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 May 2014 Edition    
IN THIS ISSUE
GSA Winners
What Do You Want At Conference?
Can VISTA Help You?
Comment on Commission Plans Sought
Coffee Reading

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Congratulations, Maine Volunteer Award Winners!

 

volunteer of the year Maine's First Lady Ann LePage presided over the 27th annual presentation of the Governor's Awards for Service and Volunteerism which was held in the State House Hall of Flags.


2014 Award recipients were ...
  • Small Business Volunteerism Award
    Gardiner Federal Credit Union, Gardiner 
  • Volunteer of the Year
    Clarence Smith, South Portland   
  • Outstanding Nonprofit Volunteer Program 
    Keystone Club, Boys and Girls Club of Greater Gardiner
  • Youth Volunteer of the Year
    Tyler Cross, Brooks
  • Outstanding National Service Volunteer
    Becca Stabler, South Portland
  • Excellence in Volunteer Administration
    Lisa Morin, Orono 
Use this LINK to learn how these winners strengthen their communities. And, through this LINK you can see a slide show of the day's events.

The Governor's Awards for Service and Volunteerism program is managed on behalf of the Office of the Governor by the Maine Commission for Community Service.
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Answer 7 Questions -
Enter Drawing for Conference Scholarship!

 

blaine house conference logo What do you want to learn at the 2014 conference?

What topics do you want the issue seminars to explore?

Have an idea for this year's theme?

Conference planners want to hear from you NOW - before they start filling up the agenda. To answer the 7 questions, use this LINK.

Respondents are entered in a drawing for a full scholarship to the conference! The poll closes June 2.
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Can AmeriCorps VISTA Help Your Agency? 

 

32 AmeriCorps VISTA positions are available to help develop an agency's capacity to  bring individuals and communities out of poverty.

 

Interested in being a host site?

Deadline is June  13, 2014. 

AmeriCorps VISTA members serve in agencies that tackle local issues related to Economic Opportunity, Education, Disaster Services, Environmental Stewardship, Healthy Futures, or Veterans & Military Families.

 

The Maine VISTA Project is currently accepting applications from municipal agencies, school districts, nonprofit/faith-based organizations, and state agencies in Maine interested in hosting AmeriCorps VISTA members.

 

FMI about AmeriCorps VISTA,  http://www.vistacampus.org/mod/resource/view.php?id=10385  

 

Then - once you have an idea for your agency or your network of agencies -- contact the Maine Commission for Community Service at 207.624.7792. 

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Summer Volunteer Recognition!
Cabot offers to say "thanks" with home cooked meal
As some Maine folks know, Cabot Creamery often teams up with volunteer programs to say thanks.
  
For summer, they've created the
Farmer's Grille. The Grille will attend in-service volunteer events or volunteer recognition events to THANK the volunteers who give back to their community. Cabot is currently scheduling Grille stops in MAINE for the month of AUGUST. 
  
If you have a volunteer service event (home building, trail repair, etc.) where feeding volunteers would be a welcomed "thank you," contact Carolyn Kingston, Cabot Regional Marketing Manager for more information. 
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Public Comment Sought: MCCS Plans for Funding and Strengthening Service 2014-2017

 

flow chart for planning The Maine Commission for Community Service works to strengthen service and communities across the state.

It awards grants, supports professional development of volunteer managers, and promotes service as a strategy to address local issues.

From May 13-June 11, 2014, the Commission is accepting public comment on the proposed extension of its Strategic Plan. The extension covers the period June 2014-2017.

A PDF copy of the draft plan can be opened using this LINK. To submit a comment, please send an email with the subject header, "Public Comment on Strategic Plan," to service.commission@maine.gov.

All comments must be submitted by noon (12 pm) Eastern time on June 11, 2014.
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person reading Coffee Reading

This month's reading suggestions include... .

 

A recent Annie E. Casey Foundation report, "Race for Results: Building a Path to Opportunity for All Children," that compares how children are progressing on key milestones across racial and ethnic groups at the national and state level. To access the report, use this LINK.

 

A national report on "Transforming Communities through Service" published by Innovations in Civic Participation and America's Service Commissions features two Maine programs!  

 

Use this LINK to read see the profiles of Island Institute's AmeriCorps Island Fellows program and the United Way of the Tri-Valley Area Volunteer Center (Farmington). Congratulations to these outstanding Maine efforts!   

 

>>Have you come across an article or report you think is interesting and relevant to volunteerism, civic engagement, or service? Send us a note with the citation and we'll consider it for "Coffee Reading." 

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Think Ahead.
If you had AmeriCorps members for 3 years -- what could you accomplish?

 

 

The AmeriCorps State grant competition coming Fall 2014 is the BIG triennial one. It is time to start asking questions, planning, and designing program proposals.

What are the basics??
  • AmeriCorps State members do direct service. They serve in teams and devote  17,000 each year to their assignment. 
  • AmeriCorps State programs are community based. Grants to organizations award AmeriCorps positions and some funds to support those who serve. The local partners need to have the rest of the funding, personnel, and resources (space, etc.) associated with the project.
  • AmeriCorps programs must tackle a community need and make a difference (evidence-based approach), train and supervise the team of AmeriCorps members, and engage community volunteers alongside AmeriCorps members so the community becomes able to meet its own need.

Got an idea? Want to talk it over?

Contact the Maine Commission for Community Service at 207.624.7792 or michael.ashmore@maine.gov.  

 

Start now to think about the possibilities!