AmeriCorps State and National -  AmeriCorps State and National supports a wide range of local service programs that engage thousands of Americans in intensive community service each year. We provide grants to a network of local and national organizations and agencies committed to using national service to address critical community needs in education, public safety, health, and the environment.  Each of these organizations and agencies, in turn, uses their AmeriCorps funding to recruit, place, and supervise AmeriCorps members nationwide.

  • AmeriCorps NCCC - AmeriCorps NCCC is a full-time, team-based residential program for men and women age 18-24. Members are assigned to one of five campuses — Denver, CO; Sacramento, CA; Baltimore, MD; Vicksburg, MS; and Vinton, IA.

  • AmeriCorps VISTA - Today, more than 46 million Americans live in poverty. AmeriCorps VISTA taps the skills, talents and passion of more than 7,000 Americans annually to support community efforts to overcome poverty.  AmeriCorps VISTA is open to all U.S. citizens, nationals, or lawful permanent resident aliens age 18 and older.  Members and Summer Associates receive a modest living allowance. Members who serve for a year also receive limited health benefit options, childcare, if needed, and other benefits. After successful completion of a term of service, members can choose to receive a Segal AmeriCorps Education Award or post-service stipend.

There are many different programs to choose from. For more information, visit the USM AmeriCorps website or contact the National Service Hotline at 1-800-942-2677 or via webform.


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Animal Refuge League of Greater Portland 

In addition to temporary care and shelter for stray, abandoned and relinquished animals, the Animal Refuge League works to create awareness and support for the humane treatment of all animals and to end animal overpopulation through education and the promotion of spaying and neutering. Shelter helpers are always needed and they are open to other service learning ideas.


Volunteer Opportunities:

  • Shelter Helpers - Weekly volunteers are required to be at least 13 years old (<16 must volunteer with a parent/guardian), commit to a regular volunteer schedule, and have health insurance.  All applicants are required to attend an ARLGP New Volunteer Orientation and any necessary department training.

    • Cat Caregivers - our feline friends visit every day for cat cuddles, playtime, and cage cleaning.

    • Dog Walkers - every morning and afternoon our dogs need to stretch their legs on our mile-long walking trails. These walks give our dogs much-needed exercise and fresh air. After the trail ends, we head to the yard to practice simple commands and behavior training.

    • Dog R&R - between walks, our R&R volunteers climb in the kennel to read stories, chat about the day, and provide extra love.

    • Mutt Mentors - our Mutt Mentor volunteers work one-on-one with specific dogs who need a little extra help with manners and training.

    • Kennel Cleaners - these early morning volunteers work hard to give our kennels a scrub to ensure a happy and healthy space for our canine friends.

    • Small Animal Caregivers - every morning we give our small friends plenty of cuddles, brushes, and ear scratches. We also give their cages a daily bath to ensure all critters are healthy and happy.

    • Laundry - the ARLGP does 250 pounds of laundry a day! Our laundry team tackles the always-growing piles of sheets, blankets, and beds all throughout the day. It may not be the most glamorous job, but it is super important and greatly appreciated!

    • Clean Team - we like to keep the shelter tidy and fresh. Sweeping, mopping, vacuuming - you name it! The Clean Team ensures a clean shelter is a happy and healthy shelter, for both our animals and staff.

    • Administrative - data entry, photocopying, envelope stuffing - the admin team helps manage the behind-the-scenes work that keeps the shelter running smooth.

  • Community Outreach Opportunities - these volunteer opportunities support ARLGP events, fundraisers, and community activities. These jobs do not require a weekly commitment and are more schedule-flexible. If you enjoy being out in the community, connecting with animal lovers and adopters, consider joining the Special Events Committee and/or participating in our outreach activities.

    • Special Events Committee - the ARLGP is always busy with special events, fundraisers, and community appearances. They are always looking for volunteers who enjoy getting out in the community and supporting them at events.

    • Animal-Assisted Activities - once a week, the ARLGP takes an adoptable animal to local retirement and assisted-living communities. They animals love the field trips, and the residents enjoy the special company .

    • Donation Canister Collectors and Hosts - the ARLGP provides donation containers to generous businesses and shops in the community. Volunteer collectors make a monthly visit to canister locations to pick-up donations and to thank the business.

  • Community Service Volunteers - The Community Service Program is designed for people who are required to complete a specific amount of volunteer hours.  Duties in this program are general shelter upkeep and assistance (laundry, dishes, floor and wall cleaning, outdoor projects, etc) - all extremely important, high-demand jobs at the shelter. Please note: there is no direct animal care involved and our onboarding process takes about two weeks. Openings include Student Community Service and Court-Ordered Community Service.

  • Group Volunteering Opportunities - The ARLGP hosts local school groups, business teams, scout troops, and various organizations for a half-day of shelter help. Volunteer groups assist with larger projects- painting, property maintenance, organization, cleaning, gardening, etc. It’s a great way to give back as a team!

  • Foster Program - The ARLGP Foster Program places animals in need of individualized care, treatment, or training into the homes of community members who are able to provide a relaxing and comfortable home for the animal to recuperate outside of the shelter. Foster animals vary, as do foster families. From newborn kittens to senior dogs- many animals need a break from the shelter atmosphere and environment.


For more information, visit them on Facebook!


Location: 449 Stroudwater Street, Westbrook, Maine


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Autism Speaks

Autism Speaks is an autism advocacy organization in the United States that sponsors autism research and conducts awareness and outreach activities aimed at families, governments, and the public.


Volunteer Opportunities:

  • Autism Speaks Walk, the nation's largest grassroots autism walk program, is Autism Speaks' signature fundraising and awareness event, taking place in communities across the US and Canada.

  • Team Up! involves marathons, cycling, triathlons, and other endurance events to help raise funds to help those struggling with autism.

  • Light It Up Blue for World Autism Day campaign

  • Fundraising and advocacy


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Auburn Schools



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Biddeford Estates

Biddeford Estates is an 89-bed assisted living facility dedicated to providing the highest level of service and support for the elderly.


Volunteer Opportunities - Biddeford Estates is always seeking dedicated, compassionate volunteers for visiting, one-on-one companionship, reading, playing games, calling Bingo, providing music, bringing in pets for pet therapy, or otherwise just engaging as part of their family.


Potential Service-Learning Opportunities - Studies on aging (psychology, sociology), developing programs for residents with comorbidities (therapeutic recreation), collecting first-hand accounts from major events such as the Great Depression and World War II (history), etc.


Visit and click on the “Get Involved” tab to volunteer.


Location: 2 Dartmouth Street, Biddeford, Maine


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Big Brothers & Big Sisters

Big Brothers Big Sisters believes every child has the ability to succeed and thrive in life. They make meaningful, monitored matches between adult volunteers (Bigs) and children (Littles), ages 7–17. Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southern Maine has developed positive relationships that have a direct and lasting effect on the lives of young people. By partnering with parents/guardians, volunteers and others in the community, they help children realize their potential and build their futures, nurture children, and strengthen communities.


Volunteer Opportunities

  • Be a Big

    • For a few hours, a couple of times a month, you can give a Little the invaluable gift of your friendship. By simply spending time with a child, you can literally change his or her perspective of what the world can offer, and you can start changing his or her life. More than 1/3 of Maine’s children are growing up in single-parent, economically disadvantaged households. Research shows that having the positive influence of a Big makes a real difference in a child’s life.

    • How do I become a Big? Click the “Become a Big” button on this page, and a representative from our agency will contact you to begin the enrollment process within the next few days. To become a Big, you will need to provide references, participate in an in-person interview, go through a background check, and commit to meeting a Little 2-4 times a month for at least one year.

    • How will I be matched with my Little? The application and interview process helps us to get to know your preferences and learn about the situation best suited for you. You also get to know us and learn what to expect. In making your match, we take into account your personality, likes, dislikes, age preferences, background and location. The final decision about a match is always yours.

    • How do Littles come into the program? Children and parents may hear about Big Brothers Big Sisters from a teacher or counselor, a friend who has a Big, commercials or just about anywhere. BBBS mentoring is a voluntary program. Both the parent and child must want the match.

    • Who are the Littles in the program? Our Littles come from various types of home environments and family structures, as well as different socio-economic levels, ethnic backgrounds, and neighborhoods and schools across our entire community. Their backgrounds and personalities are unique, but they all have a need for friendship with a caring adult.

    • What are the requirements to mentor? Our community-based mentoring program requires an adult volunteer to be at least 18 years old. Our school-based mentoring program typically places a high school student with an elementary or middle school student. In Greater Portland, we also engage adults in a school-based program. We want stable, positive people to volunteer. You don’t have to be brilliant, athletic, famous or rich — our kids need real people as role models.

    • Do the mentoring programs cost anything? No. You don’t have to spend money. This program is about developing a relationship with a Little Brother or Little Sister. We encourage no-cost or low-cost activities to do together. We don’t have an annual membership fee. We provide volunteers with a list of fun, free activities to do. Often vendors or donors donate tickets to cultural and sporting events that we make available to our matches.

    • Can I volunteer if I’m in college? Absolutely. Being a Big Brother or Big Sister can greatly add to your collegiate experience. You have flexible time, and spending that time with a Little Brother or Little Sister would work well with a class schedule. All of our programs ask for a one-year commitment. We’ve found time consistency to be one of the most important elements in being an effective mentor. Many of our Big Brothers and Big Sisters fit their relationships with their flexible lifestyles

  • If you are interested in volunteering but are unable to be a Big, there are a variety of opportunities for you to get involved in:

    • Writing, social media, clerical (for short-term projects, like editing the database, sorting files and stuffing, stamping, and sealing letters for mailings), public relations, graphic design (to develop event materials, including taglines, logos and colors, and to build event websites), sales/marketing (to assist staff in increasing awareness within a targeted list of companies and organizations; to help manage third-party fundraisers), and event day volunteers for special events.


Location: 195 Lancaster Street, Portland, Maine (Main Office)


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Boys & Girls Club  

The Boys and Girls Club is a national organization that works to provide children and youth a safe, fun place to learn and grow. Clubhouses are safe places to learn, have fun and develop skills and interests that last a lifetime. Whether it’s academic help, learning to swim or a much needed healthy meal or snack, young people can go to their Clubhouse for the support they need to grow into great adults. The Portland clubhouse is downtown but supports satellite clubs at Riverton Park and Sagamore Village.


Volunteer Opportunities

  • Short-term Commitment: Volunteers can participate in special events or have a limited role under the supervision of professional staff.

  • Sustained Commitment: Volunteers participate during the school year or summer programs, donating time and energy on a regularly weekly or monthly basis in daily program areas.

  • Group Projects: Perfect for companies, organizations, and schools who would like to organize a special activity with Club members.


To apply, you will need to fill out the volunteer application and background check consent form. Training will be provided by the BGC staff. For sustained commitment, a minimum of one hour/week for at least one semester is required.


Locations in Auburn (43 2nd Street), Portland (277 Cumberland Avenue), South Portland (169 Broadway), Riverton (55 Riverton Drive), and Sagamore Village (21 Popham Street).


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Bicycle Coalition of Maine

The Bicycle coalition of Maine is the statewide voice of cyclists and leads the effort to make Maine better for biking.


Volunteer Opportunities:


Location: 34 Preble Street, Portland, Maine


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Cape Elizabeth Schools


Volunteer Opportunities:

  • Career Fair Presenters - Are you passionate about your career? Would you like to share your career experience with students and inspire them to follow in your footsteps? Cape Elizabeth Middle School is looking for presenters for their annual career fair on Thursday, April 14, 2016.

  • Item Collection

    • Games - gently used games, specifically ones based in math or logic

    • Yarn - for the knitting club

    • Old-School Typewriters

    • Tennis Balls - for the legs of desks and chairs

All new volunteers are required to attend a Volunteer Orientation Session. Orientation sessions last one hour and will be held in the Pond Cove/Middle School Cafeteria.



Cape Elizabeth High School - 345 Ocean House Road

Cape Elizabeth Middle School - 14 Scott Dyer Road

Pond Cove Elementary School - 12 Scott Dyer Road


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Casco Bay Estuary Partnership - Muskie School of Public Service - USM Portland

Casco Bay Estuary Partnership is a collaboration of agencies, organizations, and individuals working on behalf of the Bay.  They work as a catalyst for action with the goal of keeping Casco Bay and our nearly 1,000 square miles of watershed clean and healthy. The Casco Bay Estuary Partnership is devoted to protecting and restoring the water quality and fish and wildlife habitat of the Casco Bay ecosystem, while ensuring compatible human uses.

Location: Wishcamper Center, 34 Bedford Street, Portland, Maine


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Casco Bay, Riverton, & East End Schools

  • Casco Bay High School

    • Internship help for juniors - juniors at CBHS are required to complete 20 hours of an internship, help is needed coordinating and monitoring their progress in internship

    • Teaching Assistants - help planning expeditions for students

    • Students with specialized knowledge/background - to offer ideas based on experience/expertise/culture and help with expedition classes

    • Listeners - needed to listen to students projects proposals and offer guidance and feedback

    • Tutoring - after school math help and "Make it Happen" program help

    • Intensives Assistants - needed one week in January and one week in April, students take intensives instead of electives that are 8 hrs a day 5 days a week

  • East End Community School (K - 5th Grade)

    • "Rise & Shine" Assistants - help with 40 minute morning program to start the kids’ days. There is a new topic every 10 weeks (yoga, hula hoop, soccer club, etc); activities help and suggestions are needing. The time commitment is 2-5 mornings a week.

    • Classroom Reading Help - listen to students read, guide and ask questions to help them understand. Volunteer help is needed all day long.

    • AmeriCorps Volunteers - Needed 1 ½ hours a day during school week; through this program, you can get payment to apply towards student loans.

  • Riverton Elementary (Pre K - 5th Grade)

    • AmeriCorps Volunteers - needed 1 ½ hours a day during school week tutoring kids, particularly in math; through this program, you can get payment to apply towards student loans

    • "Parent Academy" Assistants - a program is held on Thursday and Friday events 5:30-7:30pm to help teach parents how they can support curriculum at home with their kids. Childcare is needed along with family dinner help at 6:30pm.

    • Lunchtime Club Assistants - help plan and lead activities for the kids from 11:30-1:30 Monday through Friday. Time commitment is at least one shift a week.



Casco Bay High School - 196 Allen Avenue, Portland, Maine

East End Community School - 195 North Street, Portland, Maine

Riverton Elementary School - 1600 Forest Ave, Portland, Maine


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Catholic Charities

Catholic Charities empowers and strengthens individuals and families of all faiths, by providing innovative, community-based social services throughout Maine.


Volunteer Opportunities:

  • Employment Services - assist refugees in finding employment and building job readiness skills. Time commitment: 6-20 hours per week with a three month minimum commitment.

  • Affidavit of Relationship - help refugees and asylees to reunite with family members who remain overseas awaiting safe haven, sometimes after many years of separation. Time commitment: minimum of 10 hours per week with a six month minimum commitment.

  • Case Aid Volunteer - assist case managers in providing direct case management support services for the newly arrived refugees and survivors of torture. Time commitment: 6-20 hours per week with a three month minimum commitment.

  • RIS Mentor - mentors are matched with refugee and asylee young adults to assist mentees reach their educational and career goals. Time commitment: Minimum of two hours per week for 6-12 months.

  • English Tutor for Older Adults - meet regularly with an older adult refugee to help them master basic English language skills. Time commitment: 1-2 hours per week for six months.

  • American Friends Volunteer - this program matches English-speaking families or individuals with refugee families to help ease the very difficult transition they experience when moving from their country to the United States. Time commitment: two hours per week for six months.

  • HOP (Hands on Projects) Team Member - If you like to volunteer but don’t have the time for an on-going commitment, the Catholic Charities' HOP Team may be a good fit. HOP is a team of volunteers who can be available for one-time, short-term projects.

Catholic Charities offers 25 different programs and has many additional volunteer opportunities


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The Center for Grieving Children

The Center for Grieving Children provides loving support to grieving children, teens, their families and the community through peer support, outreach and education.


Volunteer Opportunities - Volunteering at The Center for Grieving Children is an opportunity to give your time and skills to make an important difference in the life of a child, teen, family, and the community.

