Volunteer handsAs a service center for surrounding communities, organizations within the city of Waterville offer many opportunities to serve as a volunteer. If you would like to give back to your community, check out the following list of agencies that may have volunteer opportunities available and find the right fit for you! Agencies are listed alphabetically. Click on the hyperlinks to learn more.

Alfond Youth Center AYC volunteer opportunities may include: greeting and assisting customers and members; assisting with answering/directing phone calls; light office duties; bulk mailings; completing statistics and data; assisting with meals, arts & crafts activities, playing board/card games, or reading stories to children; helping with homework or computer; monitoring open gym times; lifeguard and swim instructor duties; or becoming a mentor in the Reach & Rise Program.

Big Brothers Big Sister of Mid-Maine – Do something Big today by starting more Littles on the path to big things. There are many ways to get involved including: becoming a big brother or big sister; volunteering at the office, or for events; or by being a school-based coordinator. Please note: The Mid Maine agency is located in Augusta but may have Waterville-based volunteer opportunities available.

City Boards & CommitteesThe City of Waterville’s boards, commissions, and committees provide a vital link between the citizenry, the City Council and City staff to help keep our municipal government dynamic, responsive and accountable. The City values the outstanding advice, expertise and time provided by the civic volunteers who serve on these boards. Serving on a City board provides an excellent opportunity to make a difference in your community and become a participant in the municipal government process.

Common Street ArtsVolunteers are a crucial component of Common Street Arts. Volunteer opportunities are varied and may include: event assistance, gallery hours, administrative support and gallery projects.

Educare Central MaineVolunteers are an important and integral part of Educare Central Maine. Volunteers may join Educare school activities in classrooms or outdoors; such as reading to the children, joining creative play, planting,conducting ‘tricycle maintenance’, and recruiting and guiding other volunteers. Volunteers may also assist with some general clerical tasks,  ‘at-home’ activities such as sewing or knitting, or may even choose to offer assistance to families with transportation needs.

Family Violence ProjectFamily Violence Project has an ongoing need for volunteers. Volunteers might: take calls on the 24-hour Helpline from the comfort of your home and with back-up support from a staff person available whenever you need it; co-facilitate, with a staff member, one of their weekly support groups; provide childcare for children whose parent(s) attend weekly support groups; provide in-office clerical services;or help out at special events such as yard sales, vigils, and wellness events.

Hardy Girls, Healthy Women – The Girls Advisory Board (GAB) is a program for girls from Maine in 9th-12th grade. The board helps Hardy Girls make important decisions about direction and programming, runs workshops and gives presentations at the annual Girls Rock! Conference, and is generally a safe and supportive environment for members to discuss topics relevant to them. GAB is a great opportunity for girls to practice their leadership, engage in social action projects, and keep the organization current on challenges facing girls today.

Hospice Volunteers of Waterville Area Hospice Volunteers of Waterville Area (HVWA) is a non-profit, volunteer organization that serves 27 communities in central Maine. They provide non-medical support to individuals and their families during the last phases of life, to loved ones throughout the grieving process, and to educate the community regarding issues related to death and grieving. 

Humane Society Waterville Area – The HSWA serves as the animal shelter for 27 towns and cities throughout central Maine. They offer a unique opportunity for caring people to minister to the needs of those unable to care for themselves and always have openings for volunteers.

Inland HospitalSome volunteers at Inland work in areas with direct contact with patients and families; others are involved in “behind the scenes” activities that enhance the care provided by the hospital and its medical practices. Here are a few areas where volunteers can serve at Inland Hospital: information desk; gift shop; business office; day surgery; pet therapy; medical records; materials management; housekeeping; central billing office; food and nutrition; and community relations.

Kennebec Valley Community Action Program (KVCAP) – Do you want to make a difference in someone’s life? KVCAP offers a variety of volunteering opportunities throughout the year, including transportation service. Volunteer drivers set their own hours, while using their own vehicle and earning extra income, to provide transportation to low income, elderly and disadvantaged residents throughout Kennebec and Somerset counties. Drivers are paid for miles from the time they leave home to the time they return home.

