November 29, 2022 | Volunteering
Garbage to Garden
Greetings, Volunteers!

Holiday season is in full swing, but Giving Tuesday reminds us to pause and think about ways we can give back. Whether or not you are able to donate to your favorite charity or nonprofit today, you can continue to support local nonprofits and organizations by volunteering this holiday season and throughout the year.

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 to receive credit.

Happy Composting, 

Help with snow shoveling!

The Age-Friendly Portland Steering Committee is looking for volunteers to shovel snow for an elderly neighbor this winter. Volunteers are needed in all Portland neighborhoods.
Volunteers are asked to shovel the steps and a path from the front door to the sidewalk, as well as the sidewalk in front of the property.
The idea is to create a path which allows the senior citizen, emergency response personnel, Meals on Wheels delivery people, mail carriers, and other visitors to get in and out of the house safely.
Email Linda for more information or to sign up! 
Help us fill bags of compost! 
We need lots of extra hands to help fill bags of compost to keep up with demand – until the compost pile freezes!

Compost bagging begins on Mondays and Wednesdays at 9am at our shop in Portland (as long as it is not raining). 
Come lend a hand for ~1.5 hours in exchange for one month of free service!

Please call ahead on the day you intend to volunteer as this is outdoors and weather-dependent. Please dress for the weather and don't forget to wear clothes you don't mind getting dirty!
Mid Coast Hunger Prevention Program
Hungry neighbors in our community need your help to feed their families! Mid Coast Hunger Prevention has several initiatives that work to address food insecurity, and volunteers play 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 do advanced meal prep Monday through Thursday afternoons.
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
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!
Current shifts:
Monday-Saturday 9am-12pm
Tuesday 9am-7pm
Wednesday & Thursday 9am-3pm

The Locker Project
The Locker Project provides children and families at risk of hunger with reliable access to healthy food. At the warehouse, volunteers sort produce and pack bags to be distributed through the schools. At fresh food events, volunteers help arrange produce and assist children and parents with bagging the foods they choose. If you have never volunteered for the Locker Project before, please fill out the form on the website here. 

New location: 111 Wescott Road, rear entrance, South Portland

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.
Click here to fill out a volunteer application!
We are currently looking for drivers to help us with our donation collection. We ask that anyone interested in this please connect with us for next steps. This does involve some heavy lifting as well as being comfortable driving a van or a box truck. 

Maine Immigrant Rights Coalition 
MIRC is currently looking for volunteers to help with their Culturally-Appropriate Food Program supporting homeless asylum seekers at the motels. Volunteers help with packaging hot meals 6 days a week: 
Monday-Friday from 4:15pm-6:15pm
Saturday from 3pm-5pm

Portland Parks Conservancy
Do you love spending time outside and meeting new people? Volunteer with Portland Parks Conservancy and help protect local, vibrant parks!

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

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