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February 2014 Edition
   
IN THIS ISSUE
Volunteer Nominations Due Friday
Volunteer Administration Professional Journal
Mini-grants for Global Youth Service Day
AmeriCorps Virtual Homecoming

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Volunteer Honor Roll Nominations Due Friday! 
 

Did you realize there are 2 aspects of the Governor's Awards for Service and Volunteerism?

 

Maine's Roll of Honor recognizes every volunteer nominated if the person has a documented 500 hours or more of volunteer service in Maine during the last calendar year.   

 

That is a lot of hours but you'd be surprised how many people devote that much time to community needs. In 2013, over 800 received awards.

 

How to nominate? Just submit the names and contact info (see directions at VolunteerMaine.org/governors-service-awards/roll-honor/ .

 

What is the award? In addition to the certificate, the Seadogs are providing a free ticket to their April 29 Volunteer Appreciation Night game and Roll of Honor members will be recognized in a newspaper listing during National Volunteer Week.

 

Don't forget! The deadline is Friday, February 28. 

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What do Barbara Wentworth (United Way of York County), Martin Cowling (Australian Assistant Secretary,Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet), and Nancy McDuff (Macduff/Blunt Associates, Walla Walla, WA) have in common?

They are among the leaders in the volunteer sector who serve on the editorial board or as editorial reviewers for the International Journal of Volunteer Administration. Why mention this?

Every field has its professional journals and volunteer management is not exception. The journal (published since 1982) is now issued by the Department of 4-H Youth Development and Family and Consumer Sciences at North Carolina State University in Raleigh.

It is well worth the modest subscription for online ($40). To see the December 2013 table of contents, use this LINK.
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Global Youth Service Day

$300 Mini-grants Available for GYSD Projects
Applications due March 21, 2014

 

Global Youth Service Day (GYSD) celebrates and mobilizes the millions of young people who improve their communities each year through service.

 

 

Global Youth Service Day is the largest service event in the world and the only day of service dedicated to service by children and youth!

In 2014, youth pick a day between April 11th-13th to serve.  

 

Did you know...

Maine is #1 in the USA when it comes to the percentage of teens who volunteer! Maine's youth serve!

 

Maine has participated in GYSD formally since 2010. The Maine Commission for Community Service supports youth service through mini-grants funded by State Farm and Youth Service America.

GYSD events are organized by youth to address community issues they care about.

 

 

FMI and application instructions, follow this LINK.

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AmeriCorps anniversary logo
1994-2014
Over 5000 Mainers have served 
 
Hundreds of local organizations have hosted AmeriCorps members and benefited from their service efforts.

The Maine Commission for Community Service is hosting a "VIRTUAL REUNION" on Facebook for AmeriCorps Members and their host agencies.

So far, the photos posted have reminded us of Project GO@LS, Maine's Promise AmeriCorps, Promise Fellows, Youthbuild AmeriCorps, Downeast Rural Health Corps. There are more to come - including any you may want to send us.

 

To attend the VIRTUAL REUNION at your leisure, use this LINK.

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2014 Planning Committee Members Needed

 


The 2014 Planners for the Conference start work in March. The conference is planned by managers of volunteers for managers of volunteers. In other words, peers plan for peers.

Committees include presenter recruitment, sponsorships, registration, outreach and promotion. Meetings are monthly by teleconference with tasks between meetings. No travel required!

To volunteer, send an email by March 10 to service.commission@maine.gov.