October 10th, 2019 | Volunteering
Garbage to Garden
Final call for free composting in October!
Salutations, Volunteers!

The air is getting brisk and the leaves are showing off their autumn gold. October is here and we have a few more events that could use dedicated volunteers like you!

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!
The Garbage to Garden Team

Levitate Presents Flannel Jam
October 13th
1:30pm - 4:30pm, 4:30pm - 7:30pm, 7:30pm - 10:00pm 

Flannel Jam is a fall-themed, end of season celebration touring New England October 12 - 14! The tour features a hot spiked cider cocktail lounge, limited edition Levitate Flannels, special craft releases by local breweries, food trucks, hot cider donuts, and 
kid's hay maze and corn pool in three unique venues.

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 a GtG t-shirt to wear at the event and a free month of curbside composting!

I want to volunteer at Levitate Flannel Jam! 

Harvest on the Harbor
*Multiple Events* 

Harvest on the Harbor is an annual food & drink festival located in downtown Portland. Harvest on the Harbor is committed to zero-waste. Help Garbage to Garden monitor waste stations at the following events celebrating Maine's culinary talents: 

Thursday 10/17 6-
HOTH 2019 comes alive at this celebration of local chefs and farmers collaborating to deliver a beautiful, multi-course dinner. The evening begins with a Zardetto prosecco welcome and hors d’oeuvres, followed by a three-course seated dinner with pairings of Liquid Riot beers and select wines, and a spread of decadent desserts. Live music and other surprises make for an incredible night.

Friday 10/18 11:30 to
A lobster lunch unlike any other! The event includes tastes of each lobster dish and beverage pairings. Help name the People's Choice Lobster Chef of the Year and observe the professionally judged and appointed Lobster Chef of the Year. 

Friday 10/18  5:30 to 8:00

The finest craft distillers in the world are right here in Maine — and this event is where you’ll find them under one roof mixing drinks and sharing tastes of their products. Plus food, music by the Blues Prophets and special guests Sellam Circus!

Saturday 10/19  10am to 12:30pm

Your brunch mission, should you choose to accept it, is to feast on roast pork breakfast tacos made by The Pig Kahuna and sample competing Bloody Marys with vodkas from Liquid Riot, Ice Pik, Stroudwater Distilling, Maine Craft Distilling, Cold River and Wiggly Bridge. Live music by Old Blues Kats. You’ll be living your best brunch life this weekend.

Saturday 10/19  5 to

Meet Maine’s innovative oyster growers and slurp your way up and down the coast! Oysterfest with The Maine Oyster Company features over two dozen Maine oyster farmers shucking, serving and gabbing with ticket holders. If you are an oyster lover, this is your party.

Sunday 10/20  11am-1:30pm, 2:30-4:30pm
Market on the Harbor encompasses everything from cheese and pesto to winemakers and brewers.
GtG volunteers will be monitoring waste stations and supporting stations for product tables. 

Wolfe's Neck Fall Festival 
Saturday, October 19th 
10:00am - 12:30pm, 1:00pm - 3:30pm 

This wholesome family festival features activities and demonstrations, live music, haybale climbing, face painting, animal interactions, tasty local food and more. There will also be Pumpkin Hayrides during the festival!

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 a GtG t-shirt to wear at the event and a free month of curbside composting! 

Email Jackie to RSVP to volunteer at the Wolfe's Neck Fall Festival!
Produce Distributions 
with the Locker Project

Deering High School
Thursday, October 24
⋅1:30pm – 2:30pm

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 July 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.

Email Steve to RSVP to distribute food with the Locker Project!

Volunteer at Yarmouth Community Garden 
Saturday Mornings 9am-12:00pm

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!
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
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 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 accommodate 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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