AmeriCorps State/National Programs

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
Email: jbreul@gpcog.org

Counties served: Cumberland and Northern York Counties

Resilience Corps:

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. 

Service activities: 

  • 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
AYCC AmeriCorps Mentoring Program*

Primary Contact: Katherine Harvey
Address: Alfond Youth & Community Center
126 North St.
Waterville, ME 04901
Phone: 207-873-0684
Email: kharvey@clubaycc.org

Counties served: Kennebec

Two AmeriCorps members are working to create a one-on-one mentoring program that works within the Alfond Youth and Community Center After School Program (ASP). They train mentors to take an inclusive developmental approach that focuses on creating a strong bond with their mentee and getting to know them as a person. Mentors and mentees commit to meeting at least one hour per week for one year. Consistent interactions, recruitment of patient and empathetic volunteers, in-depth training, and ongoing monitoring will create an effective mentorship program that will eventually expand to other Boys & Girls Clubs throughout the state.  

Mission Statement

To develop a positive sense of self and others and increase youth's intrinsic interest in learning and achievement through dynamic one-on-one mentoring relationships. 

Goals: 

  • Emphasize intentional relationships built on trust, friendship, and fun. 
  • Ensure positive relationships through effective screening, training, and matching processes. 
  • Increase the social competence, self-esteem, and self-efficacy of youth. 
  • Increase youth attendance and participation in the ASP program.  
  • Increase self-discipline and social-emotional control in youth. 
  • Decrease alienation from the group. 
  • Encourage and aid in academic success of youth. 

Activities:  

  • AmeriCorps members have researched, identified, and are implementing best practices for effective, evidence-based mentorship program.  
  • Create and foster relationships within the community to recruit, screen, train, match, and oversee mentors.  
  • Monitor matched mentor/mentee relationships to ensure safe, positive relationships.  
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
Email: eajabar@colby.edu 

Colby College operates a Maine Rural State AmeriCorps program with two AmeriCorps members. The members work within the Office of Civic Engagement and Community Partnerships at the college and support two programs that are integral to the office's mission; the Bill & Joan Alfond Main Street Commons living-learning community and the college's youth mentoring program, Colby Cares About Kids (CCAK). Both members work closely with local community organizations in the Greater Waterville Area to increase the capacity of those organizations to engage volunteers in their service delivery.

CCAK is a program that pairs Colby students (mentors) with local youth (mentees) in one-on-one mentoring pairs for students in grades K-8. CCAK currently has approximately 400 Colby mentors paired with mentees at 13 local schools within the Greater Waterville Area. 

The Alfond Commons is a living and learning residential community of 200 Colby students focused on civic engagement. Students develop a sustained partnership with a community organization in the Greater Waterville area and complete a minimum of 30 hours of service each academic semester.  

Cooking Matters AmeriCorps

Primary Contact: Courtney Kennedy
Address: 62 Elm Street, Portland, ME 04101
OR
3121 Hotel Rd, Auburn, ME 04210
Phone: (207) 782-3554  
EmailCKennedy@gsfb.org
Websitehttp://cookingmatters.org/americorps

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) 672-6303
Email: agiallombardo@kvcap.org

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.  

Activities:

  • 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:

Apply on Service Year -- access here

FoodCorps

Primary Contact: Ryan Parker 
  
Phone: (207) 558-2875     
Email
Websitewww.foodcorps.org

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
Email: reps72@gmail.com

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

Primary Contact: Lauren Ouellette
Address: LearningWorks
181 Brackett Street, Portland, ME 04102
Phone: (207) 775-0105
Email: louellette@learningworks.me
Website: www.learningworks.me

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

Why Serve?

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

Portland

Westbrook

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
fax:(207) 287-3342
emailCorps.Conservation@maine.gov
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
Email: sally@mainecompact.org

Mission

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.

Goal

Facilitate behavioral and technical interventions to increase local and regional energy efficiency, particularly for economically disadvantaged individuals and households.

Partners

  • Efficiency Maine
  • Window Dressers

Activities

  • 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, Piscatiquis, Waldo & Washington
Primary Contact: Paige Johnston, Program Director
Address: Healthy Acadia
24 Church Street                                                                        
Ellsworth, ME 04605
Phone: (207) 412-2288 ext. 408
Email: paige@healthyacadia.org

What does a Maine RecoveryCorps member do?

Maine RecoveryCorps members complete the Recovery Coach Academy to become trained recovery coaches. Recovery coaches provide support as an individual navigates through their recovery journey. They honor all pathways to recovery and support their recoverees in their chosen path. Recovery coaches have lived experience with substance use disorder either personally or as an affected other. RecoveryCorps members also work to increase recovery supports available in their organizations and communities. Members provide support to their hosting organization aligning with the site mission and programmatic goals. 

What setting do members serve in?

Members are hosted by a variety of facilities, which has included county jails, re-entry centers, hospitals, health clinics, recovery centers, and community based non-profits. Members are integrated into their host sites and form meaningful connections with staff and community volunteers. 

Why serve in Maine RecoveryCorps?

Maine RecoveryCorps service offers an opportunity to serve your local community while you build skills and gain connections while making a significant impact in the recovery community. Members gain the ability to coach individuals seeking or sustaining recovery and are able to assist people in achieving milestones in their lives. AmeriCorps can set you up for a bright future in your career by providing hands-on work experience, valuable networking opportunities, and professional skills training. 

How to Apply

Create a profile at my.americorps.gov. Next build your application and submit it to Maine RecoveryCorps within the portal.

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
Email: rvanadestine@mdf.org

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
phone: 207-774-6323
email: Jenifer.craven@goodwillnne.org
web sitegoodwillnne.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.

Skowhegan AmeriCorps Outdoor Recreation Program*

Contact: Kristina Cannon 
Main Street Skowhegan
48 Court St., Skowhegan, ME 04976-1864
phone: (207) 612-2571  
email: kristina@mainstreetskowhegan.org

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
emailepoore@thesca.org

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 
Trekkers 
325 Old County Road
Rockland, ME 04841
phone: 207-594-5095 
email: amie@trekkers.org

What We Do

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.

Why We Do It

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.

What AmeriCorps Members Do

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 working 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.