  • Peer Support Group Facilitators - Facilitators work with children and their families one night or afternoon a week (depending on the program).  All facilitators go through an intense 35-hour training before being placed in a support group.  Facilitators are currently needed for our Tender Living Care Program (for families affected by serious illness), Bereavement Peer Support in both Portland and Sanford Maine, and our Multicultural Peer Support Program. CGC seeks peer support group facilitators for its Multicultural After-School Program for children who have relocated to Portland, Maine from war torn countries. Time commitment: four hours a week for one year.

  • Office Support - General support is always needed, from helping with mailings, reproduction of material, data entry, and filing to organizing group rooms or closets and working on special projects. There is a use for any time or skill you would like to contribute, such as grant writing, art, marketing, graphic design, fundraising, and many more!

  • Special Events and Fundraising - There are numerous projects related to special events, such as follow-up with attendees and sponsors, coordinating and recruiting of volunteers, distributing materials, committee opportunities, etc. The list is endless! Some of our major events include the Auction Gala in February, TD Beach to Beacon in August, our Golf Tournament in September and running events throughout the year.

  • Board of Directors - CGC is always looking for new board members with various areas of expertise (i.e., marketing, fundraising, governance, accounting, and program development). The Center has a "working" Board with members participating on Committees and special projects.

  • York County Fundraising and Marketing Committee - Volunteers are needed in York County to assist with getting the word out about programming and securing community support. Email to get involved.


Access the volunteer application here.


Location: 555 Forest Avenue, Portland, Maine


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The Children's Museum & Theater of Maine

Located in the Arts District of downtown Portland, the Children's Museum & Theatre of Maine features a wide variety of interactive exhibits and activities for children and families!


Volunteer Opportunities:

  • Education Department - help assist and lead in classes and shows for kids and families

    • Creative Cat Volunteer - Begin with activities like Face Painting, Make & Takes, and Imagination Station. Move on to helping with Big Messy Art and coming up with artistic projects of your own.

    • Theater Volunteer - Start with programs like Story Time and Stage Stories, as well as floor walks. Move on to helping with our theatre workshops, rehearsals, and performances. Work directly with children, costume and set design, house manager during shows.

    • Science & Nature Volunteer - Begin by learning programs like Tide Pool Touch Tank, Star Show, and Camera Obscura. Move on to learn our educational kits like Winter Adaptations, Dinosaurs, and Rock Riddles.

    • Stay & Play Volunteer - Start with floor walks and facilitating museum play. Eventually learn programs like Play-Doh, No Ends Blocks, Music Kit, and Bowling.

    • Art Volunteer - Lead painting projects, face painting, create sculptures, and more

    • Cultural Volunteer - Assist in cultural programming and projects, share a tradition, holiday, or culture

    • Greenhouse Volunteer - Be a guide or an assistant.

  • Music -  lead sing-alongs, play music at summer camp and theatre productions

  • Photography - document special events, daily happenings, and public programs by photographing them! If you have your own camera or are proficient in Photoshop, that’s definitely a plus.

  • Graphic Design - if you have experience with InDesign or other layout programs as well as a graphics background, they can use your help with monthly calendars, brochures, and flyers to advertise the many ongoing events!

  • Marketing - put events on Facebook, write for their blog, hang flyers around town and, if you’ve have Marketing experience, contribute to larger PR projects.

  • Behind-the-Scenes - help with our endless amounts of prep work that goes into our wonderful arts, crafts, and cultural activities. This involves lots of cutting, taping, gluing, and stuffing.

  • Visitor Services - spend time on the Museum floor, answering visitors’ questions, helping at the front desk, and answering phone calls

  • Development Volunteer - the fundraising department always needs help with our annual auction, as well as other office work

  • Fundraising - assist with event planning and solicit donations

  • Operations/Exhibits - help with general museum maintenance, including cleaning, fixing, and building exhibits

  • Eco-Volunteer - collect and return recyclables, find cool natural objects to use in nature programs and craft projects, and contribute ideas you have to make us a more sustainable organization

  • Green Thumb Volunteer - help create and maintain simple gardens throughout the museum: work on window boxes, raised beds, and other plants both indoors and in the backyard.

  • Administrative - help gather information and materials for projects, meetings, and mailings.

  • Stay-at-Home Volunteer - help by using the internet from home to conduct research about various Children’s Museums, sources of useful information, and relevant articles.

  • One-day events

  • Self-designed internships

  • Other opportunities are endless; they are open to new ideas for volunteering and service-learning!


Access the volunteer application here or visit their website for more information.


Location: 142 Free Street, Portland, Maine


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The City of Portland

The city of Portland provides countless volunteer opportunities at a wide range of organizations. Visit the official city of Portland website or the World Affairs Council of Maine’s volunteering listing of nonprofits in Portland.  


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Community Conversational English Class 

The purpose of the Conversational English Class is to provide practice in conversational English for Adult English Language Learners, some of whom read and write English but have difficulty speaking. Classes are held at the Whole Foods in Portland from 5:00 to 6:30pm on Thursdays.

Time Commitment: 1.5 hours a week for 8-10 weeks throughout the semester


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Portland Media Center

The Mission of the Portland Media Center is to educate, connect, inform and facilitate creativity through various aspects of video production for the entire greater Portland community regardless of skill level or means. PMC is a nonprofit organization that operates the public access television station, Channel 2, for the City of Portland and a community television station, Channel 5, for the greater Portland area.


Volunteer opportunities include administration, reception, production, grants, marketing, cleaning, and mentoring. If you are interested in volunteering, please fill out their volunteer contact form.


Location: 516 Congress Street, Portland, Maine


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Portland ConnectED brings together a unique, cross-sector partnership of organizational leaders committed to building a citywide cradle-to-career infrastructure and culture to support high quality education—for Portland’s youth, for Portland families, and for the Portland community at large. They work to coordinate efforts, align resources, and harness local, regional, and national expertise to prepare citizens to meet the challenges of the future.


For more information, visit their volunteer page.


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Crossroads provides gender-responsive addiction and behavioral health treatment services in a safe and respectful environment so individuals and families can lead healthy lives. Offering Maine’s most comprehensive treatment for addiction and behavioral health with a gender-specific focus, Crossroads services include outpatient counseling for men, women and families and residential substance abuse treatment for women.



  • Back Cove Residential Program - women’s treatment facility

  • Children & Mothers Program (CAMP) - provides on-site living arrangements to minor children of mothers in residential treatment for drug or alcohol addiction

  • Outpatient Services for Men and Women

  • Therapy Groups

Opportunities to Support Crossroads:

  • Donations & Matching Gifts

  • Fundraising Events - Crossroads hosts several events throughout the year to raise funds and connect with the community. Attending, sponsoring or sharing information about these  events is a great way to support their work.

  • AmazonSmile - You can support Crossroads while you shop on Amazon! It’s as simple as selecting Crossroads (Crossroads for Women, Inc.) as the charitable organization you would like to support.



71 US Route One Suite E, Scarborough, Maine (Administrative Offices and Counseling Center)

575 Forest Avenue, Portland, Maine (Residential Center)

114 Main Street Windham, Maine (Children’s & Mother’s Program)


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Cultivating Community

Cultivating Community creates and sustains greater access to healthy, local foods; empowers people to play many roles in restoring the local, sustainable food system; and models, teaches, and advocates for ecological food production. They deliver garden-based education, provide a year-round leadership development program, lead the New American Sustainable Agricultural Project, work with the city of Portland to manage, support, and expand the community gardens program, create and sustain new points of healthy food access, and establish and help manage gardens and growing sites.


Volunteer and Internship Opportunities:

  • Gardening and Farming

    • Boyd Street Urban Farm in Portland and other area sites

    • Organize coworkers or other group members to participate in your own Volunteer Workday at a farm site

    • Help with the community gardens program

  • Youth Programs 

    • Support Cultivating Community’s garden-based and kitchen-based work in elementary schools

    • Work with teen youth programs

  • Food Access

    • Contributing your cooking expertise, artistic talents, technical abilities, people/community outreach skills, or other special strengths to Cultivating Community’s food access programs or other projects

  • Farmer Training

    • Work with refugee farmers at their largest farm site in Lisbon

  • Events

    • Setting up, hosting, and cleaning up at Cultivating Community’s Twilight Dinners, a series of local-foods dinners prepared by local chefs

    • Host and help out at other Cultivating Community events

    • Hosting and helping out at other Cultivating Community events


Location: 62 Elm Street, Portland, Maine (Main Office)


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Deering High School Study Center

The Deering High School Study Center is a safe and supportive environment open to all students in grades 9-12 in need of structured academic support. The students who utilize the center are in danger of not graduating due to failing grades and suffer from generational poverty with no academic safety nets.


Volunteer Opportunities:

  • Tutors - help students with reading and math (basic, algebra, and geometry) for one or two sessions a week. Sessions are held on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons from 2:15-3:15.


Location: 370 Stevens Avenue, Portland, Maine (Deering High School)


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Druker Center for Civic Engagement - LAC

The Druker Office of Community Engagement, located in USM's Lewiston-Auburn campus, sets a unique standard as a student-faculty collaboratively led office coordinating LAC's multi-tiered community engagement work. The DOCE takes a hands-on approach to community engagement involvement, including programming for community enrichment; coordination of engagement learning projects; building community relationships; and contributing vigorously to the growing assets, diversity, and richness of the community. The DOCE not only organizes multiple community events, they also provide education, consultation, and a place for discussion for their community partners.


For volunteer opportunities, visit their list of Community Partners. To contact the office, fill out the online form.


Location: 51 Westminster Street (Room 185B), Lewiston, Maine


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Ecomaine provides comprehensive long-term solid waste solutions in a safe, environmentally responsible, economically sound manner, and is a leader in raising public awareness of sustainable waste management strategies.



Location: 64 Blueberry Road, Portland, Maine


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Environmental Health Strategy Center

Environmental Health Strategy Center works to prevent cancer, learning disabilities and reproductive harm by getting toxic chemicals out of everyday products through community organizing and science based advocacy. At the same time they work to create a more sustainable economy by developing safer alternatives to toxic chemicals, like plastics from Maine wood chips and potato waste.


Volunteer Opportunities at the Strategy Center:

  • Office/Administration

  • Outreach and Education

  • Political Action

  • Writing and Research

  • Photography and Media

  • Community Organizing

  • Event Planning

  • Fundraising


For more detail on volunteer opportunities, visit Prevent Harm, the sister organization of the Environmental Health Strategy Center.

Location: 565 Congress Street, Portland, Maine (Main Office)


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Family for ME

A Family for ME is a partnership between the Department of Health and Human Services and Spurwink Services, with the focus of raising awareness of the urgent need for foster families and finding Maine families who are willing and able to parent children in foster care. 


To volunteer at A Family for ME, a one-time, 2-hour orientation is required. Volunteer opportunities include assisting with tabling events, distributing print materials, community happenings and projects. This is a wonderful opportunity for individuals who are looking to get involved with an organization on an episodic basis! If you are interested in receiving more information, please contact Stephanie Eklund at


FIRST Robotics

The mission of FIRST is to inspire young people to be science and technology leaders, by engaging them in exciting Mentor-based programs that build science, engineering, and technology skills, that inspire innovation, and that foster well-rounded life capabilities including self-confidence, communication, and leadership. This is done by engaging kids in kindergarten through high school in exciting, Mentor-based, research and robotics programs that help them become science and technology leaders, as well as well-rounded contributors to society.


Volunteer Opportunities:


Volunteer Opportunities by Program:

  • FIRST LEGO League, Jr. - For children ages 6-9, FIRST LEGO League Jr. captures young children's curiosity and directs it toward discovering the wonders of science and technology. This program features a real-world scientific concept to be explored through research, teamwork, construction, and imagination. Guided by adult Coaches, teams use LEGO bricks to build a model that moves and develop a Show Me Poster to illustrate their journey.

  • FIRST LEGO League - Introduces younger students to real-world engineering challenges by building LEGO-based robots to complete tasks on a thematic playing surface. FIRST LEGO League teams, guided by their imaginations and adult coaches, discover exciting career possibilities and, through the process, learn to make positive contributions to society.

  • FIRST Tech Challenge - FIRST Tech Challenge is designed for students in grades 7-12 to compete head to head, using a sports model. Teams are responsible for designing, building, and programming their robots to compete in an alliance format against other teams. The robot kit is reusable from year-to-year and is programmed using a variety of languages. Teams, including coaches, mentors and volunteers, are required to develop strategy and build robots based on sound engineering principles.

    • Crowd Control Volunteer

    • Floater Volunteer

    • Judge Queuer Volunteer

    • Medallion Award Assistant Volunteer

    • Pit Runner Volunteer

    • Team Queuer Volunteer

    • Team Queuer Assistant Volunteer

    • More on FIRST Tech Challenge volunteer roles

  • FIRST Robotics Competition - The varsity Sport for the Mind, FIRST Robotics Competition combines the excitement of sport with the rigors of science and technology. Under strict rules, limited resources, and time limits, teams of 25 students or more are challenged to raise funds, design a team "brand," hone teamwork skills, and build and program robots to perform prescribed tasks against a field of competitors. It’s as close to "real-world engineering" as a student can get. Volunteer professional mentors lend their time and talents to guide each team.

    • Awards Assistant Volunteer

    • Crowd Control Volunteer

    • Pit Administration Support Volunteer

    • Practice Field Attendant Volunteer

    • Safety Exit Monitor Volunteer

    • Team Queuing Volunteer

    • Lounge Monitor Volunteer

    • Registration/Information Table Volunteer

    • More on FIRST Robotics Competition volunteer roles


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FIRST Robotics (MaineFIRST)

The MaineFIRST Coalition and website exist to support and celebrate FIRST Robotics in Maine.

Maine has some great opportunities for kids to play hard at science and technology. FIRST Robotics is just that kind of opportunity, high school students working side by side with professionals in education and industry, developing skills and relationships that will last a lifetime. Help spread the word about FIRST, For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology.


For more information, visit MaineFIRST on Facebook.

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Friends of Willow

Friends of Willow is dedicated to providing rescue, shelter, medical care, and spay/neuter services for abandoned, abused, or neglected rabbits in Southern Maine. The mission of Friends of Willow is to place all of these rabbits into permanent and love, safe indoor homes and to educate the public regarding companion rabbit care, the benefits of adopting, and the importance of spaying and neutering. 

 For a full list of Current Volunteer opportunities, please visit their website!

Volunteer Opportunities:

  • Corporate Sponsor Coordinator

  • Intake Coordinator

  • Art Walk Assistance (first Friday of the month in downtown Portland)

  • Information Tables

  • Crafts & Artwork (for sale online and at art walks)

  • Educational Event Assistant

  • Transport Driver (bringing rabbits to and from vet appointments; must be 21+)

  • Committees


All volunteers must have current health insurance and meet age requirements (18+ to be an adoption counselor, 21+ to be a transport driver, etc). Access the volunteer application here.

For more information, fill out their online form


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Furniture Friends Portland 

Furniture Friends Portland is dedicated to acquiring and delivering donated furniture to people in need throughout Greater Portland.  Recipients include the recently homeless, new immigrants, refugees, people with chronic illnesses or disabilities, veterans, and long time Mainers who have fallen upon hard times. These people often find a new living space completely empty with no beds, no tables, no chairs, and no place to store the few possessions they do own.


Volunteering for Furniture Friends can be both hard work and a meaningful experience. The work does involve lifting of some heavy items, climbing stairs with loads and navigating furniture through tight spaces. Work can be strenuous for short periods. Crews delivering a truckload are generally composed of a Furniture Friends representative and two to ten volunteers, who are given specific tasks to accomplish while loading at the warehouse and onsite at each delivery. Volunteers will generally follow in their own cars to help with unloading. Larger crews can be assembled if volunteers have pickups or vans that can be used in addition to our truck. Volunteer time commitments are generally 4 hours long. Once you sign-up, you will be placed on our volunteer list and may get periodic emails requesting delivery help on a certain date.  Once you sign up for a delivery, a confirmation email will typically instruct you to meet at the Furniture Friends Portland warehouse at 15 Saunders Road, Westbrook, ME.


