Common Good Day Organizations and Project Descriptions

ArtVan Volunteers will work with ArtVan, a mobile arts therapy program, to prep ArtVan cards for holiday festivals, and clean and organize glues, paints, and other art mediums. For more information on ArtVan visit
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Bath/Brunswick Volunteers will enjoy a “Big for a Day” event with children on Big Brothers Big Sisters’ waiting list for a Big Brother or Sister. Students and youth participants will take part in a bowling party. Students will have an opportunity to learn about volunteer mentoring opportunities and other ways to get involved with supporting youth in the Brunswick Community with Big Brothers Big Sisters. To learn more about Big Brothers Big Sisters of Bath/Brunswick visit
Blackstrap Hill Preserve (Falmouth Land Trust) Volunteers will do trail work on a 300 acre nature preserve, which will involve cutting brush, digging water bars, placing stepping stones, painting blazes, and posting signs. Don’t miss out on a chance to explore this beautiful land preserve!
Bowdoin Coastal Studies Center Volunteers will get the chance to see some of the Maine coast while participating in a coastal and intertidal trail cleanup at the Bowdoin Coastal Studies Center.
Bowdoin Organic Garden Help out with general garden activities such as: harvesting, weeding, bed preparation, and post harvest handling of produce. This is a great opportunity to learn more about local agriculture.
Bradbury Mountain State Park Participants will work on the trails and grounds of Bradbury Mountain State Park in Pownal, Maine.
Brunswick Trinidad Sister City Association Volunteers will tend to the flower garden at the Brunswick Trinidad Sister City Association mural on Pleasant Street. This will include pruning rose bushes, pulling weeds, and applying compost. To find out more about the organization and learn about the mural, visit
Cancer Community Center Volunteers will help with the preparation for the Cancer Community Center’s annual Fight Back Festival walk/run/race/bike ride. This will include packaging T-shirt orders and putting signs together. To learn more about the Cancer Community Center, visit Learn more about hte Fight Back Festival at
Cathance River Education Alliance (CREA) Your group will be volunteering at the Cathance River Education Alliance, creating a boardwalk over a wet area. Be sure to wear sturdy work clothes! To learn more about CREA, visit
Coastal Humane Society Volunteers will walk dogs, snuggle cats, and help out with laundry, dishes, and lawn care. This is a great opportunity to lend your hands and hearts to CHS and the animals in their care! Learn more about CHS at
Community Financial Literacy Participate in grant research and marketing development and update the course analysis database for CFL, a non-profit that does financial education for refugees and new immigrants in Maine. To learn more about CFL, check out *Note: Volunteers should bring their laptops to this project.
Compass Project The Compass Project is an organization that “uses boatbuilding and rowing to provide positive direction to youth”. Volunteers will help out with boat shop activities like sanding, painting, cleaning,  organizing the shop, and moving boats around. To learn more about the organization, visit
Cosmopolitan Club of Bath Volunteers will strip the wall paper from the bedrooms of a Bath house built in the early 1900s that is now used by a women’s philanthropy group. Volunteer work may also include cleaning out and reorganizing their storage area. To learn more about the organization, visit
Cultivating Community- New American Agriculture Volunteers will jump in to provide support and extra labor to participants in Cultivating Community’s New American Sustainable Agriculture Program (NASAP). This will include working side-by-side with refugee farmers in the field with tasks such as weeding, harvesting, preparing irrigation equipment, etc. Work will vary for each volunteer as they will be paired with an individual farmer for the time period. Some volunteers will also work on infrastructure projects such as organizing our shed, building a community bulletin board, greenhouse renovation. To learn more about Cultivating Community, visit
Cundy’s Harbor Library Volunteers will be painting, window washing, cleaning-up the yard of this small, community library in South Harpswell. To learn more about the library, visit
Curtis Memorial Library We will have two different projects involving shifting books, and dusting shelves.  If we have 8 students that should be perfect to break up into two groups.  Tell them the work is not heavy, but could be dirty….
Family Crisis Services Volunteers will participate in a shelter clean-up. Various projects, like vacuuming, sweeping, window washing, etc. will spruce up our safe shelter for the women & children. Everyone wants a clean, comfortable space to come home to…here’s your chance to make those who are displaced from their own homes due to Domestic Violence, to feel as comfortable as possible in ours. Learn more about Family Crisis Services at
Family Focus Volunteers will work on painting and yard cleanup jobs at the Family Focus Early Learning Center in Brunswick. To learn more about Family Focus, visit *Note that this is a biking project, so volunteers should bring a bike and a helmet to Farley Field House.
