GET TO KNOW OUR Information Center Volunteers

GET TO KNOW OUR Information Center Volunteers

Visit Portland’s Visitor Information Centers are hubs for travelers searching for local tours, restaurants, and attractions. They are well stocked with brochures, Visitor’s Guides, maps of the region, and plenty of pro-tips to help make the most of your stay in Greater Portland.

GREATER PORTLAND AMBASSADOR NETWORK

We cannot do what we do without our dedicated volunteers. They highlight partners and recommend local businesses to visitors in the region. They are the first point of contact for many travelers visiting the region. Now is your chance to get to know them a little better.

Ocean Gateway, Photo Credits: Serena Folding

GET TO KNOW OUR VOLUNTEERS

BEATRICE

  • What did/ do you do before volunteering? I got my undergrad in tourism and hospitality from USM, and am currently pursuing my Master’s.
  • How did you come to volunteer? What is your favorite part about it? I get to see all different lives. I’ve practically met someone from every continent since I’ve been working here. 
  • What is your favorite place in Greater Portland? Why? Portland Observatory. You have a 359-degree view of Portland. And on a nice, cloudless day, you get to see Mt. Washington.
  • If a visitor only had time to do one thing, what would you recommend? Take a tour. 

LEROY AND CLAIRE

  • What did you do before volunteering?
    Claire: I started in dental offices as a chairside dental assistant, I took a break when my children were born, then in 1982 I got a full-time job in Westbrook and worked there until I retired in 2006.
    Leroy: I started teaching history at Lincoln Junior High School in Portland, but was most of the time at Deering High School. I taught for a total of 37 years and before I retired.
  • What is your favorite place in the Greater Portland? Why?
    Leroy: I like the Old Port, the fact that there’s always something happening down here. It’s almost like, in some ways, Portland’s kinda like the center of the world, because there are people from all over.

FRANK

  • What is your history with the Portland area? I was born here in Portland, raised in South Portland. I spent some years in the army, then came back here, where I married my wife.
  • What is your favorite place in Greater Portland? Why? I spend a fair amount of time at the Portland Sea Dogs, I enjoy that. 
  • If a visitor only had time to do one thing, what would you recommend? I would say wander around the Old Port, look up, look at the architecture, get down to Commercial Street, check out the piers and the wharves.

JERRY

  • What did you do before volunteering? I moved here in 1971 with my own business. I was a member of the Chamber of Commerce for over 30 years, I’ve also been with Maine Narrow Gauge for over 20 years, and I’m on the board.
  • If a visitor only had time to do one thing, what would you recommend? Take Portland Discovery’s cruise. Cruise on a boat or cruise on a trolley. That’s how you’ll learn a lot.
  • What is your favorite place in Greater Portland? Why? My favorite place…I’d say DiMillo’s, because the view and the food. I love the water. Any time I can be on the water, I’m a happy camper.

PRUDENCE

  • How did you come to volunteer? What is your favorite part about it?
    I knew wanted to volunteer. I’m excited about the area, so it’s not hard for me to come up with activities for people to do, or why they would want to do them, because there’s just a lot here.
  • What is your history with the Portland area? I moved back here 10 years ago, I’m from Maine originally. Around the time my husband and I were thinking of retiring, we looked at places all over the country, but we decided to come to Portland.
  • Why do you love Portland? The area is gorgeous, and it’s easy to experience the beauty of the place. You don’t have to struggle sitting in traffic for three hours to see some water. I can walk to it. You can walk to Munjoy Hill and you can see it. 

STEVE

  • What is your history with the Portland area? My wife and I moved here in 1991. We moved here for her job. First at New England Rehab Hospital as an occupational therapist, and then at the University of New England as a professor. Before we moved here, I was a firefighter out of Colorado.
  • What is your favorite place in Greater Portland? Why? I would have to say probably Evergreen Cemetery and the surrounding area. We have two dogs, and we go there a lot with the dogs to walk, but there’s also 100 acres of woods around it to walk as well.
  • What is the most surprising thing about Portland? What really surprised me is amount of open space. I think a lot of that is due to Portland Trails and efforts made in the area, but it’s also the city. People who manage the city have paid a lot of attention to keeping open space and maintaining it. 

Interested in volunteering?

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