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January 2014 Edition
   
IN THIS ISSUE
Maine's Volunteer Profile
Financial Aid for Volunteer Managers
Governor's Service Awards Nominations Due
AmeriCorps Virtual Homecoming

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Federal Data On Maine's Volunteer Sector Released
view of Main Street Early in December 2013, the annual data report "Volunteering in America" was released and included the profiles of volunteerism in each state.

The data for Maine (collected each fall by the Census Bureau) shows some good news and a few issues of concern that should be monitored.

The good news?
  • Maine continues to be #1 for the rate of Teen Volunteering because 40% of teens volunteer!
  • The overall rate of volunteering in Maine (32.5%) was essentially unchanged over the prior year. The minor drop (0.3%) meant Maine's ranking among all the states  dropped to #14.
  • The average number of hours volunteered by each person bounced back up to 40 hours/year and moved Maine's rank from #14 to #8.
  • And - kudos to all volunteer managers! -- the retention rate for volunteers jumped to 74%! That means 74% of the new volunteers recruited in the year remained engaged and only 26% left before completing their assignment

Want to see the trends for Maine? Visit the Maine Volunteer Profile on VolunteerMaine.org 

 

For national trends and information on other states, visit VolunteeringinAmerica.gov   

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Apply Now for Financial Aid!
   

The Maine Commission for Community Service supports professional development of managers of volunteers by awarding funds to support training and development activities.

 

Examples of covered activities are online courses, educational conferences, seminars, workshops, or preparation for professional certifications that relate to the Competencies for Managers of Volunteers.  

 

2014 Application Deadline is January 28, 2014.  Applicants will receive funding status notification by February 28, 2014.   

 

To view eligibility, instructions and forms, visit Professional Development Fund at VolunteerMaine.org 

 

Depending upon availability of resources, a second application deadline will be March 27, 2014.

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Governor's Service Awards
Nominations Due Feb. 28, 2014


April and National Volunteer Week are coming fast! Nominate your fantastic volunteers for statewide recognition!

Since 1987, the Governor's Awards for Service and Volunteerism have celebrated and recognized the amazing work of some dedicated Maine citizens.   At the same time, the awards hope to inspire others to follow in the footsteps of the individuals, businesses, and organizations recognized.


Awards for these categories are presented in April at the Hall of Flags in Augusta:
  • Volunteer of the Year
  • Youth Volunteer of the Year
  • Outstanding Public Sector Volunteer
  • Outstanding National Service Volunteer
  • Outstanding Service-learning Practitioner
  • Excellence in Volunteer Administration (presented to a volunteer program manager)
  • Corporate Volunteerism
  • Small Business Volunteerism
  • Outstanding Volunteer Program
  • School District in Service-learning

The Roll of Honor recognizes every volunteer nominated through a certificate and special celebration (a surprise for 2014!). Eligible volunteers must have served 500 hours or more in calendar year 2013.


For instructions, eligibility criteria, forms, and links to the online submission site visit volunteermaine.org/governors-service-awards/ 

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AmeriCorps Turns 20! 
Were you there in the early years?  Tell us what it was like!

 

Since 1994, more than 5,200 Maine residents have served more than 7.2 million hours and have qualified for Segal AmeriCorps Education Awards totaling more than $16,230,000.

 

Maine AmeriCorps Alums can be found leading community organizations and projects all over the state. As preparations take shape for a celebration of 20 years, we want to connect with those who served and the places they helped.

For 2 weeks in February, there will be a virtual "Maine AmeriCorps Homecoming" on the Maine Commission for Community Service FB page.

What can you share?

For Organizations: Did you host a Maine AmeriCorps member or VISTA between 1994 and now? What was the lasting impact of the person's effort? Have any AmeriCorps Alums come back to visit?

For AmeriCorps Alums: In what program did you serve? What was it like? Have you ever been back to visit? What are you doing now?

To add your answers and remembrances, go to the Facebook page for the Maine Commission for Community Service and leave a comment!

February 3-8 will be devoted to program sponsor and host site memories.

February 10-15 will be devoted to memories of Maine AmeriCorps Alums.

Not affiliated with AmeriCorps? Then please pass this along through your network. You never know who just hasn't mentioned it!

We can't wait to hear from you!

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FYI

National Service FB group established. If you would like to connect with active National Service* members in a friendly, professional space to share ideas, events, research, resources, networks, advice, projects and information related to National Service in Maine - read on!

 

Barbara Bixby, a current AmeriCorps VISTA and Returned Peace Corps Volunteer, is moderating a Facebook group intended to connect active National Service members, alums, staff and advocates of National Service in Maine. FMI and to join, log into FB and then search "Groups" by typing in National Service in Maine. Click join and sheI will add you. This is a closed group, which will show who is in the group to nonmembers, but not what is posted. This format allows us to keep the focus on national service and use personal pages for all the other stuff. Her only request? "Please, no posting of cat photos (unless the cat is in National Service and is wearing appropriate gear) or recipes!"

*National Service refers to AmeriCorps State/National, AmeriCorps VISTA, Senior Companions, Foster Grandparents, and RSVP volunteers. The group is also open to Returned Peace Corps Volunteers and other international or domestic volunteer service organization members.