April 4, 2022 | Volunteering
Garbage to Garden
Happy Spring, Volunteers!

Spring has sprung, and what better way to get outside and into your community than volunteering! Below you can find a list of new and ongoing volunteer opportunities for the month of April.

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. Then simply send confirmation of your volunteer hours to volunteer@garbagetogarden.org to receive credit. Remember, events are first come, first served. 

Happy Composting,

Help us bag compost!

Spring has arrived and we need extra hands with bagging compost!
Hours can be scheduled for Wednesdays between 9am and 12 pm at our shop in Portland. Come lend a hand for 1.5 hours in exchange for one month of free service!

Maine Audubon
Maine Audubon envisions a world where everyone can experience the diversity and wonders of nature, and where science-based education and advocacy ensure the protection and deep appreciation of Maine's wildlife and wildlife habitat. Spring and summer are especially busy times at Maine Audubon!

To get involved with one of your community science or conservation-related projects, contact Hannah Young: hyoung@maineaudubon.org

For all other volunteer opportunities, visit maineaudubon.org/volunteer or contact Volunteer Coordinator Jill: Valley-Orlando@maineaudubon.org

Yarmouth Community Garden
The Yarmouth Community Garden always needs and welcomes volunteers. If you’d like to dig in and join us, we’d love to have you. Everyone is welcome- no gardening experience is needed!
Volunteering Opportunities:
-In April and early May, we need a hand getting the garden ready for plots and planting.
-Around Memorial Day, we need lots of help planting seeds and seedlings in the community plot and children’s garden.
-We appreciate any help from 8 AM-noon on our Tuesday, and Saturday morning work-days to harvest and prepare produce for delivery, along with plot maintenance, weeding, and various other chores in the community plot and children’s garden.
-Lots of non-gardening help is needed, too: mowing, carpentry, painting, artistic talent, fundraising and Harvest Dinner auction help.
-Through the growing season, we always need help with weed management, mulching and extra hand watering.

Email Denise or Wendy to sign up!
Growing to Give
Growing to Give is a certified organic farm in Brunswick where we grow vegetables using climate-friendly methods and donate them to local people struggling with food insecurity through our food access partners. In 2021 we donated over 16,000 lb of produce to those most in need. Volunteers are the backbone of our operation. We welcome all kinds of volunteers - regulars, one-timers, and everything in between--no gardening experience required. 
The 2022 growing season is underway, and the farm is buzzing with activity! If you are interested in volunteering, please check out our volunteer opportunities on the Growing to Give website and submit the new volunteer application form. We ask volunteers to sign up in advance for two-hour work sessions. 
If you have questions, please email Cathy.
Come spend some time outside in a beautiful location while helping your community!

Portland Parks Conservancy
Do you love spending time outside and meeting new people? Volunteer with Portland Parks Conservancy and help protect local, vibrant parks!
What will you do as a volunteer?
-Learn to identify invasive plants and remove them from the parks
-Clean up trash and debris – don’t worry, gloves and grabbers are provided!
-Garden and plant flowers, herbs, and foliage in the parks
-Discover other Portland nonprofits that work with parks and the environment
-Explore the many parks of Portland, Maine!

Check out this month's volunteer opportunities: 

Back Cove Clean Up: Saturday April 9th at 9:00am

Virginia Woods Invasive Removal: Thursday April 14th at 4:00pm
Tukey's Bridge Earth Saturday Clean Up and Invasive Removal: Saturday April 23 at 10:00

Click here to sign up!
Maine Needs
Maine Needs volunteers fulfill requests from caseworkers, teachers, in-home visiting nurses, and community organizers on behalf of their clients. Shifts may involve organizing and sorting donations, fulfilling requests and assembling packages, or even deliveries!
Maine Needs is beginning to fill spring requests, including rain gear and spring kits (outdoor activity bags for kids). If anyone loves to drive, they always need people to drive throughout the state for deliveries!
Current shifts:
Monday-Saturday 9am-12pm and 12pm-3pm. 
*Wednesdays extended until 8pm!

Preble Street 
Preble Street provides accessible barrier-free services to empower people experiencing problems with homelessness, housing, hunger, and poverty, and to advocate for solutions to these problems.
Volunteer opportunities can include assisting with breakfast, lunch, or dinner any day of the week at the Preble Street Resource Center Soup Kitchen, or at the weekly Thursday Food Pantry. 
Click here to learn more or fill out a volunteer form. 
The Locker Project
The Locker Project provides children and families at risk of hunger with reliable access to healthy food.
Volunteers help arrange produce on tables, then assist children and parents with bagging the 
foods they choose.

If you are already a Locker Project volunteer, you can use their sign up genius. Otherwise, you can sign up on their website here.
Wayside Food Programs
Rescue Ranger
Seeking someone passionate about rescuing food to be shared with our community! This volunteer opportunity will send you to nearby Hannaford and target stores to pick up weekly food donations. Must be able to lift 20 lbs, be on your feet for a minimum of two hours, and ride in the passenger seat of the truck or van with a staff member. 
Grocery Box Packing
Volunteers assemble grocery items into boxes that will be shared with the community. Must be able to lift 20 lbs, be on your feet for a minimum of two hours, and love sharing food with our community!

Garbage to Garden Curbside Composting
352 Presumpscot St, Portland, ME 04103
Phone: (207) 332-0277
Email: info@garbagetogarden.org

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