Opportunities from: Volunteer Maine

Volunteer: AmeriCorps Positions - Mentoring & Academic Support for low income students

The Portland Housing Authority (PHA) has half time (900 hours over 11 months) AmeriCorps member positions available to coordinate our neighborhood based, educational & aspirational support programs. Position start date 9/1/17, end date 8/2/18. 

AmeriCorps members are contracted volunteers who serve 20+ hours per week for 11 months. AmeriCorps offers a living allowance of $6,265 evenly distributed over the term with a $2,865 education award upon successful completion of their term. AmeriCorps members get preference for complementary part time positions available through PHA Resident Services. The complimentary hours are paid at $11 per hour for 15 hours per week creating a full time experience serving one of our neighborhoods.

AmeriCorps members with the PHA coordinate mentoring programs and education centers in family housing developments around Portland. The PHA Study Centers have been open for 25 years and serve students of all ages and nationalities. The primary focus of the centers from September to June is academic support and post-secondary guidance. Each center is co-run by the AmeriCorps volunteer and a part time staff member who work together to create a positive, productive and safe classroom environment for the students and community members to study, research, supplement their education and find college and job opportunities. During the summer, AmeriCorps members run soccer, free lunch, and youth leadership development programs. 

Prospective applicants who are interested in teaching, working with youth, or the success and support of the Portland multicultural population are particularly encouraged to apply. 

Applicants must be willing to have an FBI fingerprint check and be free of any felony convictions. Applicant must be available 3-7pm Monday-Friday for AmeriCorps and 11am-2pm Monday through Friday for complementary PHA hours. The preferred minimum age is 20. Clean driving record and Maine license preferred but not required. 

To apply, follow this link to the AmeriCorps website:  https://my.americorps.gov/mp/listing/viewListing.do?id=48979&fromSearch=true

 

Qualifications:

Comfort serving ELL (English Language Learning) Students Self-motivated with a high degree of flexibility, creativity, and independence Ability to clearly and concisely communicate orally and in writing Excellent organizational skills  Effective public speaker Bachelor's degree or equivalent experience preferred Prior volunteer or service experience preferred Dedication to the mission of AmeriCorps Ability to use various types of technology (i.e. Google apps, Microsoft Office Suite, GoToMeeting, on-line reporting system) Able to serve evenings and occasional weekends Proficiency in Microsoft Excel Knowledge of community resources preferred

 

 Essential Functions:

Serve as a mentor for a portfolio of at-risk students Develop and maintain contact with students’ parents, teachers, counselors and/or referral partners Develop relationships and resources within the community Conduct regular check-in meetings with students in line with the Check & Connect Program Model Connect students with intensive services such as mentoring, school skills support, enrichment, and/or community engagement projects Create a structure for extended learning opportunities and expanded career awareness Act as a positive role model for youth Participate in Member Leadership Activities as part of Goodwill AmeriCorps Programs Participate in a variety of service projects within the community Serve alongside and recruit volunteers for various projects Coordinate and facilitate meetings Participate in staff meetings Attend required weekly meetings with supervisor Coordinate projects with team members Personal transportation Participate in the following Intensive Interventions:

Mentor Program Coordination

Member coordinates a mentoring program for ELL students.  Member serves as a mentor while also overseeing the implementation of Check & Connect programming.  Member may also organize mentee/mentor events, coordinate student assessments, communicate with student parents and teachers, etc.

Community Outreach and Volunteer Coordination

Member coordinates partnerships within the community for increased ELL student involvement.  This may be with nonprofits or community leaders to enhance students’ involvement, internship opportunities, community collaborations, and resources.  Member will coordinate community projects, compile resources, network, and create programming around community partnerships. By enhancing student involvement, resources, and leadership opportunities, this position will build confidence and leadership attributes within individual students.

Aspirations Support

Member coordinates programming around high school and college preparation, including guiding ELL students in applying to college, completing the FAFSA, writing college essays, enrolling in honors or college prep classes, etc.

School Skills Support Coordination

Member coordinates programming which fosters time management skills, goal setting, provides homework help, and imparts the importance of academic success and perseverance required for academic achievement. This position is not providing tutoring.

Parent/Guardian Engagement

Member coordinates programming to engage parents into the academic work of the student through increased relationship building, communication, and involvement of parents.

 Site Specific Essential Functions:

Quantitative & qualitative reporting Daily upkeep of space Creative problem solving Transportation of students to educational and community events Program development and implementation

Optional duties:

Project specific grant writing and fund raising, website maintenance, and database management 

Organization: Portland Housing Authority
Opportunity Type: Volunteer
Date: ongoing
Organization Requirement: >21 years old
Zip Code: 04101
Allow Groups: No

