How Can You Help The Shelter?
Our volunteers help the Shelter and our guests to thrive. Individuals and groups tackle a wide range of projects around the Shelter—everything from kitchen work to carpentry. If you would like to donate your time to the Shelter, please complete our volunteer application. You may also stop into the Shelter for a paper application.
Become a food pick-up driver.
We are currently in dire need of drivers to transport food from our generous donors to the Shelter. We are very fortunate to receive donations from Hannaford at the Airport Mall and BJ’s Wholesale Club. We currently need drivers who can commit to picking up from these donors. If you are available in the morning to transport donations from Hannaford at the Airport Mall or BJ’s Wholesale Club to the Shelter, we would be very grateful for your help. Even a few hours of your time would make a big difference to the Shelter and ours guests! Please contact us for more detail.
Become a Meal Provider
Prepare a meal for our guests once or on a monthly basis. Our meal providers prepare lunch or dinner for forty to forty-five of our guests, including enough for seconds and may also choose to serve the meal themselves. This is a great opportunity for small groups of four to five people. Details: Lunch is served at 12 p.m. and dinner at 5 p.m. each day, so we ask that you arrive with enough time to prepare and heat up the meal. You can choose to cook the meal off-site and deliver it to our guests, or cook on-site in the Shelter’s kitchen, which is equipped with a commercial ten-burner, two-oven stove. Typically, two to four large casseroles are sufficient to serve all of our guests. We will supply plates, cups, napkins, and cutlery, but rely on our meal providers to supply items such as butter and salad dressing to accompany the meal. We also provide water or milk (if we have it) to our guests, but soda or juice donated by the meal providers is a special treat for our guests. Meal providers are welcome to visit the Shelter prior to the meal and take inventory on what we have in our pantry and freezers.
If you have other questions or want to check open dates send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Popular Meal Ideas:
- Pulled Pork
- Shepherd’s Pie
- Turkey Dinner with all the fixings
- Large Casseroles of any kind
- Frozen Lasagnas (family size)
Please contact us to schedule your time as meal provider.
Clean and organize the Shelter and Food Pantry
The Shelter is always in need of help with cleaning and organizing. If you are equipped with organizational and cleaning skills and would like to donate your time, please contact us.
Current projects include:
- Cleaning and organizing our food pantry; sorting, organizing, and stocking shelves with donated food items, checking expiration dates, dusting shelves, making up food bags to give ourt during our food pantry hours, etc.
- Organizing donated clothing, personal care items and other donations as they come in.
- Deep cleaning hard to reach surfaces in our kitchen, bathrooms, stairwells, closets, etc.
Help the Shelter with property upkeep and maintenance
In the summer months: Although the Shelter does not have a large amount of land on our property, but we do have some areas that need to be weed whacked from time to time. If you have a weed whacker and a half hour to spare, please contact us.
Year-round: The Shelter experiences a good deal of foot traffic each day, resulting in wear and tear to our facilities. If you have general maintenance skills please contact us.
The Shelter has an account with Brewer Redemption Center behind Paradis Shop N Save on North Main Street in Brewer. If you have a large enough vehicle and some time to spare to return a load for us, that would be a huge help! You may also be interested in hosting your own bottle drive on behalf of the Shelter!
Donations of food, personal care items and money are vital to the Bangor Area Homeless Shelter. Click here to make an online donation through our paypal. Walk in donations of cash or check are also accepted at the front desk of the Shelter. Check out our Wish List for a list of items we currently need.
Speaking out and educating others is one of the most important steps you can take to help homeless people in Maine. Some of the ways you can pass on the message of the Bangor Area Shelter include:
- Talk to your family, friends, neighbors, local leaders, and legislative representatives about homelessness and how they can be part of the solution.
- Host a fundraiser or an awareness event for the Bangor Area Homeless Shelter.
- Have someone from the Bangor Area Shelter come to your company or organization and speak about the issues affecting homelessness in Maine. To book a speaker, please contact us.