Programs with an * (asterisk) are funded by Volunteer Maine. The other programs are operated by national or regional nonprofits who send AmeriCorps members to their Maine affiliates.
- AmeriCorps Resilience Corps*
Primary Contact: Julia Breul
Address: Greater Portland Council of Governments
970 Baxter Boulevard
Portland, ME 04103
Phone: (207) 774-9891
Counties served: Cumberland and Northern York Counties
The Resilience Corps supports local government agencies, nonprofit agencies and regional cohorts in the Greater Portland area in their recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic and planning efforts towards regional resilience. Fourteen Corps Members assist projects related to regional, community, or organizational resilience and help to accelerate civic innovation, climate action, racial equity, and digital equity for all Mainers. The Resilience Corps adds new capacity in local governments to adapt and proactively respond to both short-term and long-term challenges to economic, social, and environmental systems throughout the region.
Resilience Corps Positions:
Corps Members offer direct service to local government entities or support regional efforts to address regional projects at GPCOG. They receive professional and workforce development as a cohort in data collection, analysis, and visualization, professional skills, and they participate in AmeriCorps National Days of Service.
- Researching opportunities and supporting town committees to expand broadband access in Maine
- Investigating new ways to connect Mainers through public transit and advancing equity and inclusion in the region
- Conducting public engagement and community outreach around transit routes and changes, housing developments, racial equity and inclusion initiatives, and sustainability plans
- Supporting small businesses by publicizing and helping to manage grant programs and opportunities for collaboration
- Guiding municipalities and non-profits in their climate action planning, environmental data management, and sustainability communications
- Cooking Matters AmeriCorps
Primary Contact: Courtney Kennedy
Address: 62 Elm Street, Portland, ME 04101
3121 Hotel Rd, Auburn, ME 04210
Phone: (207) 782-3554
As part of the No Kid Hungry campaign to end childhood hunger in America, Share Our Strength's Cooking Matters teaches participants to shop smarter, use nutrition information to make healthier choices and cook delicious, affordable meals. Founded in 1993, Cooking Matters and thousands of volunteer instructors have helped more than 265,000 low-income families in communities across the country learn how to eat better for less. In Maine, Share Our Strength collaborates with Good Shepherd Food Bank to deliver programming statewide.
Share Our Strength founded Cooking Matters on a unique model of collaboration between Share Our Strength and local program partners that leverages the strengths of all involved. Share Our Strength provides professional-level curricula and instructional materials, training, evaluation and national leadership support while local program partners provide hands-on, grassroots-level resources, program customizations and relationships that are best addressed on the local level. This collaborative program model makes Cooking Matters uniquely effective, efficient and sustainable among national nonprofit education programs.
AmeriCorps members help Cooking Matters partners across the U.S. as they empower families on tight budgets to prepare healthy and affordable meals. In Cooking Matters, AmeriCorps members play a significant role in reaching the families we serve, contributing to approximately 20% of participants reached through courses and tours as well as helping to leverage thousands of additional volunteers.
- First4 AmeriCorps*
Primary Contact: Abbie Giallombardo
Parent Organization: KVCAP/Educare Central Maine
Phone: (207) 680-7222
Counties served: Northern Kennebec and Somerset
The data tells us that almost a quarter of Maine's children have experienced trauma in the form of abuse, neglect, or household dysfunction. When young children are faced with such disadvantages early in life, their ability to learn and be successful in school are severely impacted. However, with resilience, children can triumph over trauma and adversity.
The goal of the First4 AmeriCorps program is to support the social emotional development of the children in our Head Start and Early Head Start classrooms as a means to reduce overall toxic stress, to boost resilience, and to improve school-readiness because we know that approximately 80% of brain development happens in the first four years of life.
- provide direct support to disadvantaged children in KVCAP's Head Start & Early Head Start classrooms
- build strong relationships & secure attachments with the children, which we know is vital for resilience & lifelong success
- receive training to better understand trauma-informed teaching & social-emotional development
- collaborate with a team of like-minded people eager to impact children's futures
Apply on Service Year -- access here
FoodCorps seeks to drive systemic change in how schools educate our children about food, so as to nurture a nation of healthy children and address the causes of childhood obesity. FoodCorps’ program strategy is built on two broadly held conclusions of existing research. First, that increasing fruit and vegetable consumption is a foundational step toward reducing rates of obesity and diet-related disease (United States Department of Agriculture [USDA], 2015). Second, food and nutrition education programs with multiple, mutually reinforcing components and an environment-wide purview achieve a greater impact on children’s health than single-component nutrition interventions (Seo et al., 2010). In program year 2018-2019, 12 full-time FoodCorps AmeriCorps members will each complete 1,700 hours over 11.5 months in communities across Maine. Members will serve deeply in one to two limited-resource schools implementing interventions across three evidence based program areas that get kids eating healthy: hands-on learning, healthy school meals, and schoolwide culture of health.