Other Volunteer Opportunities:

  • Committee members - fundraising, promotions, or program coordination

  • Translators - for an assortment of languages;

  • Truck mechanic - to help maintain our truck at a budget rate

  • Truck drivers - to operate the 14′ automatic box truck and occasionally relieve coordinators on delivery runs.

  • Pick-Up Trucks for Furniture Transportation - if you own a pick-up truck, you can assist Furniture Friends by conducting periodic pick-ups of furniture from donors in or near your community and bring it to the warehouse.



15 Saunders Road, Westbrook, ME (Warehouse)

Deliveries to various locations in Portland & surrounding communities


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Garbage to Garden

Garbage to Garden is a recycling initiative in Southern Maine. For a small monthly fee they provide members a clean composting bucket to fill, and then swap it out each week with a new one. When you compost with Garbage to Garden you are helping keep organic waste- the primary component of trash out of our landfills and incinerators. You are also reducing atmospheric pollution and greenhouse gas emissions.The recycled waste is used to renew our soils, and to generate green electricity through anaerobic digestion technology, with no harmful byproducts.


Volunteer Opportunities:


  • Local Organizations - engage with our monthly featured non-profits to encourage composting while helping the community at the same time

  • Community Events - be present at a Garbage to Garden information table and help spread the word about their service

  • Garbage to Garden Shop -  fill, tie, and stack 48 bags of compost (and earn a free month of service!)

  • Referral Program - help grow the movement and earn unlimited free service by inviting your friends

  • There are many service learning and additional volunteer opportunities available, and they are open to new ideas.


Location: 57 Industrial Way, Portland, Maine 


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Girls on the Run

Girls on the Run inspires girls to be joyful, healthy and confident using a fun, experience-based approach which creatively integrates running.


Volunteer Opportunities:

  • Assistant Coaches - assist a head coach at one of the Girls on the Run sites.Time Commitment: 1.5-3 hours a week for 12 weeks; you can commit to both weekly program sessions or commit to only one day a week.

  • Running Buddies - complete the end of season 5k race with a girl in the program

  • 5k Event Volunteer - help out at this one day event in the fall or spring

  • Committee Work - behind-the-scenes work with events, 5k, grants or fundraising

  • Site Liaison - service as a link between GOTR-ME and the program site. Help with the registration process, identifying potential coaches, transporting supplies to the site, reserving practice space and more

  • SoleMates - this charitable running team for GOTR-ME raises money to support the program. You can can pursue goals such as running a marathon or completing a triathlon, individually or as a team to raise money for GOTR

  • Administrative and Logistical Support - provide administrative and/or IT support to GOTR staff

Location: 980 Forest Avenue, Suite 206, Portland, Maine 


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Good Shepherd Food Bank

The Good Shepherd Food bank establishes partnerships with others concerned about ending hunger in Maine. They have maintained solid relationships with Maine's food industry and have obtained millions of pounds of food each year. In addition to distributing food to Mainers in need, the Food Bank is leading a statewide effort to combat the root causes of hunger by engaging in advocacy, nutrition education, and strategic partnerships.


Volunteer Opportunities:

  • Advocacy

  • Nutrition education

  • Outreach

  • Packing Food


3121 Hotel Road, Auburn, Maine (Main Warehouse & Administrative Offices)

62 Elm Street, Portland, Maine (Portland Administrative Office). 


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Goodwill of Northern New England

Goodwill manages retail stores and services throughout Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont. It is their mission to enable individual, personal stability while creating engaged, sustainable communities. Their retail stores help to fund services that help individuals achieve economic and social independence. From healthcare services to workforce solutions centers, Goodwill NNE serves as a resource to thousands of people in Northern New England every day.


Volunteer Opportunities:

  • GoodGuides Mentors - a mentoring program that helps teens finish school and transition into the world of work through the guidance of trusted adults. The program is designed to assist youth in overcoming disadvantages and avoiding delinquency. The overall goal of the program is to help youth build career plans and skills, and prepare for school completion, post-secondary training and productive work by providing structured and supportive relationships with trusted adult mentors. It targets youths between the ages of 12 and 17 who are at-risk for dropping out of school, facing legal troubles, or are at risk for delinquency due to issues such as abuse, disability, drug or alcohol dependence, or gang membership. Mentors spends four hours a month with mentees and help youth and women with career skills, resume development and building self confidence – most importantly, mentors serve as a trusted and reliable resource and help mentees fulfill their goals and find job success. Time Commitment: four hours per month for one year.

  • Visit their volunteer website for more opportunities based on your location.


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Gorham Economic Development Corporation 

The Gorham Economic Development Corporation (GEDC) is a non profit , quasi governmental agency that promotes community and economic development to expand the tax base and create new jobs in the Town of Gorham. The town adopted a Community and Economic Development Guide to assist the community in making policy decisions to achieve these goals.


Location: 286 New Portland Road, Gorham, Maine


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Graze in Peace

Graze in Peace is a 20-acre farm animal sanctuary where pigs, chickens, sheep and llamas are given a second chance at life in a safe, loving and peaceful environment. They provide lifelong homes to all animals they take in and through therapeutic care farm activities they offer a place of hope, learning and healing for children and other vulnerable people in our local community. Volunteer opportunities include assisting with barn and grounds maintenance.


Greater Portland Economic Development Corporation

The Greater Portland Economic Development Corporation (GPEDC) links private, educational and public institutions in pursuit of sustainable economic prosperity on behalf of the communities of Cape Elizabeth, Falmouth, Portland, Scarborough, South Portland and Westbrook.


Location: 389 Congress Street, Portland, Maine


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Grow Smart Maine

The mission of GrowSmart Maine is to build lasting prosperity without sacrificing the quality of life that defines Maine. Their  goals are community revitalization, conservation of farmland, forest and shoreland, and support for sustainable economic development that will benefit not just today’s Mainers but our children and grandchildren. Visit their website for ways to join their efforts.

Location: 415 Congress Street, Suite 204, Portland, Maine   


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Habitat for Humanity

Habitat for Humanity is committed to the development and uplifting of families and communities, not only to the construction of houses. We help build, renovate and repair decent affordable houses worldwide.


Volunteer Opportunities:

  • Volunteer at a Construction Site - Every Habitat for Humanity home is built by volunteers. They utilize the help of many agencies and groups, and work with businesses, corporate employees, youth group, as well as vocational or technical schools. There are trained professionals on every construction site to teach volunteers the skills they will need to know for each phase of the project.

  • Habitat ReStore Volunteers - The Habitat for Humanity of Greater Portland ReStore is a discount retail outlet open to the public that sells donated new and gently used building materials, appliances and furniture at greatly reduced prices. All of the profits from ReStore are used to support Habitat for Humanity home building projects in the Greater Portland area.

  • Corporate Build Days - Habitat for Humanity of Greater Portland reserves construction site volunteer dates specifically for companies that are seeking group volunteer opportunities.


Access the volunteer interest form here.  

Location: 659 Warren Avenue, Portland, Maine (Office & ReStore Location) 


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Hardy Girls, Healthy Women

The mission of Hardy Girls Healthy Women (HGHW) is to provide girls with services that help them experience equality, independence, and safety in their everyday lives. Hardy Girls takes girls seriously and puts the power in their hands to challenge a society that ignores their brilliance.



  • Girls’ Coalition Groups - a space where girls can feel safe, free to express themselves, socialize, and dig deeper into issues that are relevant to their lives, particularly during the adolescent stage. For more information, contact Christine Bright at  

    • Be a Muse - Coalition groups are run by two co-facilitators called muses. A muse is someone who supports and listens to the girls, without judging but rather nurtures their learning. Groups usually have 8-10 middle school girls. Muses must attend a three-hour orientation and commit to one hour a week during school hours.

  • Girls Advisory Board -  a program for girls from Maine who are in 9th-12th grade.  GAB members work with the Board of Directors, President, and Program Director to plan events, make sure programs at Hardy Girls Healthy Women cover what girls need and want, and work on changing the world to make it more girl friendly and positive for girls to grow in. For more information, contact Christine Bright at

  • Girls Rock! Weekend -  Girls Rock! Weekend consists of a series of events aimed at celebrating girls’ voices and achievements while educating them about important issues. If you are interested in sponsorship opportunities, please contact Kelli McCannell at  

  • Freaky 5K - a reminder that Halloween should be about imaginative and creative costumes, not the frighteningly sexualized ones peddled to even the youngest girls. This is an opportunity for girls to create a unique costume and participate in a race.

Location: 177 Main Street, Waterville, Maine


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Hour Exchange Portland

Hour Exchange Portland is an hour exchange based on the equality of time, empowering individuals to utilize their assets and enhance their lives, neighborhood and community. The concept is simple. Help a neighbor and earn credit for each hour of your service. In exchange, you can spend your time credits on any of the hundreds of different services that other members offer. The Hour Exchange empowers individuals, organizations and businesses to help each other meet their needs cash free through one-to-one exchanges and group projects. Their activities build and strengthen the community.


Visit their website to learn more about how to join.


Location: 516 Congress Street, Portland, Maine  


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Intercultural Community Center

The Intercultural Community Center supports and improves the lives of immigrants by providing health, social and educational opportunities. They seek to educate and socially and economically integrate all Maine’s immigrants.

  • The Power School -  offers unique opportunities for volunteers to work with students from multicultural backgrounds. Volunteers may be asked to teach small classes of students, to be tutors or mentors. If you are interested in volunteering for the Power School, contact Karen Collins at

    • They are looking for volunteers who are experienced teachers or school administrators or community members who want to share their love of a specific academic study or want to provide administrative support to the school.

    • Volunteers can work daily or during specific time slots during the week. Hours at 3:00-6:00pm Monday-Thursday.


For more information, visit their website.


Location: 36 Patrick Drive, Westbrook, Maine 04092


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Jewish Community Alliance

The Jewish Community Alliance is a nonprofit organization serving Southern Maine and combines programming and fundraising for the Jewish Community. It's mission is to build Jewish community locally, in Israel and throughout the world. The JCA develops, promotes and supports diverse programs, education and services.


Volunteer Opportunities:

  • Food Pantry - help staff the food pantry and work with customers and restock Tuesday and Thursday 9:00-3:00pm.

  • Food Pickup - pick up food for food pantry weekly at Wayside in Portland and the Good Shepherd Food Bank in Biddeford.

  • Kosher Meals on Wheels - driver needed to deliver meals once a week on Mondays for approximately one hour.

  • Senior Lunches - help prepare and deliver senior lunches

  • Friendly Visitor Program - visit with people who can’t get out of their homes to spend time with them and see if they need assistance with anything

  • Shabbat on Wheels - deliver Shabbat meals to nursing homes

  • Preschool - assist in the preschool program


You can access the volunteer application here.


Location: 57 Ashmont Street, Portland, Maine 


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Junior Achievement of Maine

The mission of Junior Achievement is to inspire and prepare young people to succeed in a global economy. Among their core values are commitment to the principles of market-based economics and entrepreneurship, belief in the power of partnership and collaboration, and conviction in the educational and motivational impact of relevant, hands-on learning.


Volunteer - help contribute to the business and economics education of young people. All they need is your enthusiasm, life experience, and a willingness to teach children about how you took chances and shot for the stars. Volunteering with Junior Achievement will allow you to teach and inspire young people. They provide training, curriculum, and a classroom.


Find the volunteer interest form here.

Location: 82 Elm Street, Portland, Maine


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Katahdin Program


Utilizing the classroom, the outdoors and the greater community, the Katahdin Program provides alternative education programming for students, grades 9-12.


Program Office: 406 Gray Road, Windham, ME 04062


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King Middle School


Location: 92 Deering Avenue, Portland, Maine


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King-Parkside Collaborative


The Parkside Neighborhood Center works to strengthen individuals & families by offering educational and cultural opportunities to connect diverse neighbors and promote social and physical well-being.


The KPAC (King-Parkside Collaborative) Middle School Program is an after-school program for 6th graders offered Wednesdays at Parkside and Thursdays at King Middle School. Volunteers are needed Monday-Friday to provide individual tutoring/ academic support and help with activities and snacks from approximately 3-5:30pm (starting at 2pm on Wednesdays). For more information, visit Opportunity Alliance’s Parkside Neighborhood Center’s programs website.

With over 5,400 residents, Parkside is the most densely populated and ethnically diverse square mile in Maine. The neighborhood includes areas within Congress Street, Forest Avenue, Park Avenue and St. John Street. Many New American families, from countries like Rwanda, Somalia, Iraq, and Sudan, live in Parkside.


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Learning Works

Learning Works is a dynamic community-based organization. As a social service agency, they assist young children, at-risk youth, immigrants and low income families.



  • AfterSchool and Summer Programs - free education programs that serve students in grades 2-5 at eleven schools.They offer a chance to master the basics and explore new experiences after school. They add hands-on enrichment activities to education, resulting in more academic confidence for students.

    • Locations: East End Community School, Hall Elementary, Ocean Avenue Elementary, Presumpscot, Reiche, and Riverton Elementary Schools (Portland); Kaler and Skillin Elementary Schools (South Portland); Biddeford Primary and Intermediate Schools; Waterboro Elementary School

  • AIMS HIGH AmeriCorps - a school improvement initiative where AmeriCorps members provide direct support to students and build school capacity to engage individuals and community members in support of student achievement. The program offers AmeriCorps members a variety of opportunities to impact schools and students, including developing and expanding tutoring, mentoring and enrichment programs at five schools across Maine.  AmeriCorps members commit to a term of service in the program and upon completion are eligible to receive an education award that they can use towards tuition, future educational opportunities or to pay of qualified student loan debt. Access the application here.

  • English Language Program - provides language instruction, one-on-one tutoring, and cultural literacy skills to new immigrants and refugees in order to help them get jobs or go on to higher learning. Portland classrooms located at181 Brackett Street and 279 Danforth Street

  • Graffiti Busters - busts graffiti all over the city of Portland. Students complete community service requirements while learning new skills and gaining appreciation for the property of others.

  • Literacy Volunteers Greater Portland - provides one-on-one tutoring to 150 illiterate adults and families providing instruction in reading, writing, and English language skills for new Mainers. Volunteering consists of teaching an individual or a group of 3-4 students. To become a volunteer, you will need to attend an orientation, complete tutor training, and then you will be matched with an individual or group and begin teaching.

  • Service Works - provides opportunities to juvenile offenders and suspended students to fulfill community service requirements, learn life skills and experience the rewards of helping others.

  • Youth Building Alternatives - a program for youth, who have dropped out of public school, that provides alternative education, GED preparation, job skills, life-skills and leadership development. Students will be assisted in interviewing for jobs and in gaining acceptance to institutions of higher education. 

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Local Sprouts Cooperative

Local Sprouts Cafe is a community gathering place that offers delicious local food at affordable prices in a comfortable environment. Their menu features local and organic foods and fair-trade coffee. They are open from morning to night and host performances and similar events in the evening. Their mission is is to provide people in Maine with creative local and organic food and holistic learning through cooking food for our community.

Location: 649 Congress Street, Portland, Maine


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Logan Place


Logan Place provides efficiency apartments and 24 hour on-site support for 30 adults who had been persistently homeless. Logan Place is a model for a real solution to the problem of homelessness in our communities. The goal of Logan Place is to provide people who have lived in shelters and on the streets for much of their lives with a chance for a permanent and safe living situation that will support their stability and independence and offer them a chance for a productive and fulfilling future.


Volunteering at Logan Place helps tenants build their community. Opportunities include staffing the front desk, facilitating game events, and preparing special meals for holidays and community meals. Volunteers must be age 21+. Access the volunteer application here.


For more information on volunteering at Logan Place and other Preble Street programs, visit their volunteer website.

Location: 52 Frederic Street, Portland, Maine


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Long Creek Youth Development Center


Long Creek Youth Development Center is a juvenile correctional facility under the Maine State Department of Corrections.  Their mission is to promote public safety by ensuring that juvenile offenders are provided with education, treatment and other services that teach skills and competencies; strengthen pro-social behaviors and require accountability to victims and communities. They provide services to juveniles between the ages of 11 and 21. Long Creek Youth Development Center functions as a total educational rehabilitative resource within the state-wide correctional setting. The Center provides care, custody and security for its residents, holds for court evaluations/diagnostic services, education, physical education and recreation through the A.R. Gould School, volunteer services, social services, worship services, as well as medical services to its juvenile offender population.


