A Guide to Volunteering in Eastern Maine
by United Volunteers

Click on any of the following names for more information about volunteering opportunities.

Abnaki Girl Scout Council
American Cancer Society
Bairnet (Bangor Area Information Resources Network)
Bangor Area Visiting Nurses
Bangor City Nursing Facility
Bangor Convention & Visitors Bureau
Bangor Historical Society
Bangor Mental Health Institute
Bangor Region Chamber of Commerce
Bangor YMCA
Catholic Charities Maine/St. Michael's Center
Child Abuse Council, Inc. D/b/a Parent Child Alliance
Cole Land Transportation Museum
Community Health and Counseling Services (CHCS)
Downeast Big Brothers Big Sisters
Downeast Sexual Assault Services
Eastern Agency on Aging
Eastern Maine AIDS Network
Eastern Maine Charities
Eastern Maine Medical Center
Faith In Action of Eastern Maine
Good Samaritan Agency
Hope House, Inc.
Hospice of Eastern Maine
Hudson Museum, University of Maine
Katahdin Area Council, Boy Scouts of America
Literacy Volunteers of America-Bangor
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Mabel Wadsworth Women's Health Center
Maine Adaptive Sports and Recreation
Maine Audubon Society
Maine Forest and Logging Museum, Inc./Leonard's Mills
Maine Public Broadcasting Corporation
Maine Veterans Home-Bangor
Mayo Regional Hospital
Mayo Regional Hospital Lifeline
Northeast COMBAT, Inc.
Old Town-Orono YMCA
Peace through InterAmerican Community Action (PICA)
Penobscot Theater Company
Penquis CAP, Foster Grandparent Programs
Phillips-Strickland House
Pine Tree Chapter, American Red Cross
Project Atrium, Inc.
Project Ride/Penquis CAP Inc.
Rape Response Services, Inc.
Rec. Ride Plus
Ronald McDonald House of Bangor, Inc.
Rosscare
RSVP\REV of Eastern Maine
Shaw House
Spruce Run
St. Joseph Hospital
St. Joseph Interfaith Healthcare Outreach

The Acadia Hospital
The Housing Foundation
The Bangor Area Homeless Shelter
The Warren Center for Communication & Learning
United Cerebral Palsy of Northeastern Maine
United Way of Eastern Maine
University of Maine Cooperative Extension Senior Companion Program
Washington-Hancock Community Agency
Wellspring, Inc.
Yesterday's Children Inc.
YWCA Bangor-Brewer

Abnaki Girl Scout Council
Contact: Laura Dorrer
156 North Main Street
Brewer, ME 04412
Phone: 989-7474
Fax: 989-7478
email: abnaki@agate.net

Purpose:
Our purpose is to help girls, ages 5-17, develop the skills, attitudes, and confidence to succeed as adult women. We serve girls in six counties throughout eastern and northern Maine.

Volunteer Opportunities:
Volunteers are needed in all areas of our agency's operations, working directly with girls as leaders in troops and day camps, or in providing support to the troop leaders, through training, coaching, business services, etc. Volunteers can also help with maintenance at our camp sites and work in the office to prepare mailings.

American Cancer Society
Contact: Mike Hart
P.O. Box 1896
Bangor, ME 04401
Phone: 990-2345
Fax: 990-2345

Purpose:
The American Cancer Society is the only nationwide community based voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem by preventing cancer, saving lives from cancer and diminishing suffering from cancer through research.

Volunteer Opportunities: Volunteers are needed for a variety of opportunities including providing rides to and from home for cancer patients, helping with fund-raising events throughout the year such as: Relay For Life, Daffodil Days, and Making Strides Against Breast Cancer.

Bairnet (Bangor Area Information Resources Network)
Contact: Sue Jagels
C/0 Bangor Public Library, 145 Harlow St.
Bangor, ME 04401
Phone: 973-8227
Fax: 973-8233

Purpose:
Bairnet makes local information about the greater Bangor area available on the Internet. Barinet is currently an all-volunteer organization that offers free space on its web server to local municipalities and non-profit organizations. We also offer free business listings and post notices of local events.

Volunteer Opportunities: Information gathering from local municipalities, businesses, non-profits
and other organizations for posting on Bairnet. Maintenance of web pages; creation of new information resources, fund-raising, membership, publicity, and education in computer use.

Bangor Convention & Visitors Bureau
Contact: Donna Fichtner
519 Main St.
Bangor, ME 04401
Phone: 947-5205
Fax: 990-1427

Purpose: The Convention & Visitors Bureau is a non-profit organization which exists to stimulate economic vitality by promoting the Bangor region as a destination for meetings, conventions, and visitors.

Volunteer Opportunities: Volunteers are often called upon to help service groups and conventions by helping to staff hospitality tables at meeting venues. They may also be asked to help stuff welcome bags with brochures and information on Bangor for convention goers.

Bangor Mental Health Institute
Contact: John D. Spellman
P.O. Box 926
Bangor, ME 04402-0926
Phone: 941-4023
Fax: 941-4062

Purpose: The Bangor Mental Health Institute provides the highest quality acute psychiatric treatment and rehabilitation services to people with serious mental illnesses in inpatient and outpatient programs.

Volunteer Opportunities: Volunteers are needed to work in the education and recreation departments, sheltered workshop, special occasions/events, assistance with general office help (filing, typing, computer work) and bilingual volunteers to assist with translation. Friendly visitors for one to one visits with residents.

