It's the holiday season, but more importlant, we have entered the season of giving back!
At Portside, we try to find the needs of the community and help in any way we can, whether it's through donations, volunteering, or just acts of kindness!
DONATE food or warm clothing to any of the many amazing organizations in our community working to keep our community warm and fed.
VOLUNTEER your time by serving a meal at a local shelter or food cupboard. Set aside a few hours in your week and get your family involved!
RANDOM ACTS OF KINDNESS and simple gestures of kindness help to strengthen our community. Help a neighbor shovel, hold the door open for the stranger behind you - whatever it is, it makes a lasting impression!
Below are just a handful of organizations that Portsiders assist with every year- take a look and see how you can help.
Maine Needs: Created to be a bridge between many non-profit organizations, schools, and churches in Maine that help refugees, asylum seekers, homeless families, families escaping domestic violence, and anyone looking to rebuild their life! You can help by donating clothes of any kind, volunteering your time to create kits (art, back to school, tools, anything a family may need!), donating directly to the organization, or CLICKING HERE TO LEARN MORE.
Friends of Casco Bay: It's important to keep our environment clean & healthy. Even though it will be chilled soon, Casco Bay can always use our help to make sure that we can keep living, working, and playing in it! Friends of Casco Bay needs volunteers and donations year-round to work on science, baykeeping, community events, and more. CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE.
Just Love Worldwide: This organization began to increase the awareness of, and put a stop to, sex trafficking in Maine and on a global scale. They are always seeking monetary donations, clothing for families, and volunteers to assist the families and with events. HELP AT JUST LOVE WORLDWIDE.
Barbara Bush Children's Hospital: Maine's only place for world-class care for children. Built to be a resource hub for children with complex illnesses and injuries and their families. You can donate easily to any of their programs online, or volunteer your time for their fundraising efforts. Every bit helps these children lead the happiest life they possibly can! HELP AT BARBARA BUSH CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL.
Press Herald Toy Fund: Portland Press Herald makes an annual effort to distribute donated toys to families in need- CLICK HERE TO SEE WHERE YOU CAN DONATE!
Tedford Housing in Brunswick: A non-profit that aims to create pathways from homelessness to home by bringing the Midcoast community together! VOLUNTEER & DONATION INFORMATION.
YMCA of Southern Maine: The YMCA of Southern Maine is always seeking volunteers to assist in driving, campaigning, child care, facility management, exercise instructors, lifeguard openings, coaching, and much more! Many of these positions require no experience or certification, but if they do, YMCA will assist. VOLUNTEER INFORMATION.
As you can see, there are countless ways to give in Maine and beyond! By helping just a bit, we can ensure that everyone has a happy holiday!