Freeport Conservation Trust Volunteers will move lumber into place so it can be built into bog bridges on a well used trail at the Sayles Woods conservation area. Learn more about the Freeport Conservation Trust at
Georgetown Conservation Commission Volunteers will collect, relocate, and inventory coastal flotsam at the Reid State Park Mile Beach. This is a great opportunity to enjoy the best of the Maine coast. Feel free to bring a bathing suit for a post cleanup swim. Learn more about Reid State Park at
Good Shepherd Food Bank Volunteers will assist with various needs based on the daily workload during the time they join us. Typical volunteer projects include inspecting donated food to ensure its safe for human consumption, sorting product by category so that it can be inventoried, putting together orders for our partner agencies, packing grocery bags for senior citizens, and cleaning and maintenance projects. This is a great opportunity to work at Maine’s largest food bank- just be sure to wear close-toed shoes. Learn more about the Good Shepherd Food Bank at
Goodwill Store (Auburn) Volunteer work will include dusting and washing shelves and fixtures and some outside pickup.
Goodwill Store (Topsham) Volunteers will paint the employee bathroom and office and power wash shopping carts.
Greater Androscoggin Humane Society Volunteer work at the Greater Androscoggin Humane Society will include dog walking, laundry and helping in the cat and small animal rooms. Check out the organization at
Habitat for Humanity/ 7 Rivers Maine Volunteers at Habitat for Humanity/7 Rivers will be involved in two projects: two people will work preparation for a fundraising event scheduled the following Saturday. This will include printing, folding, organizing programs; and preparing items for live/silent auction; among other things. Four people will paint the kitchen, hall, and shared areas of administrative offices. To learn more about our local Habitat for Humanity, visit
Harpswell Historical Society A Volunteers will scrape and paint one side of the Harpswell Historical Society Museum. If there is extra time, they will scrape and paint the front of Centennial Hall, which is opposite the Museum. Learn about the organization at
Harpswell Historical Society B Volunteers will clean and dispose of weeds and brush from a small 19th century cemetery. Learn about the organization at
Harpswell Recreation Volunteers will do trail maintenance of Cliff Trail in Harpswell. This will involve moving cut cedar planks in and installing bog bridges as well as spreading wood chips.
Kennebec Estuary Land Trust A Volunteers will walk the coastline and pick up waste, bag it, and document it. This information will then be brought to the State and the waste will be disposed of. To learn more about KELT, check out
Kennebec Estuary Land Trust B Volunteers will work on hardening the Whiskeag Trail in Bath. This will involve moving a pile of small rocks to different parts of the trail that are too wet and need to be packed down. To learn more about KELT, check out
Lancaster Garden Volunteers will work at Lancaster Garden, the Japanese-style garden behind the Asian Studies building. Work will include a general garden clean up & weeding, raking, and pruning. Learn more about how the Lancaster Garden was built at
Maine Housing and Building Materials Exchange Volunteers will complete an inventory of building material at the BME, which benefits “low-income homeowners and the environment by providing new and re-usable building materials at an affordable price”. They will also help with a general pickup around the organization. To learn more about the organization, visit
Merrymeeting Adult Education Volunteers will help out around Merrymeeting Adult Education by washing tables and chairs and gardening. To learn about the programs offered by Merrymeeting Adult Education, visit
Mid Coast Hunger Prevention Program Volunteers will work at the Taste of Brunswick event on the town mall. A portion of the proceeds of this event go to the Mid Coast Hunger Prevention Program.  This is a great opportunity to check out a great Brunswick event while doing service. To learn more about MCHPP, visit
Midcoast Maine Community Action A Volunteers will replace wood chips on Head Start playground in Bath. They will rake up existing wood chips and spread new wood chips to make safe fall zones for the children. Learn more about Midcoast Maine Community Action at
Midcoast Maine Community Action B Volunteers will replace wood chips on Head Start playground in Topsham. They will rake up existing wood chips and spread new wood chips to make safe fall zones for the children. Learn more about Midcoast Maine Community Action at
Midcoast Maine Community Action C Volunteers will replace wood chips on Head Start playground in Brunswick. They will rake up existing wood chips, lay down a weed barrier cloth, and spread new wood chips to make safe fall zones for the children. Learn more about Midcoast Maine Community Action at
Midcoast Senior Health Center Volunteers will work at the Midcoast Senior Health Center, spot painting doors and trim in the nursing home unit.