Bangor Region Chamber of Commerce
Contact: Martha E. Eaton-McNeely
P.O. Box 1443 (519 Main St.)
Bangor, ME 04402-1443
Phone: 947-0307
Fax: 990-1427

Purpose:
The mission of the Bangor Region Chamber of Commerce is to promote and maintain a favorable environment and quality of life for its business and professional members of the community by defining, developing, and implementing programs and services that will expand business opportunities and the economic activity of the Greater Bangor Region.

Volunteer Opportunities: Opportunity to work with a top notch staff of volunteers and professionals assisting our guests and visitors through the Bangor Region Chamber of Commerce Information Center. Great opportunity to learn and share your knowledge about this region.

Bangor YMCA
Contact: Ed Merrill
127 Hammond St.
Bangor, ME 04401
Phone: 941-2815
Fax: 941-2819

Purpose:
The YMCA/USA Mission Statement is "To put Christian principles into practice through programs that build healthy body, mind and spirit for all." The Bangor YMCA offers wide variety of programs to people of all ages in achieving our mission of "Family, Fitness, and Fun."

Volunteer Opportunities:
Membership Services Desk Clerk; Child Care Assistant; Youth Sports Coach; Youth Sports Officials; Camping Activities; Aquatics Programs; Fitness Classes; Maintenance Associate; Housekeeping; Construction Skills; Office Help; Computer Data Entry; Computer Technician; Teachers.

Bangor Area Visiting Nurses
Contact: Helen Genco
P.O. Box 2040
Bangor, ME 04402-2040
Phone: 947-0589
Fax: 945-5004

Purpose:
Home health services provided within 25 mile radius of Bangor. Clinics: flu shots, and blood pressure screening. Nursing at the Greater Bangor Area Shelter.

Volunteer Opportunities:
Visits to patients homes for errands, help at clinics.

Bangor City Nursing Facility
Contact: Linda Nickerson
103 Texas Ave.
Bangor, ME 04401
Phone: 947-4557
Fax: 990-2680

Purpose:
It is the mission of the Bangor City Nursing Facility, a non-profit organization, to provide a continuum of care that is focused upon the health and well-being of the Community which it serves.

Volunteer Opportunities:
-One on one visiting with our residents daily
-Bowling with residents at family fun lanes twice a month and also 2 times here at the facility.
-weekend activities and musical events, games etc . . .
-Helping residents with Beano games 3 times per week.

Bangor Historical Society
Contact: Christopher Olsen
159 Union Street
Bangor, ME 04401
Phone: 942-5766
Fax: none

Purpose: Located in the Thomas A. Hill House, the mission of the Bangor Historical Society, is to
"preserve and promote the history and culture of the Penobscot River Valley."

Volunteer Opportunities:
Docents (tour guides) for our Museum, tour guides for off-site programs such as the Best of Bangor Bus Tour, Mt. Hope Cemetery Tour. There are also opportunities with the Education Committee, G.A.R. (Grand Army of the Republic) Day with artifacts and information relating to the Civil War was well as leadership opportunities serving on committees for fund raising and membership. There are also opportunities for research work and working with our curator on exhibits.

Catholic Charities Maine/St. Michael's Center
Contact: Paul K. Vestal, Jr. Director
1066 Kenduskeag Avenue
Bangor, ME 04401
Phone: 941-2855
Fax: 941-2855

Purpose:
Catholic Charities Maine is the largest private statewide, non profit social service agency in Maine. It and maintains a commitment to improving the quality of life for individuals, the family and the community.

Volunteer Opportunities:
Limited university internships are available.

Child Abuse Council, Inc. D/b/a Parent Child Alliance
Contact: Carol Solouki
159 Hogan Road
Bangor, ME 04401
Phone: 941-4434
Fax: None

Purpose:
To prevent child abuse and neglect in Penobscot County.

Volunteer Opportunities:
The Alliance has several opportunities in which volunteers are needed. Volunteers may provide general office support, sit on our board, assist with fund-raising efforts, work on our newsletter, etc.

Cole Land Transportation Museum
Contact: Lowell Kjenstad
405 Perry Road
Bangor, ME 04401
Phone: 990-3600
Fax: 990-2653

Purpose:
To preserve and display Maine land transportation vehicles in tribute to those who built, maintained and used them in this and the previous century. To promote the rights and responsibilities of American freedom by displaying military artifacts that help a grateful nation to remember the human costs in preserving that freedom. To cause young people to examine their aspirations and challenge them to be sure they reach high enough for themselves and their communities.

Volunteer Opportunities: Admissions and gift counter, Docents, display maintenance, buildings and grounds maintenance. Things clerical and fiscal. Lunch preparation and service.

Community Health and Counseling Services (CHCS)
Contact: Ann Wiersma
PO Box 425 (42 Cedar St.)
Bangor, ME 04402-0425
Phone: 947-0366 ext. 546
Fax: 990-3581

Purpose:
Home Health Services-Providing skilled nursing, hospice, and other health services to individuals in their home. Adult Mental Health Services-Providing community support to adults with prolonged and severe mental illness.
Children's Health Services- Providing residential and outpatient programs that serve children, and their families, in need of intensive treatment for emotional and behavioral challenges.

Volunteer Opportunities: Primarily clerical, however specific matches, can be made in certain circumstances to participate at a direct service level.

Downeast Sexual Assault Services
Contact: Tammy Gordon
P.O. Box 1087 (Christian Ridge Road)
Ellsworth, ME 04605
Phone: 1-800-492-5550
Fax: 667-6117

Purpose:
DESAS is organized to put an end to sexual assault and abuse in Hancock and Washington counties, and, until then, to ensure that there will be ongoing support and services to victims and survivors.

