Community Volunteer Opportunities

One-Time or Occasional Volunteer Opportunities

OneTime

  • Aspirations programming—on-campus aspirations events for local children and youth. Contact Ella Ross (eross2@bates.edu).
  • 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 Ella Ross (eross2@bates.edu).
  • The Good Shepherd Food Bank prepares food for distribution throughout the state; contact Hermione Zhou (xzhou@bates.edu).

Ongoing or Sustained Volunteer Opportunities

BlakeStreetTowers

Mentoring Programs
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters – one-on-one weekly one-hour matches with elementary school kids at Longley Elementary School.  Contact Jennifer Cartmell (jennifer@bbbsmidmaine.org).
  • Lewiston Middle School lunch program – have lunch with LMS students once a week. Contact Grace Bake (gbake@bates.edu).
Tutoring and Enrichment Programs
  • Hillview After-School – Mondays and Wednesdays, 3:15-4:45pm. Contact Emily Pardi (epardi@bates.edu).
  • Tree Street Youth – Mondays through Thursdays, 2-6pm; Friday 2-4pm; contact Keenan Shields (volunteers@treestreetyouth.org).
  • Lewiston Public Library – Mondays through Thursdays, 3:15-5:15pm. Contact Ilze Smidt (ismidt@bates.edu).
  • Book Buddies – reading to early-elementary-age children during the school day. Contact Alix Zabin (azabin@bates.edu).
  • Aspirations programming – on-campus aspirations events for local children and youth. Contact Ella Ross (vista@bates.edu).
  • Boys and Girls Club – after-school programming. Contact Sarah Clark (sclark@bgcmaine.org).
Food Accessibility
  • Trinity Soup Kitchen – serves meals 7 days a week; contact Erin Reed (trinitylewiston@gmail.com).
  • Lots to Gardens – community gardening and cooking classes; contact Hermione Zhou (xzhou@bates.edu).
  • Good Shepherd Food Bank – preparing food for distribution throughout the state; contact Beth Tatro, 207-782-3554, x1169.
Elderly/Younger Disabled
  • Blake Street Towers – serve Sunday brunch to elderly and younger disabled residents; contact Brooke Jandreau (bjandrea@bates.edu).
  • Social Learning Center Friendship Program – form a one-on-one friendship with a person with a disability. Contact Kerry Manuel (kmanuel@bates.edu).
  • SeniorsPlus–our local Area Agency on Aging has many volunteer opportunities including meal help, administrative assistance, and class facilitation. Contact volunteerservices@seniorsplus.org.
The Arts
  • ArtVan – mobile arts therapy working with non-profits in Lewiston-Auburn.  Contact Georgia Moses (gmoses@bates.edu).
  • Art programming at Hillview Family Development – weekly art projects with youth aged 6-16. Contact Georgia Moses (gmoses@bates.edu).
Immigrant Integration Programming
  • Trinity Jubilee Center – help immigrants and refugees with employment, housing, education, and other challenges. Contact Analea Angot (aangot@bates.edu).
Other Programs (some of these require extensive training)

Don’t see what you’re looking for?  Contact Marty (mdeschai@bates.edu) to talk about other options!