July 2019                       A Stronger Maine through Volunteerism.                                  
Augusta, ME                                 
It's summer visitor and BBQ time in Maine! As you know, Maine's volunteer sector is the "secret sauce" in our community life that so many people envy. Like everything good, there is a recipe for making it something everyone wants. 

In this edition, we offer you a few ways to freshen up your volunteer efforts, celebrate volunteers and service, plus - if you like - change the recipe altogether.
Yours in Service,
The Maine Commission for Community Service
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Who inspires you?
Awards Offer Chance to Recognize Volunteers in Business, Nonprofit, and Public Sector

Volunteers make the hearts of Maine communities beat! 

On October 15 at UMaine, the Governor's Awards for Service and Volunteerism will be presented during the 2019 Maine Volunteer Leadership Conference.

Who will be the recipients? Maybe someone you nominate! Categories include Volunteer of the Year and
  • Young Maine Volunteer of the Year
  • Employee Volunteer of the Year
  • Outstanding Volunteer Team
  • Excellence in Youth Service Development
  • Outstanding Employee Volunteer Program
  • Service Enterprise of the Year 
Nominations close September 6 so don't wait!
FMI, use this LINK to VolunteerMaine.org award page.
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Notice anything different? 
Maine Volunteer Leadership Conference 

The 2019 Maine Volunteer Leadership Conference is ready for your registration! Here are a few highlights:

WHEN: Tuesday, October 15, 2019
WHERE: UMaine, DP Corbett Hall, Orono

FEATURING: Elisa Kosarin, Twenty Hats
Ms Kosarin will speak at the opening plenary and present two sessions during the regular agenda. She c onsults, coaches, and trains on volunteer management best practices. She has presented at numerous conferences and has served on the faculty for the Center for Nonprofit Advancement and the Catalogue for Philanthropy, both located in Washington, DC.
Certified in Volunteer Administration (CVA), Elisa blogs regularly on her Twenty Hats website and guest posts frequently for the VolunteerMatch Engaging Volunteers website.

  • Reading a RAP Sheet: No it's not music 
  • Stacking UP: Maine Volunteer Management Practices 
  • Burn-Out Prevention!
  • Peer Problem-Solving for Experienced Volunteer Managers  
  • Are You Business Ready? Corporate Employee Volunteer Programs
  • Behavior-Based Interviewing for Specialized Volunteer Roles
NEW! The Governor's Awards for Service and Volunteerism will be presented at a plenary session just before lunch.

In This Issue
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August 15
New AmeriCorps Grantee Training Session III

Sept. 5
Maine AmeriCorps Staff/ Leaders Meeting

Sept. 6
Nominations close for Governor's Awards for Service and Volunteerism

Sept. 26
Maine Commission for Community Service Business Meeting - 
Rm 110, 19 Elkins Ln, Augusta 

Sept. 27
Maine Volunteer Leadership Conference  Early Bird Registration Rates End

Coming this Fall!
Request for Proposals:
AmeriCorps State programs
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with your guess!
This retired in 2018.

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Now Introducing
New Focus,
New Name!
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Service Enterprise: What is it? Why care?

Efficient and effective.   When you see reviews endorsing an agency or business that use those two words, doesn't it build your confidence? 

As a leader, don't you want the community to think of your operation that way?

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A Service Enterprise is an organization whose culture embraces volunteers so completely it is able to integrate volunteers and their skills into plans, strategies, and daily operations. The result?

Service Enterprises rise to the top 11% of high performing organizations because their increased efficiency and effectiveness in providing services allows them to have a greater positive impact. 

In Maine, the Commission for Community Service makes the Service Enterprise training and coaching available at no-cost or very low-cost. What is normally a $2,000-$5,000 fee is just $400 due to funding from the Corporation for National and Community Service under the Volunteer Generation Fund.

To explore what Service Enterprise could mean for your agency, contact Michael Ashmore at michael.ashmore@maine.gov or call him at 207-624-7734.

For a video explaining Service Enterprise, use this LINK from Points of Light, the national administrator.
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You Are Invited!

In 1994, two volunteer service initiatives were launched in Maine: AmeriCorps and the Maine Commission for Community Service. 

Over the last 25 years, the Commission has awarded nearly $32.2 million to Maine organizations to support service by AmeriCorps members. Regional AmeriCorps programs have also sent members to serve in Maine. And young people seeking to learn about other states have joined AmeriCorps, served a year, and then brought their new-found skills home.
Since 1994, 6800 Maine residents have served in AmeriCorps and another 1400 have come to Maine to serve our communities. They spent more than 13 million hours helping children, families, seniors, schools, nonprofits, parks, municipalities, law enforcement, and conservation organizations. As a result of their service, they earned over $31 million in education awards to support post secondary education.
On Friday, October 11, Maine AmeriCorps Alums, the Maine Volunteer Foundation, and the Maine Commission for Community Service will celebrate these 25 years of service with: 
  • Maine AmeriCorps Alumni from 1994-2019,
  • AmeriCorps program staff (past and present),
  • The 2020 Class of AmeriCorps members,
  • Commission board members and staff (past and present),
  • AmeriCorps and Commission community partners, nonprofits and business
  • Elected officials (local, county, state and federal)
Immediate Actions to Take!
  1. Help us locate the AmeriCorps Alums in Maine. We need their stories for a film. We need their nominations for Outstanding AmeriCorps Alum Awards. We want to see them again! 
    Please direct the Alums you know to www.facebook.com/maineamericorpsalums/
  2. Save the date and let us know where to send your invitation by completing this quick form (2 questions): https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/Oct11-invite