November 2nd, 2018 | Volunteering
Garbage to Garden
What are you thankful for?
Hello Volunteers!

This is the time of the year to count our blessings and give gratitude. Over at Garbage to Garden, we're thankful for our community, our volunteers, and all of our wonderful participants. This month's opportunities include Partners for World Health, Cultivating Community, and the Maine Brewer's Guild Winter Session.

As always, to sign up for an event this month and receive a month of free Garbage to Garden service, RSVP by email, and we will help answer any questions you may have. Remember, events are first come, first serve. 

October's Volunteer Orientation will be held on Wednesday, November 28th at 5:30pm. Email Jackie to RSVP.

Happy Composting!
The Garbage to Garden Team

Maine Brewers' Guild Winter Session
Saturday 11/10
12:00 - 2:30pm/ 2:30-5:00pm
They're at it again! Featuring local brews, food, and music, this is going to be one event you won't want to miss!  
Volunteers will be responsible for monitoring compost/trash/recycling waste stations to help attendees properly sort their waste and keep the venue tidy. Volunteers get a GtG t-shirt to wear at the event, free admission, and a free month of curbside composting!

Volunteering with Cultivating Community!

East End Community School Garden Work Day
Saturday, November 10th
9:00am - 12:00pm

Come do garden work to help get the school garden ready for winter!  This will include mulching pathways, weeding garden beds and adding organic matter, and possibly building a few new garden frames and filling them!
Mt. Joy Orchard Work Day
Saturday, November 10th

Take care of Portland's public food forest by spreading heavy organic mulch and other maitanance projects.  Potluck lunch at 12:30 if you care to join, please bring a dish and your own plate and utensils. 
Partners for World Health
Wednesday,  November 7th
Wednesday, November 21st
Partners for World Health collects medical supplies that healthcare facilities in the U.S. are required to discard and ship them to countries in need. In addition, they also organize medical missions to Southeast Asia and Africa for doctors, nurses, and students. Here is a list of some of their needs:
Macrosorting - opening bags and boxes and sorting items into general category bins
Microsorting - further sorting general category bins into bins of 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

Email Jackie to Volunteer with Partner's For World Health!

Volunteering with Preble Street
The mission of Preble Street is to provide accessible barrier-free services to empower people experiencing problems with homelessness, housing, hunger, and poverty, and to advocate for solutions to these problems.
Feed your hungry neighbors! Help serve any of 3 meals a day, 7 days a week at the Preble Street Resource Center Soup Kitchen. Volunteers assist with breakfast, lunch, or dinner, or at the weekly Thursday Food Pantry. 
Produce Distributions 
with the Locker Project
Reiche Elementary School
Monday, November 5th, 4:45-6pm

Presumpscot Elementary School
Wednesday, November 14th, 4:00-5:30pm

Presumpscot Elementary School
Wednesday, November 28th, 4:00-5:30pm

The Locker Project manages food pantries in schools, providing food for children who are food-insecure to take food home with them. Join the Locker Project in December to help distribute fresh produce and non-perishable food items.

Volunteers help arrange produce and groceries on tables, then assist students and parents with bagging the food up to take home. You will be a welcoming presence, making sure people know they are invited to take food. Everyone is invited to bring food home with them. This a great way to de-stigmatize free food distributions, particularly in the case of fresh food that would otherwise get wasted.

Mid Coast Hunger Prevention Program
Brunswick, ME

Hungry neighbors in our community need your help to feed their families! Mid Coast Hunger Prevention has a number of initiatives that work to address food insecurity and volunteers place a vital role in fulfilling their mission by preparing meals, distributing groceries, picking up donated food and a variety of other tasks. 

This month, they MCHPP could use volunteers to help pickup donations, and afternoon volunteers for the food bank & food pantry.
Bagging Compost!
Volunteers who help us bag, tie & stack fill, tie and stack compost at our shop will earn a free month of service.
All shifts, including weekends, will be scheduled by emailing with a preferred day and time. We can accomodate volunteers at the shop most days of the week, it is a great chance to get involved if you are having a hard time finding other opportunities that fit your schedule.
This is a medium-level physical activity that requires lifting, bending, and shoveling and usually takes 1-2 hours. Wear boots and bring layers! 
Garbage to Garden Curbside Composting
57 Industrial Way, Portland, ME 04103
Phone: (207) 332-0277
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