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
Resilience Corps members will serve as a first of a kind boost of capacity for local government agencies in the Greater Portland Maine region to rapidly recover from The Pandemic and accelerate civic innovation, climate action, racial equity and digital equity towards regional resilience.
- Community & Nonprofit Development
- Economic Security
- Homelessness & Housing
- Public Safety
Indirect "capacity building" for a direct service program
- AYCC AmeriCorps Mentoring Program*
Primary Contact: Katherine Harvey
Address: Alfond Youth & Community Center
126 North St.
Waterville, ME 04901
Two AmeriCorps members extend the capacity and help manage a new community mentoring program for youth at risk in the Greater Waterville community. The program begins operation August 2020.
- Colby College Maine Rural AmeriCorps Program*
County served: Kennebec
Primary Contact: Elizabeth Jabar, Director of Civic Engagement and Community Partnerships
Address: Colby College
Office of Civic Engagement and Community Partnerships
4796 Mayflower Hill, Waterville, ME 04901-8847
Phone: (207) 859-4796
Colby College operates a Maine Rural State AmeriCorps program with two AmeriCorps members. The members work with community nonprofits in the Greater Waterville Area to increase the capacity of those organizations to engage volunteers in their service delivery.
At the end of the first program year, the AmeriCorps members will be responsible for creating, implementing, and participating in the establishment of programs to support capacity building with community partners. In addition, the AmeriCorps members will leverage an additional 200 volunteers and 15-20 community partners who will be engaged in programs that improve community agencies' long term support from volunteers.
- 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
Address: Educare Central Maine
56 Drummond Ave
Waterville, ME 04901
Phone: (207) 861-2190
According to the Maine Kids Count Data, Maine has the highest rate of children diagnosed with anxiety, the third highest rate for children diagnosed with depression, and 22.5% of children under 18 have experienced two or more Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs). ACEs is a term used to describe the various forms of abuse, neglect, and traumatic experiences that children under 18 face. 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 boost resiliency and reduce overall toxic stress early in childhood because we know that approximately 80% of brain development happens in the first four years of life.
First4 Classroom Support Members (CSMs) will be trained to provide additional classroom support to strengthen existing trauma-informed care and to implement social-emotional strategies in classrooms for children six (6) weeks to five (5) years of age. First4 CSMs’ direct support in childcare and preschool settings will lower the adult-to-child ratio, thus increasing teaching staff’s capacity to deliver high quality curriculum and focus more on skills and school readiness.
One of First4’s guiding principles is that well-trained and well-supported staff and Members are the key to program quality, so Members will receive training and professional development to better understand concepts such as child development, poverty, ACEs, and trauma-informed teaching. Additionally, as a means of sustainability for such a profound and important undertaking, First4 CSMs will also participate in the recruitment of volunteers as well as the creation of a legacy document to refine the onboarding process for future volunteers and AmeriCorps Members.
First4 AmeriCorps Program is an initiative of Kennebec Valley Community Action Program (KVCAP) and Educare Central Maine.
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.
- Game Loft AmeriCorps Program*
Serving the Waldo County towns of Brooks, Freedom, Jackson, Knox, Liberty, Monroe, Montville, Thorndike, Troy, Unity, and Waldo.
Primary Contact: Ray Estabrook
Address: Maine Youth Alliance
78A Main St, Belfast, ME 04915–6825
Phone: (207) 338-6447
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.
- LearningWorks Aim High AmeriCorps*
Counties served: Cumberland
What We Do
The LearningWorks Aim High AmeriCorps program places teams of dedicated AmeriCorps members in elementary schools in Portland and Westbrook, Maine to support student academic achievement and social and emotional learning through tutoring, mentoring and extended learning interventions, both in and outside of the classroom.
Why We Do It
We know that by providing targeted academic support to students who most need it, we can help students and schools achieve their full potential. Aim High members come from and reflect the diversity of the communities that they serve in, and are invested in creating a lasting impact on the lives of each student by engaging their entire community in the learning process
As an AmeriCorps member you will gain hands-on experience working with students in local schools, grow your leadership abilities, and learn essential professional skills for your career. While serving as an AmeriCorps member you will apply your energy and idealism to develop meaningful relationships and student success. Aim High AmeriCorps members receive professional development training to serve in schools and communities, including academic instruction, classroom management, and community building. Upon completion of service, AmeriCorps members are eligible to receive an education award that can be used towards tuition, future educational opportunities or to pay qualified student loan debt.
LearningWorks Aim High AmeriCorps Members serve at these partner schools
How to apply
To apply, please click the link to visit LearningWorks' website.
- Maine Conservation Corps*
Counties served: All
Primary Contact: Sara Knowles
54 Independence Drive
Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry
124 State House Station
Augusta, ME 04333-0124
phone: (207) 624-6085
web site: www.maine.gov/dacf/mcc
Maine Conservation Corps’ (MCC) mission is to: accomplish conservation initiatives that inspire people and enhance communities.
The MCC has two AmeriCorps service options: Environmental Stewards and Field Teams.
Environmental Stewards serve individually with non-profits, state and federal agencies to increase organizational volunteer capacity and aid in the development and implementation of host sites’ conservation objectives. The role of an Environmental Steward is as varied as the needs of sites. Sample projects include: habitat restoration, invasive species and water quality monitoring, environmental education, and small scale recreational trail projects.