Volunteer Opportunities:
DESAS has a 24 hour hot line that is staffed by trained Volunteer Advocates. They can choose to advocate for survivors at the hospital and through the legal system. We have a 40 hour training that is worth 4 college credits or CEUS if one wishes them.

Downeast Big Brothers Big Sisters
Contact: Tom Godfrey
1066 Kenduskeag Ave
Bangor, ME 04401
Phone: 941-2862
Fax: 941-2855

Purpose:
To promote the healthy growth and development of children who are at significant risk of developing social, emotional, or behavioral problems. We achieve this by helping children establish non-authoritarian relationships with adult volunteer mentors.

Volunteer Opportunities: (The program is growing and is dependent on volunteers to accomplish most of its work, so new volunteer opportunities will be evolving over time.)
Traditional "match": spending 3-5 hours a week with a Little Brother or Sister for a year.
Special Programs: Acting as a mentor to one child one hour a week for a few months.
Helping organize programs for children on the waiting list ("Waiting Littles").
Helping organize and run a variety of fund-raising events. Helping with special projects in the office.

Eastern Agency on Aging
Contact: Roberta Macko
238 State Street
Brewer, ME 04412
Phone: 941-2865
Fax: 941-2869

Purpose:
The source of information, options and services for people as they grow older. We help older people and their families find solutions to problems and link them with services to help them remain as independent at possible. Services include Meals for ME, respite care, Senior Companion, fund-raising, and Senior Games.

Volunteer Opportunities:
Meals for ME, Alzheimer's Respite, Phone Friends, office assistance, provide information on programs and services to the public, help individuals fill-out forms, shopping, transportation, Senior Companion, fund raising and Senior Games.

Eastern Maine Medical Center
Contact: Karen McCumber, DVS
P.O. Box 404 (489 State St.)
Bangor, ME 04402-0404
Phone: 973-7850
Fax: 973-8104
(email is volunteer@emh.org)

Purpose: EMMC Volunteers are community ambassadors for healthy lifestyles and compassionate living. We serve patients, support families and assist staff in striving to fulfill the medical center mission with caring, competence, and dignity. EMMC is a 424 bed regional medical center serving Northern and Eastern Maine. Visit our website at www.emh.org.

Volunteer Opportunities:
Volunteers serve throughout the medical center. Special opportunities to consider are the emergency department, child life program, patient assistance, Cancer Care, reception and support. Call us to sign up for a no obligation 2-hour information orientation, and to receive an application.

Eastern Maine Charities
Contact: Michael Crowley
P.O. Box 404 (One Springer Place)
Bangor, ME 04402-0404
Phone: 973-5056
Fax: 973-5164

Purpose:
Eastern Maine Charities is the philanthropic center of Eastern Maine Healthcare, providing fund-raising and community support opportunities for Eastern Maine Medical Center, The Acadia Hospital, Hospice of Eastern Maine, Bangor Area Visiting Nurses, Rosscare, and the Children's Miracle Network of Eastern Maine Healthcare. We are a community based charitable organization dedicated to improving support for the health status of the residents of our region. Eastern Maine Charities will cooperate with others to improve access to a full range of high quality healthcare services at a reasonable cost.

Eastern Maine Charities was established by a group of community leaders and visionaries to receive, hold and distribute financial support for benefit of Eastern Maine Healthcare and its affiliated family of services. As a private not-profit organization, Eastern Maine Charities is an important part of the care giving team in our region.

Volunteer Opportunities:
Committee opportunities include the Acadia Hospital, Children's Miracle Network, Hospice of Eastern Maine, Bangor Area Visiting Nurses or the Eastern Maine Medical Center. Activities include community education, advocacy and other fund-raising project work." Internships" may be tailored to individual volunteer needs and interests. Stop into our office at One Springer Place or call us at 973-5055. Contact Deanna White (Secretary), Lynda Rohman (CMN & Steering Committee) and/or Michael Crowley (Vice President for Development) for more information.

Eastern Maine AIDS Network
Contact: Denis Cranson, MS
P.O. Box 2038
Bangor, ME 04402-2038
Phone: 990-3626
Fax: 990-2286

Purpose:
The Eastern Maine AIDS Network is a private, not-for-profit, community-based organization dedicated, through direct service and education, to creating a compassionate community for person living with and affected by HIV. Established in 1987, major programs include prevention, education, client services, and HIV antibody testing.

Volunteer Opportunities:
Office work, fund raising, assisting clients with various needs, material development, receptionist, computer skills, staffing of educational tables at community events, outreach work, transporting clients to/from medical and dental appointments, "Buddy" program. Special projects with the greatest need in 1998 including bi-monthly newsletter production and involvement in fund-raising activities. For more information visit the web sit at: http:\\www. newmaine.com/AIDS-Network/.

Faith In Action of Eastern Maine
Contact: Joyce Morgan
238 State Street
Brewer, Maine 04412
Phone: 989-6955
Fax: 941-2869

Purpose:
Faith In Action of Eastern Maine is an Interfaith Volunteer Care Givers Program serving the frail and the elderly who have unmet needs, without duplication of services. Services provided are: friendly visiting, telephone reassurance, transportation (local), meal preparation, light housekeeping, minor repairs, help with pet care, advocacy and referrals, and others as needed and volunteers are available.

Volunteer Opportunities:
The opportunities available to the volunteers through Faith In Action are not of a materialistic value. They are however, of personal value: the joy of serving God and the satisfaction of helping those in need. Training is available to the volunteers as well as support.