Volunteer Opportunities:

  • Express Art Programs - come in and share art, dance, writing, and music with the youth

  • Mentors for At-Risk Youth - volunteer one hour per week at Long Creek Youth Development Center to be a mentor to a committed resident at Long Creek. Spend an hour a week playing a game, ping pong, doing a craft or just talking with a young man or woman who needs a positive adult role model, support and kindness. Time Commitment: one year.

  • A.R. Gould School

  • Other opportunities available in a wide range of programs.


Volunteers must be age 21+. 


Location: 675 Westbrook Street, South Portland, Maine


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Maine Adaptive Sports & Recreation

Maine Adaptive Sports & Recreation (Maine Adaptive) is a 501(c)(3) organization whose mission is to promote education and training to children and adults with disabilities in order to develop skills, enhance independence, and provide enjoyment through active recreation.

Volunteer Opportunities:

  • Winter volunteers: If you are passionate about skiing, snowboarding or snowshoeing, volunteer with Maine Adaptive and pass on your love of sports. Volunteer instructors help participants learn and improve their skills on the slopes and trails.

a) All volunteers must be at least 18 years old.
b) On-snow volunteers should be at least intermediate skiers and riders.
c) Because volunteers work with vulnerable populations, Maine Adaptive
requires background screening at its expense.
d) On-snow volunteers are asked to participate in two days of training;
sessions occur throughout December.
e) In addition to training, volunteers would be asked to spend a full day,
from 8:30 to 3:30, at least five times during Maine Adaptive’s 12-week
season, which starts on January 1 and ends on March 31, 2019 (no lessons are
offered during President’s week beginning February 16th). Maine Adaptive
strives to provide consistency for its participants, which enhances the
learning environment.
f) Volunteers must have their own equipment; lift-tickets are provided.


Location: 8 Sundance Lane, Newry, ME 04261

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Maine Audubon

Maine Audubon works to conserve Maine’s wildlife and wildlife habitat by engaging people of all ages in education, conservation, and action.


Volunteer Opportunities:

  • Gilsland Farm Greeters - volunteers are needed to greet people at the Environmental Center at Gilsland Farm (Falmouth). Greeters welcome and orient visitors and answer questions from the public. Other duties include answering the phone and assisting with various projects. Time Commitment: one four-hour shift per week. For more information, contact Beth Pauls at 207-781-2330 x273.

  • Volunteer Naturalists (Fields Pond) - volunteers are needed to lead nature explorations Monday through Friday for groups of all ages at Fields Pond Audubon Center. No experience is needed, just a love of nature and a desire to share your passion with others. They provide training in teaching techniques, species identification and wetland ecology. For more information, contact Cyndi Kuhn at (207) 989-2591.

  • Fields Pond Greeters - volunteers are needed to greet people at Fields Pond Environmental Center (Holden). Greeters welcome and orient visitors and and answer basic questions. Other duties include answering the phone and assisting with various projects. Time Commitment: one four-hour shift per week. For more information, contact Cyndi Kuhn at (207) 989-2591.

  • Gilsland Farm Office Volunteers - assist with the coordination of Maine Audubon mailings at Gilsland Farm (Falmouth). Tasks include data entry, mail merge, printing and preparing letters. For more information, contact Agata Ketterick at (207) 781-2330 x232 or

  • Environmental Education Volunteers - assist with and lead programs for all ages. Programs include outdoor and indoor explorations. These programs are for all ages from Pre-K to High School. Most programs will be from 1-2 hours in length. For more information, Contact Linda Woodard at 207-781-2330 x 213.

  • Environmental Education Assistants

  • Other ways to support their work


Location: There are eight locations across the state offer a range of wildlife habitat to explore, with gentle trails and scenic views, and a variety of programs for all ages available.


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Maine Citizens for Clean Elections

Maine Citizens for Clean Elections is a nonpartisan organization that works in the public interest to advocate for, increase public support for, defend and improve the Maine clean election act and related campaign finance law.


  • Interns - to recruit and motivate teams of volunteers to work on activities designed to strengthen the Maine Clean Election Act and other campaign finance reforms through education and advocacy outreach.

  • Research & Politics - research the role money plays in government and elections and analyze where it comes from, make political predictions and generate reports and databases

  • Outreach - use information learned through research to organize events

  • Advocacy - for strong campaign finance laws

  • Business research - analyze MCCE business,do research and present ideas for improving processes/strategies

  • Self-designed internship or service-learning


Sign up to volunteer here.

Location: 565 Congress Street, Suite 206A, Portland, Maine


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Maine Department for Agriculture

The Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry (DACF) is the State of Maine's support center for our many land-based, natural resource interests. The Department balances for and develops the state's various land-based, natural-resources including Maine agriculture, forests, outdoor recreation and public-access. They work to protect food, stop forest fires, map the ocean floor, keep parks and public lands pristine and accessible, plan wise land utilization, and help beginning farmers.


Volunteer opportunities include Maine States Parks, Maine Conservation Corps, Maine’s Soil and Water Conservation Districts Partnership, and programs to help protect Maine’s forests. For a full listing of volunteering opportunities and programs, visit the DACF volunteer page.


  • Maine Coastweek Cleanup - offers Mainers an opportunity to protect our valuable coastline. The largest single volunteer event in the State, Coastal Cleanup involves people of all ages and backgrounds

  • Maine State Parks

    • "Adopt-a-Trail" Projects - maintain a section of hiking trail over a several day or several year period.

    • "Adopt-a-Park" Projects - assist in the year round general care and maintenance of a State Park facility

    • "Adopt-a-Campsite" Projects - assist in the general care and maintenance of remote campsite areas

    • "Adopt-a-River" Projects - help keep rivers and streams clean in our State Park areas

    • Historic Site Host - assist visitors with historic information and interpretation

    • Campground Host - be a "resident" volunteer that assists visitors at our State Park campgrounds

    • Volunteer Park Naturalist - lead visitors through a wide variety of natural history programs

    • Volunteer Environmental Specialist - help gather information about the physical or biological environment of a specified area

    • Visitor Service - aid guests with information on local activities and sites and share information about other State Parks

    • Guest Speaker - help provide informational and educational programs to park visitors

    • Maine Volunteers in Parks - a program designed to assist the Bureau of Parks and Lands in preserving our cultural and natural resources while providing for public use and enjoyment. There are many varied kinds of volunteer assignments providing volunteers an opportunity to accomplish projects and activities they enjoy. A wide variety of tasks and projects are accomplished by MVP volunteers, such as:

  • Maine Conservation Corps

    • Service Programs - Veteran Community Leaders, Environmental Stewards and Field Teams

    • One Day or One Project Opportunities - individuals and groups are invited to join MCC Service Members on projects such as trail construction & maintenance, watershed surveys, invasive species removal, and educational events

    • View current volunteer opportunities

  • Maine YardScaping Partnership - help maintain a 2.5 acre sustainable landscaping demonstration garden and trails on Portland's Back Cove

  • WaspWatchers - help find and monitor colonies of native non-stinging wasp that can help us with early detection of the destructive exotic emerald ash borer

  • Take a Stand - invites Maine citizens and seasonal residents to "Take a Stand for Hemlocks" by adopting a hemlock stand and surveying it annually for the presence of hemlock woolly adelgid. Participants are trained to identify hemlock woolly adelgid and to apply the detection and monitoring survey methods developed by Scott Costa at the University of Vermont

  • Pest Detectives - if you're hunting for the Asian longhorned beetle or the emerald ash borer, learn how to spot and report these invasive tree killers

  • Vital Signs - a program of The Gulf of Maine Research Institute focused on locating invasive species and documenting the native species and habitats vulnerable to invasions through citizen science


Find the volunteer application here.  


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Mainely Girls

Mainely Girls is a statewide non profit organization with a two part mission: To work with rural communities to assist them in focusing on girls' needs in a positive, preventative, proactive manner; and to work on the state level to bring about positive change for girls.


Volunteer Opportunities:

  • Book Club Facilitators - book club leaders needed for girls in three different age groups (grades 4-5, 6-8, and 9-12) for at least one semester or full academic year meeting once a week or once every other week.


Visit their website or Facebook page for more on volunteer opportunities.

Location: 18 Huse Street, Rockport, Maine


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Maine Narrow Gauge Railroad

The Maine Narrow Gauge Railroad Company & Museum preserves and operates historic two-foot gauge railroad equipment for the education and enjoyment of the public.


Volunteer Opportunities:

  • Train Crew – A train ride is a big part of the visitor experience at the museum. Trains are operated, in part, by volunteers. No prior experience is necessary. They provide training to become a trainman, conductor, or engineer.

  • Restoration – Restoration volunteers repair and rebuild historic railroad cars in the museum collection. Work includes carpentry, upholstery, painting, and metal work. Whether you are a master carpenter or handyman, they can use your skills.

  • Mechanical & Track Work – Mechanical volunteers help restore and operate historic locomotives and maintain the track.  They are searching for those with an aptitude and passion for carpentry, welding, electrical, or mechanical work.

  • Museum & Archives – Museum volunteers help organize collection items and maintain exhibits. A variety of jobs are available, from cataloging historic documents and photos, to assisting with artifacts and items on display.

  • Special Events – Event volunteers help with a variety of tasks including taking tickets, event set-up, assisting with children’s activities and more. Opportunities for special event volunteers are available year-round.

  • Museum Guides/Docents – Docents ride aboard the train and share Maine’s unique railroad history with school children, tour groups and visitors from around the globe. They provide training on historical information to share with the public.


Contact their Volunteer Coordinator through this online form for more on volunteering or fill out a volunteer application.


Location: 58 Fore Street, Portland, Maine


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Maine People's Alliance 

MPA's purpose is to bring individuals and organizations together to realize shared goals. We focus on leadership development to increase the number of citizen leaders prepared to work for positive social change. MPA has four main chapters, in Lewiston, Portland, the Midcoast and Bangor, where members meet each month to work together to advance the issues they care about.

Volunteer opportunities include: 

  • Door to door canvassing
  • Small business outreach
  • Tabling at events
  • Data entry and paperwork



Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association

The purpose of the Association is to help farmers and gardeners: grow organic food, fiber and other crops; protect the environment; recycle natural resources; increase local food production; support rural communities; and illuminate for consumers the connection between healthful food and environmentally sound farming practices.


Volunteer Opportunities:

  • Seed Swap and Scion Exchange

  • Earth Day Work Day and Tree Planting

  • MOFGA gardens

  • Farm and Homestead Day

  • Planning team

  • Office work

  • Visit their volunteer page for more opportunities and projects


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Maine State Society for the Protection of Animals 

The MSSPA's mission is to provide refuge, rehabilitation, and placement of seized equines, support the placement of surrendered horses, and educate the public to eliminate equine abuse and neglect. 


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Maine Veterans Home


Maine Veterans Home works closely with the US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to ensure the six MVH facilities are constantly updated to provide care for Maine's heroes and their families with the dignity and respect they have earned.


Volunteer Opportunities:

  • Arts/Crafts                                     

  • Escort/Transport

  • Visiting/Reading/Music

  • Event Helper

  • Appointment Drivers

  • Gardening

  • Delivering mail


The South Paris facility also offers hospice training to our volunteers in conjunction with Androscoggin Home Health. Contact the South Paris Activities Coordinator for more.



Augusta - 310 Cony Road

Bangor - 44 Hogan Road

Caribou - 163 Van Buren Road

Machias - 32 Veterans Drive

Scarborough - 290 US Route 1

South Paris - 477 High Street 


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Maine Volunteer Lawyers Project

The Maine Volunteer Lawyer's Project assists low income people in navigating the justice system by providing free assistance, information and legal representation.


Volunteer Opportunities:

  • Community & Student Volunteers

    • Client Line Interviewers - answer the statewide phone lines and serve as the first point of contact for potential clients by conducting interviews. Volunteers are responsible for ascertaining eligibility and key details of the problem, reviewing the matter with legal supervisors, learning whether and how the VLP can offer assistance, and acting as the critical link to needed services.

    • Family Court Assistants - attend civil matters in court and interview clients before they meet with attorneys

    • Family Law Helpline (law students only) - supervised by attorneys, law students speak with clients via phone, review case details, and provide advice on common family law issues including divorce, child custody, and child support.  These volunteers or interns help clients understand and plan for upcoming court appointments, fill out court forms, and make important decisions about their cases.

    • CHAP Interviewers - interview walk-in clients at the Courthouse Assistance Projects in Augusta, Biddeford, Lewiston or Portland. Volunteers are trained to handle initial interviews, coordinate with attorneys on duty, and when appropriate, assist clients with filling out family law pro se materials.

    • Project Participants / Coordinators - assist staff with the development of new projects, while also developing and enhancing leadership skills

    • Administrative & Technical Assistants - assist staff with data entry, web and Facebook updates and design, publicity, community outreach, general office work and specifically designed projects.

    • Semester or Summer Internships - join the project as an intern in the summer, or on occasion throughout the academic year. Throughout the internship period interns gain insight into the full spectrum of VLP operations.

  • Attorney Volunteers - The need in Maine for pro bono legal services is vast.  Approximately one third of all Mainers are low-income and qualify for legal services. Most people who request an attorney have a serious legal issue that affects daily life, including family relationships, health and safety concerns, and basic necessities such as food and shelter. The VLP acts as a nexus, connecting pro bono attorneys with Maine people who would otherwise be dealing with a civil legal issue on their own.

Location: 88 Federal Street, Portland, Maine 


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Make It Happen

Make It Happen! is a college readiness program that helps multilingual students build competitive academic profiles for college admission and financial aid. Make It Happen! AmeriCorps Site Coordinators help students take challenging classes, improve their standardized test scores, develop competitive college applications, and engage in leadership, community service, and professional development opportunities. To provide academic and language acquisition support, MIH! pairs English Language Learners in grades 8-12 with volunteer academic coaches..


Volunteer Opportunities:

  • Academic Coaches - be a positive role-model to a student and provide academic support and engage in activities with students that promote critical thinking, goal-setting and organizational skills. Volunteer academic coaches work with students from countries all over the globe. Meet once a week with a student between 8 am and 5 pm for minimum of 2 hours. Time based on location and availability.


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My Place Teen Center

My Place Teen Center is a free, year-round, after-school program (five hours/day) for kids, ages 10-18 located in Westbrook, Maine. A safe haven for youth — sustaining them with comfort, meals, resources, and hope. They specialize in working with youth most at risk, including disabled, homeless, food insecure, cognitively-delayed, low-income, immigrant, and refugee teens. They offer a multi-purpose, academically enriching, life-skills enhancing, hunger relieving, youth development program. The two biggest services they provide are afterschool programs and meals.


Volunteer Opportunities:

  • Games, special activities, and mentoring

  • Homework tutoring

  • Carpentry, painting, and general maintenance support

Location: 755 Main Street, Westbrook, Maine


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National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)

NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness. NAMI educates individuals and families, advocates and shapes national public policy to provide people with mental illness with the necessary tools, resources, and skills, provides a HelpLine for referral, information, and support, and leads public awareness events and activities.


Volunteer Opportunities:

  • Take the #StigmaFree pledge - Join the campaign to turn stigma into hope, promote acceptance, and actively challenge social stereotypes. Through powerful words and actions, help shift the social and systemic barriers for those living with mental health conditions and encourage acceptance and understanding.

    • Learn about mental health - educate yourself and others

    • See the person not the illness - strive to listen, understand, and tell your story

    • Take action - spread the word, raise awareness, make a difference

  • NAMIwalks - NAMIwalks supports the mission-driven work of NAMI organizations, which host education programs, facilitate support groups, provide mental health trainings, advocate for access to services, and offer a compassionate place to turn for the millions of Americans living with mental illness. Find a NAMIwalk near you.

  • Advocacy - Policy change is one major way to make a difference in the lives of people living with mental health conditions and their families. NAMI’s legislative and public policy priority is to support Americans affected by mental illness’ opportunities to build better lives. NAMI advocates for an array of issues including, securing better funding for research, protecting people’s access to treatment and services, and attaining mental health parity. They maintain an active presence in the U.S. Capitol on priority issues. NAMI also has a strong presence in all 50 states, advocating for state laws, as well as county and local policies and ordinances that will ensure that people get the help they need.

