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Volunteering at Sweetser

Volunteers are essential to Sweetser’s work. They add life experience, diverse interests and unique abilities, extending the network of care we offer to children, adults, families, and communities. Volunteer opportunities are available from Kittery to Bangor. Whether you volunteer for one hour or 100 hours, you touch a life and can make a difference. Sweetser always welcomes new ideas and talents.       

Submitting an Application

To apply for a volunteer position, download a PDF of the volunteer application and CPS Form to complete and submit to

Activity Leader or Helper

Cumberland, Waldo, and York Counties
An activity leader or helper spends one to two hours each week sharing his or her hobbies and interests or assisting staff in providing recreational activities for small groups. These activities may take place either in a residential setting or in the surrounding community.

Classroom Assistant

York County
A classroom assistant works with a teacher or teacher’s aide in The School at Sweetser on our Saco campus to provide extra support, attention and activities to various children or the class as a whole. Patience, flexibility, an interest in working with children, and the ability to set limits on behavior are the qualifications for this volunteer position.

Learning & Recovery Center Volunteer

Cumberland County
Learning & Recovery Center volunteers are trained community members who work with adults who are recovering from mental illness. Peer volunteers provide a safe and nurturing environment for adults, particularly in times of heightened stress, whether in the home, in the community, or at Sweetser’s Learning & Recovery Center in Brunswick. Volunteers at the Peer Center may also teach a music or art class, demonstrate a craft, or help with a support group.


Cumberland, Knox, Lincoln, Sagadahoc, Waldo, and York Counties
Mentors are ordinary people that come from all walks of life. Mentors have one thing in common – a commitment to making the world a better place for children and adolescents. A mentor is a stable figure who helps a child to become more involved in the community. Having a trusted friend who cares and listens – as well as a role model to look up to – can motivate a child toward positive change.

A Sweetser volunteer mentor commits to regular visits and developing a positive, supportive relationship with a child. With the help of a Sweetser professional, who provides ongoing support and supervision to clients and mentors, we make mentoring matches based on the child’s needs, mutual interests, and compatibility. We have a list of children and adolescents waiting for mentors! A minimum six-month commitment of one or two hours once a week or every other week is asked of our mentors.

Parent Mentor

Cumberland, Knox, Lincoln, Sagadahoc, Waldo, and York Counties
A parent mentor provides one-on-one support to parents who need help with coping and parenting skills. Parent mentors empower parents through information, connection, and support to be able to define and meet their needs and the needs of their children. The volunteer provides support by phone and through visits with parents and offers emotional support, resource information, parenting tips, and life skills guidance.

Special Events/Group Project Volunteer

York County
Help out at our special events such as the Sweetser/Prime Motor Group Golf Classic, Sold on Kids Benefit Auction & Dinner, or Cycle for Sweetser Bike Event.

Or help us paint, landscape, or otherwise beautify our facilities. Gather your family, friends, or coworkers and spend a day making a difference at one of our facilities!

Staff Assistant

Cumberland, Knox, Lincoln, Waldo, and York Counties
Can you type? Run a photocopier or computer? Do you have skills or expertise as a maintenance worker, cook, gardener, business professional, or retail clerk? Do you have time to provide transportation for a child or adult? If so, we would love to talk with you about your time and talents and how they could benefit our clients in your community.

Tutor/Reading Buddy

Cumberland, Knox, Lincoln, Sagadahoc, Waldo, and York Counties
A tutor works individually with a child in the classroom at The School at Sweetser on our Saco campus, in one of our residential settings, or in the home of a client in any of the counties we serve. The tutor encourages the child’s interest in reading or provides additional help with other academic subjects.

A reading buddy works one-on-one with a student helping to improve reading skills and to explore subjects of interest. A volunteer works with the student to select appropriate reading material and helps the student to improve reading skills by being read to by the student and reading to the student.

One-time or short-term, group and individual volunteer opportunities abound! Whatever your skill, interest, or talent, we have a need for your help and would love to talk with you about ways you can put those skills to good use in your community.

Volunteer Application

If you are interested in volunteering at Sweetser, please complete this application and return it via e-mail to or Fax: 207.373.3109

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