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October 2013 Edition
   
IN THIS ISSUE
Getting Ready for Annual Reports
A Code for Volunteer Involvement
7 Opportunities to Speak Up!
AmeriCorps Peer Reviewers Needed
Maine Volunteer Sector Survey: Take it!
Recap: Maine Volunteer Conference
Coming in November

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Getting Ready for Annual Reports

Like it or not, the easiest common denominator for expressing the value of volunteers' efforts on behalf of an organization's mission is the dollar. As the last calendar quarter passes and data is collected for annual reports to stakeholders, leaders of volunteer-based services may be tempted to just count hours and calculate the value of the labor using any of 3 methods.

 

But what would happen if a volunteer leader could enhance stakeholders' understanding of volunteers' economic contribution by describing 

  • the extent to which volunteers increase the human resource capacity of an organization;
  • how much the organization invests in its volunteers (e.g., salaries for volunteer coordinators, recruitment expenses, training and supervision expenses); and
  • the organization's return on its investment in its volunteers. 

 There's a Canadian publication that, while 10 years old, is still the clearest guide to determining the full economic value of an organization's volunteers. Assigning Economic Value to Volunteer Activity discusses eight tools and then gives examples on how to apply them.       

 

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Another Interesting Read from Volunteer Canada: A Code for Volunteer Involvement
Yes, you do have tons to do but it is also coming on the season most conducive to reflection. Just 2 pages of this document coupled with coffee/tea, some water cooler "what if" discussion, or shared reflections at the regional volunteer managers' meeting could lead to some new perspective on your work.

The Canadian Code for Volunteer Involvement supports organizations by
  • Stating the values and benefits of volunteer involvement
  • Providing a framework for discussion and decision-making within organizations
  • Promoting meaningful volunteer involvement that meets the needs of both the organization and its volunteers
Together, these components encourage organizations to consider how they work with volunteers.

For an overview of the code and its history, use this LINK.

To directly access the document, use this LINK. The code outline begins on page 9 of the PDF (page 5 of the internal doc pagination).

What do you think? Would such a code help build capacity or sustainability in Maine's volunteer sector? Just asking......  
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Speak Up! We Want to Hear From You!   
 
The Maine Commission for Community Service (MCCS) has scheduled 7 opportunities for communities to meet with MCCS and discuss local needs.

Volunteers, program managers, municipal officials, school and nonprofit leaders are invited to advise MCCS as it develops its next strategic plan. The plan determines
  • what types of AmeriCorps programs are funded
  • what initiatives are continued or started in support of Maine's volunteer sector 
  • what priority needs in communities we target with our resources

Meetings are scheduled for the dates and locations listed below:

  • October 23, 3pm to 5pm
    Cumberland/York Counties -- Unum, 2211 Congress St, Portland
  • October 25, 3pm to 5pm
    Washington County -- 28 Center St, Machias
  • October 31, 9am to Noon
    Bangor/Penobscot County -- Machias Savings Bank branch, Wilson St., Brewer
  • October 31, 2pm to 4:30 pm
    Midcoast (Lincoln, Knox, Waldo) -- Island Institute, 4th floor conference room, 386 Main Street, Rockland
  • November 1, 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm
    Aroostook County -- Micmac Farm, 1353 Presque Isle Rd, Caribou
  • 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

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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Peer Reviewers Needed Now For Maine AmeriCorps Grant Competitions  
 Can you help identify the best investments of public dollars? The Maine Commission for Community Service grant selection process uses external peer reviewers who volunteer their expertise to read and rate proposals.

 

Grant competitions typically take place in the winter but, no worry, you don't have to travel. Everything is done using technology (phone, computer, internet). You don't even have to be in Maine! If you go south for the winter, you can volunteer from wherever you are.

 

Experts in volunteer programming, service-learning, literacy, energy efficiency, housing, community health, career prep and job training, education, and more are needed. Apply now! The first review for 2013 starts in November.

 

FMI: Use this LINK to access the role description, application, etc.

 

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maine volunteers with raised hands The State of Maine's Volunteer Sector: What's it like out there?

 Leaders of Maine volunteer efforts - we need to hear from you!

 

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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The 2013 Blaine House Conference on Service and Volunteerism Set Record Attendance!
 What a great day! Over 320 people gathered on October 15 at UMaine to explore the connections between volunteering, civic health, and community economic conditions

To view a news report about the keynote speaker, Kristen Cambell of NCoC, use To read more about the event and view the slide show from the day, use this LINK.

Thanks for the day's success to to the conference planners: David Wihry, Janice Daku, Lisa Suarez, Suzanne Hand, Tamara Whitmore, Meaghan Arzberger, and Erin Vinson.

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Coming Early in November

Nominations for Governor's Service Awards Open 
Keep an eye on
VolunteerMaine.org for details 

 

Maine AmeriCorps Program Grant Competition

Keep an eye on MaineServiceCommission.gov for details 

Global Youth Service Project Grants
Keep an eye on MaineServiceCommission.gov for details