We recommend building projects around something with personal meaning or interest.
Note: Examples of organizations working in given areas are in parentheses. Not all have volunteer opportunities, but their websites or staff may be of use in exploring options.
Type of Activity
Consider what you might be into DOING.
Registration drive to increase voting access (Rock the Vote, Represent.us, NAEYC)
Marketing to get the word out about an organization's activities or resources
Organizing or helping with an event to inform the public about an issue (Environment Maine, The Sunrise Movement)
Race, workout, or yoga or dance (Zumba, other) class
Concert or other performance
Dinner or party
Group of People
Consider WHO you might want to work with or otherwise support.
Homeless (Preble Street)
Indigenous people (National Indigenous Women's Resource Center)
LGBTQ (Equality Maine, GLAD Maine)
Victims of trafficking, assault, or abuse (SARSSM/Sexual Assault Response Services of Southern Maine)
Current or potential voters (Represent.us)
People impacted by a flood, fire, shooting, or other tragic event (United Way)
Recovering addicts (Portland Recovery Community Center)
Animals/pets (Animal Refuge League, Humane Society)
Consider an AREA of personal interest.
Habitat protection, management, or restoration
- Forests (Natural Resource Council of Maine)
- Oceans (Greenpeace)
- Rivers or wetlands (Environment Maine)
Sustainable energy production, storage, conservation, or use (Environment Maine)
Water (clean-up, reducing, stopping, or avoiding pollution)
- Lakes and ponds
- Oceans (Greenpeace)
- Rivers and streams
Soil (clean-up or regenerative agriculture) (Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association)
Wild animal protection and health (Maine Audubon, Environment Maine)
Other Ways to Start
Learn more about ongoing community engagement (each opens a new window)
- Oportunities with United Way
- Opportunities with a variety of non-profits via Volunteer Maine
- Community organizations listed at Volunteer Maine
- A consortium of colleges with service-learning programs: Campus Compact
Add a community component to an existing SCHOOL PROJECT (contact us for ideas)