September 3, 2021 | Volunteering
Garbage to Garden
Greetings, Volunteers!

There might be only a few weeks left of summer, but there are still plenty of volunteering opportunities! This month you will find new opportunities to volunteer with Porchfest, Street Eats & Beats, and State Theatre concerts at Thompson's Point, as well as ongoing opportunities.

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 served. 

Happy Composting,

Help us bag compost!
We can always use extra hands and can accomodate volunteers with minimal notice. Compost bagging starts around 9am, weekly on Mon/Wed.  Spend 1.5 hours with us bagging compost in exchange for one month of free service!  

Email Alex to schedule a time to come bag compost!
State Theatre Summer Concert Series @ Thompson's Point 
Garbage to Garden is helping State Theatre get their events closer to zero-waste! Join a team of our staff and volunteers to monitor waste stations, help concert-goers properly sort their waste and keep the venue tidy. Volunteers get free access to the show and a GtG t-shirt to wear at the event! 

Volunteer Shifts: 
St. Vincent
Friday, Sept.3rd

Shitfs: 8:30pm-11pm 
Saturday, Sept. 4th
Shifts: 5pm-8pm, 8pm-11pm
Trey Anastasio Band
Friday, Sept. 17th
Shifts: 5:45pm-8:45pm, 8:45pm-11:30pm
Brett Young
Saturday, Sept. 18th
Shifts: 6:45pm-9:15pm, 9:15pm-11:30pm
Dirty Heads & Sublime with Rome
Tuesday, Sept. 21st
Shifts: 5:45pm-8:45pm, 8:45pm-11:30pm

Cumberland County Fair
Sunday, Sep 26th - Saturday, Oct 2nd
Daily shifts: 1pm-4pm, 4pm-7pm

Volunteer to represent Garbage to Garden at our table, educating people about composting and how our service works. Volunteer with us for three hours, and then stay to enjoy the fair!

Street Eats and Beats
Saturday, September 11th
Shifts: 1:30pm-3:30pm, 3:30pm-5:30pm

Maine's biggest food truck festival, Street Eats and Beats, features delicious food from local and visiting food trucks,  and great live music.
Help us monitor waste stations, sort waste, and keep the venue tidy. Volunteers get free access to the event and a GtG t-shirt to wear at the event!
Deering Center Porchfest
Sunday, September 12th: 12pm-5pm

Porchfest is a free event in the Deering Center neighborhood of Portland.  Performers are scheduled throughout the day offering music in a wide selections of genres from Tango to Americana, Blues to Hip Hop and Steel Drums to Celtic to mention a few.

Sign up to be a Porchfest Ambassador here.

Ambassadors will serve as Traffic Guards at road closures helping folks get where they need to go, handing out schedules and maybe escorting performers who need help transporting equipment. After signing up, email us at to find out how to receive credit.

Email Amy for more information!
Gleaning Opportunties!
Throughout the growing season, Cumberland County Food Security Council announces opportunities to help glean fresh produce on local farms to reduce food waste and make sure this food makes it into hungry mouths!

Register with them as a volunteer to be notified of opportunities, and if you sign up for any, email us at to find out how to receive credit.
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 sign up on their sign up genius. Otherwise, you can sign up on their website here.

Email Steve for more information!
Wayside Food Programs
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!

Rescue Ranger
Seeking someone pasionate 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.

Yarmouth Community Garden 
Volunteers help with prepping, planting, tending, weeding, watering and harvesting in the community plot and in children’s garden throughout the season. Everyone welcome, no gardening experience needed. Masks are required.
Please email in advance to RVSP for Saturday morning work days.
Seeds of Hope 
In need of kindhearted volunteers to help with prep and distribution of food. Seeds of Hope is open weekdays for breakfast and lunch, and serves bagged meals at the door for those who do not wish to come inside. 
Masks required inside at all times (except when seated and eating/drinking). 6ft social distancing required.
Monday through Friday: 9:00am - 1:00pm
Location: 35 South St, Biddeford, ME 

Email Michael for more information or to get involved!
First Baptist Church of Portland Food Pantry
The FBC food pantry serves hundreds of individuals each month by collaborating with local fresh food sources and distributing to families in need. FBC is seeking volunteers to organize/distribute food and/or break down and clean up. They are operating a 'no contact' food pantry for the safety of volunteers and patrons. 

Wednesdays: 10:30am - 1:30pm 
Location: 360 Canco Road, Portland, ME

Volunteering with 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.
Volunteers assist 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. 
Garbage to Garden Curbside Composting
352 Presumpscot St, Portland, ME 04103
Phone: (207) 332-0277

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