April 2017
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For Maine Volunteer Program Leaders, Sponsors, and Supporters
In April, that spring sunshine is lighting up volunteers in Maine and across the country. April 23 kicks off National Volunteer Week, an opportunity to tell the story of your dedicated volunteers.
Also in April, the Maine Commission for Community Service will honor Maine Volunteer Roll of Honor awardees at a Sea Dogs game and we will announce this year's recipients of the Governor's Service Awards.


Yours in service,
Maine Commission for Community Service
SAVE THE DATE
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May 10
Technical assistance call with Corporation for National and Community Service: AmeriCorps Affiliate grant opportunity.

June 8
AmeriCorps Affiliate applications due for Fall start.

AmeriCorps Affiliates is a new grant opportunity for participants to serve as little as 100 hours to earn an education award; open to ages 14+. More info.
Earth Month

April is Earth Month. Participating in a town or park clean-up? Planting trees or sprucing up a garden? Share on social media with #ServetheEarthMaine.   

National Volunteer Week is April 23-29
"For this year's National Volunteer Week, Points of Light is advancing the theme of "Service Unites" - centering on the ideas that volunteerism brings people together to tackle tough challenges, create change, and build stronger, more vibrant communities."
Points of Light's blog has 8 tips for a volunteer recognition event. If it's too late for you to plan an in-person event, don't underestimate the value of celebrating volunteers in traditional and social media. #ServiceUnitesMaine

Introducing the 2017
Young Maine Volunteer Roll of Honor
On March 26 Young Mainers were honored at the Red Claws home game. Youth from Saco to Caribou were named to the Roll of Honor. Check out the photo album from their day in the spotlight!
Stay tuned, later in April the Governor's Service Awards will be announced!
   
AmeriCorps Grant Competition is Now Open
Micro-AmeriCorps grant RFP is now open. Deadline is May 16. Programs must be designed to enroll between two and five full-time AmeriCorps members during each of the 2 grant years. Each AmeriCorps member service plan must entail 1,700 hours and all must serve within the applicant organization. Read the full RFP for more information.
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Grant peer-reviewers needed
Volunteer peer reviewers are needed to evaluate upcoming rural AmeriCorps grant applicants. No specific experience with AmeriCorps is required.
 
Peer Review is conducted by a panel of individuals with expertise related to the purpose and/or area of focus for the grant program. The Commission adds peer reviewer comments and ratings to other information and determines which applications to support.

The Maine Commission for Community Service uses online meeting technology and teleconferencing to conduct peer reviews-no travel required and minimal scheduled events.

Apply here if you are interested in volunteering your time for this important component of a fair grant review and selection.
Study shows that volunteering helps  
veterans transition to civilian life

"A new study shows that veterans could better transition to civilian life by volunteering with civic service programs in their communities...The study examined how volunteering affected the health and social life of U.S. veterans who served in Iraq and/or Afghanistan, then participated in a formal civic service program.
Civic service has accountability requirements, clearly defined goals and a stipend, making it more like a job than less structured forms of volunteering, such as helping out with child care or setting up for a church function, researchers explained.
For the study, researchers evaluated the impact of the Mission Continues, a national non-profit that deploys veterans on six-month volunteer service missions with community agencies. The organization was founded in St. Louis in 2007 by Eric Greitens, who stepped down as CEO in 2014 and now is Missouri's governor." (click for the full article).