Volunteer with MaineTransNet!
Volunteers are the heartbeat of MaineTransNet. We rely almost entirely on the efforts of our volunteers to accomplish the monumental task of serving the trans community of Maine, and we are always looking for new members (trans people and allies alike) of our volunteer force! Sign up here and keep your eyes peeled for our monthly e-Newsletter which details upcoming volunteer opportunities.
Our volunteers tend to fall into four main categories:
1. Group Facilitation
Our support groups and social programs are central to our mission of ending isolation for trans people. Each group and program requires a facilitator and a co-facilitator or substitute facilitator. We need people from all demographics, all over the state to help us ensure that our community has access to these vital resources. Facilitation trainings are free of charge and are scheduled based on need. Facilitators should be patient and empathetic individuals who are skilled at maintaining a supportive environment. Facilitators are expected to make a commitment of at least six months for the sake of consistency in our programming.
MaineTransNet’s outreach volunteers attend a variety of events throughout the year. From conferences to political rallies, fundraisers to fairs, the outreach volunteer’s responsibility is to spread the word about MaineTransNet and inform people about our programs, needs, and goals. Outreach volunteers should be energetic, sociable people who are comfortable talking to a wide variety of people one on one, or speaking before large groups of people.
3. Planning Committees
All of the events and programs we set into motion start as the glimmer of an idea in the minds of a few dedicated people who are committed to bringing that idea into the world. Planning Committees are (at present) based out of Portland, Lewiston, or Bangor with options to “telecommute” available. Information about specific committees that are seeking help is sent out in the monthly volunteer newsletter. Planning Committees need a variety of people with many different skill sets. We need big-picture people and detail oriented people, people with lots of planning experience and people willing to learn, people who enjoy the responsibility of leadership and people who are more comfortable in support roles.
4. Miscellaneous Tasks
Are you the kind of person who wants to help but can’t make a long-term commitment? We still need you! MaineTransNet hosts and attends many events that need people to fill odd jobs such as selling tickets, ushering, serving food, decorating, clean-up, running errands, painting banners, and lots of other random one-off tasks that make an event run smoothly. Our Miscellaneous Tasks volunteers help make sure nothing falls through the cracks.
Already a volunteer?
You can record your volunteer hours with us to help us develop our volunteer program and receive a tax receipt that makes your volunteer time tax deductible! Isn’t that amazing!?