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Organization

Goodwill AmeriCorps

Contact Information

190 Lancaster Street
Portland, ME 04101

(207) 774-6323

Focus Areas

  • Aging
  • Community & Nonprofit Development
  • Disability
  • Economic Security
  • Education & Youth
  • Environment
  • Health & Nutrition
  • Homelessness & Housing
  • Veterans & Military Families

Goodwill Northern New England invests in people who need support to achieve their life and work goals.

  • About Us
    Goodwill Industries of Northern New England has a goal of moving 10,000 people into personal stability by 2027 in our territory of Maine, New Hampshire and northern Vermont. We not only create training opportunities and jobs within Goodwill, our Workforce Services helps local businesses build their own workforce. As an employer of more than 2,000 people and a social service provider, we have a unique perspective that can help other employers find and keep reliable employees. Goodwill manages numerous AmeriCorps programs, placing members out in community nonprofits, schools, and government agencies. These positions range from indirect to direct services, entailing projects ranging from mentoring, service learning, and leadership to volunteer management, marketing, fundraising, and training.

    Other Goodwill Programs:
    Goodwill Neurorehabilitation Services in Portland, Maine and Lewiston, Maine offers comprehensive brain injury services and treatment options for people with acquired brain injuries. At Goodwill Neurorehabilitation Services, comprehensive, community-based therapies are provided to assist individuals with cognitive, emotional and physical needs – so lives can get back on track after a brain injury.

    Goodwill Industries of Northern New England operates 23 residential homes across Maine for people with diverse challenges – acquired brain injury, intellectual disability or other barrier to independence that requires continuous support from Goodwill staff.

    Our services are funded by revenue from retail and recycling operations, grants, fees, and philanthropic gifts.
  • Our Impact
    Since 2015, the Goodwill VISTA Partnership has sought to alleviate poverty in communities across Maine, from the most rural areas to the most populous cities. At present, members are placed in partner agencies situated in Androscoggin, Aroostook, Cumberland, Hancock, Kennebec, Lincoln, Penobscot, Piscataquis, Waldo, Washington, and York counties.

    VISTA Members work to reduce poverty while engaging through a plethora of forms of indirect service, such as creating and running programs, fundraising and grant writing, communications work, increasing social media presence, recruiting volunteers, as well as assisting with community assessments, among other projects. Focus areas of partner agencies include public health, food security, new Americans, environmental justice, educational support, youth development, housing, and more!

    The diverse work of AmeriCorps VISTA members contributes to the capacity-building and organizational-development goals of agencies which contribute to the well-being of communities in ME and NH. In 2020/21, 33 VISTA members serving in the midst of COVID "lock-downs", recruited and managed 2454 community volunteers, leveraged over $390,00 in funds and over $12,000 in in-kind donations. Nearly 200 organizations were made more effective in providing services to their communities. Our VISTA members were involved in leading over 2600 people to reporting increased food security; more than 4000 underserved youth received support services, and more than 600 people were served by opioid programming. The positive impact VISTA members offer their local communities is remarkable, and continued throughout the difficult conditions presented by the COVID pandemic.

Positions at Goodwill AmeriCorps

Goodwill AmeriCorps Programs

Goodwill VISTA Partnership

The Goodwill VISTA Partnership is a statewide AmeriCorps VISTA program that builds capacity and sustainability of nonprofits to reduce poverty in Maine communities through indirect service. VISTA members build capacity in their placement sites through volunteer management, fundraising, marketing, program design, etc. to increase services to individuals living in poverty. Although member responsibilities vary from site to site, all VISTAs are required to attend a pre-service orientation, write monthly reports, attend all required trainings and follow out the activities as outlined in their site’s VAD. At any given time there are 30-40 VISTAs serving with the Goodwill VISTA partnership.

Granite State Education Corps

The Granite State Education Corps places AmeriCorps members in New Hampshire schools, nonprofits and afterschool programs to serve at-risk students attending Title 1 and failing schools. Members work in and out of school in order to increase student engagement through mentoring programs, academic support, service learning opportunities and outreach within the community.

Multilingual Leadership Corps

The Multilingual Leadership Corps AmeriCorps Program places AmeriCorps members in Maine schools and nonprofit organizations serving K-12 English Language Learners, concentrating on the areas of greater Portland and Lewiston/Auburn. This program increases academic engagement among English Language Learners through Check & Connect mentoring program (a research-based intervention for academically disengaged students). In addition, AmeriCorps members leverage volunteers to engage in Check & Connect mentoring and in-school/afterschool School Skills Support, Aspirations support, Enrichment, and Community Engagement programs.