Apply here on Service Year.
- I Know ME AmeriCorps*
Primary Contact: Ray Estabrook
Address: Maine Youth Alliance
78A Main St, Belfast, ME 04915–6825
Phone: (207) 338-6447
Counties served: Waldo (Towns of of Brooks, Freedom, Jackson, Knox, Liberty, Monroe, Montville, Thorndike, Troy, Unity, and Waldo)
The Game Loft is a Maine Rural State program hosting two AmeriCorps members providing mentoring to RSU #3 students, age 12-15, in Waldo County, using the I Know ME curriculum.
Each year the AmeriCorps members are responsible for preparing 36 at risk students for success in the classroom, within their peer groups and beyond the school walls. Additionally, the AmeriCorps members engage local volunteers in developing new mentoring relationships with the students and develop the host agency’s capacity to better manage volunteers.
- Lifelong Maine AmeriCorps Program*
Primary contact: Patricia Oh
Address: UMaine Center on Aging
25 Texas Avenue
Bangor, ME 04401-4324
Counties served: throughout Maine
The mission of the Lifelong Maine AmeriCorps Program is to serve alongside local grassroots organizations on age-friendly, lifelong community development projects that will contribute to a more resilient, healthier, safer, and more engaged community. This is accomplished by serving on a variety direct service and capacity building programs
The Lifelong Maine AmeriCorps program seeks to enhance the lives of residents of all ages, and especially older people by serving with grassroots volunteer organizations in lifelong communities to:
- address challenges such as access to technology, food security, home repair, transportation, and social isolation.
- build local capacity by networking with partners, recruiting volunteers, and serving with the core team to develop sustainable and inclusive leadership.
While the focus is on older residents, Lifelong Communities work for a time when residents of all ages, abilities, economic backgrounds, and lifestyles will have the opportunity to live safe, healthy, and rewarding lives.
Serving to support the lifelong community leaders and project teams, members will:
- Establish a working committee and coordinate meetings to establish goals and objectives and monitor progress
- Develop evaluation tools to allow the project(s) to respond quickly and flexibly to emergent needs
- Identify community assets that the lifelong community can deploy to expand the reach and effectiveness of the program, service, or activity
- Collaborate with residents to ensure that the social, service, and built environments are welcoming to the diversity in the community
- Recruit and manage community volunteers
- Identify and procure resources and funding for project(s)
- Develop a communication plan and materials for outreach efforts
- Identify partners for the project and future development of programs and activities by engaging and educating individuals, groups, and organizations about the Lifelong Community initiative
Obtain feedback from participants and community partners to expand, strengthen, and sustain meaningful change
Apply on the My AmeriCorps Portal -- access here
- Maine Conservation Corps AmeriCorps Program*
Primary Contact: Sara Knowles
124 State House Station
Augusta, ME 04333-0124
phone: (207) 624-6085
web site: www.maine.gov/dacf/mcc
Counties served: All 16 Maine counties
To accomplish conservation initiatives that inspire individuals and enhance communities.
Maine Conservation Corps (MCC) strives to create equal access, understanding, and admiration of the natural world among participants and the public through service and community engagement, while cultivating the next generation of conservation stewards.
MCC offers a variety of service opportunities via two programs: Environmental Stewards and Field Teams.
Environmental Stewards accomplish a wide variety of conservation projects ranging from water quality monitoring, habitat restoration, mobilizing volunteers, banding and gathering data on songbirds, restoring eelgrass, teaching school kids about shellfisheries, mapping invasive species, and more.
Field Teams construct and rehabilitate sustainable trails in places, like Baxter State Park and on the Appalachian Trail, as well as land owned by local communities and land trusts; engage in habitat restoration efforts; irradicate invasive species; and complete other endeavors to manage public lands. Efforts of the Field Team provide access to Maine's natural areas and present recreation, education, and fitness opportunities for the public.
