Service-Learning & Volunteering


Volunteering can be an important part of your college experience. Our office can help you find meaningful volunteering opportunities online and within the local community. E-mail us at to get help with finding, planning, and connecting to current opportunities.

Current Volunteer Opportunities

Please email for information on ongoing volunteering opportunities, 

Stay current with all our events by signing up for our weekly newsletter and bookmarking our event calendar.

Long-term volunteer and internship positions can be found at USMCareerConnections.

Husky Day of Service 

Each year we take the USM  Community out into the Greater Portland Community to involve ourselves in much-needed service! For students and faculty alike, it is a great chance to volunteer without a long-term commitment, to experience how great it feels to be of service to a selfless cause.


Join A Student Group

A fantastic way to get involved and meet people with similar interests is to join a student organization. Below is a list of community-focused student groups that are currently active at the University of Southern Maine.

Alternative Spring Break (ASB) 

Alternative Spring Break (ASB) is a student group that participates in a one-week, substance-free, service trip during Spring Break in March. Students serve with local organizations in the community to which they travel, meeting community needs and learning about the culture of the area and the organizations they serve. There's always time for some fun and sight-seeing as well!

Circle K 

The University of Southern Maine Circle K is a volunteer organization centered around service, leadership, and fellowship. We meet in 113 Upperclass Hall on the Gorham Campus every Monday night at 8 pm during the academic year.


We do community outreach projects that empower people in need by applying business and economic concepts and an entrepreneurial approach to improve their standard of living and quality of life.

Golden Key 

Golden Key is the largest collegiate honor society in the world. Membership into the Society is by invitation only, to the top 15% of college/university sophomores, juniors, seniors and top-performing graduate students in all fields of study, based solely on the objective criteria of their academic achievements.

Husky Hunger Initiative 

The Husky Hunger Initiative is a student group dedicated to fighting hunger and food insecurity within the USM Community, as well as to decreasing stigma around food-pantry use

Huskies for Reproductive Health 

HRH's main focus is sexual health, education, and activism efforts to fight for reproductive health funding and other healthcare initiatives. They work alongside University Health and Counseling to provide sexual health services and expert sexual education, the QSA to raise awareness and address issues in the LGBTQ+ community, and a variety of other student groups and organizations. They have opportunities to get involved by planning projects and events at USM, as well as connections with outside organizations in the area. Please contact Emma Donnelly at for more information. Check out their Facebook page to stay updated with their activism efforts! 

Kappa Delta Phi NAS

The founding principles of this National Sorority are to develop the highest philanthropic ideals possible within each chapter and individual sister. Providing service to others is the cornerstone on which this Sorority was built. We continue to build on that through various service projects and activities for both the campus and surrounding communities.

Ongoing Opportunities

This is a comprehensive list of volunteer opportunities and organizations available in the local community. This has overlap with our event calendar, but is different because some organizations require a long-term commitment to volunteer. Contact information for those programs is listed within each individual description.


Portland Housing Authority's 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 a 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. For more information, contact Emily Fitch at (207) 773-4753 x 8263 or

    • 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.


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. To apply to become a mentor or for more information about the program, please email PMA Director Glenn Nerbak at or call (207) 842-5358.


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 of English Language Learners in grades 8-12 with volunteer academic coaches.

  • Academic Coaches - be a positive role model for 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 a minimum of 2 hours. Time-based on location and availability.

Preble Street Resource Center

A multi-faceted social service agency that serves the hungry and homeless of Portland through food, casework, and many other programs.


Maine Medical Center 

The state's largest medical center, and a complete health care resource for the people of Greater Portland. Maine Medical Center's mission is to care for the community, educate tomorrow's caregivers, and research new ways to provide care. 


Cultivating Community 

Cultivating Community creates and sustains greater access to healthy, local foods. CC 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.


Partners for World Health 

PWH 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, repurposing them to help other countries receive the health care they deserve. Volunteer Opportunities include warehouse help such as helping to pick up, sort, and organize medical supplies. You may also volunteer with Project 10,000, which is 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. Internships are also available for dedicated students looking to further collaborate with a positive team focused on global health and the environmental impact of medical waste. 

Partners for World Health also provides the opportunity to start 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.

If you are interested in starting a PWH college chapter at USM, please email and Tyler Kalahar, USM Service-Learning and Volunteer Specialist at

There is a Volunteer Application for individual volunteers.


Southern Maine Agency on Aging

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 Medicare's intricacies to computer work to visiting aging veterans. Below are SMAA programs in need of volunteers to provide needed services to older residents and people with disabilities in Cumberland and York counties. 


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 are an opportunity to dedicate your time and skills to making a difference in the life of a child, teen, family, and the community. Opportunities include becoming a Peer Support Group Facilitator, providing Office Support, volunteering for Special Events and Fundraising, joining the Board of Directors, as well as assisting the York County Fundraising and Marketing Committee.


Intercultural Community Center 

The ICC supports and improves the lives of immigrants by providing health, social and educational opportunities. They seek to educate and socially and economically integrate all of Maine’s immigrants. Within the ICC, 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, tutor or mentor. If you are interested in volunteering for the Power School, contact Karen Collins at Experienced teachers, 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 are especially encouraged to apply. 


People First Portland 

People First Portland is now planning for the Portland charter commission while working on making sure City Council implements the will of the voters. If you want to get involved in a well-organized, empowering fight, this is the time! You don't need to be in Portland to help, and we want to take the lessons we're learning here and use them Statewide! To view a complete list of volunteering opportunities, click here!


Equality Maine 

Equality Maine is working to secure full equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people in Maine through political action, community organizing, education, and collaboration.



STRIVE serves teens and young adults with emotional and intellectual disabilities. STRIVE offers a range of services which 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 STRIVE and PSL programs, from Dance parties to summer camps. Get involved today!


Presente! Maine 

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. 

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, or email  


Portland Trails

A Nonprofit Urban Land Trust that 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 that is available to everyone free of charge. Volunteer Opportunities include becoming a Trail Volunteer, an Event Volunteer, or connecting with peers or coworkers through Corporate/Group Volunteer opportunities. For more information on volunteering, email Daniel Bishop at Visit the Portland Trails listing for maps, directions, and details. For more information on Portland Trails, email or call (207) 775-2411.


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 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

For more information, call 207-781-2330 or email Michelle Smith at

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.