The Maine Day Tradition
In 1935 President Arthur Hauck inaugurated MAINE DAY, a day set aside for “spring clean-up” of our campus. The entire campus community – students, faculty, staff, and alumni – pitches in to spruce up the campus. Historically Maine Day is set on Wednesday of the last week of classes of the Spring semester.
For the first time in 85 years, Maine Day looks different. Due to COVID-19, we are unable to celebrate Maine Day like in years past, but this does not mean we are not celebrating a UMaine tradition. In years past, Maine day has served the local communities of Orono and Old Town. In 2020, we are going global!
Due to our students being spread across several continents, with stay-at-home orders and lock downs in place, we have developed Maine Day service projects that can be completed from home. Keeping with tradition, we want to recognize all those that serve during this day, with a fun surprise.
Excited to participate? Start by filling out this Google Form! to fill out in regards to your service and details about multiple projects. Want to serve but don’t see a project that interests you? Let us know in your Google Form, we may even add it to this site so that others can virtually participate as well.
Beautify Your Neighborhood
Keeping with Maine Day traditions, take this time to clean up around your community! These service projects may clean up your homes in ways you never knew you needed (like your rain gutters).
Join the Rainbow Resource Center as they transcribe the groundbreaking work of early women astronomers!
Are you looking for service opportunities that relate to your major? The list below has broken down service projects based on popular majors.
30 Day Spring Cleaning
Since you’re already spending time at home, you might as well tackle this 30 Day Spring Cleaning Checklist!
Pay It Forward
Are you going through a drive-through today? Maybe Dunkin (one of our favorites)? Buy coffee/a meal for the person behind you in line! Even a small gesture like this can totally uplift someone’s day!
More Love Letters
More Love Letters is a letter writing opportunity where you can write letters to 5 individuals in need. It’s as simple as reading their story, writing a letter, and dropping it in the mail!
Be My Eyes
Be My Eyes is a free app that connects blind and low-vision people with sighted volunteers and company representatives for visual assistance through a live video call.
Cards for Essential Workers
No matter where you are located, you have essential workers at the front line. Handwritten notes are so simple and sweet for our essential workers. Think you’re not creative? We will be posting some templates here for you to print out and color in!
Crisis Text Line
Crisis Text Line is the free, 24/7 text line for people in crisis in the United States. The service is powered by volunteer Crisis Counselors who work remotely—anywhere with a computer and secure internet connection works.
Crisis Counselors answer texts from people in crisis, bringing them from a hot moment to a cool calm through active listening, collaborative problem solving, and safety planning.
Cards to the Front Line
Don’t have the supplies to create a design at home? Postable is working to create cards for front line workers! You pick the card, write a message, and send it off to a hospital of your choosing.
Note: this service project does have a fee associated
Explore hundreds of virtual volunteer opportunities in cause areas like health and medicine, education, and community building, that you can do from a computer, from home or anywhere!