  • NAMI on Campus - NAMI on Campus clubs work to end the stigma that makes it hard for students to talk about mental health and get the help they need. Clubs hold creative meetings, hold innovative awareness events, and offer signature NAMI programs through partnerships with NAMI State Organizations and Affiliates across the nation. NAMI on Campus clubs are student-led, student-run mental health organizations on college campuses. For more information on NAMI clubs, email or visit their FAQ page.

  • NAMI FaithNet - NAMI FaithNet is an interfaith resource network of NAMI members, friends, clergy and congregations of all faith traditions who wish to encourage faith communities who are welcoming and supportive of persons and families living with mental illness. They strive to encourage welcoming, caring congregations as well as to promote the vital role of spirituality in the recovery journeys of many who live with mental health conditions, those for whom faith is a key component. NAMI FaithNet is not a religious network but includes an effort to outreach to all religious organizations

  • Law Enforcement - With our failing mental health system so inadequate, law enforcement agencies have increasingly become first responders to people experiencing mental health crisis.

    • Crisis Intervention Team - If your community has a CIT program, consider getting involved. There are important roles for officers to play, as well as local mental health providers, individuals living with mental illness and their families. Consider  starting a CIT program in your community.

    • CIT for Youth - CIT for Youth programs teach law enforcement officers to connect youth with mental health needs to effective services and supports in their community. The goal is to intervene early in emerging mental health issues and prevent youth from becoming involved in the juvenile justice system. The program works with schools, school based police officers, children’s mental health providers and parents to accomplish these goals.

    • Strengthening Officer Resilience - The stresses on law enforcement officers have grown greater, and we know that there is a disturbing trend in law enforcement suicide. With the increase in mass shooting events, it’s become more evident than ever that officer mental wellness needs to be a priority.

    • Building Resiliency within Law Enforcement Agencies

  • Say It Out Loud - NAMI created Say it Out Loud to get teens talking about mental health. Say it Out Loud gives adults the tools they need to hold conversations about mental health with teens. To bring Say it Out Loud! to your community, download the toolkit here or email to request it on a USB drive.

  • Share Your Story - Sharing your story about your personal experience with mental health challenges is a great way to encourage others to talk about what they’re experiencing. Visit You are Not Alone and Ok2Talk.

  • Become a leader in the mental health movement

  • Awareness Events - Millions of American’s lives are impacted daily by mental health conditions. As a way to show support for these people NAMI participates in several annual mental health awareness events. Participating in a local or national NAMI event is a great way for you to help increase people’s understanding of the complexity of mental illness. Through these events we can expel myths, educate the public and show support for the many people affected by mental health that are working to improve their lives.

    • If you or someone you know are in crisis or experiencing difficult or suicidal thoughts, call the National Suicide Hotline at 1-800-273 TALK (8255) or call 911 immediately. If you are looking for more information, referrals or support, call the NAMI HelpLine at 800-950-NAMI (6264)

    • Mental Health Month (May) - NAMI and participants across the country are bringing awareness to mental health. Each year we fight stigma, provide support, educate the public and advocate for equal care. Each year, the movement grows stronger. Share mental health awareness information, images and graphics with #mhm or #mentalhealthmonth and help spread awareness for the stigmafree pledge with #IAmStigmaFree.  

    • Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week (May 3-9) - NAMI joins communities around the country in raising awareness about the mental health needs of America’s youngest citizens. It is a week to focus on children and youth living with mental illness and to come together to advocate for a full array of effective services and supports for children affected by mental illness.

    • National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month (July) - Taking on the challenges of mental health conditions, health coverage and the stigma of mental illness affects all of us. In many communities, however, these problems are increased by less access to care, cultural stigma and lower quality care. Learn more about minority mental health.

    • Suicide Prevention Awareness Month (September) - This is a time to talk about issues relating to suicide prevention, promote resources and awareness, how you can help others and how to talk about suicide without increasing the risk of harm. World Suicide Prevention Day (September 10) is observed to reach out to those affected by suicide, raise awareness and connect individuals with suicidal ideation to treatment services. It is also important to ensure that individuals, friends and families have access to the resources they need to address suicide prevention.

    • Mental Illness Awareness Week (First week of October) - In 1990, the U.S. Congress established the first full week of October as Mental Illness Awareness Week (MIAW) in recognition of NAMI's efforts to raise mental illness awareness. Since then, mental health advocates across the country have joined with others in their communities to sponsor activities, large or small, for public education about mental illness. NAMI and participants across the country are working to bring awareness to mental illness.

  • Volunteer with local NAMI affiliates - Volunteering at NAMI's national office or your local NAMI shows how important mental health is to you. Here are some some ways to get involved:

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Partners for World Health


Partners for World Health is a non-profit organization based in Scarborough, Maine, that is committed to helping reduce medical waste while improving global health. They specialize in recycling and reprocessing medical supplies that have been discarded and repurposing them to help other countries receive the health care they deserve.


Volunteer Opportunities:

  • Warehouse help - help pick up, sort and organize medical supplies and make a difference in our environment and help improve healthcare throughout the world.

    • Macrosorting - opening bags/boxes and sorting items into general category bins

    • Microsorting - sorting general category bins into more restrictive categories

    • Counting, bagging, and labeling similar items

    • Transferring like liquids to create full containers

    • Creating kits of supplies (respiratory kits, surgical kits, birthing kits, etc.)

    • Packing, sealing and labeling boxes for shipment

  • Project 10,000 - an effort to reduce maternal and infant mortality rates in Africa by providing 10,000 women with kits containing the supplies necessary for a sterile birth and items to keep their newborn warm.

  • College and Graduate School Chapters - The responsibilities of student chapters include developing partnerships with local hospitals, collecting medical supplies from local hospitals and delivering them to local PWH warehouses, educating the community on global health issues, volunteering in PWH's South Portland warehouse once a month, organizing a mobility or crutch drive once a year, raising $10,000 to send a shipment of medical supplies and equipment to a country of their choice, and hosting monthly global health education series lectures (optional). Members of PWH college chapters are also eligible to apply for medical mission trips.

  • Internships

  • Other Volunteer Opportunities include assisting with supply pick-ups, the Fall 2016 World Wide Walk, the Leadership Training Program, loading shipments, MMC Weekend Runner, office cleaning, office coverage, processing medical supplies, and special events committee. Visit view the application for specific requirements.  


Volunteer Application for individual volunteers. 


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PATHS (Portland Arts & Technology High School)

At Portland Arts and Technology High School, they transform creativity into real skills that enhance self-esteem and challenge thinking. Students are mentored by staff as they achieve a mastery of skills that correspond to one’s ability and self-determination.


Volunteer Opportunities:

  • Work Clothes for PATHS Students - students taking classes often need to change into a different set of clothes for the rest of the school day. In order to allow students of all economic backgrounds the opportunity to participate safely, PATHS has started a school closet stocked with work boots, blue jeans, wool socks, and winter coats in adult sizes (S-XXL). New or gently used items are gladly accepted. For more information on this program, please contact Tina Mikkelsen at or (207) 874-9165.


For more information, visit their website.


Location: 196 Allen Avenue, Portland, Maine


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Portland Adult Education

Portland Adult Education offers courses in three programs areas: academic classes, community life courses, and job skill courses. They also offer a program, the Street Academy, that assures homeless youth can have free access to an appropriate public education. Academic classes and job skill courses are held at the Cathedral School, which community life courses take place at various Portland schools and centers.


PAE has multiple opportunities available to work with immigrants and English language learners:

  • Learning Lab - assist immigrants and English language learners in navigating computers and software that help them practice English

  • Discussion Groups - support conversation in English by leading discussion groups

  • Classroom Aides - assist teachers in the classroom once a week for two hours

  • Tutors - work one on one with students who want more practice in English, reading, writing or conversation once a week for one hour


Location: Cathedral School at 14 Locust Street, Portland, Maine 


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Portland Area Volunteer Administrators

Portland Area Volunteer Administrators (PAVA) is a professional networking group that meets monthly. PAVA’s mission is to provide support to, strengthen, and facilitate growth of volunteer managers and their volunteer programs.


PAVA membership is designed for individuals who are responsible for working with volunteers and/or managing volunteer programs. PAVA meetings offer a great opportunity to share ideas, expand resources and discuss challenges. Their collective experiences can help you brainstorm and develop new ideas and skills. Benefits of membership:

  • Monthly meetings with exciting and helpful topics including: managing personal and work stress, selling your staff & organization on the value of volunteers, demonstrating outcomes, and more.

  • Regular training opportunities covering a variety of topics including utilizing the Get Connected volunteer database, writing volunteer position descriptions, and developing a successful plan for volunteer recruitment and retention.

  • Opportunities to network and share information about current events and resources.


PAVA is a part of United Way of Greater Portland, which provides many ways to volunteers:

  • Individual Volunteer Opportunities

  • Group Volunteering for Workplaces

  • Collection Drives

    • Pantry Project - a joint venture of United Way of Greater Portland and Preble Street with the aim of keeping food pantry shelves full beyond the holiday season.

    • Project Education - a workplace-based collection effort that aims to provide schools and service agencies with materials and resources to help kids succeed in school

  • Day of Caring - an annual day of service sponsored by the United Way of Greater Portland. The day kicks-off with a short program. Following the festivities, more than 1,000 volunteers from local businesses and schools will spend the day working at nearly 70 projects including painting, trail clearing, gardening and organizing.

Location: United Way of Greater Portland at One Canal Plaza, Suite 300, Portland, Maine


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Portland Food Co-Op


The Portland Food Co-op is a grocery store, owned by thousands of Portland community members. They offer a wide variety of local, organic and natural foods and household products. They are are dedicated to supporting local farmers and producers, serving their community, and building the local economy.


Volunteer Opportunities:

  • Outreach

  • Data Entry

  • Mailings

  • Events

  • Gardens/Farm Days

  • Co-op Newsletter


There are many opportunities for service learning partnerships.


If you are interested in volunteering, fill out their online form

Location: 290 Congress Street, Portland, Maine


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Portland Gear Hub

The Portland Gear Hub is a non-profit shop powered by camp Ketcha and the Community Bike Center in the Portland YMCA. They sell used and refurbished outdoor gear and bikes to support the community and youth development programs at Camp Ketcha and the CBC. They also accept volunteer credit through Garbage to Garden and Hour Exchange Portland.


Volunteer Opportunities:

  • Volunteer Night - 1st and 3rd Wednesdays from 6-8 pm

  • Sorting/Pricing Inventory

  • Volunteer Mechanics

  • Bike Benders - clean bikes, sort and clean bike parts, strip bikes, replace brake and shift cables, patch or replace tubes

  • Workshops - help facilitate or facilitate you own workshop about bike mechanics and information

  • Specific volunteer needs:

    • Sorting and pairing XC skis and poles

    • Removing and installing XC ski bindings

    • Parting out bikes into usable components and metal recycling

    • Building kids’ bikes

  • They are open to new ideas for service-learning projects

Location: Union Station Plaza at 244 St. John Street, Portland, Maine 


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Portland Housing Authority

Portland Housing Authority administers HUD public housing and Section 8 housing programs. Together with its community partners, the PHA provides and expands affordable housing and services that improve the quality of life, build community, enhance safety and promote personal success for the people they serve and the neighborhoods in which they reside.


PHA Programs:

Below are a variety of the programs and services offered by or through Portland Housing Authority and some possible volunteer opportunities. Contact information is provided alongside the programs.


Youth Services

  • Study Centers - Study centers are run in four neighborhoods: Front Street, Sagamore Village, Riverton Park, and Kennedy Park. The mission of the centers is to provide a positive, productive, and safe environment for students to receive assistance with homework. There is great need in the neighborhoods as many parents are not fluent in English and have a difficult time assisting with homework. They also work to supplement students’ education by doing art projects, playing educational games, and reading with them. 

    • Study Center Assistants - assist with afterschool homework help, college, job and scholarship applications, academic mentoring, and supplemental extracurricular educational opportunities when possible. Time Commitment: 1-2 hours a week for 8-10 weeks throughout the semester.

    • Extracurricular Activities - volunteers with specific interests they would like to teach often lead these supplementary activities. You have the option of working with the coordinators of each center to define what role you would like to have.

  • The CHEETA Project - the Community Hope through Education Empowerment Training and Action (CHEETA) Project is a youth empowerment program of the PHA. It is a leadership and community building program that was created and developed by the youth who serve as its members & staff. It operates year round at the study centers with an emphasis on summer programming & engagement.

    • Volunteer - CHEETA has a variety of needs that can be filled by volunteers interested in helping out on a given day.  If you have little time but are still interested in helping in some way, they will work with you to find a position and time that fits your needs.

    • Teach a Class - Have a particular skill or trade you’d like to share?  They are always looking for workshop instructors who can teach a class to our members.  Academic tutoring, dance classes, cooking, and more.

  • Soccer Start Program - Global Premier Soccer and the Portland Housing Authority team up to offer a daily morning soccer program for youth of all ages. The practices are held at the Sagamore Village field and Fox Street field from the end of school until mid August. 

  • Boys and Girls Club - located in Riverton Park, Sagamore Village, and Front Street

  • Junior Youth Empowerment Program - a youth mentorship program in Riverton Park that operates out of 102/104 Riverton Drive. 

  • LearningWorks Teen Trend Setters - a youth literacy & mentorship program in Riverton Park that operates out of 102/104 Riverton Drive from September through May.

  • Head Start - located in Kennedy Park out of the KP Community Center (58 Boyd Street) and in Sagamore Village out of the Community Building (28 Popham Street) Monday-Friday.

  • Cultivating Communities - Cultivating Community has a community garden in the Kennedy Park community. Each summer, they employ youth from the neighborhood for their Youth Growers program.

  • Pihcintu - Pihcintu, Portland's Multicultural Youth Chorus, works with many youth in public housing.

  • Youth Services AmeriCorps VISTA

Food Programs - Wayside Mobile Food Pantry, Food Pantries, Summer Lunch Program, University of Maine Cooperative Extension, and Cultivating Communities.  

Family Services

  • Family Self-Sufficiency Programs - designed to help residents save money and maintain steady jobs. Both section-8 and public housing residents are eligible. 

  • United Somali Women of Maine - assists refugee and immigrant women living in Maine in a manner which reflects their gender and cultural practices. A USWM office is located at 102/104 Riverton Drive.

  • Community Financial Literacy - strives to enhance the lives of refugee and immigrant communities in Maine by teaching them financial literacy skills for a better future. The CFL office is located at 102/104 Riverton Drive.

Health and Wellness Services

  • The Sagamore Health Resource Center - a community-based nurse managed clinic that provides primary care, public health, and mental health services to the residents. The Center is managed by faculty from the USM CONHP (College of Nursing and Health Professions) in collaboration with the residents, Portland Housing Authority, and Maine Medical Center. Clinic hours are Tuesday and Thursday from 9:00AM-1:00PM. 

  • Portland Community Health Clinic - Clinics are located in Riverton Park at Riverton Health at 59 Riverton Drive and in Franklin Towers.

  • University of New England Dental Clinic - UNE hosts a dental clinic every other Tuesday and Thursday 8am -12pm for residents of Franklin Towers during the academic year. 

Career Services

  • Maine Career Center - provides a variety of employment and training services at no charge for Maine workers and businesses. 

  • Goodwill Workforce Solutions - offers job training and career services to unemployed and underemployed people in Portland. 

Adult Education

  • Portland Adult Education classes and citizenship tutoring are held at Portland Housing Authority at 102/104 Riverton Drive. 

  • Riverton Family Literacy Initiative - a family literacy program which aims to prepare parents to be their child’s first and most significant teachers. They offer academic ESL class, parenting workshops and presentations and educational family activities. 

  • Literacy Volunteers - offers free tutoring for adults seeking to develop the literacy skills they need to reach important life goals like reading their first books, obtaining citizenship,  helping their children with homework, taking care of personal bills and finding employment. 


  • Neighborhood Crime Watch - meet with the Police monthly to discuss safety and work with the police to keep crime out of their community. 


Sagamore Village

  • Food pantry

  • Game night

  • USM nurse station (Tuesday, Thursday)

  • Head Start preschool program

  • Education center

  • Girl Scouts

  • Boys and Girls Club


To volunteer, fill out their volunteer application.


