To become a volunteer, contact our Volunteer Coordinator Gretchen Fennelly

at (207) 947-0092 or e-mail gretchenf@bangorareashelter.org   to schedule a tour.

We welcome volunteers who need to complete community service hours.

                                                 Ways to Volunteer

(Need for each volunteer position varies.)

In the Kitchen:

Volunteer in our Warming Center starting December 10, 2023, and ending March 20, 2024. During our winter Warming Center, we open our doors overnight to people living outside to come in out of the cold and get a hot meal. We serve dinner at 7p.

There are 3 options to volunteer at the Warming Center:

  1. Pick up food from the Shelter, cook the meal at home, and drop it off at Shelter to be served later.
  2. Come in and cook the meal in the Shelter and serve it to our guests at 7p. You would come in at 5:30p to cook, serve the meal, then spend a few minutes cleaning up and leave by 8p at the latest.
  3. There is also the option of coming in at 6p heating up a meal prepared by another volunteer, serving it, and going home by about 8p.

To sign up to cook or serve a meal at our Warming Center sign up for our meal calendar Sign-Up Genius

We also serve lunch at noon and dinner at 5p to our guests with a bed in the Shelter. December 10, 2023 to March 20, 2024 we serve two dinners every day one at 5p and one at 7p.  Contact our Volunteer Coordinator to sign up for noon lunch or 5p dinner.


Volunteer to organize and give out donated items:

We receive many generous donations of clothing and items. Volunteers un-bag the clothing, sort it, and hang it up.  Requires lifting up to 40 pounds and doing stairs.


Volunteer Drivers:

Our Shelter has a zero-dollar food budget meaning all the food we serve and give out at our food pantry is donated not bought. Our drivers pick up food from Good Shepherd Food Bank, Shaw’s, Hannaford, and BJ’s. Must have a valid driver’s license, be reliably available for 7:30a pick ups, must be able to lift 50 pounds.