Good Samaritan Agency
Contact: Lisa Wahlstrom
450 Essex Street
Bangor, ME 04401
Phone: 942-7211
Fax: 990-0851

Purpose:
Mission is to help individuals who have special needs concerning pregnancy and parenting to gain the services and support they need to improve the quality of their lives. Good Samaritan provides services to single parents and individuals impacted by adoption

Volunteer Opportunities:
Need 3-5 volunteers to help with annual fund mailing each year in early November. Possible need for assistance tutoring high school students between the hours of 9 A.M. & 2:30 P.M.

Hope House, Inc.
Contact: Jack Barrows
179 Indiana Ave
Bangor, ME 04401
Phone: 991-2806
Fax: 941-2880

Purpose: Hope House provides emergency shelter, as well as inpatient treatment for those with substance abuse problems, continued care for those reintegrating with the community ,and outreach to the homeless.

Volunteer Opportunities:
Assist the Hope House Thrift Shop with donations and/or marking, sales and other services. Assist all Hope House programs through light office work, fund-raising, cooking, driving and shopping, and light maintenance (painting and grounds).

Hospice of Eastern Maine
Contact: Peggy Badran
P.O. Box 404
Bangor, ME 04402
Phone: 1-800-350-8269
Fax: 947-5051

Purpose:
Hospice of Eastern Maine provides physical, emotional, spiritual, and social support to individuals with a life limiting prognosis and their family members. Hospice assists family members by supporting them in providing care and coping with the illness and its effects.

Volunteer Opportunities:
Non-medical assistance and support to the terminally ill and their families. Training required and provided. Office volunteers to assist with office duties including telephone work, filing, typing, and mailings. Volunteers to assist with fund-raising and public speaking.

Hudson Museum, University of Maine
Contact: Brenda Theriault
5746 Maine Center for the Arts
Orono, ME 04469
Phone: 581-1901
Fax: 581-1950

Purpose:
The Hudson Museum is a not-for-profit public service, education and research entity of the University of Maine. It is a museum of anthropology which promotes appreciation of, and respect for, traditional cultures.

Volunteer Opportunities:
Volunteers can lead tours, work on exhibits, work with collections, act as receptionists, and be sales clerks at the shop.

Katahdin Area Council, Boy Scouts of America
Contact: Barbara Baker
P.O. Box 1869
Bangor, ME 04402-1869
Phone: 866-2241
Fax: 866-3283

Purpose: The Council's mission is . . . "to serve others by helping to instill values in young people and in other ways to prepare them to make ethical decisions over their lifetime in achieving their full potential."

Volunteer Opportunities: Collating of newsletters, filing, mailing certificates and awards.

Literacy Volunteers of America-Bangor
Contact: Alison Gooding
6 State Street Suite 515
Bangor, ME 04401
Phone: 947-8451
Fax: No fax
email: lvabgr@bangornews.infi.net

Purpose:
We provide literacy tutoring and small group activities to people who want to improve their reading and writing skills. We serve adults, teenagers, and families with young children.

Volunteer Opportunities: Tutoring: working one-to-one with a student, usually an adult or teen. Leading small groups: usually reading discussion groups for adults or literacy activities for children. Clerical work in the office. Assistance organizing recognition and fund-raising events.

Mabel Wadsworth Women's Health Center
Contact: Ruth Lockhart
P.O. Box 918 (362 Harlow St.)
Bangor, ME 04402-0918
Phone: 947-5337
Fax: 947-9163

Purpose:
Private, non-profit health center that provides women's health, educational, and clinical services: Pap smears, breast exams, STD and vaginitis screening, pregnancy testing, all pregnancy options discussed, prenatal care, abortion services, birth control, PMS and menopause consults, all women served especially uninsured and Medicaid.

Volunteer Opportunities:
Physicians, Nurse Practitioners, Physicians Assistants, Nurses, clerical, event organization, workshop presentation, legal, computer.

Maine Adaptive Sports and Recreation
Contact: David Pellegrini
96 Harlow St.
Bangor, ME 04401
Phone: 1-888-877-8305 or 942-1032
Fax: 942-0014
email pelle@agate.net

Purpose:
MASR is a non-profit organization committed to removing barriers that prevent persons with disabilities from actively participating in sports and recreation programs. We provide skills training, adaptive equipment, finances, transportation and assistance to each person who may need it. See our web site for more information www.agate.net/~pelle

Volunteer Opportunities:
Fund raising, youth sports programs, office worker, grant writers, personal assistant working with adults and youth in recreation, and a bookkeeper.

Maine Veterans Home-Bangor
Contact: Forrest Wheelock
44 Hogan Road
Bangor, ME 04401
Phone: 942-2333 ext.#145
Fax: 942-4810

Purpose:
To provide high-quality patient care and comprehensive healthcare to veterans and their spouses by creating a safe, homelike atmosphere for long term and skilled care residents.

Volunteer Opportunities:
Available in both patient and non-patient areas which may include (but not limited) patient escorts, friendly visits for one to one visits with residents, to assist with activities, shoppers to shop/run errands, play the piano or sing. Office support volunteers to help with a wide range of duties. All days and times are flexible.

Maine Audubon Society
Contact: Merle Hetley
Fields Pond Nature Center
216 Fields Pond Road
Phone: 989-2591
Fax: No fax
Holden, ME 04429

Purpose:
Maine Audubon Society is a non-profit organization for people who share an appreciation of Maine's Wildlife and outdoors and a commitment to a clean environment.

Volunteer Opportunities: Be a docent at the nature center or lead nature walks for children (training provided).

