For many of us, the holidays are a time to spend time with friends and family, to gather together and celebrate each other and the coming year. However, for too many of our friends and neighbors the holidays may mean something else entirely. There are many less fortunate Mainers who will struggle to have enough food to eat and keep warm this winter.

In the spirit of community and togetherness, I encourage everyone to take some time this season to volunteer and help those around us.

Soup Kitchen

For many Mainers, a hot meal and warm bed is out of reach during the winter months. Fortunately, we have a wonderful organization in the Preble Street Resource Center and the Wayside Soup Kitchen on Preble Street. As you prepare for your holiday meal, please consider donating food or helping feed the homeless and hungry this season.

Wayside Maine


Meals on Wheels

More than one in seven Mainers faces some kind of food insecurity, and many are seniors. With many living on a fixed income and some living alone, ensuring access to adequate nutrition becomes imperative. Meals on Wheels is a fantastic organization that delivers meals and some company to seniors who might otherwise go hungry.

Meals on Wheels

Toys for Tots

Giving and receiving gifts from loved ones is a mainstay of the holiday season, but for many low-income families, gift giving is out-of-reach. That’s why the United States Marine Corps Reserve established the Toys for Tots program, where individuals can donate toys for needy children.

 Toys for Tots in Maine

After School Programs

It’s been said that it takes a village to raise a child, and one of the best ways to help students is to volunteer with an after school program. Studies show that students who participate in after school programs are less likely to get in to trouble and more likely to perform better in school.

Maine After School Network


Big Brothers Big Sisters

Big Brothers Big Sisters is a national organization dedicated to partnering adult mentors with youth to help children grow and be their very best. Serving as a mentor is a long-term commitment, but it’s an incredible way to have an impact on a child.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southern Maine


Donating Blood

Donating blood with the American Red Cross can save lives year round. There is always a need, and supply is often limited. Although nearly 40 percent of the U.S. population is eligible to donate blood, less than 10 percent actually do each year. Donating blood is an easy way to have a big impact: a few moments of your day can mean saving a life.