August 4, 2021 | Volunteering
Garbage to Garden
Greetings, Volunteers!

Summer is in full swing, and so are summer volunteering opportunities! This month you will find new opportunities to volunteer with the weekly Summer Concert series at Thompson's Point, some great outdoor State Theatre concerts, 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 to help bag compost! Compost bagging starts around 9am weekly Mondays & Wednesdays; we can accomodate volunteers either day with minimal notice. 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!
Thompson's Point: Summer Sunsets Live! 
We are happy to partner with Thompson’s Point for the return of their community-focused weekly Summer Sunset series. These weekly events feature live bands, local vendors, food trucks, and lawn games. Join a team of our staff and volunteers to facilitate the sorting of compost, recycling, and trash, monitor waste stations, and keep the venue tidy. 

Dates: 8/5, 8/6, 8/12, 8/13, 8/19, 8/27
Volunteer shifts: 4:30pm-7pm, 7pm-9pm
State Theatre Summer Concert Series @ Thompson's Point 
For five years, in an effort to minimize the waste generated at Thompson's Point concerts, State Theatre has teamed up with GtG to provide zero-waste sorting stations and a team to facilitate the sorting of compost, recycling, and trash at events.

Join a team of our staff and volunteers to monitor waste stations and 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 (unless otherwise noted): 5:45pm-8:30pm, 8:15pm-11pm
Brandi Carlile
Friday, August 20th
Lake Street Dive
Saturday, August 21st 

Jason Mraz
Tuesday, August 24th
Wilco & Sleater-Kinney
Wednesday, August 25th
Shifts: 5pm-8:30pm, 8:15pm-11pm
Thursday, August 26th
Shifts: 5pm-8:30pm, 8:15pm-11pm
St Vincent
Friday, September 3rd
Featuring The Ghost of Paul Revere

Saturday, September 4th
Shifts: 4pm-7:30pm, 7:30pm-11pm

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 that this delicious local food makes it into hungry mouths!

Register with them as a volunteer to be notified of these 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.
Fresh food events will be held throughout the week in Portland and South Portland: volunteers help arrange produce on tables, then assist children and parents with bagging the foods they choose. There are also opportunities to volunteer at the Locker Project in Scarborough, filling green bags with produce or purple bags with staple items. 

If you are already a Locker Project volunteer, you can sign up on their sign up genius. If you've never volunteered before, you can sign up on their website here.

Email Steve for more information!
Wayside Food Programs
Grocery Box Packing
Volunteers will be in the warehouse assembling 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
Wayside is looking for 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. ust 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 
The Yarmouth Community Garden is happily accepting volunteers this season, but are asking volunteers to email before they come volunteer on Saturday morning work days.

Volunteers are needed for prepping, planting, tending, weeding, watering and harvesting in the community plot and in children’s garden throughout the season. 
Everyone is welcome. No gardening experience is needed. Masks are required.

Email Denise for more information or to get involved!
Seeds of Hope 
Seeds of Hope opens its doors weekdays for people to come in to eat breakfast and lunch. They are also continuing to serve bagged meals at the door for those who do not wish to come inside.
They are in need of kindhearted volunteers to help with prep and distribution of food during opening hours. 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 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  Wednesdays 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
Mid Coast Hunger Prevention Program
Brunswick, ME
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! 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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