needs from: Volunteer Maine

Volunteer: Bereavement Volunteers (for survivors of all ages) & Camp Dragonfly Volunteers (for grieving children and teens and their families)

Are you interested in supporting someone through the grieving process?

As part of our ongoing services for our Hospice patients, we provide bereavement support to their loved ones during the year after the Hospice patient has died. Some of our volunteers provide supportive phone calls, some provide supportive in-person meetings, some respond to requests to support a family in preparing for an upcoming loss and others help with mailings and events. We also have periodic openings for facilitators for our grief support groups. In addition, many volunteers help make Camp Dragonfly, a day-long program for grieving children and teens, happen each year.

 

How would I know if I’m a good fit for this?

As with many of our volunteer opportunities, strong listening skills are key. You’ll also likely be a good fit if you enjoy getting to know people and are comfortable being with them during a variety of stages through the grieving process. Our volunteers may be matched with a patient’s loved one a day after the patient has died or months later. In-person meetings might take place in a coffee shop, other public place, or in the patient’s home. In addition to listening and providing support, volunteers sometimes also help connect individuals with other helpful resources. Depending on your comfort level and preferences, you may be matched with survivors of any age.

 

Training Requirement:  Androscoggin Home Care & Hospice provides 12 hours of Bereavement training, 3 hours of General Volunteer training, a background check and TB testing at no cost to you. Training is typically offered twice a week for three hours over the course of two weeks. Individuals interested in co-facilitating a grief support group are provided an additional 12 of hours of Bereavement Facilitator training. Any volunteers who wish to work with Camp Dragonfly must also complete a Department of Health and Human Services background check, also offered by Androscoggin Home Care & Hospice at no cost to you.

 

Ongoing Commitment: At least two hours per week for one year

 

Dates/Times Available: Most needs are for weekday visits. Support groups are offered at both daytime and evening hours during the week.

 

Next Steps: Respond here and we will schedule a time to talk with you by phone to review options and share upcoming training times. We also invite you to visit our website at www.ahch.org for more information on our organization.

 

Special Note: We ask that anyone who has experienced a significant loss themselves wait at least 1 year before doing Bereavement volunteering.

 

 

Thank you for considering volunteering with

Androscoggin Home Care & Hospice

Organization: Androscoggin Home Care & Hospice
Opportunity Type: Volunteer
Date: ongoing
Organization Requirement: >18 years old
Zip Code: 04240
Allow Groups: No

Volunteer: STUDENT INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITY

Undergraduate, graduate, and law students are encouraged to apply for a meaningful and experience-building internship with the Volunteer Lawyers Project. Interns are offered a wide variety of client-based interactions, court observations, and projects relevant to working with low-income clients. In these difficult times, legal problems are mounting while access to the legal system is often limited by an inability to pay for representation. As the vital link to a variety of legal and community services, interns have an opportunity to provide much needed assistance while also learning about the law. This is a great opportunity to learn more about the justice system here in Maine, interact directly with clients, and support a vital service in the community.

Organization: Volunteer Lawyers Project
Opportunity Type: Volunteer
Date: ongoing
Zip Code: 04101
Allow Groups: No

Volunteer: Court House Assistance Project Volunteer

Family legal matters can be overwhelming for many, particularly as they enter the legal system. Student or Community Volunteers are needed to assist attorneys and the court by being the point of contact for walk-in clients, interviewing them to determine initial eligibility, establishing the prime questions to be addressed with the attorneys, and assisting with the completion of certain court forms. The Volunteer Lawyers Project runs the Courthouse Assistance Project in Augusta District Court on Wednesdays, 1- 4 PM, in Lewiston on Thursdays from 1-4 and Biddeford on Fridays from 1-4. Volunteers are the direct link between the client and the attorney.

Organization: Volunteer Lawyers Project
Opportunity Type: Volunteer
Date: ongoing
Organization Requirement: >18 years old
Zip Code: 04330
Allow Groups: Yes

Volunteer: Legal Intake Line Volunteer

Community and Student Volunteers interview low-income people in need of legal assistance. In these difficult times, legal problems are mounting while access to the legal system is often limited by an inability to pay for representation. As the vital link to a variety of legal and community services, the volunteer has an opportunity to provide much needed assistance while also learning about the law.

This is a statewide program, providing access via toll-free and local telephone lines. Volunteers are responsible for answering calls and interviewing each caller to determine the legal concerns. Immediate and appropriate supervision is provided for each and every call. The legal problems most commonly handled are divorce and custody problems, visitation and child support concerns, bankruptcy, foreclosure, unemployment and disability matters. Other legal matters are also responded to, with assistance provided when possible.

Organization: Volunteer Lawyers Project
Opportunity Type: Volunteer
Date: ongoing
Zip Code: 04101
Allow Groups: No

Volunteer: Marketing Professional

OutInMaine is looking for a marketing professional to supplement our volunteer staff.  We will start marketing our website to the community starting in September and we are looking for someone with some expertise in communicating with the community in Maine to promote their involvement in our program.

