March 30, 2018 | Volunteering
Garbage to Garden
Spring is Here! 
Hello Garbage to Garden Volunteers!

Spring is our favorite (and busiest) time of year at Garbage to Garden! This month we've got many opportunities to get your hands dirty and get moving. You can help us with some spring cleaning at Garbage to Garden HQ, participate in spring clean up efforts in South Portland, make seedballs with kids at Urban Runoff, or help us sort composting and recycling at an earth day event on the LL Bean campus! And of course, we will be getting our first truckload of black gold from Benson Farm and will be wasting no time bagging it up for all of your gardens!

As always, to sign up for an event this month and receive a month of free Garbage to Garden service, RSVP by email and be sure to sign in at your event! Remember, events are first come, first serve. 

Also, please help us welcome Jackie Spencer, our new Volunteer & Outreach Coordinator. Jackie will be the go-to person for all things related to Garbage to Garden's volunteer program and will be the one you correspond with through

This month's volunteer orientation will be held on Wednesday, April 25, 2018 at 5:30pm. This session will give you an opportunity to learn more about Garbage to Garden, our volunteer program, how to get involved, and get early access to next month's volunteer opportunities. Email Jackie to RSVP!

Happy Composting!

- The Garbage to Garden Team

P.S. Make sure you check your inbox for our annual spring fling newsletter later this week!

March March! Back-cove Clean Up 
Saturday, March 31 10:00am-1:00pm
17 F Forest Park, Portland

This event was postponed due to the storm and other related events earlier this month.

Now that the snow has melted, this cleanup of the Back Cove trail, organized by USM's Global Affairs - Economic and Evironmental Emmisaries will take place this Saturday (tomorrow) March 31st.  All necessary supplies will be provided!

Volunteer credit for those of you interested in volunteering on Saturday will be applied to APRIL. 

Urgent volunteer need! 

Bucket stickering party 
Tuesday, April 3
We are picking up a load of buckets on Monday, April 2nd and it will be an all-hands-on-deck effort to get these buckets stickered and out to new accounts next week.
Join in the fun anytime between 8:30am-6:00pm, just call or email us ahead of time to let us know when to expect you. Plan on staying for about 2 hours. Refreshments on us!
Wayside Food Programs
Community Meal Prep 
Monday, April 23, 2018 12:30-3pm
Wayside Kitchen

Help Wayside prepare nutritious meals for their 13 free weekly Community Meals sites! Work with other volunteers and Wayside staff to prepare a healthy meal in the community kitchen. Volunteers will slice, dice, saute, steam, bake and help clean up when it's over!

Wayside Food Programs Whole Foods Food Drive
Thursday, April 19 through Saturday, April 21
Multiple Shifts 
Whole Foods, Portland

Wayside Food Program staff andvolunteers will be on hand to collect donation of healthy food items which will be distributed to children and families throughout Cumberland County this holiday season. Volunteer time slots are listed above, but the drive will run from 11am-7pm on Thursday and Friday and 9am-7pm on Saturday! You can sign up for a shift on the EventBrite here!

Earth Day City-Wide Littler Cleanup
Saturday, April 21, 8:30-11:00am 
Mill Creek Park, South Portland
*Rain date: Saturday, April 28

South Portland Land Trust Program Manager Dugan Murphy and board members Tom Blake, Jeff Ryan, and Richard Rottkov are leading members of the community on a citywide litter cleanup event.  Check in at Mill Creek Park opposite Hannaford between 8:30AM and 11AM to sign in and get some morning refreshments.  Participants get cleanup supplies and an assigned location.  City workers will pick up the litter you collect once you're done!

Each participant will have a chance to win prizes, including a copy of Appalachian Odyssey, a copy of Blazing Ahead, a backyard composter, South Portland Golf Course passes, and more!

Urban Runoff & Green Neighbor Fest
Saturday April 21 

The Urban Runoff 5K and Green Neighbor Fest raises money for clean water education to build healthy communities. Volunteers will switch off between monitoring compost bins and helping with a kids activity (making seed bombs!) at our information table.

Green ME Up!
Saturday, April 21, 10:00a-12:30p/12:30-3:00pm
LL Bean Campus, Freeport
Girl Scouts of Maine presents Green ME Up! A free, fun-filled, family friendly day for everyone to learn how to take action to keep Maien green today and in the future!
Garbage to Garden will be there providing information about composting and providing composting & recycling services. Volunteers will be helping monitor waste stations to minimize contamination and maximize diversion. 
Help local schools compost!
We have helped establish compost programs in over 36 local schools. As more schools incorporate composting into their lunch-time routine, we often need volunteers to help them get started.

Shop Help
Monday-Friday 8am-4:30pm or by appointment.
Garbage to Garden, 57 Industrial Way, Portland
We often have other shop tasks that could use an extra set of hands. For example, we often have bag labeling, de-boxing buckets, and stickering buckets, and bagging compost, among other tasks. 
Garbage to Garden Curbside Composting
57 Industrial Way, Portland, ME 04103
Phone: (207) 332-0277
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