March 1, 2022 | Volunteering
Garbage to Garden

Greetings, Volunteers!

The days are getting longer and spring will be here before we know it! Below you can find a list of new and ongoing volunteer opportunities for the month of March.

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. Then simply send confirmation of your volunteer hours to to receive credit. Remember, events are first come, first served. 

Happy Composting,

Portland Parks Conservancy
Do you love spending time outside and meeting new people? Volunteer with Portland Parks Conservancy and help protect local, vibrant parks!
What will you do as a volunteer?
-Learn to identify invasive plants and remove them from the parks
-Clean up trash and debris – don’t worry, we provide gloves and grabbers!
-Garden and plant flowers, herbs, and foliage in the parks
-Discover other Portland nonprofits that work with parks and the environment
-Explore the many parks of Portland, Maine!
This month's volunteering opportunities are: 
Back Cove Clean Up: Thursday March 10th at 4:00 pm
Eastern Prom Invasive Removal: Saturday March 19th at 9:00 am 
Eastern Prom Invasive Removal: Thursday March 31st at 4:00 pm
Growing to Give
Growing to Give is a certified organic farm in Brunswick where we grow vegetables using climate-friendly methods and donate them to local people struggling with food insecurity through our food access partners. In 2021 we donated over 16,000 lb of produce to those most in need.
Volunteers are the backbone of our operation. We welcome all kinds of volunteers - regulars, one-timers, and everything in between--no gardening experience required. We are looking forward to the start of the 2022 growing season and welcoming volunteers back to the farm!

We anticipate starting volunteer work sessions for seed starting in mid-March, weather dependent. If you have questions, please email Cathy at C
ome spend some time outside in a beautiful location while helping your community!

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 are Monday-Saturday 9am-12pm and 12pm-3pm. 
"We would love more volunteers at Maine Needs, as we expand our space. We are gearing up for winter clothing and basic needs for individuals and families throughout Maine. Join us as we sort through our donations and fill requests. It’s a great place to volunteer!"

Preble Street 
Preble Street provides accessible barrier-free services to empower people experiencing problems with homelessness, housing, hunger, and poverty, and to advocate for solutions to these problems.
Volunteer opportunities can include assisting with breakfast, lunch, or dinner any day of the week at the Preble Street Resource Center Soup Kitchen, or at the weekly Thursday Food Pantry. 
Click here to learn more or fill out a volunteer form. 
Boys & Girls Clubs
of Southern Maine
As fall programs resume, BGCSM Clubhouses rely on the tremendous support of volunteers. Each clubhouse location (Portland, South Portland, Riverton Park, Sagamore Village and Auburn/Lewiston) has reengaged the youth of Maine and is seeking dedicated volunteers to support the great work done every day.
If you are looking to get involved, their volunteer program has the following opportunities:

Monday-Friday BGCSM operates After School Programs in the Arts, Academic Success, Health and Wellness, and Leadership for elementary, middle and high school members.

• Volunteer shifts at the Clubhouses are between 2:00-8:00 PM and can be in 2, 3 or 4 hour shifts.

• Each Clubhouse has specific program needs, and Luke can assist you in finding the best fit for your volunteering time (find his email linked below).

Thanks to the determination and service of volunteers, BGCSM has helped countless kids discover their potential, learn, grow and find a home in their clubs. Thank you for answering the call to serve our community!

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

If you are already a Locker Project volunteer, you can use their sign up genius. Otherwise, you can sign up on their website here.
Wayside Food Programs
Rescue Ranger
Seeking someone passionate about rescuing food to be shared with our community! This volunteer opportunity will send you to nearby Hannaford and target stores to pick up weekly food donations. Must be able to lift 20 lbs, be on your feet for a minimum of two hours, and ride in the passenger seat of the truck or van with a staff member. 
Grocery Box Packing
Volunteers assemble grocery items into boxes that will be shared with the community. Must be able to lift 20 lbs, be on your feet for a minimum of two hours, and love sharing food with our community!

First Baptist Church of Portland Food Pantry
The FBC food pantry serves hundreds of individuals each month by collaborating with local fresh food sources and distributing to families in need. FBC is seeking volunteers to organize/distribute food and/or break down and clean up. They are operating a 'no contact' food pantry for the safety of volunteers and patrons. 

Wednesdays: 10:30am - 1:30pm 
Location: 360 Canco Road, Portland, ME

Garbage to Garden Curbside Composting
352 Presumpscot St, Portland, ME 04103
Phone: (207) 332-0277

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