September 1, 2023 | Volunteering
Garbage to Garden
Greetings, Volunteers!

I hope everyone had a wonderful summer! As we enter the Fall months there are lots of exciting volunteer opportunities to consider. In addition, please see the volunteering update below. 

Due to the Covid 19 pandemic we've been flexible about volunteer opportunities carrying over month to month. Going forward we are making some adjustments to the opportunities and organizations included – especially as we have greater need for volunteers at our farm site and at events. Please make sure you choose a current opportunity highlighted in our newsletter each month in order to receive credit. Also a friendly reminder that any additional hours volunteered beyond the required 2 hours still count towards the one month of credit. 

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,

Maine Needs Silent Auction Fundraiser

MAINE NEEDS is a grassroots organization, powered by a growing collective of volunteers. Join them to help with a silent auction they are hosting featuring 100 donated pieces of art from local artists!
Wednesday, September 27th
Apres, 148 Bayside Portland
Free & open to the public
In-person & virtual bidding

Come door hanging with us!

In partnership with the City of Portland, we are working to promote composting efforts across Portland. We will be leading street teams to help distribute door hangers.

Shift days and times: 
  • Tuesday September 19th, 9am - 11am
  • Thursday September 21st, 4pm - 6pm
  • Sunday September 24th, 10am - 12pm

To sign up for a shift, OR, if you are not available at the above times but interested on door hanging on your own time, email us!
Help us bag compost!

Compost bagging happens weekly on Tuesday and Thursday mornings 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! Arrive anytime 9am-11am. Please wear clothes you don't mind getting dirty!
Email us in advance to let us know you are planning to come in, or call (207) 332-0277 day of to confirm.
Join Maine Island Trail Association for an Island cleanup!
Join MITA for a shoreline cleanup of islands around Casco Bay! Experienced volunteer skippers will take crews out by small skiff to clean marine debris from targeted islands. This is a great way to experience islands on the Trail while taking part in the stewardship of these special places.

Boats depart at 9 a.m. from the East End Boat Launch in Portland, and volunteers are asked to arrive 15 minutes early to check in.

Crews will break for lunch on the islands, and return to the mainland between 2-3 p.m. This is a full day event, and volunteers need to be physically capable of climbing in and out of boats and walking along uneven and often slippery shorelines.

REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED; please sign up at Parties of more than 4 should contact MITA directly ( or 207-370-9876).

Join Ruth's reusable resources to bring teachers supplies they need!

Ruth's reusable resources is looking for volunteers to help provide all Maine students with the materials they need to be successful in the classroom. Please see below to see if this is an opportunity you're interested in!
If interested, email Lisa to schedule. 

Volunteer with GtG at Cumberland County Fair!

Sunday, Sep 24th - Saturday, Sep 30th
Daily shifts: 11am-1pm, 1pm-3pm, 4pm-6pm

Join us for the Cumberland County Fair! Volunteer to represent us at our information table inside the Horticulture Center: Share your experience curbside composting (and volunteering!) with Garbage to Garden, and help familiarize attendees with our service and how it works. We will provide references for FAQs but mostly are looking for you to share your enthusiasm for composting!
Volunteer with us for two hours to earn a month of free service and a T-shirt, and then stay to enjoy the fair! Not available during an above time slot? Let us know when you might be available instead!

Volunteer with The Locker Project!

The Locker Project connects food-insecure children in Maine with nourishing food to improve their learning capacity, health, and future. 
Green Back Packing9:30am to 11am Monday through Thursday at our warehouse in South Portland
These shifts would include packing bags of fresh produce to be sent out to food insecurity families throughout the greater Portland area. 

Fresh Food EventsTime and location vary depending on the event
These shifts would include helping staff set up and hand out fresh food in different community locations like a free farmers market.

Standard Baking Pickup: 5pm to 6:30pm seven days a week
These shifts would include driving to Standard Baking Company to pick up their bread donation and bringing it back to our warehouse to be bagged for distribution. 

All shifts can be signed up for on our SignUpGenius page, we ask that all first time volunteers fill out the new volunteer form on our website first. 

Help out at Mid Coast Hunger Prevention Harvest Week

The mission of MCHPP is to offer dignity and empowerment by providing all members of our community with access to healthy food. They are hosting a harvest week from September 25th - 30th and need helpers to pack goodie bags and prepare craft kits! 
In addition, they can always use Food Pantry volunteers and Intake Specialists, if that is something you're interested in please email Heather!

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

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