ENCorps eNews- July/August 2019

In this issue:
ENCorps Lunch and Walk
Volunteer Opportunities
Special Encore Leadership Corps (ENCorps) Lunch and Walk 

Special Encore Leadership Corps (ENCorps) Lunch and Walk 
Where:  Hirundo Wildlife Refuge in West Old Town Maine. 
When: Oct 3rd with a rain date of Oct 7th
Time: 12pm-2pm
Cost: Free for Encore Leadership Corps members
RSVP Required: RSVP to Kelley Morris at or 207-262-7925

We would like to invite you to attend a lunch and walking tour of the Hirundo Wildlife Refuge in Old Town on Oct 3rd at 12pm. This will be a gathering of ENCorps members to connect, meet new people, and enjoy an afternoon in a relaxing locale. We will depart on this accessible walking tour after lunch. 

Slots are limited so please RSVP by Sept 23rd which will help us with ordering lunch. If you have any special dietary restrictions or require accommodations please let us know when you RSVP. 

The mission of Hirundo Wildlife Refuge involves conservation and connecting people with nature. Hirundo has a new universal access trail called Trail of the Senses, that makes a walk in nature accessible to people who might otherwise not be able to enjoy one.

The Trail of the Senses has two loops: 
The Meadow Loop goes from the internal parking area through a patch of woods into a wide-open field where an observation platform allows for sitting to observe the many swallows and other birds in flight. The trail loops around through the woods and back to the parking area. This trail requires about half an hour at a slow pace to enjoy the setting and the interpretive displays. 
The Pond Loop branches off from an internal access road leading from the internal parking area. It crosses a small dam over a stream, and follows the circumference of the pond, passing by specialized wooded habitats. At the end of the pond, the trail leads to an observation deck that allows for sitting to observe the lovely views over the pond. This trail requires about an hour at a slow pace to enjoy the setting and the interpretive displays.

Specially trained docents will lead the tour to provide a friendly welcome and interesting information and to oversee the comfort and safety of the tour participants.

Hirundo’s facilities include two outhouses near both loops of the Trail of Senses, one of which is wheelchair accessible. A cabin by the pond for sitting indoors at a table is available and has a patio for outdoor seating.

RSVP to: Kelly Morris, Administrative Specialist
UMaine Center on Aging
Telephone: 207-262-7925

Volunteer Opportunities 

Family Room Volunteer
When: Ongoing
Ronald McDonald House Charities of Maine
489 State street Bangor, Maine 04401
The Ronald McDonald House is opening a Family Room at Northern Light Eastern Maine Medical Center! This will be a comfortable space for families to relax and take a break while their children are in the hospital. The room encompasses a full kitchen and dining area, a sitting room, and a laundry area. It is conveniently located on the pediatric wing, allowing families to breath comfortably, grab a free snack, or do their laundry, all while being just steps away from their child's hospital room. 

Volunteers will check-in with families, provide a listening ear or words of encouragement; restock coffee, snacks and supplies in the room; keep the room tidy; and offer support to families and hospital staff as needed. 

For more information:

Office Volunteer
When: Ongoing
United Way of Eastern Maine
700 Main street Suite 1 Bangor, Maine 04401

United Way of Eastern Maine is currently seeking an Office Volunteer for approximately 10 volunteer hours per month, although this number is very flexible. Office volunteers typically come in for a few hours, one day a week. We are happy to have you for a set season or on an ongoing basis.  We can take whatever office skills you have and put them to good use, or help you develop new skills! We're happy to work with you based on your skills and ability levels to create custom responsibilities for you. The Office Volunteer will report to Meredith Alexander, Community Impact Manager.  

For more information:

Tutor Adults Learning English
Becoming an English language for an adult immigrant or refugee in your community. In this one-to-one tutoring program through LearningWorks, highly motivated adult learners from around the world are matched with tutors for a six-month period. The tutor will meet for a total of two to three hours a week with the student. An intensive 10-part training webinar will be provided. Prior experience teaching, tutoring, or working with adult/multilingual communities is beneficial, but not required. LearningWorks has locations in Biddeford, Portland, and Sanford.

Please contact ELLP Coordinator Rachel Evenson at or (207) 775-0105 x 165 to apply anytime.

Housekeeping for Local Seniors
When: Ongoing
York County Community Action Program

York County Community Action's Thriving in Place Program is looking for volunteers to perform some light cleaning/housekeeping tasks at the homes of York County seniors.
Thriving in Place helps older and chronically disabled individuals remain in their homes by providing support to the person and their family.

For more information Contact Ericka Sanborn, Volunteer Coordinator, at (207) 459-2938 or email

Educational Exhibit Attendant at Union Fair
Union, Maine
When: Aug 17, 2019 through Aug 24, 2019 
Time: 10am-1pm or 1pm-4pm
University of Maine Cooperative Extension 4-H seeks volunteers to teach children about the importance of farming at the 4-H Farm-to-Fair interactive exhibit at the Union Fair August 17-24, 2019.
Volunteers will receive orientation for the exhibit, which includes farming facts to share during a three-hour shift (10am-1pm or 1-4pm). Open to individual volunteers as well as groups from organizations and businesses.
For more information:

Volunteer as Committee Member for the Children's Center Annual Auction!
Augusta, Maine
The Children’s Center has scheduled the 5th Annual Dinner & Auction for Saturday, September 28, 2019 from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Governor Hill Mansion in Augusta. The evening will consist of a cocktail hour with delicious hors d’oeuvres and a live auction with Maine Humorist, Gary Crocker.

The committee meets for one hour once per month from June to August and once every two weeks in September. The committee is comprised of community members and staff of the Children's Center. The group focuses on solidifying sponsors for the event, acquiring donated auction items, planning activities for the event, and overall preparation for the big day. The committee usually helps set up at 3:00 p.m. and take down at 8:00 p.m. the day of the event. The committee is very flexible. Any and all help is much appreciated!

For more information:

Or contact Director of Development & Quality Improvement Katelyn Pushard at 207-626-3497 or

Do you know of a volunteer opportunity that you would like to circulate to your fellow ENCorps members? If so, e-mail the volunteer opportunity including a description of the volunteer job and a point of contact to and we will get it into the next newsletter.


ENCorps members have volunteered 94,530 hours to date! Keep up the great work!

Why Report Hours?
The purpose of ENCorps is to support your efforts to improve your community with training and networking opportunities. Much of our programming - the Summit and training events - is free or low cost for ENCorps Volunteers. Help us share the ENCorps story with others! By reporting your volunteer work each month, we are able to give examples of ENCorps' impact in the community. It's also a great way for us to acknowledge your good work! Please help us by reporting your hours by the 15th of the following month (ex. for January hours, please report by February 15). 

Report Volunteer Hours HERE
Encore Leadership Corps

ENCorps is a program of the University of Maine Center on Aging in partnership with the Maine Community Foundation and with the cooperation of local, state, and national organizations. Funding in support of ENCorps has been provided by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Aging Initiative, The Atlantic Philanthropies, The Maine Community Foundation, Jane's Trust, Margaret E. Burnham Charitable Trust, Davis Conservation Foundation, John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, and the Elmina B. Sewall Foundation. 

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