Maine Public Broadcasting Corporation
Contact: Pam Smart
65 Texas Ave
Bangor, ME 04401
Phone: 1-800-884-1717 ext. 5168
Fax: 783-5193

Purpose:
Our mission is to engage the minds and enrich the lives of the people in our community.

Volunteer Opportunities:
Each year, we organize three fund-raising drives for radio and three for televison as well as produce the Great TV Auction. Volunteers are needed for telephone answering, data entry, clerical support, food delivery and pick-up, crew supervision, and bulk mailings. All of these positions are available in Bangor and Lewiston.

Maine Forest and Logging Museum, Inc./Leonard's Mills
Contact: Betty Sleight
P.O. Box 456
Orono, Maine 04473
Phone: 827-2729
Fax: No fax

Purpose:
The Maine Forest and Logging Museum is a non-profit organization whose primary purpose is to educate individuals of all ages about the forest and logging history of Maine.

Volunteer Opportunities:
Volunteers for a wide variety of events including Living History Days at Leonard's Mills, guiding adult and school groups, working out of doors on small carpentry projects, trails and other site work, and office projects. Flexible times. Call the contact for more information.

Mayo Regional Hospital
Contact: Virginia L. Hatch
75 W. Main Street
Dover-Foxcroft, ME 04426
Phone: 564-8401
Fax: 564-3269

Purpose:
To support hospital staff in providing special services for patients to make their hospital stay more pleasant.

Volunteer Opportunities:
In-hospital transportation; clerical assistance; mail, flowers and daily delivery, serve as escorts for newly admitted patients; discharge patients; run errands for hospital staff; serve as cashier in the cafeteria; help the medical teams on early morning routines; operate the gift cabinet; and run the information desk in the lobby.

Mayo Regional Hospital Lifeline
Contact: Bev Wolf
76 W. Main Street
Dover-Foxcroft, ME 04426
Phone: 564-8401 ext. 344
Fax: 564-3269

Purpose: Emergency response units for anyone in need of medical or emergency help. Monitored by Lifeline Central.

Volunteer Opportunities: Office-answering phone, taking messages, typing (but not necessary) light office work, and installers.

Northeast COMBAT, Inc.
Contact: John Supranovich
P.O. Box 1183
Bangor, Maine 04402-1183
Phone: 947-3331
Fax: No fax

Purpose: Consumer complaint mediation, consumer education, public issue advocacy. No specific income or eligibility requirements. Membership supported, private non-profit service.

Volunteer Opportunities: Case Work, mediation, clerical reception, newsletter, research, fund-raising, membership and recruitment, data entry, and other. Contact John Supranovich or Marion Parent at 947-3331. Leave message.

Old Town-Orono YMCA
Contact: Dave Graham
501 Stillwater Ave
Old Town, ME 04468
Phone: 827-9622
Fax: 827-4972

Purpose:
We build strong kids, strong families, and strong communities.

Volunteer Opportunities:
Coaching youth sports, teen dance volunteers, story tellers, speakers on all topics, day care helpers, arts & crafts, school Age helpers program, babysitters, work projects, maintenance-pool building/workout center.

Peace through InterAmerican Community Action (PICA)
Contact: Bjorn Claeson
128 Main Street
Bangor, ME 04401
Phone: 947-4203
Fax: same
email (pica1@hamtel.tds.net)
Purpose:
PICA stands in solidarity with all people of this hemisphere who reject repression of human rights, state-sponsored terror, economic and social injustice, and environmental violence. Current programs include the Bangor-El Salvador Sister City project and the Bangor Clean Clothes campaign to eliminate sweatshop production of clothes worldwide.

Volunteer Opportunities:
Joining program committees, doing art work (e.g. fliers and posters) writing or editing (e.g. newsletters), helping with mailings, translating between Spanish and English, doing research. . . whatever your talents chances are we could use them. Specially for youth: Youth Adelantado (Youth Moving Forward), PICA's youth group. Web page: http:\\bairnet.bpl.lib.me.us\organizations\pica

Penobscot Theater Company
Contact: Joyce McIntire
183 Main St.
Bangor, ME 04401
Phone: 942-3333
Fax: 947-6678

Purpose:
Penobscot Theater offers professional theater productions of artistic integrity establishing the standard for theater in Maine.

Volunteer Opportunities: Office work, construction, cleaning, errands, sewing, mending, ushers, carpentry, labeling and mailings, cooking goodies, welcoming new actors etc, housing, transportation distributing posters/ brochures, painting scenery, & securing props.

Penquis CAP, Foster Grandparent Programs
Contact: Wanda Lincoln
262 Harlow Street, P.O. Box 1162
Bangor, ME 04402-1162
Phone: 973-3684
Fax: 973-3699

Purpose:
The purpose of the Penquis CAP Foster Grandparent Program is to assist seniors in remaining active in their communities by spending 20 hours per week volunteering with disadvantaged or at-risk children in supervised settings. Children receive one-on-one attention in schools, day care centers, Head Starts, hospitals and residential treatment facilities for the mentally retarded. Focus is varied from holding and reading to assisting with physical therapy, teaching social skills and serving as positive role models.

Volunteer Opportunities:
Volunteer opportunities are available for limited-income seniors over 60 years of age. A modest tax-free stipend of $2.55 an hour as well as mileage are two of the benefits offered to those seniors who qualify and become involved with the program. We have openings for volunteers in schools and other sites all over Penobscot and Piscataquis Counties and the Penquis CAP Foster Grandparent Program serves all other counties in the State of Maine except York and Cumberland Counties.

