Community Volunteer Opportunities
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, Bates students are advised not to volunteer in the off-campus community until further notice. Thanks for your cooperation.
One-Time or Occasional Volunteer Opportunities
- The Longley Re-entry Program (formerly The Dingley School) provides temporary placement for Lewiston Public School students in grades 6 through 12 who aren’t able to be in regular classrooms. The program runs Tuesday through Friday and offers morning sessions (8:00am – 11:00am) and afternoon sessions (11:30am – 2:30pm). They work with students on emotional, behavioral and academic goals for future classroom re-entry. The Program would love to have volunteer tutors, and they are particularly looking for a math tutor in the morning session to help a couple of female students with algebra. To find out more or to volunteer, please contact Eric Tremblay at email@example.com.
- Aspirations programming—on-campus aspirations events for local children and youth. Contact Ella Ross (firstname.lastname@example.org).
- 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 (email@example.com).
- The Good Shepherd Food Bank prepares food for distribution throughout the state; contact Hermione Zhou (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Ongoing or Sustained Volunteer Opportunities
- 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 Grace Bake (firstname.lastname@example.org).
- Montello Elementary School – one-on-one match with an elementary school student for 30 minutes a week; homework help, playing games, and being another form of student support. Contact Casey Snow (email@example.com).
Tutoring and Enrichment Programs
- Hillview After-School – Mondays and Wednesdays, 3:15-4:45pm. Contact Emily Pardi (firstname.lastname@example.org).
- Tree Street Youth – Mondays through Thursdays, 2-6pm; Friday 2-4pm; contact Keenan Shields (email@example.com).
- Lewiston Public Library – Mondays through Thursdays, 3:15-5:15pm. Contact Ilze Smidt (firstname.lastname@example.org).
- Book Buddies – reading to early-elementary-age children during the school day. Contact Alix Zabin (email@example.com).
- Aspirations programming – on-campus aspirations events for local children and youth. Contact Ella Ross (firstname.lastname@example.org).
- Boys and Girls Club – after-school programming. Contact Sarah Clark (email@example.com).
- Trinity Soup Kitchen – serves meals 7 days a week; contact Erin Reed (firstname.lastname@example.org).
- 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, 207-782-3554, x1169.
- Blake Street Towers – serve Sunday brunch to elderly and younger disabled residents; contact Annika Mirchandani (firstname.lastname@example.org).
- Social Learning Center Friendship Program – form a one-on-one friendship with a person with a disability. Contact Charlotte Lynskey (email@example.com).
- Alzheimer‘s Association, Maine Chapter – Offers a variety of opportunities to reach and support local communities throughout Maine. Contact Alison Russell (firstname.lastname@example.org) to learn more about ways to get involved.
- SeniorsPlus–our local Area Agency on Aging has many volunteer opportunities including meal help, administrative assistance, and class facilitation. Contact email@example.com.
- ArtVan – mobile arts therapy working with non-profits in Lewiston-Auburn. Contact Casey Kelley (firstname.lastname@example.org).
- Art programming at Hillview Family Development – weekly art projects with youth aged 6-16. Contact Casey Kelley (email@example.com).
Immigrant Integration Programming
- Trinity Jubilee Center – help immigrants and refugees with employment, housing, education, and other challenges. Contact Analea Angot (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Other Programs (some of these require extensive training)
- Central Maine Medical Center—Contact Ron Hood; email@example.com.
- St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center – Contact Jenny Cowie; 207-777-8369; (firstname.lastname@example.org) .
- Junior Achievement— teaching financial literacy skills, entrepreneurship, and fostering work-readiness through K-12 programming. Commitment of 5 one-hour sessions, or one full day. Contact Jenny Graves, email@example.com.
- 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 Victoria Stanton, (firstname.lastname@example.org); 207-795-6744.
- An Angel’s Wing—assist with issues around substance use disorder; contact Debra York, 207-513-6051, email@example.com.
- Greater Androscoggin Humane Society – Contact Sandy Graul, 207-783-2311, (firstname.lastname@example.org).
- Center for Wisdom’s Women – a sacred and safe place that supports and empowers women; Klara Tammany, (email@example.com).
- College Guild – engage with incarcerated individuals through a well-organized program; contact Madeline Polkinghorn (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Ernestine Whitaker (email@example.com).
Don’t see what you’re looking for? Contact Marty (firstname.lastname@example.org) to talk about other options!