April 2nd, 2019 | Volunteering
Garbage to Garden
Warming up for a busy season!
Salutations, Volunteers!

April is here, and temperatures are finally warming up. We have a lot of awesome opportunities happening this spring and we're excited to get this season started!

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. 

This month's Volunteer Orientation will be held on Wednesday, April 24th at 5:30pm. Email Jackie to RSVP.

Happy Composting!
The Garbage to Garden Team

SPLT's Annual Citywide Earth Day Cleanup
April 20th, 8:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Mill Creek Park opposite Hannaford

It’s almost time for The South Portland Land Trust citywide Earth Day cleanup. Everyone is welcome! Come to Mill Creek Park opposite Hannaford between 8:30 -- 11:30 a.m. to sign in and get some morning refreshments.  Participants get gloves, bags, and an assigned location.  City workers will pick up the trash bags once you're done!

Volunteer with the Free Garden Project!

Maine Foodscapes' Free Garden Project is offering free gardens, seeds, plant starts, cover crop mix, access to our gardening and cooking workshop series, and facilitating connections between new gardeners and the greater gardening community.

The primary goal of this project is to partner with food-insecure households in order to increase accessibility to sufficient, safe, and nutritious foods. Our work is a creative approach to building food security. We put the power of growing food into the hands of community members themselves.

There will be ongoing opportunities to get involved with garden builds and workshops. If you are interested in volunteering with the FGP this season, there will be an orientation on April 9th.

FGP Volunteer Orientation
Tuesday, April 9th, 6pm @ Garbage to Garden

Come learn more about the Free Garden Project and different opportunities to get involved this season, meet other FGP team members, and get necessary training! 
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
Produce Distributions 
with the Locker Project

Presumpscot Elementary School
Wednesday, April 3rd, 4:00 - 5:30pm

Memorial Middle School
Thursday, April 4th, 1:30 - 3:00pm

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 December 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.

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, they 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 accomodate 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!

Garbage to Garden Curbside Composting
57 Industrial Way, Portland, ME 04103
Phone: (207) 332-0277
Email: info@garbagetogarden.org
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