Volunteer

Get Involved!

The Foundation welcomes your unique skill set—your time and talents can help make our shared goals a reality! Join our volunteers, including people of all ages and walks of life, as they provide the passion and the ‘elbow grease’ necessary to bring our projects to fruition. Volunteers are the heart and soul of our organization; their importance cannot be overstated, nor can they be thanked enough!

Volunteer Workdays

Be a part of transforming and preserving our Park! Since October, 2010, over 1,500 volunteers have labored to suppress invasive exotic species and helped to ensure the establishment of native plantings in Fort Williams Park.

Jump in with your garden tools, gloves, and grubby clothes to clear invasive plants, weed, plant or mulch at the Arboretum sites. A trained horticultural ‘captain’ will help oversee your work. S/he will be able to focus efforts and answer questions.  Just show up at the appointed time and you can participate in this most hands-on of efforts!

Please note: to ensure that your volunteer activities in the Park are effective, fun, and safe, we must limit the size of any group to 25 people. For more information, contact Arboretum Director, James McCain.

Adopt-a-Plot

Prefer to set your own schedule and care for your own piece of paradise? Meet in the Park with Arboretum Director, James McCain, to adopt a small section of an Arboretum landscape. Then come and go at your convenience to keep weeds and invasive species in check so new plantings can be established.

Weeding and mulching can be fun when done in such a beautiful location!

Corporate Workdays

We have had the good fortune to partner with various businesses which have sought a meaningful outdoor venue for their employee community service and team-building activities. The Park offers the most gorgeous of venues in which to engage mind and body, foster team building, while giving back to the community through a corporate workday experience.

Please note: to ensure that your volunteer activities in the Park are effective, fun, and safe, we must limit the size of any group to 25 people. We welcome your organization to learn, work and play here! For more information, contact James McCain.

Office Help

The office staff would welcome your assistance with preparing mailings, data mining, taking photographs, posting to social media, designing & distributing fliers, ads and temporary informative signage, and shipping & handling products sold through our online shop.

As you can see, our needs are many and diverse. They are more intense when we are preparing for a major event. For more information, contact Dianne Manning.

Committees

We welcome you to contribute your expertise by serving on our committees:

Arboretum Project Committee: The Foundation’s first major horticultural and ecological initiative is the Arboretum, which provides the structure within which we work to restore biodiversity and improve wildlife habitat by creating sustainable native landscapes. This committee is responsible for the implementation and refinement of the Arboretum Master Plan. For more information, contact Arboretum Director, James McCain.

Education Committee: Our Park is a treasure trove of learning opportunities! The Foundation is in the process of developing educational initiatives around the Arboretum sites. Our goal is to foster lifelong learning about stewardship of our environment and how we can all have a positive impact on it. Our Education Committee is actively seeking new members—no teaching experience required. If interested in learning more, please contact Education Coordinator, Janet Villiotte.

Marketing: Would you like to help the Foundation promote its work? Do you have skills in marketing, graphic design, or public relations? We would love to put your talents to work on the Marketing Committee. Contact Marketing Chair, Jen Steele, to get involved.

Events: Each year, the Foundation partners with Maine Home + Design to put on the Cape Elizabeth Garden Tour. This fabulous celebration of all things garden takes months to plan and requires over 100 volunteers on the day of the Tour. Planning begins in the fall previous to this early summer event. Get involved by contacting Ann Caudle 

Volunteers: Help us maintain lists and communicate with the wonderful people who make the work of the Foundation possible. You can contact us at volunteer@fortwilliams.org.

Please visit our Facebook photo album of volunteers’ work here.

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