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June 2018

Warm weather is upon us! There's no better time to get out there to enjoy it than to celebrate Great Outdoors Month at a local park or hiking trail. With the start of summer it's also a good time to recognize Healthy Futures Month and participate in local hunger-relief programs for students who may not receive regular meals during the school break. See below for ways to help and get more information!

Yours in Service,
The Maine Commission for Community Service

Last Chance for Input on the
MCCS Strategic Plan!

As many of you know, MCCS created a Planning Team in October 2017. Team members were from the Commission, the Maine Volunteer Foundation, and representatives of constituent groups.

Under the guidance of a facilitator, the Planning Team used a new model (Real Time Strategic Planning) to redevelop the Commission's identity  statement and develop a direction for the next three years.

Input into the plan came from many directions: 153 survey respondents, 18 key stakeholder interviews, and 72 participants in the day-long vision conference. Drafts were presented to the Commissioners in May 2018 and they added their edits.

Now is your turn to contribute! Submit comments on the draft plan by June 12! Your perspectives as invested community members, sector colleagues, and key stakeholders will be important as MCCS moves forward.

Please take a few minutes to complete the form:
Submit Your Comments

Call for Presenters for the
Blaine House Conference on Service and Volunteerism

This year's theme: 
"A Whole New World: Put Service to the Test"

Currently the Conference Planning Committee is seeking presentation proposals. This is your chance to share your skills and knowledge with your peers and colleagues!

Proposals Due TOMORROW 
Friday, June 8, 2018 online at 5:00 pm.

How to submit: Online using link on VolunteerMaine.org or copy this url into browser for direct connection: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/bhcsv-cfp
Conference organizers are especially interested in sessions that will help conference participants effectively engage volunteers in programs tackling thorny community problems.

Access the full Call for Proposals and additional details here.
In This Issue
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June 8

June 12, July 26, and August 21
Maine Philanthropy Center's free training series on grant resources and writing grants

June 12
Deadline for public comments on Strategic Plan

June 13
Deadline to submit Excellence in AmeriCorps Award nominations

June 19
MCCS Office moves to the Elkins Building on the AMHI Campus

June 21 & 26
Rural State AmeriCorps Grantee Trainings

June 28-29

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

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

October 9, 2018
Blaine House Conference on Service and Volunteerism in Orono, ME

Help End Summer Hunger

Hunger hits especially hard when kids are out of school for the summer. The Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) ensures that low-income children continue to receive nutritious meals when school is not in session. This summer, USDA plans to serve more than 200 million free meals to children 18 years and under at approved SFSP sites.

Promoting summer feeding sites in your community is one of the most important things you can do to ensure no child goes hungry this summer. You can  find summer feeding sites and  tools to help spread the word  at the USDA's website.

Families in need can text 'Food' to 877-877, and receive a text back with the address and program information for sites closest to them, or information about how to find food resources in their area. Additional resources are available from   No Kid Hungry.

Take the Pledge to Be Fearless and Kind

451,088 young people have pledged to BE FEARLESS BE KIND since last fall. That's over 90% of the way to Youth Service Ameria's (YSA) goal
 of a half million pledges by June 30. The project is designed to inspire and empower kids to have the compassion, empathy, and courage to stand up for others and be inclusive throughout their lives.

Together, you are showing the power of empathy to change the world one kind act at a time. Will you commit to making this summer one of kindness and service?
Families, camps, and youth groups can take the pledge and plan projects together. Download an activity guide to help youth take and reflect on the pledge, do a kind act, and grow their kindness into a service project this summer.

Benchmark Study on
Nonprofits and the Digital World

If you've ever had questions about how your nonprofit, organization, or agency stacks up against others in the same sector in terms of digital marketing, engagement, fundraising, and so much more look no further. M+R's 2018 Benchmarks Study answers all of your questions and some you never knew you had!

From the opening summary:

"There are trees, and there is forest. There are anecdotes, and there is data. There are the pinprick pixels of our individual experiences, and there is the vast picture they paint together of the world we share.

The M+R Benchmarks Study is our annual attempt to bridge that divide. This year, we have collected an extensive array of data points from 154 nonprofit participants. Each of them marks a single digital interaction with a supporter: an email opened, a donation made, a petition signed, a website visited, an ad clicked, a Facebook post liked, or tweet retweeted. All told, these add up to 4,699,299,330 email messages, 527,754,635 web visits, and 11,958,385 donations.  

It's a lot of information, and each tiny piece adds a little more clarity to the trends that shape nonprofit digital programs. The averages tell us how nonprofits are approaching digital supporter engagement, and how those supporters are responding. And the outliers tell us where we might be going (or not...sometimes things are just weird). Together they help us dissect our tried-and-true tactics under a microscope to see what makes them tick, and ensure our telescopes are pointed in the right direction to spy the approaching developments that are already impacting our work."

Click here to download  your own free copy!