How to Help in Maine



Applications for the 2021 How to Help in Maine Community Outreach Scholarship are NOW OPEN. Click HERE for more information.


Check out our video about how Maine students

can become involved in volunteering.  


For Students Interested in Building a Brighter Future

At "How to Help In Maine" we’re raising awareness of all the places students of any age can donate their time, goods and money to organizations and people who need them most. We believe in taking action with urgency in order to raise public awareness about some of the most pressing issues facing Maine residents today.



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Send us your student volunteer stories and/or photos. We will post them here!

Anna (below) spends her summers working with wolves at the Shy Wolf Sanctuary.

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Every day more people go hungry in Maine than in any other New England State.  Maine is the seventh most food insecure state in the country.  According to the US Dept. of Agriculture, 16 percent of our population is food insecure, including a tragically high 1 in 5 children.  At How To Help in Maine we believe that students have the power to help now.  Please visit our How to Give page for information on how to donate food to help supply Maine food banks.  No one should ever be forced to go to bed hungry.


With over 6 thousand people homeless in Maine, the shelters face over crowding and under-funding.  With an estimated over 2000 young people struggling to find shelter and food, homelessness  is an epidemic that we take very seriously, and our team is working each and every day to make a positive impact. Visit our How to Give Money  page to donate directly to a shelters in your area.


At How to Help In Maine, we are dedicated to helping animal shelters throughout Maine care for lost, abandoned or surrendered animals. Many shelters rely heavily on volunteers to help run many parts of their organization.  Our How to Volunteer link has many opportunities for students to help at various animal shelters throughout Maine as well as many other great organizations in need of willing volunteers.



Why How to Help?

We founded "How to Help In Maine" in November of 2018 because we had a lot of friends who wanted to help out in their community but were having trouble knowing how to get started. 


We wanted to figure out a way to simplify the process of connecting students to charities.  A place where they could easily navigate how to donate their time, goods and/or money. 


We believe that students should feel empowered to help solve the community problems which surround them.

Our goal is to turn this website into an all-encompassing database of non-for-profit organizations throughout Maine.  Organizations which need help through volunteers, funding or supplies.


Read our press release or some of the articles written about our organization. 

Meet The Team

Parker Harnett

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I am Parker, a student at Yarmouth High School. In my free time I enjoy hiking, playing soccer, and acting. I've been a volunteer at Midcoast Humane Society and a volunteer coach for young athletes! 

Zoe Siegel

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I am Zoe, a student at Yarmouth High School. I like to swim, read, and be outside. Last year, I created a writing program at the Boys and Girls Club at Sagamore Village called Creative Corner. Now I'm trying to grow it as much as I can!

Charles Dickens

No one is useless in this world who

lightens the burden of another.

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