THE SERVICES PREBLE STREET PROVIDES ARE ESSENTIAL. All volunteer shifts are still happening as scheduled. Check preblestreet.volunteerhub.com for the most up-to-date needs.
PLEASE DO NOT SIGN UP to volunteer for at least two weeks if:
- You are sick and experiencing any cold or flu-like symptoms of COVID-19, including a cough or fever
- Anyone in your household is experiencing COVID-19 symptoms or has been exposed to someone who has tested positive
- You have traveled outside of Maine
- You have participated in an indoor gathering of people not part of your household
- You answer yes to any of these questions
Please let the Volunteer Manager know if you cannot make a shift.
To ensure proper physical distancing, there will be a maximum of four volunteers per shift at each kitchen.
We presently have a sufficient supply of reusable cloth masks for volunteers to use while on site. While we still encourage volunteers to bring their own masks, a mask will be provided to any volunteer who does not have their own.
Preble Street is committed to the safety of clients, staff, and volunteers; and to providing essential emergency services to people in need. We are closely monitoring the COVID-19 situation and following the recommendations of experts at state, local, and federal agencies on the best course of action for responsiveness to the coronavirus disease.
To get involved or learn more about any of the following opportunities is easy!
Whether you have a few hours once in awhile or once a week; whether you want to come alone or bring your team, office staff, or family; whether you are an early bird or can’t pitch in until after work, there are volunteer opportunities for you. We would love to match you with one that fits your interests and schedule. Click here to learn more about our volunteer expectations.
Most volunteer opportunities involve our very busy commercial kitchens and are not suitable for children. Children must be at least 13 to volunteer if accompanied and supervised by an adult or 15 if unaccompanied. We do encourage families and schools with young children to get involved and have made some suggestions below.
Central Soup Kitchen
We need volunteers — ages 13 or older if accompanied by an adult (15 or older if unaccompanied) — to help prepare meals and clean up for three-hour shifts: 7-10am, 10am-1pm, and 2-5pm.
We also need volunteers to help unload, sort, and stack food deliveries, and organize shelves on Tuesdays between 8am and 12pm, and Thursdays between 8am and 4pm. This opportunity requires heavy lifting.
Volunteers serve three meals a day at our Teen Center seven days a week. Volunteers, age 21 and older, help prepare, serve, and clean up for breakfast, 7-10am; lunch, 10:30am-1:30pm; and dinner, 5:15-7:30pm. We ask Teen Center volunteers to make a commitment of one meal weekly for at least three months.
Florence House Meals
Volunteers serve three meals a day at Florence House seven days a week. Volunteers, age 21 and older, help prepare, serve, and clean up for breakfast, 7:45-10am; lunch, 10:30am-1:30pm; and dinner, 4:30-7:30pm. We ask Florence House volunteers to make a commitment of one meal weekly for at least three months.
Every Tuesday-Saturday we distribute food to approximately 400 families in need. We need help 8am-12pm sorting fresh food donations. We also need help 1-4pm setting up the dining room for distribution, distributing food, and then cleaning up afterward.
We provide emergency clothing and toiletries to youth and adults in need. Volunteers help accept and sort donations, fold clothes, restock shelves, and keep the Receiving Center clean and organized.
Help tenants build their community. We can find a role for you that fits your schedule—morning, afternoon, or evening. We need volunteers, age 21 and older, to staff the front desk; facilitate game events (bingo, card tournaments, bocce, etc.); or prepare special meals for holidays or community meals at Huston Commons, Florence House and Logan Place, permanent housing for formerly homeless adults.
Help in the offices with filing, phones, and mailings on a one-time or ongoing basis.
Kids Can Help Too!
There are lots of ways children can help the youth and adults in our communities who are homeless.
- Do a food drive, a sock drive, a towel drive, or help collect any of the items on our wish list.
- Clean up around our buildings and the neighborhood.
- Help make decorations for our holiday parties or special days throughout the year.
- Have a fundraiser: start a contest to see who can save the most nickels, have a lemonade stand… we know that if you use your imagination you can think of more fun ways to raise money!
- Make a big pot of your favorite soup or chili, or chicken wings, or chips and dip and bring them to the Teen Center.
- Bake cookies or brownies for dessert or bedtime snacks for teens or women experiencing homelessness — always welcome!
Special Projects, Activities, and Events
Let us know if you have an idea or can help organize and facilitate groups or workshops for teens or adults. Some possible groups are: art, photography, knitting, English as a Second Language, theater, games, writing, and more. We welcome volunteers with special interests or talents (e.g. hairdressers, yoga instructors, dancers, gardeners, etc.) to share their time and skills with our clients.
We can also use help with projects, such as:
- Deep cleaning the soup kitchen
- Cleaning around our building and the neighborhood
- Washing windows
- Stocking shelves, or setting up for special events
You can help raise awareness of the needs of youth and adults experiencing homelessness and get others involved in food drives, fundraisers, clothing drives, or toiletry drives.
Volunteers can cancel their shift online up to 24 hours before a shift begins. Any cancellation within a 24-hour window must be communicated to the Preble Street Volunteer Manager. If you need to make a last-minute cancellation, please email email@example.com or call 207-775-0026 x 1162.
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On-street parking is available in the Bayside neighborhood, particularly in the neighborhood between the Resource Center and Marginal Way. There are several parking garages in the area, and we are near Portland and South Portland bus lines. Rideshare services are also available. Please do not park in private parking lots. Cars parked illegally will be towed.
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