Field Teams perform a wide range of conservation services for project sponsors that include state and national parks, municipalities, and non-profit land management organizations. Direct services focus on the planning, construction and rehabilitation of many types of trails, but can also include a range of other conservation related projects.
As they serve, members are taught employment skills and create individualized plans for personal development. Collaborative partnerships with workforce development organizations help us create positive Economic Opportunity outcomes for members.
Apply on Service Year.
- Maine Energy AmeriCorps Program*
Counties served: Androscoggin, Penobscot, Cumberland, Waldo,
Primary Contact: Sally Slovenski, Executive Director
Address: Maine Campus Compact
51 Westminster Street
Lewiston, Maine 04240
Phone: (207) 753-6626
Maine Energy AmeriCorps Program (MEAP) is dedicated to building campus/community partnerships to improve energy efficiency in homes and higher education institutions throughout the state of Maine.
Facilitate behavioral and technical interventions to increase local and regional energy efficiency, particularly for economically disadvantaged individuals and households.
Build Campus-Community Partnerships
Energy Education Events
Window Insert Builds
Conserve Maine Energy Pubic Awareness Project
Green Energy Assessments
Green Job Training/Events Personalized Career Action Plans
Apply here on Service Year.
- Maine RecoveryCorps*
Counties served: Aroostook, Hancock, Kennebec, Knox, Penobscot, Piscataquis, Waldo, and Washington
Primary Contact: Paige Johnston, Program Director
Address: Healthy Acadia
24 Church Street
Ellsworth, ME 04605
Phone: (207) 412-2288 ext. 408
30 AmeriCorps members serve in over 20 host sites spread across nine counties: Aroostook, Hancock, Kennebec, Knox, Penobscot, Piscataquis, Somerset, Waldo, and Washington. Sites include medical facilities, county jails, and recovery centers.
RecoveryCorps members become trained recovery coaches. They help individuals seeking recovery, work to decrease stigma and disseminate accurate information to the community regarding substance use disorder. They build and grow recovery ready communities by developing and increasing recovery supports.
Member service terms range from 1700 hours to minimum time of 300 hours in one year.
- Main Street Fellows AmeriCorps Program*
Primary Contact: Rosie Vanadestine
Address: Maine Development Foundation
2 Beech Street, Unit 203
Hallowell, ME 04347
Phone: (207) 626-3116
Five AmeriCorps members support 12 low-income communities recover from the pandemic's impact and develop the capacity to be resilient in the face of future challenges. In addition, the AmeriCorps members will recruit 10-20 volunteers who will be engaged in local research, planning, education and technology projects.
- Multilingual Leadership Corps
Members currently serving in Androscoggin and Cumberland counties with a member scheduled to start serving Hancock County in the fall.
Primary Contact: Jen Craven
Goodwill Industries of Northern New England
190 Lancaster Street, Suite 200
Portland, ME 04104
web site: goodwillnne.org/americorps/
The Multilingual Leadership Corps places 20 AmeriCorps members in schools and nonprofit organizations serving populations with English Language Learners (ELL). For the 2018-19 school year the Multilingual Leadership Corps will expand from Maine into New Hampshire and Vermont as well.
Refugee and immigrant youth face significant barriers to success often due to the trauma and chaos they have survived. Through mentoring, school skills support and community engagement, members work to increase academic engagement among English Language Learners. Members are trained in supporting students that have survived trauma or adverse childhood experiences and then help a caseload of students navigate school and any barriers they may have to success.
- Seeds of Hope AmeriCorps*
Primary Contact: Rev. Shirley Bowen
Seeds of Hope Neighborhood Center
35 South St., Biddeford, ME 04005-2473
phone: (207) 283-1783
Seeds of Hope, a Maine Rural State Program, supports two AmeriCorps members who manage the drop-in center, recruit and train Center volunteers, and staff the Career Resource Center. Members also work in actively addressing the needs of the homeless in Biddeford, Saco, Old Orchard Beach and surrounding communities in York County.
The AmeriCorps members enable expansion of both the services offered by the Center. In addition, the AmeriCorps members leverage volunteers, who are engaged in preparing meals, sorting donated items, making referrals, and being supports to neighbors who access Center services. Other leveraged volunteers serve within the Career Center and offer mentorship and modeling for those seeking employment.
- Skowhegan AmeriCorps Outdoor Recreation Program*
Contact: Kristina Cannon
Main Street Skowhegan
48 Court St., Skowhegan, ME 04976-1864
phone: (207) 612-2571
Skowhegan AmeriCorps is a Maine Rural State program with three AmeriCorps members who coordinate and lead weekly free outdoor recreation activities and trainings. The program is designed to increase physical activity and engagement with nature for local community members of all ages in the Skowhegan area.
Each year the AmeriCorps members are responsible for involving 350 new community members in outdoor recreation programming. The AmeriCorps members also train additional volunteers to lead the programs, and they are tasked with establishing a gear library so residents can borrow outdoor recreation equipment free of charge.
- Student Conservation Association
Counties: York, Washington, Penobscot, Hancock
Primary Contact: Emily Poore
689 River Road
Charlestown, NH 03603-0550
phone: 603 504 3339
fax: (603) 543.1755
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*
County served: Knox
Primary Contact: Amie Hutchison, Executive Director
58 Park Street
Rockland, ME 04841
Trekkers cultivates the inherent strengths of young people through the power of long-term mentoring relationships. Through Trekkers AmeriCorps Aspirations, youth will have greater access to trained, long-term mentors to build resiliency and aspirations.