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Article Title: Volunteer Opportunities

  • Volunteer with Children

    40% of kids who live in poverty are ill-equipped to enter elementary school.

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  • Become a Senior Volunteer

    Sharing experience, insight, and knowledge.

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  • Become a Volunteer Driver

    Help transport seniors to medical and social service appointments.

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  • Volunteer with Seniors

    Contribute to the health and well-being of senior citizens.

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  • Back to School Drive

    Help with getting kids ready for school

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  • AmeriCorps VISTA Volunteer Positions

    Volunteer positions available

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  • Volunteer with Children

    Penquis Child Development Centers

    Penquis CDC has volunteer opportunities at our Child Development Centers. If you are interested in reading to children, assisting in meal preparation, sharing a skill or talent with young children in a preschool classroom setting, or just providing additional help with infants and toddlers, contact Kelley Graffam at kgraffam@penquis.org.

    Become a Volunteer

    Foster Grandparent

    Active, giving back, and being connected, the Foster Grandparent Program provides opportunities for seniors to get involved in their community by sharing their time with children who benefit from additional nurturing support. The program is for income-eligible volunteers, aged 55 and over, who are able to volunteer 15 to 40 hours with children in one-on-one and small group settings. Foster Grandparents volunteer in sites such as schools, child care centers, and Head Start centers.

    Benefits include a stipend for hours volunteered, paid holidays, earned time, and assistance with transportation and meals. Penquis sponsors this program in 14 Maine counties (all but York and Cumberland). For more information, please call us at 207-973-3611 or 1-800-215-4942.

    Become a Foster Grandparent

    Funding is provided in part by the Corporation for National and Community Service, the Bureau of Elder and Adult Services and       

  • Volunteer Opportunities for Seniors

    Foster Grandparent

    Active, giving back, and being connected, the Foster Grandparent Program provides opportunities for seniors to get involved in their community by sharing their time with children who benefit from additional nurturing support. The program is for income-eligible volunteers, aged 55 and over, who are able to volunteer 15 to 40 hours with children in one-on-one and small group settings. Foster Grandparents volunteer in sites such as schools, child care centers, and Head Start centers.

    Benefits include a stipend for hours volunteered, paid holidays, earned time, and assistance with transportation and meals. Penquis sponsors this program in 14 Maine counties (all but York and Cumberland). For more information, please call us at 207-973-3611 or 1-800-215-4942.

    Become a Foster Grandparent

    Funding is provided in part by the Corporation for National and Community Service, the Bureau of Elder and Adult Services and            

                

    Retired Senior Volunteers Program (RSVP)

    RSVP is an opportunity for volunteers to meet vital needs in our community by sharing their time experience, insight, and knowledge. RSVP is America’s largest volunteer network for adults 55 and over in volunteer service.

    Become a Senior Volunteer

    Penquis sponsors this program in the Knox, Lincoln, and Waldo counties. RSVP volunteers can choose the amount of time they wish to give, how and where they wish to serve, and whether to draw on their current skills or develop new ones. RSVP volunteers are currently making a difference in their communities by serving in:

    • Libraries
    • Schools
    • Hospitals
    • Museums
    • Social Service Agencies
    • Thrift shops
    • Meal and Food Distribution Centers
    • Elder Care Facilities
    • Youth Programs

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  • Become a Volunteer Driver

    Being a Volunteer Driver can be a super rewarding experience! Our hope is that by providing transportation for others, we will help ease the some of the burden and stress that our customers face so they can focus on healing and getting well. At the same time, we hope our volunteers find a fulfilling experience of helping others.

    Volunteer drivers are wanted for all communities within the Penobscot and Piscataquis counties. If you have time to give, and enjoy driving and meeting people, this is a great opportunity for you. All volunteers are reimbursed for the use of their vehicle. You will be asked to transport individuals to medical and social service appointments. We ask for a commitment between two and six hour blocks of time a week, you can volunteer more if you wish. Dependability is important, however your schedule can be flexible. We are especially looking for people in the late afternoons, and on the weekends.

    Volunteers will complete a Department of Health and Human Services background check, a Bureau of Motor Vehicles background check, and a State Bureau of Identification check (no criminal history). Volunteers will complete an online orientation program, an online defensive driving class, and an online mandated reporter training.

    Become a Volunteer Driver

    *Mileage Reimbursement is given and is between $0.44 and $0.45 per mile, for every mile, whether or not a customer is in the vehicle. Different programs reimburse at different rates depending on the type of appointment transportation is being provided for.

    For more information on becoming a volunteer driver, please call 207-974-2404 or email Jessica at jbutler@penquis.org to apply.

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  • Volunteer with Seniors

    When you volunteer at one of our assisted-living facilities, you are contributing to the health and well-being of senior citizens. When you help out, you’re making a difference in the lives of residents, employees, and the overall organization. It doesn’t take doing anything drastic to make a difference; it could be as simple as leading a weekly craft activity, sharing a skill or a talent, making a healthy snack for residents, or assisting with administrative tasks, such as answering phone calls or filing.

    Become a Volunteer with Seniors

    Penquis Assisted Living Services are located at:

    • Freeses, 10 Water St, Bangor – 942-2426
    • Merry Gardens Estates, 87 John Street, Camden – 230-0618
    • Stearns, 80 Maine Avenue, Millinocket – 723-4445

    For more information on volunteering at one of our Assisted Living locations, please call Christine Bessey at 207-973-3578 or email her at cbessey@penquis.org

    For more information about Assisted Living services for a senior in your life click HERE.

     

  • Back to School Drive

    When you  volunteer your time with the “We’ve Got Your Back” to school drive you are helping kids have the tools they need to be successful in school.  Each year Penquis has a back to school drive to provide backpacks and school supplies to approximately 1,500 kids, k-12.

    We need assistance sorting the school supplies and backpacks August 14, 15, and 17. If you are available please email Renae Muscatell at rmuscatell@penquis.org

     

     

  • AmeriCorps VISTA Knox County Volunteer Positions Available

    Community Investors of Knox County began in 2016 and is a partnership of seven highly regarded social services organizations committed to building bridges out of poverty for our neighbors in need.

    Penquis is also a partner and administers the Community Investors Initiative.

    Our partners are:

    • AIO Food and Energy Assistance
    • Knox Clinic
    • Knox County Community Health Coalition
    • Pen Bay YMCA
    • Knox County Homeless Coalition
    • New Hope for Women
    • United MidCoast Charities

     

    To learn about AmeriCorps VISTA compensation/benefits and for details about the Community Investors program, please call (207) 974-2435 or email Rebecca Dinces at rdinces@penquis.org.

     

    Penquis is seeking two AmeriCorps VISTA volunteers to join our team and contribute to our 2021 launch. These positions have different duties, but each will collaborate with Penquis staff to implement this unique initiative.

    The Communications Coordinator position will focus on creating and implementing outreach strategies.

    Apply for the Communications Coordinator Position

     

    The Data and Volunteer Management position will focus on supporting information tools and volunteers to measure our impact.

    Apply for the Data and Volunteer Management Position