14 Baxter Boulevard, Portland, Maine

Programs are held at various locations throughout neighborhoods in Portland 


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Portland High School


Portland High is the most diverse school in the State of Maine. It is home to 1,000 students, who come from 41 countries and speak 26 different languages.


Volunteer Opportunities:

  • Portland Mentoring Alliance - provides adults and young people a unique opportunity to share their lives, experiences and talents. Mentors share their skills, experiences, talents, and wisdom with students looking for college, career, and personal guidance. Time Commitment: one hour per week at a location determined by you and your mentee. 

  • Contact PHS for other opportunities

Location: 284 Cumberland Avenue, Portland, Maine 


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Portland High School - ESL Department

Volunteer Opportunities:

  • English Language Learner (ELL) Academic Support Classes - structured study halls with help available for students if they need it. There is a wide range of abilities; some are more independent and have homework lined up, and some need more support to get started.

  • Volunteer Tutors for ELL Students - volunteers are needed throughout the school day to work one on one with English Language learner students in literacy, phonics and numeracy in the classroom. Teacher supervision and support is available. Volunteers help  students build skills and develop confidence in learning.

Location: 284 Cumberland Avenue, Portland, Maine


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Portland Mentoring Alliance


The Portland Mentoring Alliance seeks to improve the life qualities of both young people and adults as they experience the multiple values of a one-on-one relationship

Primarily, a mentor serves as a consistent, reliable role model and a trusted friend to a high school student.


The Portland Mentoring Alliance accepts applications on a year-round basis from volunteers who wish to mentor a student at Portland High School.

Location: 284 Cumberland Avenue, Portland, Maine 


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Portland Trails

Portland Trails: A Nonprofit Urban Land Trust transforms Greater Portland into a healthier community for people-powered transportation, conservation, and recreation. They are dedicated to creating a network of trails in greater Portland, Maine, that is available to everyone free of charge.


Volunteer Opportunities:

  • Trail Volunteers - volunteering for trail work is a great way to learn about the trails and give back to your community. Access the Trail Volunteer Signup Form here.

    • Public Volunteer Days - a chance to get to know other trail enthusiasts and lend a hand

    • Trail Steward - if you’re looking for a more consistent time commitment, consider becoming a trail steward and donate your time to managing and maintaining their trail system regularly. Trail stewards are committed and knowledgeable trail users who work with staff to consistently maintain the trails. Some stewards walk a nearby trail monthly, others take on maintenance tasks themselves.

  • Event Volunteers - Portland Trails hosts numerous events throughout the year, including races, fundraisers, parties, and other special events, and are always looking for helping hands. Whether you’re an expert fundraiser, party-planner, or just want to help out, volunteering at events is great way to get involved.

  • Corporate/Group Volunteers - Interested in bringing your office, class, team, or organization out on the trails? A day of trail work is a great opportunity for team building and connects your employees or group with the Portland community and local trails.


Trails - visit this Portland Trails listing for maps, directions, and details about these four trails:


Location: 305 Commercial Street, Portland, Maine 


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Portland Water District  


The Portland Water District supplies water to 15% of Maine’s population. They are committed to providing a reliable supply of water that surpasses all health and aesthetic standards. Guided by a commitment to public health, PWD works on watershed protection, water treatment, and water quality monitoring and reporting.  


What They Do:


Read about their community involvement and their open employment positions.

Main Location: 225 Douglass Street, Portland, Maine 


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Preble Street Resource Center


Preble Street Resource center is a multi-faceted social service agency that serves the hungry and homeless of Portland through food, casework, and many programs.


Volunteer Opportunities:

  • Resource Center Soup Kitchen - Preble Street soup kitchens serve warm, nutritious meals to 250-400 people three times a day every day of the year. Help prepare, serve, and clean-up. Volunteers work in three hour shifts based on meal: breakfast (7:00am-10:00am), lunch (10:30am-1:30pm), and dinner (3:30-6:30pm). Visit the CECD’s Upcoming Volunteer Opportunities page or visit Preble Street’s volunteer page for a listing of the dates and times they are in need of volunteers for the soup kitchen.

  • Resource Center Food Deliveries - Volunteers are needed to help unload, sort, and stack food deliveries, and organize shelves on Tuesdays between 8:00am and 12:00 pm, and Thursdays between 8:00am and 4:00pm. This opportunity requires heavy lifting.

  • Teen Meals- The Teen Center provides lunch and dinner, seven days a day. Volunteers, age 21 and older, help prepare, serve, and clean up lunch (10:30am-1:30pm) and dinner (5:15pm-7:30pm). 7 days a week. Time Commitment: one meal weekly for at least three months.

  • Florence House Meals - Volunteers serve lunch and dinner at Florence House seven days a week. Volunteers, age 21 and older, help prepare, serve, and clean up for lunch (10:30am-1:30pm) and dinner (4:30pm-7:30pm). They also serve breakfast Sundays through Wednesdays from 7:45am-10:00am. Time Commitment: once a week for at least three months.   

  • Food Pantry - Every Thursday, they distribute food to approximately 120 needy families. Volunteers are need from 10:00am-12:00pm to sort fresh food donations and help from 12:45pm-3:30pm setting up the dining room for distribution, as well as help distributing food and cleaning up afterwards.  

  • Clothing Closets - They provide free clothing to youth and adults in need. Volunteers help sort donations, fold clothes, restock shelves, and keep the closets clean and organized.

  • Organize a Food, Clothing, or Toiletry Drive - Help stock their shelves and clothing closets. Top 10 Needs: Socks, New Underwear, Men’s Jeans, Towels, Backpacks, Men’s Boots, Coffee, Cooking Oil, Pasta, and Rice. Visit their In-kind donations page for specific needs for the soup kitchen, food pantry, clothing closet, shelter, personal hygiene products, teen needs, and group supplies.

  • Logan Place - Logan Place provides efficiency apartments and 24 hour on-site support for 30 adults who had been persistently homeless. Logan Place is a model for a real solution to the problem of homelessness in our communities. Volunteer and help tenants build their community. Volunteers, age 21 and older, are needed to staff the front desk; facilitate game events (bingo, card tournaments, etc) or prepare special meals for holidays or community meals.

  • Office Support - Help in the offices with filing, phones, and mailings on a one-time or ongoing basis.

  • Special Activities and Events - If you have an idea or can help organize and facilitate groups or workshops for teens or adults (such as art, photography, knitting, ESOL, theater, games, writing, etc), let Preble Street know! They welcome volunteers with special interests of talents (such as hairdressers, yoga instructors, dancers, gardeners, etc) to share their time and skills.

  • Special Projects - Help with projects such as deep cleaning in the soup kitchen, cleaning around their buildings and the neighborhood, washing windows, stocking shelves, and setting up for special events.

  • Maine Hunger Initiative: Help increase access to food while learning about hunger and food insecurity in your community. Spend the semester connecting people to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), a vital safety net program and our nation’s best defense against hunger. Provide outreach and application assistance at local food pantries 1-4 times per month. MHI will match you with a food pantry and provide training and shadowing opportunities. This great opportunity will connect more low-income Mainers with nutritious food and help you gain skills in communication, outreach, and advocacy. 


Access the Volunteer Application here.



Main Address: 38 Preble Street Portland, Maine

Resource Center Soup Kitchen: 252 Oxford Street, Portland, Maine

Preble Street Resource Center: 5 Portland Street, Portland, Maine

Teen Center Soup Kitchen: 343 Cumberland Avenue, Portland, Maine

Florence House: 190 Valley Street, Portland, Maine

Logan Place: 52 Frederic Street, Portland, Maine 


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Prevent Harm

Prevent Harm, the sister organization of the Environmental Health Strategy Center

is working to prevent harm to Maine families from toxic chemicals in everyday life. They are acting now on science linking chemical exposure to chronic diseases, disabilities, and early death. They start with a grassroots demand for a healthier Maine and a collaboration with nurses, doctors, and health advocates calling for preventative action. They work to ensure that elected leaders fight to fix the broken chemical safety system and fight for chemicals in products to be proven safe for both people and the planet.


Volunteer Opportunities:

  • Office - help with data entry, data management, filing, mailings etc.

  • Outreach and Education - help with planning and preparation for events, tabling at events, identify new events and education opportunities, and assist with presentations to community organizations

  • Political Action - collect petition signatures for advocacy campaigns, contact EHSC supporters about legislative or community action opportunities, help with planning and preparation for political action events (such as rallies and media events), and meet with your representatives about environmental health concerns

  • Writing and Research - write letters to the editor for local newspapers, read and write about new environmental health findings and consumer safety tips, write blog posts, and collect personal stories on environmental health topics

  • Photography and Film - help document EHSC events by taking photos and/or video that can be used for online and print materials


Location: 565 Congress Street., Suite 204, Portland, Maine


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Project Blessing


Project Blessing is part of LifeChurch and their faith-based mission to connect with the needy. The desire to bless those in need in the greater Portland area. They provide basic housekeeping supplies and personal care items to people moving from homelessness to the stability and comfort of a home. They currently work with over 20 social service agencies.


Volunteer Opportunities

  • Fundraising

  • Pick up or deliver donated items

  • Maintenance duties

Location: LifeChurch, 8 Elkins Road, Gorham, Maine 


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Project Grace

The mission of Project Grace is to improve the lives of those in Scarborough by identifying both those in need and those willing to share their gifts, and coordinating the interchange in a compassionate, confidential manner.

Location: Scarborough, Maine 


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Ronald McDonald House  

Many families travel far from home and spend several weeks or months to get treatment for their seriously ill or injured children – a long time to be away or to divide a family. And, for children facing a serious medical crisis, nothing seems scarier than not having mom and dad close by for love and support. A Ronald McDonald House is that “home-away-from-home” for families so they can stay close by their hospitalized child at little or no cost.


For more than 30 years, the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Maine has been helping children with challenging medical needs, and their families, stay close together during difficult times. They have comforted and cared for over 12,000 sick children and their families. 


Volunteer Opportunities:

  • Weekend Warriors - Act as a House Manager on a weekend shift. Weekend Managers reside at the House and manage all basic aspects of daily operations while staff are off-duty. Weekend Managers cover one or two weekends a year (more if desired) from Friday 5pm - Saturday 5pm or Saturday 5pm to Sunday 5pm. Responsibilities include orienting families with House services, assisting with families' checking in or out, and preparing guest rooms. Orientation and training are provided. A staff member is always available on call.

  • Teen Ambassador Program Advisors - The Ronald McDonald House Portland® Teen Ambassador program provides a vehicle for young people to become involved in the agency, merging civic engagement and leadership development for high school students. The program is operated and administered by trained RMH volunteers, adult Advisors, who will oversee the teen participants while at the House. As a Teen Ambassador, you will have the opportunity to participate in various events and activities throughout the year. Your involvement may include providing meals for families staying at RMH, organizing drives for needed supplies and promoting awareness of RMH and its mission. Time Commitment: 5-8 hours per month for one year; attend 10 out of 12 meetings. Access the application here. 

  • Guest Chef - Provide home cooked meals for families staying at house. Review the Portland Guest Chef Program Guidelines here.

  • House Volunteer - same duties as weekend warrior; several hour shifts available during week

  • Fundraising - Organize events to raise money for the House. Find the Fundraising Application here. 

  • Business Development - Evaluate ROI, statistical analysis and offer suggestions for better business strategies

  • Back of the House Volunteers - Help with volunteer management, recruitment, setting up trainers and speakers, along wide other tasks. This is great for those with interest in running a non-profit organization.  

  • If you're interested in an activity that is not listed above, the House Manager is very open to other possibilities and ideas.



Ronald McDonald House Portland: 250 Brackett Street, Portland, Maine

Ronald McDonald House Bangor: 654 State Street, Bangor, Maine


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Read With Me

Read With Me is a community-based initiative that matches caring volunteer reading mentors with
every kindergarten and first grade student in Westbrook. Mentors meet weekly with
children, read to them, and talk about books. 

What is required of Read With Me mentors?
Mentors must love children and books! The mentor’s commitment is approximately 30
minutes per week, or 60 minutes per week if the volunteer chooses to read with two
children. Books will be provided for mentors and children along with suggestions for things
to talk about while reading books. Mentors must participate in a 90-minute training before
beginning and must be registered and approved as a Westbrook School Department
volunteer. Read With ME begins the week of February 26 and concludes on June 4, 2018.

How can you be part of Read With Me?
If you already know you would like to sign up, great! Go ahead and fill out the linked form:
Someone will email you back with next steps.


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The Root Cellar

The Root Cellar is a Christian ministry with the goal of uniting the local community in the common cause of satisfying the physical and spiritual needs of inner-city youth and their families. The Root Cellar freely offers programs and services to those families and individuals that live in Portland communities. Our programs are designed to serve our neighbors in a way that not only meets needs but gives people a hand-up so that they, in time, can help themselves.


Volunteer Opportunities:

  • Professional Services Volunteers - They are always looking for volunteers with professional level skills to offer our community. The most regular needs are in their dental and medical clinics, but they also have needs for electricians, plumbers, or other contractors to help with occasional building up-keep. Access the professional services preliminary volunteer application here.

  • Adult Volunteers - They are looking for adult volunteers to serve in a wide array of capacities.  If you are an active member of a local church and are interested in learning more about volunteering with the Root Cellar, please fill out the preliminary volunteer application.

  • Neighborhood Volunteers - Do you live in their neighborhood?  Do want to the opportunity to give back to your own community?  Fill out the neighborhood volunteer application and someone from staff will call you and talk with you about some of the many ways you can serve your community at The Root Cellar

  • Home Visits - Join up as a team of two or more to visit people in their homes on a regular basis

  • Teen Center - Serve as a mentor and work with teens on Friday nights from 7:00-10:00pm at the Root Cellar. You will be able to help direct the ministry to teens and organize special events.

  • Photographer/Writer - Skilled photographers and writers are needed to tell the stories of our neighborhood for communications with supporters.

  • Video Creator - They are looking for multiple video editors/creators to help create special video projects with a variety of purposes. Time Commitment: one project/month

  • Graphic Artist - Help with graphic design for events, fundraisers, web and other projects.

  • Gardener/Composter - They are looking for an experienced gardener to work with kids and adults in their garden plot.

  • Bus Drivers - The Root Cellar frequently takes kids and adults on trips off site. Bus drivers are needed year round for special outings and activities. Weekly opportunities available.

  • Resume/Job Helpers - Assist those needing help with creating a resume or finding and applying for jobs. Appointments are made based on your availability.

  • Webmaster - Make regular updates to their webpage and assist with larger web projects and changes.

  • After School Kids’ Programs - Help a few hours a week with various afterschool kids’ programs for kids ages 6-16 held Monday-Friday from 3-5pm. We need help in our various after school kids programs Monday thru Friday from 3 to 5.

  • Auction Committee Members - help plan and facilitate annual fundraising auction

  • Front Desk Help - needed Tuesdays 9am-1pm and Thursdays 1-5pm

  • English Teaching Assistants - needed Mondays and Wednesdays 9:30am-12pm and Mondays 1pm-3pm

  • English Conversation Facilitators - Lead an individual or small group in English conversation from Thursdays 6:30-7:30 PM

  • Root Cellar Lewiston

Access the volunteer application here.



94 Washington Avenue, Portland, Maine

89 Birch Street, Lewiston, Maine 


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Root for ME

Root for ME’s mission is to provide inclusive opportunities for individuals with special needs to join with the community in order to establish life-long friendships and promote leadership development. Root for ME! is a new program created to promote recreation and socialization for kids and families with special needs.  


Volunteer Opportunities:

  • Open Gym - Root for ME! will hold an open gym every Saturday from 10am-12 pm at Mabel I. Wilson School in Cumberland, Maine. The open gym is geared to accommodate all levels of participation, grades K-12 and welcomes all Maine families. This program is not limited to kids with special needs, as friends and siblings are encouraged to participate as well.


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Ruth's 3Rs

The mission of Ruth’s Reusable Resources is to provide every Maine child with the variety and quality of supplies needed to succeed in school. They work to ensure that students and classrooms have the basic tools for learning, by transferring surplus business supplies and merchandise into the hands of school children through teachers.


