October 1st, 2020 | Volunteering
Garbage to Garden
Autumn is here!
Greetings, Volunteers!

Autumn is here and we're thrilled to start harvesting all of the beautiful produce that this season has to offer! We hope everyone is taking a moment to embrace the crisp air and changing leaves. 

We are always looking for new volunteer opportunities to feature. If you know of any organizations that are currently looking for volunteers, please don't hesitate to reach out!  

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. 

Happy Composting,

Portland Parks Conservancy  
Portland Parks Conservancy (PPC) is a new nonprofit organization with a mission to support Portland's public parks by raising private funding and engaging the community. With municipal budget and staffing challenges brought on by COVID-19, The PPC is focusing this summer and fall on recruiting volunteers to help the Portland Parks, Recreation, and Facilities staff with picking up trash, raking, weeding, clearing brush, and other light maintenance that will allow City staff to do their jobs more efficiently. PPC is currently recruiting volunteers to assist with this effort!
SMAA Phone Pals 
The goal of the Phone Pal program is to improve the quality of life for older adults
and adults with disabilities. A Phone Pal Volunteer provides homebound older
adults and individuals with disabilities with companionship by regularly calling on
the phone in an effort to decrease feelings of isolation and loneliness.  Calls
generally occur 1-3 times a week based on the volunteer and client preferences
and availability, and these details will be considered when matching volunteers
with clients.  Volunteers are expected to demonstrate active listening skills and
sensitivity toward possible differences in background or views on things such as
religion, sexual orientation, or cultural experiences.

Email the SMAA for more information or to get involved!
Yarmouth Community Garden 
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.

Tuesdays and Saturdays 8:00am-11:00pm
Location: 615 E. Main Street, Yarmouth, ME 04096.
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.  
Currently, they are looking for volunteers to sew masks out of blue sterilization material for those on the front lines. They've already distributed over 5,000 masks, but need more! Volunteers are also needed to sew together pre cut gowns for local healthcare workers.  

Email Kelsey for more information or to get involved!
Growing to Give
Brunswick, ME
Growing to Give was founded in April 2017 by a group of 16 people who came together around the idea of growing organic vegetables using climate-friendly methods, and donating them to local people struggling with food insecurity through food pantries and other food access sites. They have a busy season coming up and need your help more than ever to ensure their fresh, organic veggies get to those who need them most. This month, they will be gleaning consistently on Monday mornings.  Gratefully, they are able to provide a volunteer opportunity in a beautiful setting where social distancing can be easily practiced!

Volunteers are asked to sign up in advance for two-hour shifts. They are staggering the comings and goings, keeping the work groups to no more than 10 people at a time, maintaining 6 feet or more between people at all times.  For more information please find their COVID-19 precautions outlined on their website.  To volunteer,  click here and submit the New Volunteer Application Form

Location: 30 East Coxon Road, Brunswick.
First Baptist Church of Portland Food Pantry
The First Baptist Church of Portland food pantry serves hundreds of individuals each month by collaborating with local fresh food sources and distributing to families in need. They welcome all who come to serve our neighbors in the Greater Portland area! FBC is currently looking for volunteers who have a heart for ensuring people have enough food to eat and are available on Wednesdays to organize and distribute food and/or break down and clean up. They are operating a 'no contact' food pantry for the safety of volunteers and patrons. Volunteers would be able to practice social distancing and be safe and healthy.

Wednesdays: 10:30am - 1:30pm 
Location: 360 Canco Road, Portland, ME
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, MCHPP could use volunteers to sort food donations in the mornings from 8:30-11:30 Monday through Saturday or prepare lunch from 8:45-1:00.
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. 
Garbage to Garden Curbside Composting
352 Presumpscot St, Portland, ME 04103
Phone: (207) 332-0277
Email: info@garbagetogarden.org

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