Volunteer: Volunteers for Victims of Domestic Violence

The members of the Family Crisis Services,Volunteer Team are a vital and valued part of our program. They offer support to the people who use the hotline, shelters and outreach offices for help out of abusive relationships and life-threatening situations. The Volunteers' time, energy and professionalism are essential to the work of Family Crisis Services, and is especially meaningful to the people we serve. Training in domestic violence issues and how to work effectively and compassionately with victims in crisis is imperative. In order to volunteer it is mandatory to take our 40-hour training which typically is offered three times throughout the year- Fall, Winter and Spring. This training covers everything from the history of domestic violence to appropriate and effective crisis advocacy skills, and is an extremely valuable tool. Once someone has completed the training they then can choose from a variety of options to decide how to volunteer their time. Our biggest need for help currently is with our 24-hour hotline (a pager-based system that individuals take from the comfort of their home) but volunteers are also typically taking part in such other things as support group co-facilitation, tabling events, office assistance, projects with the shelter residents, child care, fundraisers, etc. The Volunteers are highly supported through the work that they are doing for Family Crisis Services and are never asked to do something that isn't comfortable to that individual or doesn't work with their own personal schedule.     

Organization: Family Crisis Services
Opportunity Type: Volunteer
Date: ongoing
Organization Requirement: >18 years old
Zip Code: 04101
Allow Groups: No

Volunteer: Trail Clearing

Work has begun on a trail from the field behind the main building through the woods to the YMCA Camp Jordan Road. Clearing brush, moving rocks and eventually erecting signage and a telephone line are part of the project.   The Telephone Museum Main number: 207-667-9491 or Sandra Galley at ttm.switchboard@gmail.com

Organization: The Telephone Museum
Opportunity Type: Volunteer
Date: ongoing
Organization Requirement: >16 years old
Zip Code: 04605
Allow Groups: No

Volunteer: United Way Day of Caring

Day of Caring is a mobilization of volunteers to celebrate the spirit of giving through service by providing a morning or afternoon of meaningful volunteer opportunities to individuals of the community. Volunteers will be assigned to a local organization where they tackle meaningful volunteer projects and can make a big difference in their local community. Locations and events vary year-to-year, so keep an eye out!

Organization: United Way Of The Tri-Valley Area
Opportunity Type: Volunteer
Date: ongoing
Zip Code: 04938
Allow Groups: No

Volunteer: Thriving in Place - Assisting Local Seniors

York County Community Action's "Thriving in Place" program is in need of volunteers to serve as friendly visitors to local seniors and to assist with spring clean-up projects.

Thriving in Place's purpose is to assist older and chronically disabled individuals remain in their homes by providing support to the individual and their family. Participants are from the following towns: Acton, Alfred, North Berwick, Lebanon, Sanford, Springvale, Shapleigh and Waterboro.

FMI: Contact Ericka Sanborn, Volunteer Coordinator, at (207) 459-2938 or email Ericka.sanborn@yccac.org.

 

 

Organization: York County Community Action Corporation
Opportunity Type: Volunteer
Date: ongoing
Organization Requirement: >18 years old
Zip Code: 04073
Allow Groups: No

Volunteer: Life Enrichment Volunteers

Here at MSJ we need volunteers who would enjoy interacting with our elders. Whether it's a reoccurring 1:1 visit with an elder, gardening, performing, playing cards or board games, creating music playlists for our Music and Memory program, and assisting with large group events.   In our Life Enrichment Department, we are always looking for volunteers to bring joy to our elders and continuously enrich their lives.  . Please stop by Mount Saint Joseph to receive an application.

Organization: Mount Saint Joseph Residence and Rehab
Opportunity Type: Volunteer
Date: ongoing
Organization Requirement: >13 years old
Zip Code: 04901
Allow Groups: No

Volunteer: Chili Chowder Challenge Committee

The Children’s Center has scheduled the 17th Annual Chili Chowder Challenge for Saturday, March 24, 2018 from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Augusta Armory. The event is now the biggest, longest lasting, and most often imitated chili and chowder competition in Maine. The fundraiser began when a group of agency supporters organized a fun event for kids and families to raise money for the programs at the Center.

The fun-filled, family-oriented event draws an enthusiastic crowd anxious to vote on their favorite chilis and chowders from twelve to fifteen local restaurants and caterers. In addition to the culinary competition, which allows local chefs to compete for recognition in several categories, the event includes children’s crafts, a silent auction, and live music. Spots for competing restaurants are highly valued and awards hold great importance for them.

The committee starts meets for one hour once per month from September to December, once every two weeks January to February, and once per week in March. The committee is comprised of community members and staff of the Children's Center. The group focuses on solidifying sponors for the event, confirming restaurants, acquiring donated food and silent auction items, organizing volunteers, planning activities for the event, and overall preparation for the big day. The committee usually helps set up at 8:00 a.m. and take down at 2:00 p.m. the day of the event. The committee is very flexible. Any and all help is much appreciated!

 

Organization: Children's Center Early Intervention & Family Support
Opportunity Type: Volunteer
Date: runs until 03/24/2018
Zip Code: 04330
Allow Groups: No

Volunteer: Children's Center Dinner & Auction Committee

The Children’s Center has scheduled the 3rd Annual Dinner & Auction for Saturday, August 26, 2017 from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at Governor Hill Mansion in Augusta. The evening will consist of a cocktail hour, dinner catered by the always delicious Liberal Cup, and a live auction with Maine Humorist, Gary Crocker.

