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 February 2015 Edition    
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Young Maine Volunteer Roll of Honor
Volunteering in Maine: 2014 Status Report
Rural AmeriCorps Program
Coffee Reading

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Roll of Honor Creates Dedicated Process for Young Maine Volunteers

 

For over 20 years, the Governor's Awards for Service and Volunteerism (GSA) has included a Roll of Honor to show appreciation to anyone who volunteered 500 hours or more in a year. With few exceptions, the honorees have been adults.

Yet Maine has one of the highest rates of youth volunteering in the USA. So how can a grateful state highlight the contribution of the under 18 volunteers?

Enter the Young Maine Volunteer Roll of Honor. By adjusting the expected hours of service to fit a young person's life, it is hoped the award will raise up more stories of how youth are actively changing their communities.

All qualifying nominees will be recognized. Groups of youth as well as individuals can be nominated for honors. Nominations close one month after the general GSA nominations are due - March 13, 2015.

For details and nomination instructions, follow this LINK.
 
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Maine downtown The State of Volunteering in Maine: 2014 Report

 

The annual federal report on volunteering and civic health in Maine was released December 2014. What is the status?

 

In general, things are unchanged for the third year in a row. Thirty-two percent (32%) of Maine residents over age 16 volunteer, volunteer retention has held at 70%, and volunteer rates among Boomers as well as seniors has held steady.

 

However, there are changes to monitor and, perhaps, ensure these don't become trends. For instance, the hours citizens devote to volunteering is slipping; the rate of volunteering among teens is dropping; and the percentage of Mainers who contact local government officials about community issues has dropped 6%.

 

To review the Maine data with tables showing multiple years, visit VolunteerMaine.org .  For the national report and profiles of other states, go to VolunteeringInAmerica.gov


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Maine Commission for Community Service Authorizes Rural AmeriCorps Program Competition

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AmeriCorps gets things done in communities. But in rural areas, organizations may need  to start small, get experience with this special volunteer program, and then scale up after building their capacity.

 

 

That's where the NEW Maine Rural AmeriCorps program comes in.

 

This pilot grant program aims to help communities tackle local needs with just two full-time AmeriCorps members. At the same time, program sponsors have to commit to building their capacity to engage community volunteers who undertake service activities. Grant awards will average $27,000 but require a local commitment of resources.

 

If you are based in Franklin, Hancock, Oxford, Somerset, Waldo, Aroostook, Knox, Washington, Lincoln, or Piscataquis counties ...

 

And, if you want to know more about this new AmeriCorps competition, sign up to attend the informational webinar on Tuesday, February 24, 2015 at 10 AM. 

 

Use this LINK to register!

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United Way of Eastern Maine Convenes Forum on Volunteer Requirements for SNAP 
united way logo About 25 representatives of community agencies gathered on January 29 in Brewer to understand the volunteer requirements for Maine SNAP recipients. The forum was convened by the United Way of Eastern Maine.

The work requirement is rooted in federal law but has not been a reality in Maine due to a waiver which is now expired. SNAP (formerly called food stamps) requires certain able-bodied recipients to either work at least 20 hours a week or volunteer for a community agency. About 12,000 Maine people are impacted.

Sarita Field, the United Way Community Impact Manager, offered to help continue the local dialog around challenges and opportunities offered by this change. Anyone interested in being part of future discussions should contact Sarita at 207-941-2800 ext. 211 OR
saritaf@unitedwayem.org.

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Coffee Reading

 

person readingThe Real Reason 75% of Americans Don't Volunteer
This January 2015 blog by the Greg Baldwin, President of VolunteerMatch.org makes the case that the low rate of volunteering is not about citizen motivation but, rather, about commitment and leadership in community agencies.

Toolkit for Leaders of Volunteer Programs: Advocating for Volunteer Management
This presentation with embedded resources aims to help leaders of volunteer programs better communicate the importance of volunteer management in businesses and organizations. Use this LINK to reach the site.

The Economic Impact Of Volunteers Calculator
Created by Points of Light, this tool looks at the value of the volunteer contribution from the perspective of the task performed. That's a bit different from the Independent Sector average value of an hour of time. To use the calculator and read more, use this LINK.
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Nominations Due Now!
Governor's Awards for Service and Volunteerism

Submission deadline: Feb. 16, 2015


 

Honor Maine people and organizations whose volunteering is an example to all.


 
Roll of Honor (every person nominated):

Recognizes individuals who volunteered 500 hours or more in calendar 2014 with certificate, name published in Volunteer Week newspaper advertisement, and ceremony at a May 2014 Seadogs game.


 

Single Award Categories (1 award each):

* Volunteer of the Year                                          * Youth Volunteer of the Year

* Outstanding National Service Participant             * Outstanding Public Sector Volunteer

* Outstanding Service-learning Practitioner            * Corporate Volunteerism

 * Excellence in Volunteer Administration               * Small Business Volunteerism

* Outstanding Nonprofit Volunteer Program

* Excellence in Service-learning by a school or school district

 

FMI & to submit online go to VolunteerMaine.org