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November 2013 Edition
   
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AmeriCorps Grant Competition
MCCS Community Forums
Maine Volunteer Sector Survey: Take it!
Commission Candidates Sought

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Maine AmeriCorps Grant Competition Now Open
The Maine Commission for Community Service has issued RFP # 201310620: AmeriCorps Cost Reimbursement and Fixed Amount Grants.

The Commission seeks proposals for AmeriCorps State program operating grants. Programs must be designed to enroll at least ten AmeriCorps members and utilize at least 17,000 hours of service during each program year of the 3-year grant.

 

Community needs related to health, veterans services, environmental stewardship, energy conservation, education, economic opportunity (jobs and financial stability), or disaster preparedness are of high interest. Submision deadline is 2pm on November 26, 2013.

 

FMI visit MaineServiceCommission.gov 

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Speak Up! We Want to Hear From You!
   
The Maine Commission for Community Service (MCCS) invites volunteers, program managers, municipal officials, school and nonprofit leaders to advise the Commission as it develops its 2014-2017 Strategic Plan.

MCCS is charged with building capacity and sustainability in Maine's volunteer sector so the overarching questions to the community are

  1. "what do you and your volunteer efforts need to do your best?"
  2. "what community problems should be given priority when MCCS is funding national service programs, especially AmeriCorps?"
Community forums are scheduled for the dates and locations listed below: 
  • October 31, 9am to Noon 
    Bangor/Penobscot County -- Machias Savings Bank branch, Wilson St., Brewer
  • November  6, 9am to 11am 
    Franklin Memorial Hospital, GH Bass Room, 111 Franklin Health Commons, Farmington
  • November 8, 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm
    Kennebec/Somerset/Androscoggin Counties -- University of Maine Augusta, Klahr Center Conference Room
  • November 14, 9 am to 11:30 am
    Midcoast (Lincoln, Knox, Waldo) -- Island Institute, 4th floor conference room, 386 Main Street, Rockland
  • November 19, 8:30 am to 10:30 am
    Kennebunk-Kennebunkport Chamber of Commerce, Water St., Kennebunk
  • November 26, 10 am to Noon
    Washington County -- Kilborn Commons, UMaine Machias

RSVP to attend the session near you and bring someone who has their finger on the pulse on what happens in your area.

  

How to RSVP: Use this LINK to let us know you are coming. We want to have enough room and chairs for everyone to get involved, be heard.

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The Status of Maine's Volunteer Sector: What's it like out there?

 

Every 3 years, the Maine Commission for Community Service (MCCS) conducts the "Maine Volunteer Sector Survey." The questions probe how programs operate, what volunteers do, and who the leaders are.

 

The results will be used to
1) set funding priorities for National Service grants made by MCCS;
2) update the 2010 status report on Maine's volunteer sector.

 

Be part of the story!  Take your laptop, a cup of coffee or tea, and tell us about your volunteer program! 

 

Access the survey through this link OR MaineServiceCommission.gov

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Candidates Sought for Appointment to MCCS 

 

The Maine Commission for Community Service (MCCS) has two mid-term vacancies. The Commission's Board Development Task Force would like to hear from people qualified for the seats and interested in joining a very active organization.

 

Each of the 25 seats on the Commission is designated as a representative of a particular segment of Maine's volunteers sector. The current openings are for  

  1. a representative of local government (may be elected official or employee; may be municipal or county)
  2. an expert education, training and development needs of youth, particularly disadvantaged youth.  

MCCS makes every effort to maintain a geographic balance. Given the current membership, the Board Development Task Force is highly interested in candidates from these counties: Waldo, Knox, Lincoln, Kennebec, Aroostook, Washington, Somerset.

 

FMI about the Commission, visit  MaineServiceCommission.gov/about/. Interested individuals can then contact the Commission office to learn about the application and appointment process.  


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