Like many of you, we’ve been actively following the progression of COVID-19 in Maine, in other parts of the country, and across the globe. In the interest of safeguarding the wellbeing of our beloved staff, volunteers, teaching artists, and students—and following guidance from local, state, and federal authorities regarding measures that best promote public health—we’ve decided to temporarily suspend daily operations, including all Telling Room programs and events, starting March 13th at 6pm. Please visit our Programs page for more information.

Volunteers are essential to our organization. Program volunteers sit with students, write with them, ask questions, and help them develop their stories or poems. As a volunteer, you'll help us with field trips in downtown Portland, residencies in school classrooms, and at events selling books by student authors. You'll work with a range of different learners, including varying ages and abilities. Some of our students are reluctant writers and need basic coaching, while others are working on their novel and want feedback on their craft. 

Often we need help during the school day, so our volunteer opportunities are perfect for college students, retirees, or adults with flexible schedules. If you like empowering young people and enjoy literary arts, fill out our volunteer application to get started!

Please fill out our volunteer application form to get started!