Phillips-Strickland House
Contact: Dianne Conroe
21 Boyd St.
Bangor, ME 04401
Phone: 941-2820
Fax: 941-2829

Purpose:
To provide a comfortable, congenial and professionally staffed living environment for persons age sixty -five and older who function independently with minimum support of daily living skills.

Volunteer Opportunities: Phillips-Strickland provides opportunities for volunteers from adopting a special friend, to assisting with craft needs, helping at parties or special events, leading a game or discussion group. Special talents and individual interests can be applied to our program.

Pine Tree Chapter, American Red Cross
Contact: Allison Hutchins
33 Mildred Avenue
Bangor, ME 04401
Phone: 941-2903
Fax: 941-2906

Purpose:
The American Red Cross is a humanitarian organization led by volunteers, that provides relief to victims of disaster and helps people to prevent, prepare for, and respond to emergencies. It does this through services that are consistent with its Congressional Charter and the fundamental principles of the International Red Cross movement.

Volunteer Opportunities:
Become a member of the Disaster Action Team and respond to fires, floods, storms, etc. After hours casework to handle emergency services for Armed Service personnel. Assist in various projects of the Health Services Department: fund raising, reception, & data processing.

Project Atrium, Inc.
Contact: Karla Ramsay
P.O. Box 1156 (82 Columbia St.)
Bangor, ME 04402-1156
Phone: 941-2825
Fax: 941-2848

Purpose:
Our mission is to provide troubled teenagers with a safe place to live and an environment where they can learn the skills necessary to become productive, contributing members of the community.

Volunteer Opportunities:
Small maintenance projects-painting etc. Activities w/residents-craft projects, sports, share your interests and strengths.

Project Ride/Penquis CAP Inc.
Contact: Sharon Eaton
P.O. Box 1162 (262 Harlow St.)
Bangor, ME 04402-1162
Phone: 973-3695
Fax: 973-3699

Purpose:
To provide safe, reliable, and timely transportation to the residents of Penobscot and Piscataquis Counties.

Volunteer Opportunities:
Volunteer drivers with good driving records, must have own vehicle ability to pass extensive background checks to transport people in their committees to medical, dental and other social service appointment. Mileage reimbursement paid.

Rape Response Services, Inc.
Contact: Kathy Walker
P.O. Box 2516
Bangor, ME 04402-2516
Phone: 941-2980
Fax: 941-2982
e-mail: rrs@mint.net

Purpose:
To provide assistance during crisis to victims/survivors of sexual assault, their family members, and friends, and to provide community education about sexual assault.

Volunteer Opportunities:
Hotline Advocates provide support and information on 24-hour crisis hotline, and accompany victims/survivors during medical and legal proceedings. Thirty-five hours of training required; free training sessions held in spring and fall. One to two hotline shifts per week; flexible schedule; pagers provided.

Rec. Ride Plus
Contact: Weston Smith
174 Main Street
Bangor, ME 04401
Phone: 942-0092
Fax: 942-0109 (call first)

Purpose:
Rec. Ride Plus's mission is to provide accessible, affordable and flexible transportation within Central Maine to persons with disabilities and senior citizens.

Volunteer Opportunities:
Driver- the chance to drive our bus, liftvan, or mini-van. Rec. Ride will sponsor people who wish to attain a class B CDL license. Dispatcher-Office work, coordinating pickups & drop-offs. Driver's assistant-aiding the driver with wheelchair tie downs, etc.

Ronald McDonald House of Bangor, Inc.
Contact: Patricia Beckwith
654 State Street
Bangor, ME 04401
Phone: 942-9003
Fax: 990-2984

Purpose:
The Ronald McDonald House is a short term residence available for families of children who travel from a distance
to Bangor for medical treatment. Adults and their families are accommodated on a day to day basis. Families are offered a warm and comfortable "home away from home" where they can maintain some of the normal routines of their lives.

Volunteer Opportunities:
Answering phones, taking referrals, registering guests, light housekeeping, yardwork, maintenance work, house tours.

Rosscare
Contact: Karen McCumber
P.O. Box 404
Bangor, ME 04402-0404
Phone: 973-7850
Fax: 973-8104
e-mail: volunteer@emh.org

Purpose:
Rosscare includes a full range of health care services designed to enhance independence and quality of life at home, and provide other care and living arrangements as needed. Rosscare is affiliated with Eastern Maine Healthcare.

Volunteer Opportunities:
Volunteers may choose Telecare, Ross Home, or affiliated extended care facilities. Telecare is a free, daily telephone reassurance program. Ross Home is a lovely boarding home providing an environment where volunteers may interact with residents in a variety of daily activities and recreation. Rosscare's affiliated extended care facilities allow volunteers to share talents and compassion in safe, friendly locations in the Bangor area and in several northern Maine communities.

RSVP\REV of Eastern Maine
Contact: Ralph Turner
268 Sylvan Rd. Suite 2
Bangor, ME 04401
Phone: 941-2803
Fax: 941-2805

Purpose: RSVP\REV volunteers aged 55 and older serve their communities by giving of their time and talents at non-profit and public service agencies in Penobscot and Piscataquis counties.

Volunteer Opportunities: Volunteer opportunities are available at hospitals, schools, meal sites, nursing homes, libraries, shelters, and many other organizations in the community.

Shaw House
Contact: Michaela McCarthy
P.O. Box 835 (136 Union St.)
Bangor, ME 04402-0835
Phone: 941-2874
Fax: 941-2875

Purpose:
The mission of Shaw House is to provide emergency shelter and support services to youth experiencing problems with homelessness and to advocate for solutions to those problems.

