Helping sort donations and stock shelves at the pantry. Scanning and organizing documents to add to the archives. These are just some of the things volunteers at the Mission can do. The Mission is currently seeking volunteers to support its education, community, and food security programs on the Downeast campus in Cherryfield as well as at the headquarters in Northeast Harbor. Integral to the Mission’s work, volunteers can assist on a recurring or as-needed basis that works for their schedules.
Volunteers can support the Mission’s food pantry every Monday morning or every other Friday on the Cherryfield campus. On Mondays, a volunteer assists a staff member with food pickups in Ellsworth. On the second and fourth Fridays of each month, Good Shepherd Food Bank delivers to the pantry. Volunteers then help unload the truck, sort the delivery, and stock shelves.
For those interested in helping students, there are short-term and long-term volunteering opportunities. For the EdGE afterschool program, volunteers can teach children in kindergarten through 8th grade a specific skill, activity, or craft. The Journey program welcomes mentors to help support and guide students in 7th through 12th grade. These mentors foster healthy relationships with students, helping them to grow and access opportunities sometimes unavailable to them. Volunteers are also welcome on Wednesday afternoons when Journey students help different community organizations like the ARK Animal Shelter.
Groups are also needed to help on Sundays with the Downeast Table of Plenty (DETOP). Families, businesses, groups, or organizations sponsor a 60-person meal for the community. $100 is reimbursed for the cost of ingredients and the group is recognized on the sign in the entry way.
At the Colket Center in Northeast Harbor, assistance is needed with the archives, specifically scanning and organizing documents.
Anyone interested in volunteering can apply by filling out this form. For the safety of our community, all volunteers are subject to completing an application and background check.