July 1, 2022 | Volunteering
Garbage to Garden
Greetings, Volunteers

Happy Summer! Make the most of these warm days by getting out and volunteering in your community! Below you can find a list of new and ongoing volunteer opportunities for the month of July, including the State Theatre Summer Concert Series and Summer Sunsets Live at Thompson's Point!

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. Then simply send confirmation of your volunteer hours to volunteer@garbagetogarden.org to receive credit.

Happy Composting,

We are excited to be partnering again this season for the State Theatre's Summer Concert Series at Thompson's Point! Join staff and other volunteers to monitor waste stations and sort compost, recycling, and trash to ensure maximum diversion from landfills. Volunteers get free access to the show, and a Garbage to Garden t-shirt to wear at the event!

7/10: Phil Lesh & Friends 5-8pm, 8-11pm
7/13: Sheryl Crow 5-8pm, 8-11pm
7/21: The National 6-9pm, 9-11:30pm
7/22: Bleachers 6-9pm, 9-11:30pm

Coming up in August.....
Guster, Leon Bridges, Brandi Carlile, and more!
Summer Sunsets at Thompson's Point are in full swing! These weekly events feature live music, local vendors food trucks, and more. Volunteers will help to monitor waste stations and sort compost, recycling, and trash throughout the events. 
Dates: 7/7, 7/8, 7/14, 7/15, 7/28, 7/29
Shifts: 5pm-7pm, 7pm-9pm
Help us bag compost!
Compost bagging begins on Wednesdays at 9am at our shop in Portland. Come lend a hand for ~1.5 hours in exchange for one month of free service!

Maine Immigrant Rights Coalition 
MIRC is currently looking for volunteers to help with their Culturally-Appropriate Food Program supporting homeless asylum seekers at the motels. Volunteers help with packaging hot meals 6 days a week: 

Monday-Friday from 4:15pm-6:15pm
Saturday from 3pm-5pm

Maine Audubon
"Maine Audubon’s volunteers help protect our state’s wildlife and habitat. Our volunteer corps is an integral part of what we do: we harness the talents and passions of our volunteers to increase Maine Audubon’s impact, through environmental education, conservation, and advocacy."

Email Hannah for community science or conservation-related projects
For all other volunteer opportunities, visit maineaudubon.org/volunteer or contact Jill
Cumberland County
Food Security Council 
The Gleaning Initiative harvests excess produce from local farms and gardens and redistributes it to communities throughout Cumberland County. We hope to significantly increase the amount of produce to organizations working with low-income populations. Sign up here to register as a gleaner and get updates on gleaning events!

Saturday, 7/2 Strawberry Glean sign up here 9-11am
Tuesday, 7/5 Strawberry Glean sign up here  9-11am 

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 countrie in need. In addition, they also organize medical missions to Southeast Asia and Africa for doctors, nurses, and students.

Click here to fill out a volunteer application!

Yarmouth Community Garden
The Yarmouth Community Garden always welcomes volunteers. Everyone is welcome- no gardening experience needed!
Volunteering Opportunities:
-Memorial Day: planting seeds and seedlings in the community plot and children’s garden
-8am-noon on Tuesday and Saturday morning: harvest and prepare produce for delivery, plot maintenance, weeding, and more in the community plot and children’s garden.
-Mowing, carpentry, painting, artistic talent, fundraising and Harvest Dinner auction help.
-Weed management, mulching and extra hand watering.

Email Denise or Wendy to sign up!
Growing to Give

The 2022 growing season is underway, and the farm is buzzing with activity! If you are interested in volunteering, please check out our volunteer opportunities and submit the new volunteer application form. We ask volunteers to sign up in advance for two-hour work sessions. 
If you have questions, please email Cathy
Portland Parks Conservancy
Do you love spending time outside and meeting new people? Volunteer with Portland Parks Conservancy and help protect local, vibrant parks!
July volunteer opportunities: 
Deering Oaks Day: Wednesday July 13 at 4:00pm
Back Cove Clean Up: Thursday July 21 at 4:00pm
Hobart Street Park: Saturday July 30 at 9:00am

Click here to sign up!
Maine Needs
Maine Needs volunteers fulfill requests from caseworkers, teachers, in-home visiting nurses, and community organizers on behalf of their clients. Shifts may involve organizing and sorting donations, fulfilling requests and assembling packages, or even deliveries!
Current shifts:
Monday-Saturday 9am-12pm and 12pm-3pm. 
*Wednesdays extended until 8pm!

The Locker Project
The Locker Project provides children and families at risk of hunger with reliable access to healthy food. Volunteers help arrange produce and assist children and parents with bagging the foods they choose.

If you are already a Locker Project volunteer, sign up on their website here.
Garbage to Garden Curbside Composting
352 Presumpscot St, Portland, ME 04103
Phone: (207) 332-0277
Email: info@garbagetogarden.org

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