Volunteer Opportunities:
Shaw House is in need of volunteers to help with answering the phone, filing, and photocopying. The Shaw House serves meals to 10-16 children on a daily basis. Kitchen volunteers are needed. There is always a need for Building Maintenance/Carpenter volunteers to perform basic maintenance, i.e., painting, shelving, etc. Volunteers are needed at various fund-raising and community events throughout the year.

Spruce Run
Contact: Maureen Flag
PO Box 653 (77 Essex St.)
Bangor, ME 04402-0653
Phone: 945-5102
Fax: 990-4252

Purpose: Spruce Run is a domestic violence project. We work from a self-help philosophy and towards the empowerment of battered women. We provide the following services: 24 hour hotline, support and education groups, shelter and community training programs.

Volunteer Opportunities: Hotline Work- working on our hotline from your home evenings/weekends. Training provided and required. Also can work on the hotline during the day from our office. Children's worker- working with children whose moms use our services. Training provided and required. Other volunteer tasks available. Call for more details.

St. Joseph Hospital
Contact: Sister Mary John, CSSF
360 Broadway
Bangor, ME 04401
Phone: 262-1000
Fax: 262-1922

Purpose: For nearly 50 years, Felician Sisters of St. Joseph Hospital have shared their vision of care dedicated to Christ, the Divine Physician, whose ethics and principles are chief motivation. This vision has three dimensions: COMPASSION, COMPETENCE, and COMMUNITY. St. Joseph Hospital demonstrates its commitment to caring through attention to quality patient care, comfort, and dignity. This attitude of caring and devotion has made St. Joseph Hospital one of central Maine's most loved health care institutions.

Volunteer Opportunities:
Receptionists, Patient Contact, Clerical, Filing, Escorting (Wish list available at time of interview.)

St. Joseph Interfaith Healthcare Outreach
Contact: Anne Cassidy, B.S.N.,R.N.
360 Broadway
Bangor, ME 04401
Phone: 262-1772
Fax: 262-2062

Purpose: Our purpose is to help older adults in the Bangor area to obtain services they need from the healthcare system while furthering health promotion. Clients may be referred by their churches or synagogues, or they can refer themselves.

Volunteer Opportunities:
Healthcare professionals with a holistic orientation work one-on-one with clients providing assessment, assistance, and support to address unmet healthcare needs. There are also opportunities for leaders/instructors to conduct workshops on health related topics. Our goal is to link older adults with the healthcare services they need. To accomplish this goal, volunteers will assist clients with activities such as health-focused teaching, home visits, family support, telephone reassurance, and escorts to medical appointment. Training provided.

The Acadia Hospital
Contact: Donna Rog
268 Stillwater Avenue
Bangor, ME 04401
Phone: 973-6100
Fax: 976-6109

Purpose:
A 100-bed, short term, acute care psychiatric and chemical dependency hospital providing education and the best possible mental health and substance abuse treatment to the people of Maine.

Volunteer Opportunities:
Clerical support, Gift Shop sales, and reception.

The Housing Foundation
Contact: Duska K. Hayman
353 Main Street
Orono, ME 04473
Phone: 866-4634
Fax: 866-0096

Purpose:
The Housing Foundation provides affordable housing and support services for Maine families, seniors, and disabled adults, to help them enrich their lives through resident and youth activities, resulting in self-sufficiency, good health and independent living. We currently manage 322 units of housing in eight locations, operate five Senior Meal Programs, a Child Care Program, a Youth Leadership Program, and a Computer Learning Center.

Volunteer Opportunities:
Work with staff in youth, resident and child programs doing craft classes, going on outings, help with recreation programs, planning seasonal parties, or to provide child care during parent meetings. Work as a companion to seniors by providing transportation to the grocery store, deliver senior meals or making daily friendly calls. Help senior residents with gardening around their units or with a community garden. Work as a teacher in the computer learning center or provide child care while a parent attends computer lessons. Sponsor a youth at the computer learning center. Visit the elderly computer learning sites and assist them in learning. Chaperone functions in the Teen Center. All times flexible.

The Bangor Area Homeless Shelter
Contact: Mike Andrick Sr.
P.O. Box 1754 (Cedar & Main St.)
Bangor, ME 04402-1754
Phone: 946-6018
Fax: 945-9032

Purpose:
It is the mission of The Bangor Area Homeless Shelter to provide emergency shelter and support services to the homeless and economically disadvantaged of the greater Bangor area and beyond.

Volunteer Opportunities:
General front counter, phone answering, dealing with basic guest questions. Meal preparation, cleaning. Maintenance and handy man efforts.

The Warren Center for Communication & Learning
Contact: Richard S. Gwin
175 Union Street
Bangor, ME 04401
Phone: 941-6018
Fax: 941-9032
e-mail: cfcl@bangornews.infi.net

Purpose:
"To help people of all ages overcome barriers to effective communication and learning" We provide quality speech pathology and audiology services to members of our community regardless or their ability to afford them.

Volunteer Opportunities: Yard and lawn work, office work, occasional handyman/women odd jobs, and preparation of various therapy materials for children.

United Cerebral Palsy of Northeastern Maine
Contact: Bobbi Jo Yeager
115 Main Street
Bangor, ME 04401
Phone: 941-2952
Fax: 941-2955

Purpose:
To advance the independence, full productivity, and full citizenship of people with cerebral palsy and other developmental disabilities.

Volunteer Opportunities:
Volunteers are used for agency clerical support such as mailings, volunteers are used for conducting fund raising events,. for serving on various committees and the Board of Directors. There may also be opportunities at the Program Service Center, such as kitchen help.

