Improving lives by mobilizing the caring power of communities

You can help a child succeed!

Our Mid Coast youth need our time. You can take advantage of many meaningful volunteer opportunities. In return, you’ll help children achieve academic success, develop higher aspirations and greater confidence, and become productive adults who give back to the community.

United Way of Mid Coast Maine and partner organizations are launching an effort to recruit 400 new readers, tutors and mentors for children and youth in the Mid Coast area by the end of 2013. We are working with Big Brother Big Sisters of Bath/Brunswick, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Midcoast Maine, Girl Scouts of Maine, McKeen Center for the Common Good at Bowdoin College, Success by 6 Volunteer Reader Network, and Youth Promise.

So consider yourself asked—become a volunteer and change a life, start today!

Please contact Angie Buxton, Volunteer Initiative Coordinator at United Way by emailor at 443-9752 if you have any questions about our Mid Coast Volunteer Reader, Tutor, Mentor Initiative.

Reading and Tutoring Opportunities

Readers can engage one-on-one with kids or in groups, on a routine schedule or infrequently. Just bring your enthusiasm for books! Tutors must plan on more frequent, scheduled times to meet with students. Your excitement about specific subjects can add to kids’ confidence in their math, reading and study skills.

  • United Way of Mid Coast Maine Success by 6 Volunteer Reader Network matches readers with childcare centers to read with kids weekly or every two weeks. Click for Volunteer Reader Network program description and for Volunteer Reader application.
  • Contact your local school district, library or YMCA to see what opportunities they offer to engage with kids.
  • If you are concerned that you can’t make a regular in-person commitment, consider becoming an online reading buddy with In2Books (www.in2books.com) associated with United Way Worldwide. Kids work to develop their reading and writing skills through an on-line pen pal program.

Mentoring Opportunities

Mentors can help children and youth succeed in and out of school, making a lasting impression on their lives. If you have an interest in helping a child develop to their fullest potential, mentoring might be just right for you.

  • Contact Big Brothers Big Sisters of Bath/Brunswick (www.bbbsbathbrun.org or 729-7736) or Big Brothers Big Sisters of Midcoast Maine (www.bbbsmcm.org or 593-0380) to learn about both in and out of school mentoring opportunities.
  • Girl Scouts offers many exciting ways to volunteer that can be tailored to fit your calendar, your skills, and your interests. Whether you choose to work directly with girls or get involved behind the scenes, on a short or long-term basis, Girl Scouts of Maine will provide you with all the information and support you need. The time you spend with girls can impact their lives in profound, enduring and meaningful ways. Contact Girl Scouts of Maine (www.girlscoutsofmaine.org or 1-888-922-4763) today to find out how you can lead girls to greatness!
  • Youth Promise (www.youthpromise.org or 563-6123) creates teams of teens and mentoring adults.

To find volunteer opportunities online, go to www.VolunteerMaine.org. Search for opportunities by zipcode or by keywords such as “reader,” “tutor,” or “mentor.”