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Volunteerism – 4 Organizations to Get Involved With

By Sherry Bell

United Way of Greater Portland is always looking for volunteers. Are you looking for a one-time opportunity, something like helping at a local event for the community? Maine Responds and Maine Medical Reserve Corps seek volunteers throughout the state to help public health and healthcare systems, and to prepare local areas for disasters and emergencies of all types. The skills of licensed medical professionals are desired just as strongly as logistics and administrative talents. No minimum commitment or training is required. For more information, please contact Ed Molleo, volunteer management coordinator with the Maine CDC’s Office of Public Health Emergency Preparedness & Response, at edward.f.molleo@maine.gov or (207) 287-4072. Visit http://www.mainemrc.org for more info on MRC and http://www.maineresponds.org to register.

There also are the scheduled weekly things you could do, like tutor adults who are learning the English language for the first time. This is a one-to-one tutoring program through Learningworks. Some very highly motivated adult learners are matched with tutors for a period of six months. The tutors will meet for two to three hours a week with the student. The tutor will undergo a 10-part training webinar. Sound interesting? If so, please contact ELLP Coordinator Rachel Evenson at atrevenson@learningworks.me or (207) 775-0105 x 165.

Do you enjoy children and have a love for reading? Do you want to share that love for reading with first graders? Starting Strong is looking for people to help first graders with their reading. This is for 12 weeks. As a volunteer you will meet with your student to read a book or go through short activities for half an hour. There are opportunities at Schools in Greater Portland , Hall, Reiche, Riverton, Lyseth or Ocean Avenue Elementary. If interested in signing up for the session beginning in September 2018, email volunteer@unitedwaygp.org.

Did you know that 2,677 volunteers donated 18,292 hours last year to help the United Way achieve sustainable community change? Do you have some free time and want to give back, make a difference?

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Then get involved and contact the United Way.
If the two above-mentioned United Way opportunities don’t seem to fit into your schedule or you would rather do something different, check out their website at http://www.unitedwaygp.org/volunteer/.

Giving back is a great way to meet new people, make friends, learn about the community and feel good all at the same time.

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