Volunteer Opportunities

Sugarloafers Are Volunteers – click on the link to see what interests may move you to volunteer in service to our mountain community.

Sugarloaf Area Christian Ministry in partnerships with Sugarloaf Mountain, the Carrabassett Valley Public Library and Community Center, the Carrabassett Valley Academy, the United Methodist Economic Ministry, the Town of Carrabassett Valley and many local and seasonal Sugarloafers give back to the local community time, money and volunteer service to help meet the needs of valley residents and mountain employees.

The many volunteers from our congregation and community dedicate over 800 hours of service each year. Without their help, the programs and services offered through the ministry would not be possible. Thank You!

Anyone with an interest to serve in any of the below listed current volunteer opportunities is encouraged to contact the ministry at 207-237-2304 or email at loafministry@yahoo.com for further information. Click on the Sugarloafers Are Volunteers link above to view and sign up for a variety of opportunities of interest.

Ongoing voluntary services supported by the ministry:

Angel Tree volunteers shop for and wrap Christmas gifts for area children on behalf of their parents who may be unable to provide those gifts due to incarceration in our Maine prisons. Call the Ministry office at 237-2304 or email loafministry@yahoo.com if interested in participating.

Bible Adventure Days after the close of school each year in June offers children in grades K-5 and teens in grades 6-12 three days of christian adventure. Volunteers are key to the success of this faith based program.

Downhill Worship Service on the slopes is presented each Sunday at 11:00 a.m. from Christmas to Easter, combining skiing and worship. All abilities, lift pass provided.

Food Drives to support the United Methodist Economic Ministry in Salem and the Stratton Food Pantry provide food and meals to over 150 families in our mountain region have been ongoing for years. The Tin Mountain Round-Up at Sugarloaf was one of the first organized food collections at a ski mountain. After more than 30 years, the tradition continues each November.

Carrabassett Valley Academy athletes also go door-to-door in December collecting food items to support the local food banks. Contact Rev. Pam Morse at pam@sugarloafministry.com to volunteer for either events.

Kids Klub meeting at the Anti-Gravity Complex from 3-5 p.m. on Thursdays starting in November, invites all area kids in grades K-4 to join this church-sponsored program. On Monday afternoons children 5th grade and up are invited to their program. There is no cost for these programs. Volunteers to help Rev. Pam Morse are needed. Please contact the Ministry office to lend a helping hand.

The Western Maine Center for Children provides valley seniors opportunities to volunteer with children’s services at Sugarloaf by sharing expertise, readings at story time, helping with an art project or garden project, or help with lunch preparation. Scheduling should be arranged through Tracy Butler at westernaminekids@gmail.com. Any questions or interests in participating, please call Marcia D. White, Director of Children’s Services at Sugarloaf, 207-237-6909.

 

Samaritan Purse Shoeboxes also known as Operation Christmas Child provides opportunities for volunteers to gather and package items intended for specific age groups of children around the world who will receive the wrapped boxes as Christmas gifts. The Ministry chapel is a drop off location for the valley. Click on the Samaritans Purse link for more information. This year we were able to send 25 boxes to children around the globe who are in need of hope and the love of God.

Transportation outside Carrabassett Valley to area health care providers is limited to volunteer drivers scheduled through Western Maine Transportation Services, since the WMTS Bus service in Farmington only goes to Kingfield and Rangeley, but not into Carrabassett Valley. Local volunteers to provide transportation to elder residents who can no longer safely drive themselves to appointments or shopping for necessities outside the valley are encouraged.

Good Morning Calls is a community outreach program organized by the Ministry in collaboration with the Valley Seniors making daily calls to Carrabassett Valley area residents who due to age, illness, injury or convalescence, may be homebound or living alone. Friendly calls made at pre-arranged times to offer a warm hello and ask how things are going to assure all is well, or provide the opportunity to lend a helping hand or initiate emergency assistance. If you or someone you know would like to receive a “Good Morning Call” or want to volunteer to be a caller, or both, please call the Mininstry office at 237-2304 or email to loafministry@yahoo.com for more information.

Worship Services are provided throughout the year on Sunday mornings at 9:00 a.m. by the Sugarloaf Area Christian Mininstry. During the ski season, Saturday afternoon Catholic masses at 4:30 p.m. are presented by Our Lady of the Lakes parish. Opportunities to volunteer as greeters, ushers or providing refreshments are always welcome.

Franklin Volunteer Network (FVN) is a collaborative of community members and volunteer managers who promote volunteerism within the Greater Franklin County region. Funding through the Volunteer Generation Fund grant helps sustain volunteer activities in several Franklin County communities. The United Way of the Tri-Valley Area (UWTVA) is the fiscal agent and meeting convener for the Franklin Volunteer Network. In 2010, 3,883 volunteers connected with the FVN donated 210,499 volunteer hours. That equates to approximately $4,388,904 in community volunteer hours invested! Meetings are open to all and are held the second Friday of every month. Click on the United Way link or call UWTVA Volunteer Center Coordinator at 207-778-5048 for the next monthly meeting time and location, or to get connected to a local volunteer opportunity to serve within your community.

Volunteers needed for Info Center

The Flagstaff Area business Association (FABA)  www.eustismaine.com  is looking for volunteers to man the Info Center which is located across from Ayotte’s store in Carrabassett Valley.  FABA is looking to provide visitors with information about our beautiful area and all it has to offer including skiing,golfing, hiking, mtn biking, snowmobiling,ATV’s, walking,etc.

Presently, FABA is looking for volunteers to man the Info Center a couple of hours on the weekends.  An overall training session will be provided so volunteers will know what to tell people about Maine’s High Peaks Region..

If interested, please contact Richard Fotter at 207-246-4591.