Volunteer Fare  
 January 2018

The New Year is here - welcome to 2018 and happy #MentoringMonth! The White House itself has published a Message to honor and thank the thousands of volunteer mentors across the country who influence the lives of so many young people. 

Get social and share your stories of impact and mentoring with MCCS and Volunteer Maine!

Don't forget to tag MCCS (@MaineServiceCommission) and VolunteerMaine (@VolunteerMaine) in your posts.

Nomination Season for Governor's Awards for Service and Volunteerism is Open Now!

It only happens once a year and it has finally come around again. This is your chance to help recognize all of Maine's hardworking volunteers of all ages and outstanding volunteer organizations. We can't provide the well-deserved recognition with out you.

Nominations are now being accepted for all categories of Maine's Governor's Awards for Service and Volunteerism - individual  persons and organizations , as well as the Young and 

Deadline to submit a nomination for individual awards is March 5.

Deadline to submit nominations for Volunteer Rolls of Honor is March 15.

For more information, categories, and requirements visit  www.volunteermaine.org
Increase Your Skills

Register for the next Certificate in Management of Volunteers online course! This 6 module online course is designed for everyone responsible for designing, implementing, or sponsoring volunteer programs.

As a loyal Volunteer Fare subscriber you get 50% off!
Use discount code  MVFref .

  Deadline to register:  Monday, February 5, 5:00pm
  Course begins: Monday, February 12
  Course ends: Friday, March 30
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Ongoing Until Early March
Nominations are now open for all  Governor's Service Awards. Submit nominations for individuals, organizations, and groups!

February 12
The  Winter 2018 
 online course starts.

National Service Day at the Capitol Building in Augusta

April 3
National Service Recognition Day 
organized by CNCS

April 1, July 1, Nov. 1
Deadlines to apply to be an AmeriCorps NCCC member

MCCS Welcomes a New Staff Member!

Laurel joined the Commission staff in January 2018. As Grants Officer, Laurel is responsible for overseeing the administration and monitoring of the Commission's AmeriCorps programs. She assists grantees in understanding and completing required state and federal procedures, while developing an updated grant administration manual and other materials.

Before joining the Commission, Laurel worked as Volunteer Coordinator at Mid Coast Hunger Prevention Program (MCHPP) in Brunswick, overseeing their pool of over 1,200 volunteers annually. When she first arrived, she worked on the USDA Summer Food Service Program that provides federally funded meals to youth. While at MCHPP she connected with the Commission and she became a certified Service Enterprise Trainer.

Laurel has volunteered on the planning committee of the Volunteer Administrators of Mid Coast Maine, and as Secretary on the Teen Center Advisory Committee in Brunswick. She is familiar with National Service programs as a result of her service in  AmeriCorps VISTA.

Laurel received her bachelor's degree in Sociology at Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts. In 2015 she earned her Certification in Volunteer Administration, demonstrating her knowledge of professionalism and ethics in the nonprofit sector.
Volunteering Boosts Adolescents' Self-Confidence and Combats Depression

Numerous studies have shown the benefits of volunteering among adults of all ages. Yet, there are fewer studies that look at youth and teens specifically and how their engagement with their friends, family, and strangers both influence them and change over time. Last month a study published in the Journal of Adolescence looked at just that.

The main findings indicated that while volunteering to help friends and family can benefit a teen's feelings of self-worth, these effects are magnified and more long term when the volunteerism benefits strangers. Additionally, volunteering has shown to increase social connections, which can, in turn, prevent loneliness and combat depression. At a time when anxiety among teens has been on the rise, volunteering can play a critical role in making the trend go in the opposite direction.

It's also important to highlight that even little acts of kindness or engagement can count, such as online or remote volunteering. '"Helping strangers doesn't need to be on a grand scale. When teens can see the benefit of their actions, they often realize how much power they have to support others,' says Dr. Padilla-Walker. And that can inspire more self-confidence," wrote the author of the article from Maine Public.

Read the full article from Maine Public here .