Volunteer Fare  
March 2018

This March seems to be more on the lion side of the spectrum than the lamb. Not to worry - there are plenty of opportunities, resources, and information in here to keep you busy during the numerous snowstorms. Stay safe and warm!

Yours in Service,
The Maine Commission for Community Service

Planning the
Blaine House Conference on
Service and Volunteerism

The time is here to begin planning Maine's only state-wide conference on volunteerism and professional training for volunteer managers. Have you attended in the past or have thought about attending? Do you have suggestions to make this year's conference the best yet? Or maybe you have a favorite component from a previous year that you would like to see again. This is your opportunity to get a hands-on role in designing what 2018's conference looks like!

FMI contact Maryalice Crofton or call 207-624-7792.
Last 24 Hours
Before It's Too Late!

The deadline to submit youth and adult volunteers for Maine's Volunteer Rolls of Honor is TOMORROW! Don't miss your chance to celebrate Maine's volunteers with tickets to recognition events, certificates, medals for youth, and state-wide notice of volunteer hours for adults.

FMI, instructions, and nomination forms
follow the links below:

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March 15
Deadline for Volunteer Rolls of Honor submissions

March 28
AmeriCorps Member Conference at Thomas College

March 11-17
AmeriCorps Week

Early April
AmeriCorps Grant Opening for Proposals

April 3
National Service Recognition Day 
organized by CNCS

April 6
MCCS Strategic Planning Vision Conference - FMI email Maryalice Crofton

April 15-21
National Volunteer Appreciation Week

April 1, July 1, Nov. 1
Deadlines to apply to be an AmeriCorps NCCC member

Special Announcement:
U pcoming Triennial AmeriCorps Grant Competition

This Spring will see Maine's triennial AmeriCorps grant competition! This only hap p ens  once every 3 years, so don't miss the opportunity. Funding focus areas include Economic Opportunity, Healthy Futures, Environmental Stewardship, Veterans and Military Families, Education, and several more.

The RFP will be opening the first week of April. Monitor  http://www.maineservicecommission.gov/grants/  for updates. Contact Michael Ashmore FMI.

Living to Be 100+ Through Volunteering 

Looking for something to watch while you're stuck inside during these numerous snowstorms?  Well, look no further. This 16 minute  TedTalk  on how to live to be 100+ is fascinating! Every day face-to-face interactions could be the secret. Get out there and volunteer to create new relationships and richer, more vibrant communities!

How Volunteer Engagement Professionals Compare with Other Key Staff

In June 2017, Minnesota Association of Volunteers (MAVA) initiated a study as a result of ongoing feedback from volunteer engagement professionals that their positions are
comparable to three other key staff positions in terms of skills set and scope of  responsibility, yet there is still a lack of equity. MAVA sought to obtain a top-level view on  how the VEP position is perceived by CEOs in comparison to other similar roles within an organization.
Their goal was to learn how to address inequities and challenges faced by VEPs.

A survey was sent to thousands of nonprofit and government organizations. It was designed to examine how CEOs recruit, support, and resource four key positions in nonprofit and public sector organizations, so that organizational leaders and other stakeholders can improve practices and make informed decisions. The four positions studied were:
  • Volunteer Engagement Professionals (VEPs)
  • Development Directors (DDs)
  • Program Directors (PDs)
  • Human Resource Professionals (HRPs)

The main focus areas of the research include:

  • Comparison of VEPs, HRPs, DDs and PDs Qualifications
  • VEP Inclusion in Leadership Team and Strategic Planning, Salaries and Position Elimination in Tough Budget Times
  • Challenges VEPs Experience and How CEOs Can Contribute to Volunteer Program Effectiveness
  • How Volunteer Engagement Professionals Can Make the Case that They Do Stack-Up.

The report also includes a template for your own personal action plan so you can help to direct change.


To download the full report click here.