Maine

H.O.M.E., Inc.
[Homeworkers Organized for More Employment]
(Orland)

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Contact: Jackie Burpee
   P.O. Box 10
   Orland, ME 04472
E-Mail: volunteer@homecoop.net or
info@homecoop.net
Phone: 207.469.7961
Fax:  207.469.1023
Web site:
www.homecoop.net

H.O.M.E., Inc. (Home Workers Organized for More Employment) offers jobs, food, education, temporary shelter and home ownership in the community.  H.O.M.E., established in 1970 as a craft cooperative, is a multifaceted organization involved in economic reconstruction and social rehabilitation.

Project/Focus: Volunteers help with home construction and carpentry, home repair, community outreach, cooking in soup kitchen, and painting.  Work is also needed in a recovery barn, and other manual labor, as well as assistance in a Summer Day Camp Program.  Groups may work either on-site or at a housing project in off ground construction sites.

Educational/Advocacy Components:  H.O.M.E. is engaged in social and economic reconstruction by running several homeless shelters with one on the grounds themselves. Groups work intimately with H.O.M.E. employees and residents in a reciprocal partnership with a commitment towards social change.  Work supervisor meets with group and group leaders to provide scheduling and instruction daily.

Time: Year round.

Group Size: Up to 50, including adult sponsors.

Minimum Age: High school age and older.

Adult to Youth Ratio: 1:5

Accommodations: Lodging is provided in the Volunteer Center which is equipped with full kitchen and showers. Bring bedding, paper products, food, clothing appropriate for manual labor, work gloves, appropriate footwear, and tools for your own use.  We do expect you to honor our dress code. Adult supervision is necessary at all times. Groups may prepare their own meals in the Volunteer Center, however, we serve a hot lunch daily in the soup kitchen for a small donation.  There are several stores nearby, also a grocery store and pharmacy 3 miles away. 

Cost: Groups assigned to work on a major project such as home building may be requested to contribute towards purchasing materials.  There is no cost for board.  Donations to help further the mission's work are appreciated.

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Habitat for Humanity of Greater Portland, Inc. (Portland)

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Contact: Nicole Bosarge, Youth Coordinator
   P.O. Box 10505
   Portland, ME 04104
E-Mail:  
volunteer@habitatme.org
Phone: 207.772.2151
Fax:  207.772.8113
Web site:
www.habitatportlandme.org

Habitat for Humanity builds decent, affordable housing for families whose income is above public housing guidelines and unable to qualify for conventional mortgages.  Qualified families are given a "hand up, not a hand out."

Project/Focus: All aspects of home construction skilled and unskilled.

Educational/Advocacy Components:  Group leaders responsible for own programming.  Habitat for Humanity Youth Advocacy Toolkit related to poverty and affordable housing available at www.habitat.org/outhprograms/ages_14_25/YouthAdvocacyToolkit.pdf

Time: June through August - working Monday through Friday for a one or two-week period.

Group Size: Groups of 10–15

Minimum Age: High school age.  Preference is 16 years of age as minimum.

Adult to Youth Ratio: 1:5

Accommodations: Housing for up to 12 people for one-week blocks of time.  House is available with bunk bed style sleeping arrangements, a full kitchen, dining room and 2 bathrooms.  A great place for retreats! 

Cost: Donations $100 per person for a 5-day week.  
 

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