Ocean Conservancy Volunteers will collect coastal debris and record types of debris to be used in International Coastal Clean-up report for policy change. To learn more about the Ocean Conservancy, which is a national organization, visit
Orr’s Island Library Volunteers will be helping the Orr’s Island Library with a quality check inventory of all shelves. *Note: Students should bring their laptops to this project.
Partners for World Health Volunteers will be sorting donated medical supplies, which will then be sent to hospitals in developing nations. To learn more about Partners for World Health, visit
Pejepscot Historical Society Volunteers will assist in dismantling an exhibit and moving archival materials, including furniture, from one building to another. The group will also assist with cleaning the exhibit space and preparing it for its next purpose. To learn more about the Pejepscot Historical Society, visit
People Plus Volunteers will act as tutors for technology for People Plus’ membership, which is primary age 55 and over. During a series of short appointments, volunteers will answer basic questions about cell phones, social media, digital cameras, and computers. You don’t need to be a technology expert to volunteer for this project! Often times, the questions revolve around the function of the item. To learn more about People Plus, visit
Portland Housing Authority Volunteers will visit PHA sites for trash/clean up activities. Afterwards, volunteers will regroup at one PHA site for closing activities which may include include a grand opening for the Education Center in Sagamore Village. To learn more about Portland Housing Authority sites, visit and
Preble Street Volunteers will do a deep cleaning of the soup kitchen, dining room and food pantry at the Preble Street Resource Center. Time permitting, they will also sort through food donations, assemble bag lunches, and do some light food prep. To learn more about the many services that Preble Street offers, visit
Riverview Foundation Volunteers will work on trail grooming and camp restoration with the Riverview Foundation, a “community-based organization that provides educational and wilderness programs for youth and adults throughout Southern, Central and Mid-coast Maine”. To learn more about the Riverview Foundation, visit
Ronald McDonald House The Ronald McDonald House is a non-profit that provides “affordable, safe, and supportive temporary home-like housing to families of seriously ill children receiving treatment at nearby hospitals and medical facilities”. Volunteers will conducat a deep cleaning of guest rooms including cleaning walls, ceilings, shades, insides of windows. To learn more about the Ronald McDonald House of Portland, visit
Sweetser AM A Sweetser AM A: Volunteers will work at Sweetser’s Annual Family Fun Day. Volunteers willing to work from 9am to 11:30 will be helping to park cars
Sweetser AM B Sweetser AM B: volunteers willing to work from 10-2pm will be helping with face painting.
Sweetser PM Volunteers will be painting the outside ramps and railings of the Sweetser building. They will also be doing weeding and other landscaping
Tedford Housing Volunteers will work at Tedford Housing, a Brunswick organization that works to end homelessness. Participants will be painting the living, dining, and kitchen areas of the adult emergency housing shelter. To learn more about Tedford Housing, visit
The Nature Conservancy Volunteers will be carrying some building materials about 1 mile into the Sprague Pond Trail and extending a bridge over a wet area on the trail. To learn more about The Nature Conservancy’s work in Maine, visit
Topsham Public Library Volunteers at the Topsham Public Library will be working on three projects: 1) Moving/sorting boxes of books from shed to Community room for book sale (need 8-10 people) 2) Weeding Children’s Garden (need 3 people) 3) Front landscape expansion-shoveling, removing sod, etc. (need 10 people). To learn more about the Topsham Public Library, visit
Town of Harpswell Digging up fence post stubs and removing and cutting chain link fencing into sections and rolling into seccions for removal
United Pejepscot Housing Volunteers will run a car wash for tenants in parking lot of Pejepscot Terrace, a facility that provides independent, affordable, quality housing for elderly households. To learn more about Pejepscot Terrace, visit *Note that this is a biking projects, and volunteers should bring a bike and a helmet to Farley Field House.
Volunteers of America (Westrum House) Volunteers will work at the Westrum House, an affordable, senior-living community run by Volunteers of America. They will assist tenants with special projects that they are unable to complete, like helping to clean the refrigerator, stove, windows, etc. To learn more about Volunteers of America, visit
Wolfe’s Neck Woods State Park Volunteers will work at Wolfe’s Neck Woods State Park in Freeport pruning tree branches on the sides of park trails and doing other light trail work. To learn more about Wolfe’s Neck Woods, visit