Volunteer Opportunities:

  • Ambassadors - There are many districts in southern Maine who are not members of Ruth's Reusable Resource center and are not fully aware of the benefits there are. Persons volunteering to be an ambassador for the center will have the task of helping increase membership by going to new schools to meet with fellow teachers or administrators to explain who and what Ruth’s 3Rs is.

  • Sorting/Display - Prior to the opening of every day, approximately two hours are spent re-shelving and straightening popular items. Persons who can help with this important task can do so during open hours.

  • Checkout - People are need who can help with checking out materials and documenting items leaving the center.

  • Volunteer Coordinators - Help scheduled and coordinate volunteers. Most of this work could be done through email and telephone.

  • Grant Writers

  • Publicity

Location: 39 Blueberry Road, Portland, Maine


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Saco Parks & Recreation Department

The Saco Parks and Recreation Department is dedicated to creating and providing active and passive recreational opportunities in order to promote social, cultural and physical well being and improve the quality of life for all present and future Saco residents and its visitors. They strive to provide safe well maintained parks, facilities, beaches and a healthy Urban Forest in addition to professional high quality programs and services that respond to changing needs within their community.


Location: Community Center at 75 Franklin Street, Saco, Maine


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Safe Voices

The mission of Safe Voices is to support and empower those affected by domestic violence and engage the community in creating social change in Androscoggin, Franklin, and Oxford Counties.


Volunteer Opportunities:

  • Safe Voices 5K Walk/Run to End Domestic Violence

  • Know the 24-hour emergency hotline: 1-800-559-2927

  • Volunteer and intern program areas include prevention/education, outreach/court advocacy, crisis call work, shelter, and fundraising. Placement is based on interest and availability of programs.  


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Salvation Army


The Salvation Army operates 7,546 centers in communities across the United States. These include food distribution, disaster relief, rehabilitation centers, anti-human trafficking efforts, and a wealth of children's programs. The Salvation Army is an evangelical part of the universal Christian Church.


Volunteer Opportunities:

  • Senior Center Helpers

  • Music and Arts Teachers for Youth Programs

  • ESL Teachers

  • Translators

  • Grant Writers

  • Volunteer Coordinators

  • Seasonal or Special Events


The Portland Maine Citadel Corps Community Center (297 Cumberland Avenue in Portland) offers the following services:

  • Bible Study - Correspondence

  • Transitional Care & Work Release

  • Emergency Financial Assistance

  • Food & Nutrition Programs

  • Seasonal Services

  • Casework Services

  • Camping Activities

  • Nutrition Programs

  • Senior Citizen Clubs

  • Worship Services - Children's / Teen

  • Worship Services - Church

  • Christian Education

  • Men's Ministries

  • Music & Arts Programs

  • Worship Services - Sunday School

  • Women's Ministries

  • Worship Services - Young Adult

  • Worship Services - Youth Ministries

  • Character Building Programs

  • Day Camp Activities

  • Residential Camping Activities


To get involved, the Salvation Army recommends contacting your nearest center or visiting Volunteer Match and searching by location using the keyword “Salvation Army."


Nearby Locations:

30 Warren Avenue, Portland, Maine  

49 Alder Street, Portland, Maine

333 Clarks Pond Drive, South Portland, Maine

297 Cumberland Avenue, Portland, Maine (Citadel Corps Community Center)


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Sandcastle Clinical & Educational Services  

Sandcastle Clinical and Educational Services is a private, non-profit agency working to help children reach their maximum potential. They have a dedicated team of audiologists, occupational therapists, physical therapists, speech and language pathologists, psychologists and educators who are experts in family-centered, child-focused care. They work with children with special needs and those at risk for developmental issues.




To find out about current openings and how to apply to work with Sandcastle, visit their employment page

Location: 72 Strawberry Avenue, Lewiston, Maine


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Scarborough Schools 


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Seeds of Independence 

Seeds of Independence is a non-profit corporation committed to ensuring that youth are on a pathway toward becoming independent and productive members of their community. They rely on community involvement and volunteers to help support their programs. Grit, which is an after-school enrichment program for at-risk middle schoolers, runs on Mondays and Wednesdays from 2:45 - 5:15 PM and offers academic support, cultural enrichment, and social/emotional learning. Jump Start, which is a court diversion program for first time nonviolent juvenile offenders ages 13-17, matches youth with a mentor. The pair meets every Monday at Seeds from 6:30 - 8:00 PM for a facilitated discussion by community professionals. Navigate is designed to foster one-on-one relationships through which volunteer senior mentors help freshmen mentees face the social, academic, and behavioral challenges implicit in their adjustment to high school. 


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SMART Learning Lab   

The University of Southern Maine (USM) Southern Maine Area Resource Team (SMART) Learning Lab provides elementary school age children with a facility and staff dedicated to the prevention and remediation of academic difficulties. The SMART Learning Lab assists children in grades K through 5 who are experiencing difficulty with reading achievement by providing individualized assessment and intensive, research-based instruction.

Volunteer Opportunities:

  • Tutoring - SMART Learning Lab tutors are either current graduate students within School Psychology, Special Education, and Literacy Education programs at USM, or they are Teachers or Educational Technicians working in a local school.

Location: University of Southern Maine, 62 School Street, Gorham, Maine


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Southern Maine Agency on Aging

The Southern Maine Agency on Aging’s mission is to improve the quality of life for older adults, adults with disabilities, and the people who care for them. They work to promote the physical, social, emotional and economic well-being of older adults in southern Maine.



  • Community Services - helps older adults, adults with disabilities and family caregivers sort through the many programs and services available to help individuals live independently well into their senior years.

    • The Caregiver Respite Program - supports family caregivers by reimbursing some of the costs of having someone else provide care for the person with dementia

    • Money Minders - matches well-trained and highly-skilled volunteers with clients who need help getting their monthly bills paid in a timely and accurate manner

    • Medicare & Health Insurance Counseling

    • Family Caregiver Support - services and resources, such as the respite program, classes, and support groups, to help family caregivers continue to provide needed care while also taking care of themselves

  • Healthy Aging - helps older adults thrive as they age by taking charge of their own health and well-being. Good nutrition, maintaining an active lifestyle and managing health concerns are all components of the Healthy Aging mission.

    • Meals on Wheels - provides nutritious home-delivered meals to homebound older adults in Cumberland and York counties

    • Living Well for Better Health - designed for individuals with chronic or persistent health concerns

    • Chronic Pain Self-Management - designed for individuals whose main health concern is pain

    • Community Cafes - provide participants an opportunity to socialize with other attendees while enjoying a nutritious lunch

    • Commodity Supplemental Food Program - works to improve the health of low-income elderly persons at least 60 years of age by supplementing their diets with nutritious USDA Food

    • A Matter of Balance Workshops - a nationally recognized program designed to reduce the fear of falling and encourage physical activity

    • Maine Senior Games - provides athletic events and wellness opportunities to improve the health and fitness of people 45 and over

  • Adult Day Centers - provide a home-away-from-home experience for our members living with Alzheimer’s disease or other cognitive limitations. The Centers encompass the latest approaches in person-centered care, and also provide critical respite and support for family caregivers

Volunteer Opportunities:

  • Meals on Wheels - SMAA provides nutritious home-delivered meals to homebound older adults in Cumberland and York counties. The program provides up to five meals each week to each participant in the program. Volunteers and Agency staff deliver meals four days a week (no deliveries on Wednesdays) and generally arrive between 10:30am and 12:30pm.  Meals are delivered either frozen or pre-heated based on client need or request. Volunteers and staff are trained to make sure that clients are safe when they make their delivery.

  • Vet to Vet: Veterans Helping Veterans - Talking with someone who understands can make all the difference in the world to a lonely veteran. SMAA's Vet to Vet program matches volunteers who are veterans with aging veterans in need of a visit or friend. The program also serves veterans with disabilities who would like a friendly visitor. Requirements: Volunteers must have served in the military (including reserves, Merchant, Marine, and all others branches of service, combatant and noncombatant). Time Commitment: Volunteer must commit to visit a veteran in his or her home at least twice a month and calls on the off-weeks for one year.

  • Health Insurance Counselor - provide counseling on Medicare options and other health insurance benefits available to seniors, as well as counseling on Medicare fraud, errors, and abuse.

  • Matter of Balance Workshop Leader - two leaders co-facilitate the 8-week workshop after completing leader training. Volunteers will prepare for each class by reviewing the Matter of Balance manual and materials, and present the class according to the directions provided. Volunteers will also demonstrate MOB exercises, and encourage interactive discussion about the concepts and skills presented.

  • Driver for Stewart Adult Day Center - The Stewart Center offers transportation to its members and is looking for volunteer drivers to help bring participants to and from the program. The Center is open Monday-Friday from 8am-5pm and has a vehicle to use to do the transport. Volunteers are asked to commit to 2-4 hours at a time, either weekly or monthly, to spend providing transportation support.

  • Cooking Class Instructors and Assistants - Cooking Matters teaches participants to shop smarter, use nutrition information to make healthier choices and cook delicious, affordable meals. Volunteer positions can include Class Assistants, Culinary Instructors, Nutrition Instructors, Interpreters, Grocery Shoppers, and Class Coordinators. Time Commitment: two hours a week for six weeks, including the two hour training/orientation.

  • Tai Chi Instructor - help others become more energized and engaged in their health by becoming a volunteer Tai Chi for Health and Balance instructor

  • Greeter for Sam L. Cohen Adult Day Center -

    • Morning Greeters - greet members, taking them to the coat room to remove their coat, hat and boots and placing their name tag on them then taking them to group activity or have a staff member take them to group if available. 

    • Afternoon Greeters - let staff member assigned to departures know who is being picked up and assist the member with their coat, hat and boots if staff are not available to do so. Time Commitment: six months minimum


If you are interested in volunteering, fill out the online interest form or the volunteer enrollment form.  


136 U.S. Route One, Scarborough, Maine (Main Office)

74 Lunt Road, Falmouth, Maine (Stewart Center)

30 Barra Road, Biddeford, Maine (Sam L. Cohen Center)


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Space Gallery

SPACE is a nonprofit organization that supports contemporary arts projects, champions artists, and encourages an open exchange of ideas.


Volunteer Opportunities:

  • Volunteering can take many forms: gallery sitting, staffing the door at events, prepping exhibition spaces, or making pancakes in the park. Volunteering at SPACE is a great way to meet people and engage with your local art community. They work to match volunteers with opportunities that engage their interests. They will also work around availability and desired time commitment.

  • Internship Program


Location: 538 Congress Street, Portland, Maine


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Special Olympics

Special Olympics is a global movement of people creating a new world of inclusion and community, where every single person is accepted and welcomed, regardless of ability or disability. We are helping to make the world a better, healthier and more joyful place -- one athlete, one volunteer, one family member at a time.


Volunteer Opportunities through Special Olympics Maine

  • Unified Sports - teams include people with and without intellectual disabilities in an effort to shatter stereotypes through positive interaction on the playing field

  • Head Coach - train athletes for a minimum of two hours per week for an 8-10 week season. Each Head Coach works directly with the Special Olympics athletes, preparing them for competition and teaching them the necessary skills to compete at the athletes’ highest level.

  • Assistant Coach - under the guidance of a head coach, assistant coaches train athletes for a minimum of two hours per week for an 8-10 week season.

  • Sports Official -  volunteers who are qualified to officiate sporting events are needed to help judge at competitions. Training sessions for groups or individuals who are not certified by are interested in officiating are available.

  • Competition Director - assist with competition and venue logistics during events, and help uphold and enforce our policies for the safety - and fun - of everyone involved

  • Event Volunteers - one or two-day volunteers who make competition and fundraising events happen. Event Volunteers assist with set-up and cleanup, event logistics, competitions, scorekeeping, awarding, and similar tasks. Find an event near you.

  • Medical Volunteers - provide onsite coverage of Special Olympics competitions and events by providing simple first aid. Medical Volunteers can also assist with Healthy Athletes screenings and MedFest, providing pre-participation medical examinations for our athletes. Medical Volunteers can be physicians, athletic trainers, nurses, physical therapists, emergency medical technicians, medical or nursing students, and/or paramedics.

  • Fans in the Stands - fans of all ages are encouraged to support our athletes by being Fans in the Stands at state-level, regional, and local competitions all over Maine, all year round.

  • Event Management Team - assist with competition and fundraising events throughout the state. Duties include assisting staff with set-up, coordinating logistics, publicizing the event, recruiting volunteers, and similar tasks.

  • Administrative/Office Support - duties may include data entry, filing, copying, mailing information, and other administrative tasks.

  • Volunteer Student Intern - Students looking for experience in sports management, special education, event management, public relations, marketing, or development can benefit from an unpaid internship with Special Olympics

  • Area Manager - ensure that quality SOME sanctioned sports training and Olympics type athletic competitions are made available to all eligible athletes and unified partners in a specific geographic location

  • Public Relations Coordinator - promote Special Olympics Area programs year-round through electronic and print media while also publishing brochures, fact sheets and newsletters to enhance public awareness in accordance with SOME marketing policies and procedures

  • Treasurer - maintain and report all Area financial transactions to SOME while also working with each area committee to develop the Area budget

Location: 125 John Roberts Road, #5, South Portland, Maine 


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STRIVE & PSL Services

PSL Services is committed to being part of the community and assisting people with emotional and intellectual disabilities to live with dignity and respect as active members of the community. They offer many services and programs, including STRIVE, that provide a community of support and assistance:

  • Community Supports - offers a wide range of community based services specifically designed and individualized to meet the needs of participants

    • ACTIVE - a program for people who want more out of their day program through Art, Career Preparedness, Technology, Independent Living, Volunteering, and Exercise

    • Waves - a program for mostly older more experienced consumers. Along with completing goals identified in their person centered plan, daily involvement and volunteering in the community, and creating art projects, they concentrate on maintaining good health and fitness

    • STRIVE Bayside - a unique community supports program dedicated to expanding independent living skills and community connections for people with developmental disabilities

  • Case Management - offers many services to individuals with disabilities and seeks to connect individuals with their communities so that they may live as independently as possible.

  • Residential Services- PSL Services supported apartment program is an innovative service, designed specifically for individuals who have the ability to live in their own apartment with support

    • Supported Living Services - developed for people who live in their own apartments and need assistance in certain areas to maintain their success in the community and further increase their independence

    • West Valentine Street - PSL Services West Valentine Street location is a two person shared home in Westbrook. This home is a more traditionally based model that offers the same support as the apartment building program, but serve individuals that may have greater needs

  • Mental Health Services - PSL Services offers two residential supported living programs for individuals experiencing a diagnosed chronic major mental illness and who have had a significant history of associated hospitalizations

    • Chesley Street - set up in a “group home” style setting where all three residents share common living areas while renting and maintaining separate bedrooms in a quiet and safe residential neighborhood.

    • Wall Street Development - a supportive living housing complex in Portland consisting of eight (separate but attached) units serving 10 men and women living in their own fully functional apartments

  • Tweens and Teens Programs

    • STRIVE - serves youth with developmental disabilities and works to provide them with the skills they need to integrate into society and to be independent. It is designed to address the many issues faced by young tweens, teens, and adults (ages 11-24) with developmental disabilities. They focus on improving fundamental academic skills, developing leadership potential, improving economic opportunities through continuing education, enhancing or upgrading work skills, integrating literary and social skills into occupational/vocational opportunities, fostering career opportunities through education and training, and promoting peer support for parents and siblings of this young population.

    • STRIVE U - provides post-secondary education and training to young adults with developmental disabilities in the realms of residential, employment, and community skills with the goal of enabling its graduates to live and work as full community members with maximum independence, productivity, and dignity

    • STRIVE TOPS - designed especially for students who are in their 13th and 14th year of high school and works to help students generalize learned skills to new settings as well as acquire additional independent living skills, provide opportunities to increase their independence in the community, prepare the student to transition to adult services, and will offer experiences that will promote social skills with other students

    • Camp STRIVE - provides tweens, teens and young adults (ages 11-24) with developmental disabilities with a summer of making friends, playing games and learning valuable skills in a safe, inclusive environment

    • After School Program - an opportunity for students to participate in an ongoing extension of their typical school day that reflects their individual, family and school district goals

    • Friday Night Socials - a program offering teens and young adults (ages 15-24) with developmental disabilities the opportunity to have fun and interact with their peers on a weekly basis every Friday from 6:00-9:00pm.

