May 1st, 2019 | Volunteering
Garbage to Garden
Are you ready to spring into action?
Salutations, Volunteers!

All those April showers have finally started to bring us those gorgeous May flowers, and temperatures are finally warming up. We have a lot of awesome opportunities happening this spring and we're excited to get this season started!

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 serve. 

This month's Volunteer Orientation will be held on Wednesday, May 29th at 5:30 pm. Email Jackie to RSVP.

Happy Composting!
The Garbage to Garden Team

Portland Trails Clean-up Day
May 3rd, 12:00 - 4:00 pm
Trails in the Prescompscot area

Volunteering is a great way to experience the trails. Celebrate spring & warmer weather by getting outside, involved, and active. Let's keep #trashtag alive and clean-up some         Portland trails!

Mt. Joy Public Orchard Spring Workday 
Saturday, May 11th, 10:00am - 2:00pm
Mt. Joy Public Orchard

Led by Cultivating Community, volunteers will be working on several projects designed on permaculture principles to help make the garden more productive and beautiful and be a great learning space.
All you need is a positive attitude to come do some garden work, learn, and spend time with the community. We ask that you commit at least 2 hours of your time to the project for Garbage to Garden volunteer credit.

Email Jackie to RVSP for the Mt. Joy Public Orchard Spring Workday!

Cumberland County Master Gardner
Plant Sale

Saturday, May 18th, 7:00am-11:00am
The Barron Center

It's that time of year again! Garbage to Garden is donating compost to support the Cumberland County Master Gardeners and will be on site to promote composting in all forms across the county. 
We will also be providing composting services for the event. 

Volunteers will be assisting with bagging compost, and monitoring the compost station.

Old Dominion at Thompson's Point
Thursday, May 23rd

For five years, in an effort to minimize the waste generated at Thompson Point concerts, the State Theater is teaming up with Garbage to Garden to provide zero-waste sorting stations and a team to facilitate the sorting of compost, recycling, and trash at events.

Join a team of Garbage to Garden staff and volunteers to monitor waste stations and help concert-goers properly sort their waste and keep the venue tidy. Volunteers get free access to the show and a GtG t-shirt to wear at the event!

Email Jackie to RSVP to join the Resource Recovery Team for Old Dominion at Thompson's Point! 

Volunteer at Yarmouth Community Garden 
Saturday mornings 9-12

Come help prepare garden beds, plant seeds, mulch, weed, 
and harvest! 
Yarmouth Community Garden has 2 acres, 135 rental plots & a big food donation garden! They grow, harvest and donate over 4000 lbs of organic vegetables each year. They support local food pantries, senior citizens, meals on wheels & support Maine Harvest for Hunger.

Email Denise Compton to volunteer at Yarmouth Community Garden!
Wolfe's Neck Farm Spring Fest
Saturday, June 1st 
10:00am-12:30pm & 12:30-3:00pm
Wolfe's Neck Farm, Freeport

Celebrate the arrival of spring at Wolfe's Neck Farm in Freeport! There will be activities for all ages, live music, and fresh food.

Volunteers will be responsible for monitoring compost/trash/recycling waste stations to help festival-goers
properly sort their waste and keep the venue tidy. Volunteers get free access to the festival and a GtG t-shirt to wear at the event!

Email Jackie to RSVP to volunteer at Spring Fest!

Volunteer with the Free Garden Project!

Maine Foodscapes' Free Garden Project is offering free gardens, seeds, plant starts, cover crop mix, access to our gardening and cooking workshop series, and facilitating connections between new gardeners and the greater gardening community.

The primary goal of this project is to partner with food-insecure households in order to increase accessibility to sufficient, safe, and nutritious foods. Our work is a creative approach to building food security. We put the power of growing food into the hands of community members themselves.
Volunteering with Preble Street
The mission of Preble Street is to provide accessible barrier-free services to empower people experiencing problems with homelessness, housing, hunger, and poverty, and to advocate for solutions to these problems.
Feed your hungry neighbors! Help serve any of 3 meals a day, 7 days a week at the Preble Street Resource Center Soup Kitchen. Volunteers assist with breakfast, lunch, or dinner, or at the weekly Thursday Food Pantry. 
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. Here is a list of some of their needs:
Macrosorting - opening bags and boxes and sorting items into general category bins
Microsorting - further sorting general category bins into bins of more restrictive categories
Counting, bagging, and labeling similar items
Transferring like liquids to create full containers
Creating kits of supplies (respiratory kits, surgical kits, birthing kits, etc.)
Packing, sealing and labeling boxes for shipment
Produce Distributions 
with the Locker Project

Presumpscot Elementary School
Wednesday, May 1st, 4:00 - 5:30 pm

Presumpscot Elementary School
Wednesday, May 15th, 4:00 - 
5:30 pm

The Locker Project manages food pantries in schools, providing food for children who are food-insecure to take food home with them. Join the Locker Project in December to help distribute fresh produce and non-perishable food items.

Volunteers help arrange produce and groceries on tables, then assist students and parents with bagging the food up to take home. You will be a welcoming presence, making sure people know they are invited to take food. Everyone is invited to bring food home with them. This a great way to de-stigmatize free food distributions, particularly in the case of fresh food that would otherwise get wasted.

Mid Coast Hunger Prevention Program
Brunswick, ME

Hungry neighbors in our community need your help to feed their families! Mid Coast Hunger Prevention has a number of initiatives that work to address food insecurity and volunteers place a vital role in fulfilling their mission by preparing meals, distributing groceries, picking up donated food and a variety of other tasks. 

This month, they MCHPP could use volunteers to help pickup donations, and afternoon volunteers for the food bank & food pantry. They're biggest needs are on Tuesdays and Saturdays this month.
Helping out in the shop!
Compost season is back in action and we need all hands on deck to get our spring compost bagged and ready. Email us to see how you can get involved.
We can accomodate volunteers at the shop most days of the week, it is a great chance to get involved if you are having a hard time finding other opportunities that fit your schedule.


Did you know you can get a month of free service by referring a friend? Log in here to get your code, or email Jackie for more information!

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57 Industrial Way, Portland, ME 04103
Phone: (207) 332-0277
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