February 2, 2018 | Volunteering
Garbage to Garden
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
Hello Garbage to Garden Volunteers!

February is the shortest month of year and an important month for us to hurry up and get ready as we plan for the quickly approaching spring season. We are excited to enter the month with a strong list of volunteer needs around our shop to make sure that we have opportunities for each and every one of you this month! Are you a carpenter? A master painter? A green thumb? Do you enjoy organizing? We've got projects for all of you! We are also excited to work with our friends down the road at Partners for World Health for the first time in over a year.

As always, to sign up for an event this month and receive a month of free Garbage to Garden service, RSVP by email and be sure to sign in at your event! Remember, events are first come, first serve.

If you, or someone you know works for an organization or event that focuses on food, agriculture, sustainability or the environment that would be a good match for our volunteer program, let us know! Even if you are tackling different issues but are having a difficult time recruiting volunteers, reach out - this is one of the great benefits of our program!
February's volunteer orientation will be held on Wednesday, February 21, 2018 at 5:30pm. This session will give you an opportunity to learn more about Garbage to Garden, our volunteer program, how to get involved, and get early access to February's volunteer opportunities. Email Phoebe to RSVP!

Happy Composting!
The Garbage to Garden Team

P.S. We're hiring! We are currently looking for someone to join our team as part-time Volunteer & Outreach Coordinator. You can read more about the position here. Email Phoebe to learn more or submit a cover letter and resume.

Locker Project Food Distributions
Hall Elementary Portland
Monday, February 12 1:00-3:00pm 
*meet at Locker Project Warehouse in Scarborough

Presumpscott Elementary Portland

Wednesday, February 14 4:00-5:30pm
Wednesday, February 28 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. 

Partners for World Health
Wednesday, February 14 
1:00pm - 4:00pm
Partners for World Health 

Join other Garbage to Garden volunteers to assist in sorting and organizing thousands of pounds of medical supplies that will be shipped around the world from the Partners for World Health's Headquarters. 

Wayside Food Programs
Wayside Mobile Food Pantry
Wednesday, February 21, 12:30-3pm

Harbor Terrace
Volunteers will meet at Wayside Food Programs to pack bags of non-perishable food and then follow Wayside's truck to the food pantry site to distribute bags of non-perishables, fresh produce and other food to families. Outdoors, rain or shine.  

Mid Coast Hunger Prevention Program in Brunswick
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.  
This month, MCHPP needs need support on:
Monday, Thursday, or Friday afternoons as Receivers or Crew Chiefs

Saturday in the Food Pantry
Pick Ups/Drivers

Contact Heather to learn more about volunteer opportunities with Mid Coast Hunger Prevention!

Sunaana Music Festival 
Friday & Saturday, March 2 -3, 2018
Friday 7-10pm

Saturday 1-4pm/4-7pm/7-10pm
Thompson's Point 
We're back at Thompson's Point for the second year of Sunaana. Check out the lineup here.
Volunteers will be helping GtG staff monitor waste stations and keep the venue tidy. Volunteer work is split into shifts so that you can enjoy the show!

Email us to RSVP to volunteer at Sunaana!
East End Community School's Walking School Bus
This is a special opportunity for participants who are interested in making a six month commitment for Winter/Spring 2018.
East End Community School's Walking School Bus Program offers students the opportunity to walk to school. Become a Volunteer Walk Leader and guide children to school one day a week, rain, snow or shine!

Help an elderly neighbor this winter
Are you a shoveling machine and willing and able to help an elderly neighbor in need this winter? Let us know and we'll send you periodic emails when the snow flies to connect you with those less able. 
Help local schools compost!
We have helped establish compost programs in over 36 local schools. As more schools incorporate composting into their lunch-time routine, we often need volunteers to help them get started.

Shop Help
By appointment 7 days a week!
We often have other shop tasks that could use an extra set of hands. For example, we often have bag labeling, de-boxing buckets, and stickering buckets to do, among other tasks. 
We can only guarantee availability if you call or email us in advance, but you are welcome to stop in any time during our office hours and see what is available.
Garbage to Garden Curbside Composting
57 Industrial Way, Portland, ME 04103
Phone: (207) 332-0277
Email: info@garbagetogarden.org
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