    • Next STEP (STRIVE’s Transitional Education Program) - a unique, private pay program focused on education, health and wellness, recreation, and leisure, consisting of two components: Education and Recreational Development

    • Wednesday Night Educational Services - a class about the logistics of how life changes after turning 18, including guardianship, SSDI, vocational rehab, work support, and career planning.


Volunteer Opportunities:

The range of services STRIVE offers means there are plenty of chances for volunteers to use their areas of expertise, learn new skills and have fun. There are volunteer opportunities within many of the above STRIVE and PSL programs, but below are a few specific suggestions.

  • STRIVE Night - Every Friday from 6:00-9:00pm STRIVE opens its doors to teens and young adult members for a night of socialization, games, and fun. Volunteers are needed to help in the snack bar, check-in members, assist as DJ, play games, set-up and take down on theme nights, and be a positive role model.

  • Tweens - Every Friday 3:30-5:30pm, 11-14 year olds enjoy structured social time in the STRIVE Center.  Volunteers are needed to provide guest entertainment (from archery demos, to crafts, to hidden talents, to game time), as well as to help socialize with the Tweens

  • Fundraisers - essential to the success and continuation of STRIVE programs. Past fundraisers have included: STRIVE for 5 Foden 5K, book sales, bottle drives, bake sales, the annual Auction, and STRIVE Rocks.

  • Educational Services - Wednesday nights from 6:00-8:00pm STRIVE offers educational classes to further the education of members. Courses run 8-10 weeks and vary in topics. Past groups have learned about relationships, computers, nutrition, creative arts, and money management. Volunteers can be involved by helping with planning, set up, or teaching sessions.

  • Camp STRIVE - Volunteers are needed to help counselors with classes and activities throughout the week along with chaperoning campers on a weekly field trip. 


10 Atlantic Place, South Portland, Maine (PSL Services/STRIVE Central Office)

12 Nye Street. Suite 1, Portland, Maine (STRIVE U Office)

28 Foden Road, South Portland, Maine (STRIVE PSL Services)

401 Cumberland Avenue. Suite 1005, Portland, Maine (STRIVE Bayside)


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Sweetser is one of Maine's most comprehensive behavioral healthcare organizations for children, adults and families. Sweetser offers services that address emotional disturbances, mental illnesses, behavioral disorders and learning disabilities through a network of educational programs, preventive services, community-support services, residential homes and outpatient services.


Volunteer Opportunities:

  • Activity Leader or Helper - spend one to two hours each week sharing your hobbies and interests or assisting staff in providing recreational activities for small groups. These activities may take place either in a residential setting or in the surrounding community.

  • Classroom Assistant - work with a teacher or teacher’s aide in The School at Sweetser on the Saco campus to provide extra support, attention and activities to various children or the class as a whole. Patience, flexibility, an interest in working with children and the ability to set limits on behavior are the qualifications for this volunteer position.

  • Learning & Recovery Center Volunteer - volunteers are trained community members who work with adults who are recovering from mental illness. Peer volunteers provide a safe and nurturing environment for adults, particularly in times of heightened stress, whether in the home, in the community or at Sweetser’s Learning & Recovery Center in Brunswick. Volunteers at the Peer Center may also teach a music or art class, demonstrate a craft or help with a support group.

  • Mentor - a Sweetser volunteer mentor commits to regular visits and developing a positive, supportive relationship with a child. With the help of a Sweetser professional, who provides ongoing support and supervision to clients and mentors, mentoring matches are made based on the child’s needs, mutual interests and compatibility. Time Commitment: one to two hours a week or every other week for a minimum of six months.

  • Parent Mentor - provides one-on-one support to parents who need help with coping and parenting skills.

  • Special Events/Group Project Volunteer - help out at special events such as Sweetser’s annual golf events, Sold on Kids Benefit Auction & Dinner, Stroll for Kids Walkathon or holiday events, or work on painting, landscaping, and similar maintenance and facilities tasks. One-time or short-term, group and individual volunteer opportunities are available.

  • Staff Assistant - help with administrative tasks

  • Tutor/Reading Buddy - work individually with a child in the classroom at The School at Sweetser on the Saco campus, in one of their residential settings, or in the home of a client in any of the counties served. The tutor encourages the child’s interest in reading or provides additional help with other academic subjects.

Location: To see Sweetser’s various locations for different services, visit their locations page. 


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Take Action Portland

Take Action Portland (TAP) is a volunteer-run organization in Portland dedicated to community involvement. They work with local nonprofits to coordinate monthly volunteer projects as an alternative way for people in Portland to socialize, while engaging in work that positively impacts the community. The mission of Take Action Portland is to foster relationships, encourage community involvement, and increase the awareness of non-profits doing positive community-based work.


Volunteer Opportunities:

Take Action Portland coordinates monthly commitment-free community action projects to support local non-profit organizations in Portland. Socialize, engage in meaningful work and positively impact your local community. The best way to hear about events and volunteer opportunities is through their email list, Facebook page, and calendar of events.


Take Action Portland is unique in that it is an organization that brings together volunteers for one-time service events at varying organizations.


Past projects have included this the Compass Project, Youth & Family Outreach, Portland Trails, Maine Island Trail Association, Green Apple Day of Service, Long Barn at Broadturn Farm, League of Young Voters, Surfrider Foundation, WinterKids, Preble Street, SPACE Gallery, Refugee & Immigration Services, Mayo Street Arts, The Telling Room, Friends of Casco Bay, and Friends of Deering Oaks.

Location: Portland, Maine 


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The Telling Room  

The Telling Room is a nonprofit writing center in Portland, dedicated to the idea that children and young adults are natural storytellers. Focused on young writers ages 6-18, they seek to build confidence, strengthen literacy skills, and provide real audiences for their students.


Volunteer Opportunities:

  • Residencies - help assist in 6-12 week writing sessions held at local schools or the Telling Room where students get a chance to get the most of their writing and publish their work

  • Field Trips - assist with field trips hosted at the writing center; actives, age groups, and interests vary.

  • Summer Camps - The Telling Room offers a variety of city-based options that allow for exploration both on foot and on paper. They run a number of themed camps during June, July, and August, taught by Telling Room staff members and guest teachers.

  • Young Writers & Leaders - an annual nine-month-long writing and leadership program for refugee and immigrant youth

  • Writers Block - Each session offers solo writing time, group work, and featured workshops with local artists and writers. There are two weekly sessions: Tuesdays (12-18 year olds) and Wednesdays (6-11 year olds) from 3:00-5:00pm at the writing center on Commercial Street.

  • Summer Institute - for educators seeking to build community through writing

  • Workshop Series - assist with workshops at the writing center

  • Special Events/Readings - help plan and run the events

  • WordPlay - assistants needed Wednesdays 1:30-4:30pm to help assist in this program, which is open to anyone who wants to write for any purpose

  • Office Work


Access the volunteer application here.

Location: 225 Commercial Street, Suite 201, Portland, Maine 


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Through These Doors

Through These Doors (TTD), formerly Family Crisis Services, is the domestic violence resource center serving Cumberland County, Maine. In collaboration with local partners and all affected by abuse, TTD creates innovative responses and mobilizes our community to promote safety and challenge systems of oppression and violence.

Programming at Through These Doors includes an emergency shelter for battered women and their children, support groups, three outreach offices, Abuse in Later Life advocacy, an incarcerated women’s program, volunteer training and coordination, a Child Protective Services (CPS) liaison within the Department of Health and Human Services, follow-up advocates that work with area police departments (EPIC), transitional housing services, and an extensive educational program which focuses on the issue of dating violence and youth.

Volunteer opportunities:

  • Our 24 hour helpline - Our biggest need and most vital volunteer work
  • Support group co-facilitation
  • Tabling events
  • Office assistance
  • Project with shelter residents
  • Fundraising
  • Child care

How to become a volunteer at TTD:

  • Interested volunteers take our 44-hour training which is typically offered 2-3 times throughout the year

Current Need:

The transitional housing program is seeking volunteers to supervise children while their parents attend a support group. Donate your time for a good cause and help us to take care of 5-7 children, ages 2 -11 years, once a week, biweekly, or monthly. P


Unite Against Bullying ME


The Unite Against Bullying ME Project, part of the Crossroads Youth Center, is a free program to raise awareness of bullying prevention and to support youth each and everyday by assisting them to create a bullying free and safe school environment.


Visit their website for information on seminars, school visits, walks, and ways to get involved.


Location: 199 New County Road, Saco, Maine


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Voices in Recovery  

Voices of Recovery is a combined group of speakers of all ages that are consumers and family members in the mental health community. 

Location: Portland, Maine


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Wayfinder Schools 

At Wayfinder Schools, an alternative high school, they strive to create a living environment that is safe, honest, and welcoming to all.  Volunteer opportunities include helping with morning or evening study halls and tutoring in topics like math and literature. 


Location: New Gloucester, Maine 

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Wayside Food Rescue

The mission of Wayside Food Rescue is to increase access to food for those in need in Southern Maine by providing a system for community-based volunteers who serve prepared meals and by collaborating with other hunger agencies and community stakeholders in developing an efficient network for the collection and equitable distribution of food.


Volunteer Opportunities:

From cooking, to setting up community meals, to working in the warehouse and making pick ups and deliveries, there is always much to be done at Wayside. Over 1000 volunteers serve at Wayside in a year, leading to many of their volunteer opportunities being filled. While Wayside would love to use volunteers, they do not have a list of current ongoing openings in these areas. They recommend signing up for their mailing list or following them on Facebook or Twitter to hear about new volunteer opportunities.


There are a variety of ways to help through food donations and food programs:

Food Donation:

  • The Food Rescue Program -  this program salvages edible food from grocery stores, wholesalers, farms, shipping companies, and other food establishments that is not sellable for cosmetic reasons, packaging imperfections and/or inventory levels. When donated to Wayside, the food is redirected to soup kitchens, food pantries, and other social service agencies.

  • Food Drives - sponsor your own food drive or represent Wayside at a local drive

  • Community Gardens Program - Wayside maintains a raised bed garden at its Walton Street facility to grow fresh vegetables and herbs for use in its community kitchen. Wayside also supports a community garden at Harbor Terrace, an apartment building for low-income seniors where building residents can grow vegetables to supplement their diets and food budgets.

Food Programs:

  • Community Meals -  helps individuals and families receive nutritious meals in safe, community surroundings

  • Mobile Food Pantries - a great way to supplement monthly food budgets for people who may not have access to traditional food pantries. Visitors to the mobile food pantry receive a pre-packed bag of non-perishables, often along with fresh produce, meat, and bread. Mobile Food Pantries are located at Front Street Community Center, Riverton Park, Harbor Terrace, Sagamore Village, and Red Bank Village South Portland at various days throughout the month.

  • Kids’ Healthy Snacks - provides healthy after-school snacks to kids at five Portland Community Policing Centers.

  • New England Enteral Exchange Distribution Solution (NEEEDS) - an innovative program to distribute unused medical nutrition formula to patients in need

  • Maine Harvest for Hunger - an outreach program of the University of Maine Cooperative Extension to provide fresh fruits and vegetables to food insecure individuals and families in Maine

  • Maine Hunters for the Hungry - a cooperative program between the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife and the The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP) within the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry. This program provides a means for hunters to donate all or a portion of their hunt to a family in need

  • Commodity Supplemental Food Program - Wayside collaborates with the Southern Maine Agency on Aging as a distributing partner for the Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP). Every month the CSFP provides eligible aging adults who enroll through SMAA with a free 30-pound bag of food.

Location: 135 Walton Street, Portland, Maine  


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Westbrook Learns  

Westbrook LEARNS offers after school literacy programming for K-4 students at the Westbrook Community Center. They strive to offer a program that is structured, meaningful, and enjoyable for children Each grade has a weekly schedule, which consists of daily “specials” at that particular age level. Activities include an art program, game club, fitness program, tutors, and special guests.


Volunteer Opportunities:

  • Enrichment Aide - help support children in enrichment classes

  • Lab Aide - help support children in reading and writing labs offered daily

Location: Westbrook Community Center, 426 Bridge Street, Westbrook, Maine 


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Windham - Raymond School District


Location: 228 Windham Center Road, Windham, Maine (District Office)  


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WinterKids helps children develop healthy lifelong habits through fun, outdoor, winter activity. From working with schools to helping out at special events, there are many opportunities to support their mission.


Volunteer Opportunities:

Volunteers are able to help in a variety of ways, from working with schools to helping out at special events and more. 

Access the volunteer application here.

Location: 120 Exchange Street, Suite 205, Portland, Maine 


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York County Shelter Programs, Inc.  

York County Shelter Programs, a homeless shelter in Alfred, Maine, offers emergency and transitional housing, vocational training, case management, food pantry, meals kitchens,medical and legal assistance, mental health and substance abuse treatment. They are committed to ending homelessness and assisting people to reach their fullest potential by providing access to various levels of housing, personal growth opportunities, and community resources.


Volunteer Opportunities:

YCSP has a large, longstanding, group of dedicated volunteers who assist in many areas including feeding programs and transportation. Most volunteer slots are 3-4 hours once a week. They are open to new ideas for volunteering and service-learning possibilities  

  • Drivers - transport Alfred shelter residents to appointments and/or picking up and delivering food, meals, or commodities including household items in the wider Sanford area. Potential volunteer drivers need a current Maine license in good standing and will use YCSP vehicles

  • Food Pantry - organize and distribute food to York County low-income recipients

  • Bakery at Notre Dame - wait on customers, package bakery product, and possibly bake items

  • Dining Commons - help set up on Saturday or Sundays and/or assist with serving meals to the shelter's residents and help with light clean-up (10:30am-1:30pm)

  • Special Event Volunteers - special events include Mama Mia Public Supper (Friday evenings from June through September), Shaker Hill Apple Festival (September), and more.



  • Emergency Shelter - provides shelter and treatment services for families and single adults.

  • Family Welcoming Center - for families transitioning out of homelessness

  • Ray Angers Farm - offers a working, therapeutic environment with gardens, animals, and job responsibilities to help clients learn new skills and enhance the recovery process

  • Community Outreach - Community Outreach services are designed to complement the services and programs happening at the Emergency Shelter and to provide continued services to individuals following their discharge from the Shelter into housing

Location: 147 Shaker Hill Road, Alfred, Maine


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The YMCA is committed to building strong kids, individuals, families, and communities through programs and services that promote a healthy spirit, mind, and body for all, regardless of ability to pay.


Volunteer Opportunities:

  • Special Events Committee Members - join the staff in organizing parties, community events and fundraisers

  • Volunteer Drivers - help members get to the YMCA

  • Annual Campaign - assist in raising money for financial assistance to ensure that no one is turned away for their inability to pay

  • Childcare/Preschool Volunteers

  • Facilities Volunteers - work with the maintenance crew inside and outside, with lawn work and gardening among other tasks

  • Wellness Ambassadors - assist members on the wellness floor

  • Group Exercise Instructors

  • Water Aerobics Instructors

  • Clerical/Computer Volunteers - assist administrative staff

  • Prime Time Assistant - play with kids while their parents enjoy the prime time program

  • Lifeguard - certified lifeguards are needed to volunteer at the Y

  • Water Safety Instructor Aide - take the WSIA course and volunteer to assist instructors with swimming lessons at the Y

  • Teen & Sports Supervisors - chaperone or lead a program  

  • Sports Coach

  • Community Garden - help plan and cultivate their plot of land

  • Youth Program - afterschool mentoring/tutoring for kids from 5 different middle schools

  • Help with the Volunteer Process - create handbooks, research, and more

  • Volunteer Coordinators - Pineland (New Gloucester) and Biddeford YMCA branches

  • Event Planning & Fundraising

  • Resident Programming - help plan activities/programs for men that reside in the dormitory

  • Social Work Assistance - help with residential issues, counseling, support services, and more

  • Nutrition - offer nutrition counseling, support, and/or classes to members

  • Counselors-in-Training - help with summer program that teaches teens how to be camp counselors

  • They are open to new ideas for volunteer and service-learning opportunities.


Location: 70 Forest Avenue, Portland, Maine


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