December 2nd, 2020 | Volunteering
Garbage to Garden
Greetings, Volunteers!

The season of hibernation is here! We're getting ready to hunker down this winter with multiple cups of hot cocoa and plenty of our favorite books. We hope everyone takes this season to relax, rejuvenate, and stay cozy. 

We are always looking for new volunteer opportunities to feature. If you know of any organizations that are currently looking for volunteers, please don't hesitate to reach out!  

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. 

Happy Composting,

Merrymeeting Gleaners 
The Merrymeeting Gleaners are a 100+ person volunteer group that was formed in 2016 as part of the MFC’s food security work.  Gleaners harvest surplus food from local farms and redistribute it to over 30 organizations that support individuals who require help accessing food in our area.
This time of year they are looking for volunteers to glean storage crops in Dresden on Saturdays (in a heated barn). They are also looking for volunteers to deliver donated produce to organizations in the Bath/Brunswick area on Monday mornings. 

Email Kelly for more information or to get involved!
Partners for World Health 
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.  
Currently, they are looking for volunteers to sew masks out of blue sterilization material for those on the front lines. They've already distributed over 5,000 masks, but need more! Volunteers are also needed to sew together pre cut gowns for local healthcare workers.  

Email Zoe for more information or to get involved!
SMAA Phone Pals 
The goal of the Phone Pal program is to improve the quality of life for older adults
and adults with disabilities. A Phone Pal Volunteer provides homebound older
adults and individuals with disabilities with companionship by regularly calling on
the phone in an effort to decrease feelings of isolation and loneliness.  Calls
generally occur 1-3 times a week based on the volunteer and client preferences
and availability, and these details will be considered when matching volunteers
with clients.  Volunteers are expected to demonstrate active listening skills and
sensitivity toward possible differences in background or views on things such as
religion, sexual orientation, or cultural experiences.

Email the SMAA for more information or to get involved!
First Baptist Church of Portland Food Pantry
The First Baptist Church of Portland food pantry serves hundreds of individuals each month by collaborating with local fresh food sources and distributing to families in need. They welcome all who come to serve our neighbors in the Greater Portland area! FBC is currently looking for volunteers who have a heart for ensuring people have enough food to eat and are available on Wednesdays to organize and distribute food and/or break down and clean up. They are operating a 'no contact' food pantry for the safety of volunteers and patrons. Volunteers would be able to practice social distancing and be safe and healthy.

Wednesdays: 10:30am - 1:30pm 
Location: 360 Canco Road, Portland, ME
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, MCHPP could use volunteers to sort food donations in the mornings from 8:30-11:30 Monday through Saturday or prepare lunch from 8:45-1:00.
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. 
Garbage to Garden Curbside Composting
352 Presumpscot St, Portland, ME 04103
Phone: (207) 332-0277

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