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Goodwill AmeriCorps

Contact Information

190 Lancaster Street
Portland, ME 04101

(207) 370-3936

Focus Areas

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

Enable persons with diverse challenges to achieve personal stability and community engagement.

  • About Us
    Goodwill Industries of Northern New England has a 10-year goal of being instrumental in moving 10,000 households out of poverty and into stability 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
    In 2016-2017, 45 members served at 12 Multilingual Leadership Corps AmeriCorps sites. Members recruited and trained 439 new volunteers who provided 5,719 hours of service to K-12 English Language Learners at 12 organizations. 691 students received services through MLC. Of those 691 students served, 201 ELL students received at least 20 weeks of one-on-one mentoring over the course of the year, with 179 students showing increased student engagement through working with the AmeriCorps members.

    In 2016-2017, 65 members served at 13 Granite State Education Corps (Granite State) Sites. Granite State Education Corps AmeriCorps members recruited 47 new volunteers who served 203 K-12 Students through one-on-one mentoring, school skills support, aspirations, and community engagement activities, with 154 students showing increased student engagement through working with the Americorps members.

    In 2016-2017, 42 VISTA members served at 33 host sites. 17 Summer Associate VISTA members served at 6 host sites. VISTAs recruited and managed 1,915 volunteers, providing 9,470 hours of service to their communities. VISTA members also leveraged $67,829 in fundraising and $24,268 worth of in-kind donations.

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.