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Youth Recognition
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Nominations Close March 13

Honor  All Young Maine Volunteers

 

Maine youth are volunteering at a rate that has earned the state recognition in national reports. It's time to shine a spotlight on the young people who are serving and changing their communities.


 

The Young Maine Volunteer Roll of Honor will recognize EVERY qualifying nominee 18 years of age and younger with

1. a certificate attesting to their service;
2. an invitation (and complimentary ticket) to the Portland Pirates youth volunteer recognition game (April 3);
3. (with submission of parental consent) listing by name on the arena Roll of Honor the evening of the game.
 

The recognition program is sponsored by the Maine Commission for Community Service and Maine AmeriCorps Alums chapters.


To nominate an individual or a group, follow this LINK .
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Coffee Reading

 

person reading Micro-volunteering - Is it for your agency?

First, let's define the term.

"Micro-volunteering" means
1.  a task done by a volunteer, or a team of volunteers either online via an internet-connected device or offline in small increments of time.

Sometimes called "bite-sized" volunteering, it is an opportunity that takes a relatively small amount of time, involves a task that is self-scheduled by the volunteer, involves minimal planning, and is completed online or off-line.

An example from the Commission's experience is the time we needed a webinar leader to give an overview of "Return on Investment" for volunteer programs. We put a call out on SkillsForChange (formerly, Sparked). It's a site that connects folks who want micro-volunteer options with agencies that have projects.

A financial officer of a Washington DC consulting firm volunteered to do the presentation. We talked on the phone once, emailed a few times, and she did a wonderful job one Thursday morning to an audience of Mainers. For her, the topic was easy and took comparatively little prep. At our end, it was great to have a new voice.

Have we got you thinking? Here are a few articles to explore.
" Micro-volunteering Events 2014" is a UK blog and 40 page downloadable report about a variety of events.


" The Rise of Micro-volunteering" gives an overview of the development of this approach.
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AmeriCorps News

Maine Rural AmeriCorps Grant Program

Did you miss the webinar in February? Here are the slides from the presentation. (PDF)

This new grant program will issue a call for proposals soon. Think about whether this is the way for your small agency to "get in the game" and bring AmeriCorps to your community.

Where is AmeriCorps in Maine?
AmeriCorps Week: March 9-16

You've heard that AmeriCorps gets things done. But where are those things being done in Maine and where can you find AmeriCorps members?

Check out this MAP to find the locations of the 400+ Maine AmeriCorps members. Use this PROGRAM LIST if you'd like to learn more about a particular activity.

Were You A VISTA? Come to the Virtual Reunion!

VISTA is 50 years old and celebrating!

If you were a VISTA, come to Maine's virtual reunion! During AmeriCorps Week, use your social media channel or come to the FB page for Maine Commission for Community Service.

Reconnect and tell us when you served, where you were, and a memory of the assignment. Use #MEVISTAReunion.

Check out this MAP to see where ME VISTAs are serving this year.
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Help Plan the 2015 Blaine House Conference on Service and Volunteering!

Each year the agenda, location, theme, and much more are planned by a committee of volunteer managers.

You are invited to pitch in and make the 2015 conference the best ever. Meetings are by teleconference and start at the end of March.

To learn more, contact Service.Commission@maine.gov
now!!
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Volunteer Administrators of Midcoast Maine

2015 Volunteer Administrators Conference Registration Open!

You are invited to connect with peers from across southern Maine and the midcoast at this annual gathering. Details are below.

"Communication Strategies: Discovering Hidden Messages"
Wed., March 25, 2015  -- 8am - 3 pm
Maine Maritime Museum, Bath

Fee: $55 includes lunch and materials
Deadline: March 20

To register and for agenda information, use THIS LINK.
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Registration Open!        Discount Ends April 3.
Early Summer Session - May 4 to June 30 - Online Course
This 6 module course is designed for people who have some level of responsibility for designing, implementing, or sponsoring volunteer programs and initiatives.

Use this REGISTRATION LINK. Registration closes April 3, 2015.

FEE:  $120. 
DISCOUNT FOR VolunteerFare subscribers: 25% (pay $90) with code MVF-52015