May 1, 2022 | Volunteering
Garbage to Garden
Happy Spring, Volunteers!

Spring is in the air, and we have a bunch of new volunteering opportunities for you! Below you can find a list of new and ongoing volunteer opportunities for the month of May, including the first of the State Theatre Summer Concert Series, and Summer Sunsets Live at Thompson's Point!

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,

Summer Sunsets at Thompson's Point are back! These weekly events feature live music, local vendors food trucks, and more. Volunteers will help to monitor waste stations and sort compost, recycling, and trash throughout the events. 
Dates: 5/13, 5/19, 5/20, 5/27
Shifts: 4:00pm-6:30, 6:30-8:30
We are excited to be partnering again this season for the State Theatre's Summer Concert Series at Thompson's Point! Join staff and other volunteers to monitor waste stations and sort compost, recycling, and trash to ensure maximum diversion from landfills. Volunteers get free access to the show, and a Garbage to Garden t-shirt to wear at the event.

Sylvan Esso
May 26th
Available shifts: 5:45-7:45pm, 7:45-10:45pm

Coming up in June.....
The Head & the Heart, Phoebe Bridgers, Disco Biscuits, and more!
Help us bag compost!

Spring has arrived and we can always use extra hands bagging compost!
Hours can be scheduled for Wednesdays between 9am and 12 pm at our shop in Portland. Come lend a hand for 1.5 hours in exchange for one month of free service!

Maine Audubon
"Maine Audubon’s volunteers help protect our state’s wildlife and habitat. Our volunteer corps is an integral part of what we do: we harness the talents and passions of our volunteers to increase Maine Audubon’s impact, through environmental education, conservation, and advocacy."
Volunteer in education, conservation, a Nature Center, or on a Maine Audubon sanctuary!

Email Hannah for community science or conservation-related projects
Click here to email the Scarborough Marsh Audubon Center
For all other volunteer opportunities, visit or contact Jill

Yarmouth Community Garden
The Yarmouth Community Garden always needs and welcomes volunteers. If you’d like to dig in and join us, we’d love to have you. Everyone is welcome- no gardening experience is needed!
Volunteering Opportunities:
-In April and early May, we need a hand getting the garden ready for plots and planting.
-Around Memorial Day, we need lots of help planting seeds and seedlings in the community plot and children’s garden.
-We appreciate any help from 8 AM-noon on our Tuesday, and Saturday morning work-days to harvest and prepare produce for delivery, along with plot maintenance, weeding, and various other chores in the community plot and children’s garden.
-Lots of non-gardening help is needed, too: mowing, carpentry, painting, artistic talent, fundraising and Harvest Dinner auction help.
-Through the growing season, we always need help with weed management, mulching and extra hand watering.

Email Denise or Wendy to sign up!
Growing to Give
Growing to Give is a certified organic farm in Brunswick where we grow vegetables using climate-friendly methods and donate them to local people struggling with food insecurity through our food access partners. In 2021 we donated over 16,000 lb of produce to those most in need. Volunteers are the backbone of our operation. We welcome all kinds of volunteers - regulars, one-timers, and everything in between--no gardening experience required. 
The 2022 growing season is underway, and the farm is buzzing with activity! If you are interested in volunteering, please check out our volunteer opportunities on the Growing to Give website and submit the new volunteer application form. We ask volunteers to sign up in advance for two-hour work sessions. 
If you have questions, please email Cathy.
Come spend some time outside in a beautiful location while helping your community!
Portland Parks Conservancy
Do you love spending time outside and meeting new people? Volunteer with Portland Parks Conservancy and help protect local, vibrant parks!
What will you do as a volunteer?
-Learn to identify invasive plants and remove them from the parks
-Clean up trash and debris – gloves and grabbers are provided!
-Garden and plant flowers, herbs, and foliage in the parks
-Discover other Portland nonprofits that work with parks and the environment
-Explore the many parks of Portland!
May volunteer opportunities: 
Deering Oaks Gardening: Saturday May 21st at 9:00am 
Back Cove Clean Up: Thursday May 26th at 4:00pm

Click here to sign up!
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!
Maine Needs is beginning to fill spring requests, including rain gear and spring kits (outdoor activity bags for kids). If anyone loves to drive, they always need people to drive throughout the state for deliveries!
Current shifts:
Monday-Saturday 9am-12pm and 12pm-3pm. 
*Wednesdays extended until 8pm!

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 use their sign up genius. Otherwise, you can sign up on their website here.
Wayside Food Programs
Rescue Ranger
Seeking someone passionate 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. 
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!

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

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