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 August 2014 Edition    
COOP Plans for Volunteer Programs
Volunteerism Conference Keynote
Maine Online Volunteer Management Course
Nominations Open: Champion of Service
AmeriCorps Competition Prep
America's PrepareAthon!

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AmeriCorps Is Turning 20 in Sept!


Thank an Alum for their service! 
Welcome the 300 new Maine AmeriCorps Members! 

 To track the celebration activities, use this LINK

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Does Your Volunteer Program Have a COOP Plan?


Even though September is Preparedness Month in the Emergency Management world, volunteer and community service programs typically focus on the readiness of clients/customers, not themselves.

A COOP Plan -- COntinuous OPeration Plan -- is about your business. If you do not have a plan for operating in an emergency, how can you pitch in to help your community?

Have you ....
  • a way to access contact information for volunteers, board members, agency partners, insurance and financial contacts if there is no electrical power?
  • assessed what you might need to do for staff in order for them to be present and help with agency or program operations?
  • connected with local response and recovery leaders to determine what they might want or expect from you as a respected community service provider -- space, expertise, volunteers?
  • included in program materials a message to your customers/clients about operations during emergencies? People in crisis will reach out automatically to those they trust.
In Maine, emergencies tend to be weather-related and very regional. As you start to think about your volunteer program and agency preparedness, be sure to talk to colleagues in other parts of the state. Perhaps they can pitch in for a short time -- a mutual-aid arrangement.

For a thought provoking article from a small business perspective, visit this portion of the Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety.

For some business continuity guides that are adaptable to community-based organizations, visit this section of
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Jason Mangone, Franklin Project Director, to speak at Maine Volunteerism Conference


blaine house conference logo It's the 20th Anniversary of AmeriCorps and, along with the celebration, there is a movement to have every young adult spend a year in national service.

Jason Mangone will describe the new and expanded vision for national service in his keynote address at the 2014 Blaine House Conference for Service and Volunteerism.

speaker photo Mangone served as an infantry officer in the Marine Corps from 2006-2010. As a platoon commander with Third Battalion, Second Marines, he led Marines on three deployments
in Iraq, the Middle East, and Haiti. When he left the Marine Corps, he worked as a research associate in the Military Fellows program
at the Council on Foreign Relations from 2010-2011. He now heads the Franklin Project at Aspen Institute.

The Franklin Project envisions a future in which all young Americans are asked, "Where did you serve?" and can answer with pride.  National service would be voluntary, but expected, in the military or as a civilian for a full year or more at modest pay, and a rite of passage for every young American. 

FMI about the Franklin Project, use this LINK.
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It's Hervolunteer program staffe! The Desktop Volunteer Management Course for Maine


 Do you see yourself in any of these scenarios? 


  • You have been a volunteer and the agency is so grateful they promote you to leading part of the volunteer program. You have never been a manager or supervisor.
  • You were hired for a technical job (e.g., home care, fire prevention, or wildlife management). On your second day someone said "by the way, there are some volunteers who help out with ....." Organizing people who are not employees was not a duty you expected.
  • The service your agency provides is in very high demand but the resources to provide the service will not be growing anytime soon.Your funder has suggested re-engineering service delivery to have volunteers help meet the demand for service. You wonder what that change entails.
A new online, self-paced course will help you explore and master the basics of volunteer management. Offered by the Maine Commission for Community Service, the course has six modules and successful completion leads to a Certificate in Basic Volunteer Management.

Course fee: $120  value -- Use discount code VFS0814 to register for just $40.

Registration opens September 1. To receive email with course enrollment instructions, use this LINK.
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Nominate a Champion of Service!


Champion ...

an advocate,  supporter,  fighter. Someone who defends, upholds, protects, or supports a cause.

What cause? 
Volunteer Service.

Giving time, talent, energy that contributes to the welfare of others by someone who participate of their own free will (voluntarily).

The Award

The Champion of Service award is presented by the Maine Commission for Community Service each October at the Blaine House Conference on Service and Volunteerism.

  • It recognizes an individual who has served in the public sector (local, county, regional, or state government).
  • The recipient is someone who consistently has advocated for citizen involvement in addressing community issues and shown an understanding of what supports citizen volunteers need to be effective.
  • The person has demonstrated an understanding (intuitively or explicitly) that towns and cities that are thriving are places where residents actively serve to make a difference in civic life and foster the local quality of life.
Do you know such a person? Nominate them as a "Champion of Service." Don't delay -- the wonderful distractions of summer can make you forget!

FMI -- follow this LINK
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What is America's PrepareAthon??

America's PrepareAthon! is an opportunity for individuals, organizations, and communities to prepare for specific hazards through drills, group discussions, and exercises. The second National Day of Action is scheduled for September 30, 2014.

If you are belong to a civic or fraternal organization, school club, or youth group this may be an opportunity to help your community prepare.

PrepareAthon! events help increase the number of individuals who:
  • Understand which disasters could happen in their community;
  • Know what to do to be safe and mitigate damage,
  • Take action to increase their preparedness, and
  • Participate in community resilience planning.

For event planning guides, toolkits, and more information visit America's PrepareAthon! at this FEMA site:   LINK 

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Are you coming?

The Blaine House Conference on Service and Volunteerism

October 14, 2014
Univ. of Maine, Orono

Registration opens Aug. 15

  • Need to Know
  • Learn to Use
  • Service-learning
  • Special topics:
    • Required Volunteering: Make It A Skill-building Experience;
    • Employee Volunteering for Small Businesses;
    • What Works. 

Sponsored by: 

Bangor Savings Bank * Cabot Creamery * Machias Savings Bank *  
Maine Commission for Community Service