Activities of MCC AmeriCorps members are diverse, but have common initiatives focused on enacting the mission of the corps:
- Accomplish conservation projects: This is the primary focus of all MCC programs. Members build and rehabilitate trails construct outdoor learning centers for schools, improve wildlife habitat and timber stands, survey watersheds, test water quality, oversee planting projects, and much more.
- Promote conservation education: MCC strives to raise awareness and interest in the natural environment. Individual placement members help develop curriculum, train volunteers, and conduct outreach efforts.
- Engage volunteers: The MCC members recruits volunteers to serve at projects all over the state. Volunteers can join MCC on the trail, in the classroom, or on the water to get involved in local efforts to protect and restore the environment.
- Develop transferable skills, earn certifications, and gain experience: MCC programs develop communication skills, teamwork, critical thinking, problem solving, self-esteem, confidence, safety, job skills and outdoor living experiences. Members participate in job readiness trainings and earn certifications to prepare them for life after AmeriCorps.
- Skowhegan AmeriCorps Outdoor Recreation Program*
Contact: Kristina Cannon
Main Street Skowhegan
48 Court St., Skowhegan, ME 04976-1864
Phone: (207) 612-2571
Counties served: Somerset
The Skowhegan Outdoors AmeriCorps Program, an initiative of Main Street Skowhegan--is an effort to ensure that everyone in the Skowhegan community has equitable access to the outdoors, opportunities to participate in free outdoor activities, and the tools to experience the natural world on their own.
Skowhegan Outdoors AmeriCorps Program offers connection to outdoor recreation for those in the Skowhegan community, including free outdoor programming, the implementation of a community gear library, the development of Run of River, and the expansion of the local trail network. Skowhegan Outdoors will help bring people together through shared experiences, promote our outdoor spaces and facilities, and catalyze a shift toward a more active lifestyle in Skowhegan--a lifestyle that is accessible to everyone.
Skowhegan Outdoor AmeriCorps Program members serve the community directly by involving its members in outdoor recreation programming, which they plan, prepare for, and execute. The AmeriCorps members also train additional volunteers to lead the programs, promote the programs in virtual and real spaces, create online content, and are tasked with establishing a gear library so residents can borrow outdoor recreation equipment free of charge.
- Plan outdoor programming for each calendar month of the term they serve, for which members will plan logistics and prepare materials, then execute together.
- Collaborate with new and returning community partners and volunteers to increase the program's capacity.
- Use social media, email newsletters, the program website, paper calendars distributed around the community, and other means to promote Skowhegan Outdoors AmeriCorps Program.
- Maintain and enhance the Free Community Gear Library, which may include cleaning and repairing gear, communicating with borrowers, applying for grants for additional gear, and promoting the library.
Apply on Service Year -- access here.
- Student Conservation Association
Primary Contact: Emily Poore
689 River Road
Charlestown, NH 03603-0550
phone: 603 504 3339
fax: (603) 543.1755
Counties served: York, Washington, Penobscot, Hancock
SCA provides college and high school-aged members with hands-on conservation service opportunities in virtually every field imaginable, from tracking grizzlies through the Tetons to restoring desert ecosystems and teaching environmental education at Washington, D.C.'s Urban Tree House. We are truly building the next generation of conservation leaders.
SCA operates in a number of states including Maine and, therefore, receives its AmeriCorps funding directly from the federal agency.
- Trekkers AmeriCorps Aspirations*
Since 1994, Trekkers has been dedicated to helping young people thrive. Our mission is to cultivate the inherent strengths of young people through the power of long-term mentoring relationships. Trekkers is a unique six-year experiential learning program for students, starting in 7th grade and lasting through 12th grade. Throughout the school year, teams of up to 20 students meet to plan their annual expedition and participate in activities, like exploring the outdoors, volunteering, learning about new cultures, and more. Student voice and choice is essential, so every program looks a little different.
Adolescence is one of the most challenging times of life but also one of the most transformative. All young people deserve the opportunity to build critical life skills that help them thrive into adulthood. External evaluation shows Trekkers helps students increase personal resiliency, relationship-building skills, and aspirations for the future.
As an AmeriCorps member, you will have a critical role at our organization. You will be welcomed as part of our Program Team, receiving hands-on experience serving with students from local schools, acting as mentors to them and building deep connections to teams. AmeriCorps members at Trekkers build leadership and collaboration skills by helping organize, plan, and lead trips and activities, helping shape our strategies for promoting positive youth development, and empowering our volunteer base and community connections to grow.
How to apply
Apply on Service Year -- access here.