November in Maine is remarkable time. A month of reflection and or thanks.
Mainers have a great deal to be thankful for. We’ve decided to welcome November in with a few ideas on how we can all show our thanks by volunteering to help out the many non profits organizations and charities that work to make Maine a better place.
Hikers, mountain bikers and outdoors people alike can all agree that our state would not be the same without the tireless efforts of Maine’s many land trusts. These organizations work throughout the year to maintain trails, public parks and outdoor spaces; using teams that consist almost entirely of volunteers.
If you’re an outdoorsy type, you may find that lending a hand with trail maintenance or park clean up to be rewarding and relaxing.
Want to find a Land Trust near you? The Maine Land Trust Network, a program of the Maine Coast Heritage Trust, offers a full alphabetical list of every land trust in Maine along with information about each. Visit http://www.mltn.org and find a land trust to volunteer at this month.
Hunger is a concern for Mainers of all ages. According to NoKidHungry.org, 1 in 4 Maine children is struggling with hunger. For those that want to help, there are many ways that you can volunteer to assist those in need. Maine’s local division of NoKidHungry is called Share Our Strength, visit SOSMaine online to learn how you can help.
Roll up your sleeves and volunteer at a soup kitchen or food pantry. These resources are vital to those without food and they are always in need of volunteers and donations. FoodPantries.org has comprehensive list of soup kitchens and food pantries in Maine.
Meals on Wheels provides senior citizens with nutritious meals delivered right to their home. Volunteers are the backbone of the Meals on Wheels program. Not only do they prepare and deliver meals to homebound seniors in their local communities, they also provide the seniors with companionship and a warm, friendly smile when they arrive at the door. Visit http://www.mowaa.org to find a local Meals on Wheels program in your community.
Animal lovers can lend a paw by volunteering at a local animal shelter or animal rescue group. By spending a few hours walking, feeding, petting, playing or just sharing some love with these four-legged friends will let them know they aren’t forgotten while they wait to meet their new family. Who knows? You may even meet your perfect furry match.
Find list of animal shelters and animal rescue leagues in your area at http://www.animalsheltersinmaine.com/
You don’t need to be a doctor to boost someone’s spirit. Volunteers are a welcomed sight at nursing homes and healthcare facilities. These caring individuals can brighten a patient or resident’s day by simply having a conversation, playing a board game or providing companionship.
Opportunities can be found online at http://www.volunteermaine.org/ and at http://www.emhs.org/Resources/Volunteer.aspx
Taking a little time away from your life to help out others can be very rewarding. Volunteer this November and you never know, you may find yourself giving back during the rest of the year.
Have a safe & happy November and of course, Happy Thanksgiving.
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