Candidates for this position must be able to put in at lest 15 hours a week and have some availability during the week during the day.  This position must also have a marketing background and some exposure to the LGBT community is preferred but not required.

Contact David for more information about this position.

Organization: OutInMaine
Opportunity Type: Volunteer
Date: ongoing
Zip Code: 04401
Allow Groups: No

Volunteer: All Aboard! Join the Crew on The Maine Narrow Gauge RR

Looking for a fun volunteering adventure?  Retired and looking for a useful way to get involved?         Come experience the excitement of running a real two-foot gauge train. Join the volunteer crew on the Maine Narrow Gauge Railroad (MNGRR).  MNGRR volunteers operate the trains and share Maine’s unique railroad history with visitors from around the world.  We will train you to become a trainman, conductor and even an engineer. 

Open daily from May through October, and seasonally for special events, the museum draws over 41,000 visitors a year, with volunteers donating over 10,000 hours annually.  2017 is our 25th year running the train along beautiful Casco Bay in Portland.  Come celebrate with us by joining our team!  We provide parking and all the necessary training.  Volunteers should be physically able, and commit to a full day of service (9 am-4 pm.)  Contact volunteer coordinator, Jennifer Halm-Perazone at volunteers@mainenarrowgauge.org, or call 207-828-0814 for more information.

Organization: Maine Narrow Gauge Railroad Co. & Museum
Opportunity Type: Volunteer
Date: ongoing
Organization Requirement: >18 years old
Zip Code: 04101
Allow Groups: No

Volunteer: Pantry Packer - Monday afternoons

Fill customer Grocery List orders, packing items in boxes and bags, during Distribution hours on Monday afternoons

Organization: Augusta Food Bank
Opportunity Type: Volunteer
Date: Runs Until Aug 28, 2017
Zip Code: 04330
Allow Groups: No

Volunteer: Prep for Distribution - Mondays, late afternoon

Set up Food Pantry for distribution before the Monday evening session.  Duties can include: sorting produce; re-stocking pantry shelves, bread, and other extra items area;  putting out snacks and preparing coffee area; setting out clipboards and refilling with forms; other duties as needed.

Organization: Augusta Food Bank
Opportunity Type: Volunteer
Date: ongoing
Zip Code: 04330
Allow Groups: No

Volunteer: Hospice PawPrints Volunteer

Volunteers provide patients, families and HSM staff the opportunity to visit and interact with Therapy Dogs and experience the benefits of the human-animal bond and improve quality of life through human-animal interaction. PawPrint Volunteer teams visit our hospice patients at Gosnell Memorial Hospice House as well as patients residing in facilities in Cumberland and York County.

Organization: Hospice of Southern Maine
Opportunity Type: Volunteer
Date: ongoing
Zip Code: 04074
Allow Groups: No

Volunteer: Pantry Partners

We are looking for someone who is able to pick up food at Good Shepherd in Hampden and bring to the Annex location at the Airport Mall to place on the shelves.  The commitment for this volunteer would be once a month.  This role does entail heavy lifting as the food is non-perishable.

 Number of hours per month:  2

Location:  Bangor

Organization: Eastern Area Agency on Aging
Opportunity Type: Volunteer
Date: Runs Until Jul 31, 2017
Zip Code: 04401
Allow Groups: No

Volunteer: Hospice PawPrints Volunteer

Volunteer human and canine teams provide patients, families and HSM staff the opportunity to visit and interact with Therapy Dogs and experience the benefits of the human-animal bond and improve quality of life through human-animal interaction. Volunteer teams visit patients at the Gosnell Memorial Hospice House as well as our patients who reside in nursing and assisted living facilities.

Organization: Hospice of Southern Maine
Opportunity Type: Volunteer
Date: ongoing
Organization Requirement: >21 years old
Zip Code: 04074
Allow Groups: No

Volunteer: Hospice Volunteer

Become a Hospice of Southern Maine Volunteer!  Hospice of Southern Maine provides a comprehensive training program and ongoing support to volunteers working with our patients and their families. The initial training ensures that volunteers have the skills and confidence to be well prepared for this role. No health care background is needed. Volunteers complete the professional circle of hospice care. In addition to being good listeners, our volunteers are compassionate, reliable, and non-judgmental. They enjoy working with all types of people.  Direct Care Volunteers provide non-medical aid and support in the following ways: Providing companionship and emotional support for patients, caregivers and families. Providing respite care to allow caregivers time to themselves. Assisting with errands. Helping with light household chores or light meal prep. Providing bedside companionship for patients alone in their final hours. Offering grief support following the death of a loved one.

Organization: Hospice of Southern Maine
Opportunity Type: Volunteer
Date: ongoing
Organization Requirement: >18 years old
Zip Code: 04074
Allow Groups: No