COVID-19 Specific Priority Volunteer Opportunities
We are Mainers from across the state who have experience in organizing, journalism, and building a movement for change. In this time of crisis, the Maine People's Alliance has decided to dedicate organizing resources to supporting community-based efforts to respond to the community distress caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and protect our most vulnerable friends and neighbors.
We've started a $25,000 fund for community assistance that we hope you can help us grow and we're all dedicating ourselves to helping Maine people pull together to help one another. If you reach out through one of the action items on this site, an MPA organizer or a Beacon reporter will get back to you as soon as possible to share information and make sure help gets where it's needed.
Volunteers have formed a food brigade to grow, package, and distribute fresh food to hundreds of families in Portland and Lewiston. Opportunities include working on their farm, packaging produce, and delivering ration bags.
It takes many, many hands to accomplish all they do. Without the help and support of 350 volunteers every week, Preble Street could not continue to provide services to our neighbors who depend on us when they are hungry and cold and homeless.
Remains open providing community meal resources in the Greater Portland Area and Cumberland County.
The largest hunger-relief organization in Maine. GSFB (and its peer food banks across the nation) will continue operations and distribute food to the people and communities we serve throughout the COVID-19 situation.
Southern Maine Agency on Aging with its many programs relies on volunteers to provide services to the thousands of older adults in need of assistance each year. Whether you are looking for an occasional assignment a few hours a month or want to be busy every week, SMAA has opportunities for you:
At SMAA, volunteers perform a wide range of duties from counseling people on the intricacies of Medicare to computer work to visiting aging veterans. Below are SMAA programs in critical need of volunteers to provide needed services to older residents and people with disabilities in Cumberland and York counties.
Meals on Wheels
SMAA volunteers help provide nourishing meals and peace of mind to homebound seniors in Cumberland and York counties. Volunteers can:
- Help package deliveries for distribution at our meal delivery sites.
- Make deliveries to homebound seniors. We currently deliver on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
- Be a part of the "Warming Crew" to help heat up meals for clients who cannot.
- Be a "Phone Pal" to provide a daily phone check-in with clients.
Connect with the neighborhood networks listed on our Mutual Aid page