Volunteer Fare  
July 2018

In this issue we have announcements about a free program to reward your volunteers, a Family Volunteer Day Grant, free training opportunities for those who work with teens and youth, MCCS updates, and a set of eight steps to help engage more volunteers from diverse and immigrant communities.

We hope this newsletter finds you happy and healthy and enjoying the beautiful summer weather!

Yours in Service,
The Maine Commission for Community Service
Track Volunteer Hours and Reward Volunteers for Free

Reward Volunteers is a free volunteer management system that tracks the time spent volunteering at non-profit organizations in your community. But there's more! When your/your volunteers time is tracked using the web-based program, you have the chance to earn rewards in cash or prizes for your contributions. The organizations volunteers serve have the opportunity to win rewards as well!

Reward Volunteers enables volunteers to:
  • Conveniently track and log time spent volunteering from any web-friendly device, such as a smartphone, tablet, iPad, or computer.
  • Post volunteer activity to Facebook
  • Discover volunteer opportunities that are available nearby.
  • Engage with other local volunteers.
  • Win prizes - the more hours accrued and the more sharing that occurs through Facebook, the greater the chances of winning.
Reward Volunteers was created by  Cabot Creamery to celebrate all of those who make communities stronger - like you.
Family Volunteer Day Grants:
Deadline July 31

Family Volunteer Day is a day of service that celebrates the power of families who work together to support causes they care about. Through service, families can strengthen their bonds to their communities and with each other! 

With generous support from The Walt Disney Company, generationOn will offer grants for nonprofits and schools to host family volunteering projects on November 17, 2018

Grants of $250, $500 and $1,000 are available.

In This Issue


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Jul. 19, 
Aug. 2, 16, and 30
AmeriCorps Grantee (including Rural State) Trainings

July 17 - September 27

July 26 and August 21
Maine Philanthropy Center's  free training series on grant resources and writing grants

October 9, 2018

October 9, 2018
AmeriCorps Swearing-In Ceremony

September 11, 2018
9/11 Day of Service

Nov. 1, 2018
Deadlines to apply to be an  AmeriCorps NCCC member

January 21, 2019
MLK Day of Service

Trekkers Training Institute's Free Workshops

Trekkers is launching an innovative training series for community mentors and youth development practitioners via the Trekkers Training Institute (TTI). Based on the organization's quarter-century of success in the field of youth development, TTI trainings will share the best practices and critical philosophies that have led to Trekkers' astounding youth retention rate that hovers close to 85% for students who start the program in 7th grade and complete the program in 12th grade.

The schedule for Trekkers' free training series is as follows:

Mentor Series
  • Why Relationships Matter, Tuesday, July 17, 1-4pm
  • Earning the Right to Be Heard with Teens, Tuesday, August 21, 1-4pm
  • Embracing a Strengths-Based Approach, Tuesday, September 25, 1-4pm
Practitioner Series
  • Going Beyond One and Done Programming, Thursday, July 26, 1-4pm
  • Engaging Youth Through the Middle School to High School Transition, Thursday, August 23, 1-4pm
  • Not Going It Alone: Mapping Community Resources, Thursday, September 27, 1-4pm
Trainings will take place at the Steel House South building in Rockland and interested participants can register for one or all of the trainings at trekkersinstitute.org. While there are no prerequisites to participate, the Mentor Series is geared towards anyone who considers themselves a mentor, whether formally or informally, while the Practitioner Series is geared towards professionals working directly or indirectly in the field of education, mentoring and/or youth development. Registration is limited to 15 participants per session on a first come, first served basis.
These trainings are the first open enrollment opportunities offered by TTI and are made possible through a continued partnership with the Portland-based Emanuel & Pauline A. Lerner Foundation
For more information about the Trekkers Training Institute, please visit trekkersinstitute.org or contact traininginstitute@trekkers.org.

Did You Here Us on the Radio This Week?

MCCS Grants Officer, Laurel Bernier, was invited on to the MaineQuality radio show for some # realtalk  on volunteering and  AmeriCorps  in Maine. The discussion was aired on WERU in the Belfast-MDI area and WMPG in the Portland area. Follow the links to listen to the archives if you missed it! 

MaineQuality hosts interviews with nonprofit, business, and community leaders who share their visions for Maine on h ttps://soundcloud.com/mainequality.
As of June 19, MCCS is At a New Location

The MCCS office is officially moved into a new location on the A MHI Campus. Stop by for a visit!

19 Elkins Lane, Room 105
 State House Station 105 (remains the same)
Augusta, ME 04333

All telephone numbers will remain the same.
Engaging Volunteers from Diverse and Immigrant Communities
From Minnesota Association for Volunteer Administration

Is your organization like many other nonprofit and government agencies that struggle to engage volunteers who reflect the racial and ethnic diversity of the communities they serve? If so,  MAVA has some useful information for you. MAVA has launched an Inclusive Volunteerism Initiative, a program focused on researching and developing best practices for engaging volunteers from diverse and immigrant communities.

From this research  MAVA has developed a set of 8 strategies for creating a more inclusive volunteer program at your organization. These strategies serve as a starting point for volunteer engagement leaders who are seeking concrete next steps for better engaging volunteers from diverse and immigrant communities.

Click here to download  the report's executive summary with all 8 strategies!