This week, GPCOG launched the first-ever Resilience Corps, our new partnership with AmeriCorps. Fourteen service volunteers are paired with local government agencies and regional cohorts to support regional resilience in response to the coronavirus pandemic.
Fellows assist regional initiatives including broadband planning, small business support, the Greater Portland Resilience Exchange, transportation accessibility and inclusion, and climate action planning. Fellows also support projects at host sites including the Maine Department of Environmental Protection; the Towns of Standish, Harrison, Naples, and Cape Elizabeth; the Cities of Portland and South Portland; Portland Downtown; Casco Bay Lines and the Maine Broadband Coalition.
Each fellow will provide 1,700 service hours through the next year, resulting in 23,000 cumulative hours of added capacity to regional resilience projects.
This program is made possible through a three-year award GPCOG received from Volunteer Maine.
Corps Members’ progress and projects will be featured regularly on our website.