Community Volunteer Opportunities
One-Time or Occasional Volunteer Opportunities
- Aspirations programming—on-campus aspirations events for local children and youth. Contact Brie Wilson (email@example.com).
- Seniors Plus is looking for Kitchen Helpers/Packers to assist with preparation of meals or packing of delivered meals at the Lewiston production kitchen, one or more days per week, Monday through Thursday mornings from 8:30 to 11 am. Contact Volunteer Services at SeniorsPlus by phone at 207-795-4010 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org for
- New Beginnings is an organization that works with homeless youth ages 14-21 and is located only a block from campus. They welcome volunteers to help with meals, to organize and maintain a clothing closet, and to help with cleaning the building. For more information, contact Ethan at email@example.com .
- Blake Street Towers and Meadowview (Lewiston Housing Authority residences for low-income elderly and younger disabled) are happy to have volunteers plan social events–meals, game nights, performances, etc.; contact Brooke Jandreau (firstname.lastname@example.org).
- The Good Shepherd Food Bank prepares food for distribution throughout the state; contact Hermione Zhou (email@example.com).
Ongoing or Sustained Volunteer Opportunities
- Lewiston High School College Mentoring—meet weekly with LHS students who participate in the 21st Century program, helping them to think about college. Contact Joshua Redd (firstname.lastname@example.org).
- Big Brothers Big Sisters— one-on-one weekly one-hour matches with elementary school kids at Longley Elementary School. Contact Jennifer Cartmell (email@example.com).
- Lewiston Middle School lunch program—have lunch with LMS students once a week. Contact Matt Golden (firstname.lastname@example.org).
- Montello Mentoring Program—one-on-one weekly one-hour matches with elementary school kids. Contact Kerry Manuel (email@example.com).
Tutoring and Enrichment Programs
- Hillview After-School—Mondays and Wednesdays, 3:15-4:45. Contact Julia Horwitz (firstname.lastname@example.org).
- Tree Street Youth—Mondays through Thursdays, 2-6; Friday 2-4; contact Abby Westberry (email@example.com).
- Lewiston Public Library— Mondays through Thursdays, 3:15-5:15. Contact Ilze Smidt (firstname.lastname@example.org).
- Book Buddies— reading to early-elementary-age children during the school day. Contact George Steckel (email@example.com).
- 21st Century Afterschool programming—help with afterschool programming in local elementary schools. Contact Emma Westwater (firstname.lastname@example.org).
- Boys and Girls Club—after-school programming. Contact Maura Moody (email@example.com),
- The Root Cellar–This is a faith-based organization that serves people in the downtown neighborhoods. Opportunities to help with adult English language classes, food pantry work, and afterschool children’s programming. Contact Joel Furrow at 207-782-3659.
English Language Learners
- Maine Immigrant and Refugee Services—preparation for citizenship testing; after-school homework help; contact Rilwan Osman (firstname.lastname@example.org).
- Adult Learning Center–tutor English language learners; contact Laurie Champagne (email@example.com).
- Trinity Soup Kitchen—serves meals 7 days a week; contact Erin Reed (firstname.lastname@example.org). There is a particular need for help between 8:30 and 9:30 and from noon to 1.
- Lots to Gardens—community gardening and cooking classes. Contact Hermione Zhou (email@example.com).
- Good Shepherd Food Bank—preparing food for distribution throughout the state; contact Beth Tatro, 782-3554, x1169.
- Blake Street Towers—promote social activities with elderly and younger disabled; Sunday brunch volunteers. Contact Brooke Jandreau (firstname.lastname@example.org).
- Social Learning Center Friendship Program—form a one-on-one friendship with a person with a disability. Contact Maddy Shmalo (email@example.com).
- Alzheimer’s Association Legacy Scribes—help write down memories for people who are living with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias. Contact Marty Deschaines (firstname.lastname@example.org).
- ArtVan— mobile arts therapy working with non-profits in Lewiston-Auburn. Contact Casey Kelley (email@example.com).
- Art programming at Hillview Family Development—weekly art projects with youth aged 6-16. Contact Casey Kelley (firstname.lastname@example.org).
- St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center— contact Jenny Cowie; 207-777-8369; email@example.com.
- Central Maine Medical Center—207-795-2472.
Other Programs (some of these require extensive training)
- Androscoggin Home Healthcare and Hospice—hospice visiting, event assistance, office help. Contact Kathy Baillargeon (Kathy.Baillargeon@androscoggin.org).
- Safe Voices—domestic violence prevention program. Contact Bekah Krise, firstname.lastname@example.org; 795-6744.
- Greater Androscoggin Humane Society—Contact Sandy Graul, 783-2311, email@example.com
- Center for Wisdom’s Women—a sacred and safe place that supports and empowers women; Klara Tammany, (firstname.lastname@example.org).
- College Guild—engage with incarcerated individuals through a well-organized program; contact Madeline Polkinghorn (email@example.com) or Ernestine Whitaker (firstname.lastname@example.org).
- Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Services—email@example.com.