Welcome to the first installment of Volunteer Around Portland. This may be a monthly thing, or maybe not. Anyhow, I thought it makes for good filler material between the daily photos.
Interested in finding a volunteer opportunity in Portland (or elsewhere)? I recommend visiting idealist.org, volunteermaine.org, craigslist.org, or simply googling 'volunteer opportunities in Maine' for a million other sites. Here are some volunteer opportunities worth featuring in this inaugural post:
Harvest on the Harbor - Event Volunteers
For more info, visit here or here. This top-notch annual event held at Portland's Ocean Gateway Terminal is Maine's premier food and wine experience. The event happens from October 21-23 and volunteers are needed for a wide range of activities.
East End Community School - Classroom Volunteers
The EECS, up on the hill, is looking for classroom volunteers. According to this posting at volunteermaine.org, volunteers assist teachers and work with students on projects, among other duties. I bet volunteers even get a break for recess.
Portland Trails - Trail Work Volunteers
As someone who reads this blog, you may know that I am a fan of the Portland Trails organization. They are a good group of people with a good purpose. If you use their network of trails, you may find it fulfilling to help out with trail maintenance and upkeep. It's good exercise too! Click here for info.
Are you involved in an organization that is looking for volunteers? Send me an email to be featured in an upcoming post.
This doorway belongs to an old brick building (note the Greater Portland Landmarks plaque) on Park Street. Note the faces engraved on the doors. As taking the photo, someone who apparently owns or live in the building informed me that the faces are based on the children of the person who constructed the building. An interesting tribute to ones children.
And in the name of randomness, here is a sign fail on Exchange Street:
Let's look back at a few photos posted a year ago this month (before the month is over, it sure went fast!)
You can check out all the photos from September 2009 by clicking here, or look at photos from any month since January 2008 by scrolling down to the 'blog archive' section on the right side of the page.
Congress Street is probably among the state's most ethnically diverse streets. This also applies to a diverse range of businesses. From African Grocery to Z Fabrics (see what I did there?), Congress has it all.
For the non-Portland related link of the day, check out this photo gallery at the National Geographic website that has tips on how to take pictures of/in cities. It has several beautiful images along with helpful hints. It's a good spot for some photographic inspiration.
Lady Gaga will be at a rally in Deering Oaks Park at 4pm today. The rally is in regards to repealing the 'don't ask don't tell' law. This post has nothing to do with that, I just want to see how many people google the phrase Lady + Gaga + Portland and end up on my site.
On to the photos... Cruise ship season is in full swing, as seen from the Casco Bay Bridge:
It is also a good season for being on a smaller boat:
Today, lets take a peek at South Street. This street is 254 feet long (measured here) and is a dead end road accessed from Pleasant Street. Before the Spring Street arterial and the Civic Center was created, I believe this street connected over to Spring Street and perhaps beyond. Prior to getting to know this street better, if someone asked me "how do you get to South Street from here?" I would have had no idea. So know I know, and maybe you will remember where it is, too.