Literacy Volunteers of Waterville – The mission of Literacy Volunteers of the Waterville area is to provide free, confidential, one-on-one tutoring to adult learners who seek to improve their literacy skills. Trained tutors develop lessons with each student to meet that person’s unique needs and goals for increased proficiency in the speaking, listening, reading and writing of English. Expanding their mission, they also work with adults to teach them to read with and to their young children (ages birth-10).

Maine Children’s Home for Little Wanderers Volunteers are the heart and soul of The Maine Children’s Home. Throughout their history, thousands of dedicated men and women have assisted with a multitude of needs from fundraising and outreach, to mentoring and organizing special events. From direct work with the children to indirect work, volunteers are the reason The Maine Children’s Home has been in operation for well over a century.

MaineGeneral Health Each year, adults and students contribute thousands of hours of volunteer service at MaineGeneral Medical Center. Please note: Some volunteer opportunities provided by MaineGeneral may be located at the Augusta Campus, not at the Waterville Thayer Campus.

Mid-Maine Homeless ShelterAs a non-profit organization, the Mid Maine Homeless Shelter relies on the involvement of volunteers. There are many opportunities to volunteer including: providing office support; meal preparation and planning; working at the Emergency Food Pantry; providing evening and overnight staff support; and providing child care so guests can attend various enrichment classes and programs.

REM (Revitalizing the Energy in ME) REM volunteers work on various quality of life initiatives in our local community.

Sexual Assault Crisis & SupportThe Sexual Assault Crisis & Support Center relies on the support of volunteers to provide the much needed services to survivors of sexual violence in Kennebec and Somerset Counties.

Spectrum Generations Spectrum Generations is an organization dedicated to promoting life-long learning, health, wellness, nutrition, community engagement, and social well-being of all older and disabled adults. Volunteers may: work in the Community Center; assist with activities and programs; work as a Meals on Wheels driver, packers or assessor; or work with the Legacy Corps.

United Way of Mid Maine Whether you volunteer once for an hour, or regularly, once a week; for a single event or for everyday tasks; you are contributing to the larger goal: advancing the common good to Live United! United Way of Mid-Maine mobilizes more than 300 volunteers – providing more than 2,000 hours of time – to support the mid-Maine community each year.

Waterville Area Habitat for Humanity The success of WAHFH depends on its volunteers. Volunteers may: work in, or help pick up donations for, the ReStore; provide labor on construction workdays; provide food for construction workdays; or serve on a WAHFH committee.

Waterville Food Bank The Waterville Food Bank is an all-volunteer operation in need of individuals who can help with distributing food to clients, stocking shelves, and purchasing and transporting food.

Waterville Kiwanis The Kiwanis Club of Greater Waterville formed in 1923 and has been serving the children of the greater Waterville area ever since.  Each year they do a number of small events around their Reading Is Fundamental (RIF) program including going to local schools, libraries and child care centers to read and hand out books. They also host an annual Children’s Health and Safety Fair, giving out free bike helmets and showcasing a number of vendors with activities for children centered around health and safety. Check out their website for all the other projects Waterville Kiwanis is involved in. Without volunteers, none of this could be accomplished.

Waterville Main Street Volunteers make it happen! Waterville Main Street survives through the committed work of over 100 volunteers of all ages! Join in projects like placemaking, community holiday events, shopping local, student engagement, walkability, and more. Many different teams get together all month long, and they always welcome new friends to the table.

Waterville Public Library –  The Waterville Public Library has all sorts of volunteering opportunities available for all ages. Contact them today for more information. 

Waterville Opera House –  The Waterville Opera House has ushering opportunities at many of their shows. Other opportunities include assisting with special events, helping to distribute show posters and assisting with clerical projects, such as mass mailings. Volunteer projects requiring special skills include: set building, painting the stage, sewing costumes, playing in the orchestra, or working backstage during performances.

This is by no means an all-inclusive list of volunteer opportunities within the city of Waterville. If your Waterville business or agency is not listed here, and you have volunteer opportunities available, please send your information to info@waterville-me.gov.

“The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.” Mahatma Gandhi

“We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.” Winston Churchill