The event began as an extension of the agency’s major fundraiser, the Chili Chowder Challenge, which already involves a culinary completion, children’s activities, silent auction, live music, and a snack bar. The fundraising committee decided to separate the live auction from the event in order to lessen the chaos during the Chili Chowder Challenge and offer another opportunity to share the vision, mission, and philosophy of the Children’s Center to another group of people.

The committee starts meets for one hour once per month from April to June and once every two weeks from July to Augusta. The committee is comprised of community members and staff of the Children's Center. The group focuses on solidifying sponors for the event, acquiring donated silent auction items, organizing volunteers, planning activities for the event, and overall preparation for the big day. The committee usually helps set up at 3:00 p.m. and take down at 9:00 p.m. the day of the event. The committee is very flexible. Any and all help is much appreciated!

Organization: Children's Center Early Intervention & Family Support
Opportunity Type: Volunteer
Date: runs until 08/26/2017
Zip Code: 04330
Allow Groups: No

Volunteer: Chili Chowder Challenge

The Children’s Center has scheduled the 17th Annual Chili Chowder Challenge for Saturday, March 24, 2018 from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Augusta Armory. The event is now the biggest, longest lasting, and most often imitated chili and chowder competition in Maine. The fundraiser began when a group of agency supporters organized a fun event for kids and families to raise money for the programs at the Center.

The fun-filled, family-oriented event draws an enthusiastic crowd anxious to vote on their favorite chilis and chowders from twelve to fifteen local restaurants and caterers. In addition to the culinary competition, which allows local chefs to compete for recognition in several categories, the event includes children’s crafts, a silent auction, and live music. Spots for competing restaurants are highly valued and awards hold great importance for them.

The Children's Center needs volunteers from set up at 8:00 a.m. to take down at 2:00 p.m. on the day of the event. The jobs vary from helping keep tables clean to counting ballets to face painting. The shifts are based on availability but usually run approximately two hours. Any and all help is much appreciated!

Organization: Children's Center Early Intervention & Family Support
Opportunity Type: Volunteer
Date: runs until 03/24/2018
Zip Code: 04330
Allow Groups: No

Volunteer: Volunteers Needed for Multilingual Graduation Event

The Multilingual & Multicultural Center at Portland Public Schools has a volunteer opportunity for the annual I Made It Happen! graduation celebration event on Wednesday, May 17, 2017 from 5:15pm to 6:30pm and from 8-9pm that evening at the University of Southern Maine's Hannaford Hall. MLMC is in need of people for the following tasks: greeting guests, managing a check-in table, designating seating and other set-up help, distributing headphones to families in need of interpretation, and packing up the event at the end of the night (manually breaking down). Can't commit to the entire time? No problem! We can schedule you in shifts. Submit an application at mlc.portlandschools.org/volunteer.   
Organization: Multilingual & Multicultural Center, Portland Public Schools
Opportunity Type: Volunteer
Date: happens on 05/17/2017
Zip Code: 04101
Allow Groups: Yes

Volunteer: Volunteer with the Habitat for Humanity ReStore in Portland!

Opened in 2006, the Habitat for Humanity of Greater Portland ReStore is a discount retail outlet open to the public that sells donated new and gently used building materials, appliances and furniture at greatly reduced prices. All of the profits from ReStore are used to support Habitat for Humanity home building projects in the Greater Portland area. Just like our build sites, the ReStore uses volunteer hours to achieve its goals and we need your help! Ideal volunteer shifts are Wed-Saturday 8:45am-12:30 or 12:45-4:30pm once a week. CASHIERS and WAREHOUSE volunteers WANTED. Responsibilities may include, but are not limited to, pick up of donations; cleaning, testing, and displaying of product; inventory and pricing; and customer service and register sales. Desirable qualifications/skills include being professional, flexible, patient, organized, self-motivated, and friendly. Construction and retail experience is helpful but not at all necessary. If interest is in donation pickup, the ability to lift 50 lbs or more is necessary.

Organization: Habitat for Humanity of Greater Portland
Opportunity Type: Volunteer
Date: ongoing
Zip Code: 04103
Allow Groups: No

Volunteer: Support families of hospitalized children in Bangor!

Volunteers are the backbone of Ronald McDonald House Charities. RMHC provides a home-away-from-home for families of ill or seriously injured children. RMHC in Bangor is looking for compassionate individuals, or pairs of volunteers, to contribute to the overall atmosphere of warmth and support. Volunteers assist in taking referrals from the hospital, checking new families in to the house, preparing rooms for the next family post check out, and greeting returning families after a long day at the hospital. Volunteers assist with cleaning tasks, and organization projects to ensure a safe and cleanly environment for all guests. We are seeking volunteers who are able to commit to one 3-hour shift on a weekly or biweekly basis. 

Organization: Ronald McDonald House Charities Maine
Opportunity Type: Volunteer
Date: ongoing
Organization Requirement: >18 years old
Zip Code: 04401
Allow Groups: No