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United Way of Southern Maine is working closely with other community organizations to share needs and resources as we learn more. We have included a few volunteer opportunities below from the latest edition of our Volunteer Engagement Newsletter.

Help our community in the midst of challenge 

Mental Health First Aid Training
Learn skills to respond to the signs of mental illness and substance use. On Thursday, February 3 and Thursday, March 3, 8:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m., United Way of Southern Maine is partnering with Maine chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI ME) to provide a national evidence-based Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) training to community members. A trainer from NAMI ME will offer participants a six-hour virtual training. Volunteers will learn risk factors and warning signs, how to identify when a person may need individual support, steps to help someone in crisis, and available support options. Participants will receive official MHFA certification upon completion of the training. This training will help volunteers deepen their engagement with Thrive2027, our community’s three ten-year goal to measurably improve the education, financial stability, and health of everyone in Southern Maine. This training will specifically spotlight Goal 3, which aims to reduce preventable, premature deaths by 10%.
FMI or to apply for a seat at the training: contact Karen Stephenson at kstephenson@uwsme.org.

CA$H Volunteer
Help empower individuals and families achieve long-term financial stability. CA$H is seeking volunteer Opportunity Guides for the upcoming tax season. Learn more on Page 2 of our January Volunteer Engagement Newsletter.

Inspire a student by sharing insight on where you work, what you do, a hobby you enjoy, a craft you’re making, or a STEM activity you enjoy. Videos can be short (3-5 minutes) and can be done with your phone. We’ll provide you with tips for videos and possible topics if you’re stuck on an idea. For more details email volunteer@uwsme.org.

Virtual Food Drive
Now you can easily organize a fundraiser to support Good Shepherd Food Bank right from your computer! Share your Virtual Food Drive with family and friends to help collect food needed to feed families struggling with hunger throughout our state. Need food ideas: Peanut butter, Rice, Any Kids’ Healthy Snacks, Canned tuna, Tomato sauce, Soup, Canned fruit (low or no sugar), Canned veggies or beans, Granola or cereal bars, Cereal, Macaroni & Cheese. FMI visit https://www.gsfb.org/get-involved/food-drives.