Be the Heart of The Compass Project


To fulfill our mission to use wood working and boat building to provide positive direction to youth, Compass Project relies on committed, energetic volunteers to serve as positive adult role models for our program participants. The boat shop is a minds-on, hands-on environment where we encourage individuals to share their unique experiences, skills and talents in a mentorship capacity. If you value experiential learning, playing a meaningful role in a young person’s development, and the importance of teamwork, Compass Project is the place for you.

As a volunteer, you have numerous opportunities for engagement; we want to capture your interests and good will to help those who are at risk. As students build a project, the project builds their skills and self esteem. Your involvement and support enable us to do this great work with kids — you are our strength.


Group Volunteers

Work directly with a youth boat building group. Assist instructors with boat building classes and work with a single student or small group of students on a specific project.

Shop Volunteers

Help with prep for project building, boat building classes, boat maintenance, tool maintenance, and general projects around the shop. Shop volunteers check in and work with guidance from staff. Ideal shop volunteers have some experience in a shop environment and are able to work fairly independently.

On-Water Volunteers

In the fall and spring, we take our programming out onto Casco Bay where students learn about dories and skiffs in action. We teach boating safety, rowing commands and techniques, use of charts and navigation, and, most importantly, teamwork. If you are comfortable being on the water and are interested in joining us, we’ll find a place aboard for you.

Special Event Volunteers

Help with the preparation and running of Compass Project community, fundraising, and promotional events throughout the year.


Financial help is a wonderful way to contribute to Compass’ mission. We are also always looking for material donations in the forms of shop gear and boat building supplies. If you or anyone you know is interested in donating material please email Shaun at shaun@feedtheengine.org

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