United Way of Eastern Maine
Contact: Norma Proulx
268 Sylvan Road Suite 1
Bangor, ME 04401-4221
Phone: 941-2800
Fax: 941-2805

Purpose:
Last year, the United Way of Eastern Maine fund raising campaign raised over $2.15 million from workplaces throughout Eastern Maine. Volunteers distribute the funds to 68 health and human services agencies in Hancock, Penobscot, Piscataquis, Waldo and Washington counties. In addition, United Way sponsors United Volunteers (Retired and Senior Volunteer Services Program/Retired Executive Volunteers and United Volunteers); the infoLine, a social services referral hotline, at 1-800-204-2803/973-6815; Keeping Kids On Track, a community effort to better the future of adolescents age 10-14; and a gifts-in-kind clearinghouse.

Volunteer Opportunities:
Throughout the year the United Way needs volunteers to assist with data entry and other secretarial tasks. There is also a need for help with special projects. For example, the Communities for Children Project needs volunteers to conduct one on one interviews as part of an assessment effort and to help compile the data. Hundreds of volunteers are needed for the annual campaign and the fund distribution process (training provided). Creative people are needed to assist with special events and marketing efforts. Meet lots of people and have fun doing this very rewarding work. Great opportunities for the unemployed or new graduates to network in the business community.

University of Maine Cooperative Extension Senior Companion Program
University of Maine Cooperative Extension Senior Companion Program
Contact: Ann Swain, Project Director
5717 Corbett Hall, Room 304
Orono, ME 04469-5717
Phone: 581-3870/ In State 1-800-287-0274
Fax: 581-3212
Purpose:
The mission of the University of Maine Cooperative Extension (UMCE) is to help Maine people improve their lives through an educational process that
uses research-based knowledge focused on issues and needs. UMCE works through the Senior Companion Program to:
1. Effectively recruit and support Senior Companion Volunteers.
2. Provide information and educational services.
3. Collaborate with other organizations or agencies
Volunteer Opportunities:
The Senior Companion Program has essentially a dual purpose:
1. To provide a meaningful volunteer opportunity to individuals, particularly those on a limited income, who are 60 years of age or older.
2. To help home bound or isolated adults (particularly the frail elderly) through one-on-one in-home companionship visitation.
Volunteer opportunities and adult visitation occur in many geographic areas throughout the state. Call for more information.

Daryle Carter, Support Staff
University of Maine, Senior Companion Program
5717 Corbett Hall. Room 301, Orono, ME 04469-5717
Tel. (207) 581-3870 Fax (207) 581-3212
Toll Free in State only 1-800-287-0274
e-mail scpstateoffice@umext.maine.edu

Washington-Hancock Community Agency
Contact: Barbara Donovan
P.O. Box 280 (Maine & Maple St.)
Milbridge, ME 04658
Phone: 546-7544
Fax: 546-3216

Purpose: Providing and directing opportunities to help people help themselves become safe, self-sufficient and independent.

Volunteer Opportunities: "Faith in Action" church and other volunteers: Providing transportation, friendly visiting, light housekeeping and yard work, carpentry, advocacy, budgeting and job-hunting assistance, and more. W-HCA Transportation Department volunteers to drive people to medical appointments.

Wellspring, Inc.
Contact: Priscilla Williams
98 Cumberland Street
Bangor, ME 04401
Phone: 941-1600
Fax: 941-1608

Purpose: Two Halfway Houses and outpatient substance abuse treatment services. The men's and women's residences provide 4-6 month rehabilitation program for both substance abusers and those dually diagnosed with co-occuring mental illness in a therapeutic community setting. Services include individual, group and family counseling; assistance with daily living and interpersonal skills; and vocational, recovery and education issues.

Volunteer Opportunities:
Word processing and data entry basics; crafts and hobbies such as sewing, knitting, crocheting, baking, cake decorating, art photography, wood working, and others.

Yesterday's Children Inc.
Contact: Jeffery L. Cake, M.ED.
360 East Main St.
Ellsworth, ME 04605
Phone: 667-3028
Fax: 667-3566

Purpose: Provide nursing, residential and day program services to people with mental retardation and other developmental disabilities.

Volunteer Opportunities: Work with people who have developmental disabilities. Assisting in the maintenance of physical plants. Assisting in the management and administration of the agency.

YWCA Bangor-Brewer
Contact: Peggy Wentworth
17 Second Street
Bangor, ME 04401
Phone: 941-2808
Fax: 941-2812

Purpose:
The Bangor-Brewer YWCA is a community service organization committed to providing high quality and affordable services to over 22,000 individuals and families in their lifelong quest for physical, social and emotional well-being. Programs include: Child Care, Summer Camps, Health/Fitness, Swim and Gym, Youth/Teen Programs, Adult/Senior Classes, and services for special populations.

Volunteer Opportunities:
Child Care in our After School Program from 2:30 to 5:30 PM, Discovery House Childcare from 8:00 AM to 2:00 PM, Wing Park Children's Center from 8:00 AM until noon. A love of children is essential. Grounds/Maintenance would appreciate assistance with snow removal in winter and mowing and gardening in the spring and summer, exterior/interior painting, as well as some light carpentry. Front Office volunteers are needed for our mailings every eight weeks. This includes folding, labeling and sorting. We also need assistance delivering flyers to area schools, as well as catalogs, flyers and posters to supermarkets, laundromats, business, etc. within the Bangor area. Special Event volunteers are always needed for our major fund-raising event, the Spring Fair held every March. We could use help telephoning, baking, working at booths, decorating, carpentry painting and entertainment.

 

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