October 7th, 2022 | Volunteering
Garbage to Garden
Greetings, Volunteers!

As the days get shorter and we put our gardens to bed for the season, some of our ongoing outdoor volunteering opportunities are winding down for the season, but we have some great events coming up in need of composting expertise to help them be as green as possible. More details below!

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 volunteer@garbagetogarden.org to receive credit.

Happy Composting,

Maine Foodscapes Garden-to-Table Gala 
Thursday, October 13th 5:00pm-9:30pm 

Volunteers will be responsible for monitoring waste stations and sorting waste to maximize diversion and minimize contamination. Meal included. 
2 volunteers needed.
Harvest on the Harbor 
Maine Lobster Chef of the Year
Thursday, October 27 
Shift: 5:30pm-8:30pm 
Up to 2 volunteers 

Meet Your Maker
Friday, October 28
Shift: 5:30pm-8:30pm 
Up to 2 volunteers 

Maine Oysterfest
Saturday, October 29
Shifts: 12:30pm-3:30pm, 4:00pm-7:00pm
Up to 3 volunteers per shift
Volunteers will be responsible for monitoring waste stations at these events, and sorting waste to maximize diversion and minimize contamination. 
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."

Scarborough Marsh - Fall Clean Up
9am to Noon - Scarborough Marsh Audubon Center

Fall is here and it’s time to clean up the marsh and beaches after a very busy summer.  We also need help preparing the Nature Center for a long winter ahead. Join Maine Audubon, Friends of Scarborough Marsh, and the Scarborough community for a work day, and help make our corner of the earth a better place. Groups are welcome!

We are partnering with Project G.R.A.C.E. to collect food. Bring some nonperishable food or a grocery store gift card to the clean up and help the human inhabitants of the marsh.

To sign up, go to Maineaudubon.org/events

For more information, email the Scarborough Marsh Audubon Center
or call (207) 781-2330 x213
For all other volunteer opportunities, visit maineaudubon.org/volunteer
or contact Jill
Help us fill bags of compost! 

As the season winds down, we need lots of extra hands to help fill bags of compost to keep up with demand.

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!

No need to RSVP, but please do check in with the office upstairs while here so we can credit your account. And don't forget to wear clothes you don't mind getting dirty!

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
Growing to Give

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 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
Cumberland County
Food Security Council 
The Gleaning Initiative harvests excess produce from local farms and gardens and redistributes it to communities throughout Cumberland County. We hope to significantly increase the amount of produce to organizations working with low-income populations. Sign up here to register as a gleaner and get updates on gleaning events!

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 countrie 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!
Yarmouth Community Garden
The Yarmouth Community Garden always welcomes volunteers. Everyone is welcome- no gardening experience needed!

Email Denise or Wendy 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!
Current shifts:
Monday-Saturday 9am-12pm and 12pm-3pm. 
*Wednesdays extended until 8pm!

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

The Locker Project
The Locker Project provides children and families at risk of hunger with reliable access to healthy food. Volunteers help arrange produce and assist children and parents with bagging the foods they choose.

If you are already a Locker Project volunteer, sign up on their website here.

Email The Locker Project for more information!
Garbage to Garden Curbside Composting
352 Presumpscot St, Portland, ME 04103
Phone: (207) 332-0277
Email: info@garbagetogarden.org

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