October 6, 2021 | Volunteering
Garbage to Garden
Greetings, Volunteers!

October is here, and outdoor volunteering opportunities are winding down for the season. This month you will find new opportunities to volunteer with Cultivating Community, the Boys & Girls Club, and Maine Needs, as well as ongoing opportunities.

As always, 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. Remember, events are first come, first served. 

Happy Composting,

Help us bag compost!
We are at risk of running out of bagged compost later this fall/very early into winter if we are unable to find more help bagging compost!
Come lend a hand! Compost bagging starts around 9am, weekly on Mondays and Wednesdays. We can accomodate volunteers with minimal notice. Spend 1.5 hours with us bagging compost in exchange for one month of free service!  

Email Alex to schedule a time to come bag compost!

Cultivating Community
3-5 volunteers are needed to join Cultivating Community on Friday, October 15th from 2:30pm - 4:00pm for some garden maintenance work, including updating a stump circle and mulching the garden space.

This event will take place at the Gerald E. Talbot Community School located at 1600 Forest Av. Portland, ME. Please email in advance to sign up:
Boys & Girls Clubs of Southern Maine
As fall programs resume, BGCSM Clubhouses rely on the tremendous support that volunteers provide. Each clubhouse location (Portland, South Portland, Riverton Park, Sagamore Village and Auburn/Lewiston) has reengaged the youth of Maine and is seeking dedicated volunteers to support the great work done every day.
If you are looking to get involved, their volunteer program has the following opportunities:

• Monday-Friday BGCSM operates After School Programs in the Arts, Academic Success, Health and Wellness, and Leadership for elementary, middle and high school members.

• Volunteer shifts at the Clubhouses are between 2:00-8:00 PM and can be in 2, 3 or 4 hour shifts.

• Each Clubhouse has specific program needs, and Luke can assist you in finding the best fit for your volunteering time (find his email linked below).

Thanks to the determination and service of volunteers, BGCSM has helped countless kids discover their potential, learn, grow and find a home in their clubs. Thank you for answering the call to serve our community!

Please email Luke for more information or to submit a volunteer application!
BGCSM Volunteer Application available for download here.
Maine Needs
"We would love more volunteers at Maine Needs, as we expand our space. We are gearing up for winter clothing and basic needs for individuals and families throughout Maine. Join us as we sort through our donations and fill requests. It’s a great place to volunteer!"

Register with Maine Needs as a volunteer, and if you contribute any volunteer hours, email us at volunteer@garbagetogarden.org to find out how to receive credit. 

Gleaning Opportunties!
Throughout the growing season, Cumberland County Food Security Council announces opportunities to help glean fresh produce on local farms to reduce food waste and make sure this food makes it into hungry mouths!

Register with them as a volunteer to be notified of opportunities, and if you sign up for any, email us at volunteer@garbagetogarden.org to find out how to receive credit.
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 sign up on their sign up genius. Otherwise, you can sign up on their website here.

Email Steve for more information!
Wayside Food Programs
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!

Rescue Ranger
Seeking someone pasionate 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.

Seeds of Hope 
In need of kindhearted volunteers to help with prep and distribution of food. Seeds of Hope is open weekdays for breakfast and lunch, and serves bagged meals at the door for those who do not wish to come inside. 
Masks required inside at all times (except when seated and eating/drinking). 6ft social distancing required.
Monday through Friday: 9:00am - 1:00pm
Location: 35 South St, Biddeford, ME 

Email Michael for more information or to get involved!
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

Volunteering with Preble Street
Preble Street provides accessible barrier-free services to empower people experiencing problems with homelessness, housing, hunger, and poverty, and to advocate for solutions to these problems.
Volunteers assist with breakfast, lunch, or dinner any day of the week at the Preble Street Resource Center Soup Kitchen, or at the weekly Thursday Food Pantry. 
Garbage to Garden Curbside Composting
352 Presumpscot St, Portland, ME 04103
Phone: (207) 332-0277
Email: info@garbagetogarden.org

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