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FEBRUARY VOLUNTEERING
Do you love volunteering as much as we do?
Salutations, Volunteers!

We hope you're staying warm in this polar vortex! February is here and our hearts are a flutter! We have a lot of fun opportunities that we hope you love as much as we do!

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, February 27th at 5:30pm. Email Jackie to RSVP.

Happy Composting!
The Garbage to Garden Team


Volunteering with Preble Street
Tuesday, February 12th
3:30pm - 6:30pm
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. 
Cultivating Community
Wednesday, February 13th
3:00pm - 5:30pm
Wednesday, February 27th
1:00pm - 3:30pm
Cultivating Community is getting a jump on their spring cleaning and they're looking for a few volunteers to help organize their office. There are some admin activities and light office work available as well!

Furniture Friends
Wednesday, February 20th
9:00am - 12:00pm
Furniture Friends is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) organization that provides donated furniture to people in need throughout Greater Portland. With ongoing support from the community, they are able to fulfill their mission of "Creating Homes. Rebuilding Lives."

They are looking for volunteers to help clean and organize furniture in their warehouse. Required is the ability to lift 50 lbs and be on feet for three hours. Fun atmosphere with chocolate! Preference will be given to folks who are interested in volunteering more than once.

Partners for World Health
Wednesday, February 20th
1-4pm
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, February 6th, 4:00-5:30pm


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.
SPECIAL VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES
Helping out in the shop!
Flower Day!
Monday, February 18th
We're going to be up to our armpits in stale floral arrangements and need your help to de-wire and break them down so that they can become compost!

Other Activities!
We've wrapped up the season for bagging compost, but we always have something going on! 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.

Garbage to Garden Curbside Composting
57 Industrial Way, Portland, ME 04103
Phone: (207) 332-0277
Email: info@garbagetogarden.org
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