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 June 2014 Edition    
IN THIS ISSUE
Conference Proposals
Scholarship Winner
Nominations Open: Champion of Service
AmeriCorps Competition Prep
Coffee Reading
New VISTA Partners

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Call for Session Proposals Issued by Conference Planners: Due June 26

 

proposal folders "Service: The Art. The Magic. The Impact." That's the theme for the 28th Blaine House Conference on Service and Volunteerism.

The call for Session Proposals is still open! Regional or Maine trainers, volunteer program directors, consultants looking to expand their network are all invited to submit through the online form.

The 50 sessions are divided into tracks: Need to Know (novice and intermediate level), Learn to Use (advance and expert level), Innovative Solutions, Proven Approaches, and special issues.

FMI and directions, use THIS LINK.
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And the winner is ....

 

blaine house conference logo Remember the opportunity last month to answer a survey "what do you want for sessions at conference?"

Respondents were entered in a drawing for a full scholarship to the conference!

And the winner is ... Angie Butler, Next Step Domestic Violence Project in Ellsworth.

Our appreciation to Angie for taking the time to respond. "See you at conference!"
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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!

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person reading Coffee Reading

This month's reading suggestions include... .

 

Securing the American Character

Gen. Stanley McChrystal
In this essay, General McChrystal argues that Americans don't feel a sense of ownership of their country because civic participation has atrophied.

In the process, McChrystal quotes William F. Buckley who in his 1990 book,Gratitude, wrote , "Materialistic democracy beckons every man to make himself a king; republican citizenship incites every man to be a knight. National service, like gravity, is something we could accustom ourselves to, and grow to love." 

 

Have you read this book? "The Politics and Civics of National Service: Lessons from the Civilian Conservation Corps, VISTA, and AmeriCorps," Melissa Bass (January 2013) 

 

Send us your book review (limit 750 characters) and we'll publish it here!  

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Welcome New VISTA Partners!

americorps vista logo In May's edition of Volunteer Fare, there was a call for new AmeriCorps VISTA host site partners.

We are pleased to welcome 12 new organizations as host sites for the Maine VISTA Project.

The goal of the Maine VISTA Project is to build capacity in Maine's volunteer sector by engaging citizens in high quality, high impact service that addresses the needs of individuals and families living in poverty.

These agencies are now recruiting for VISTA members to serve immediately! If you know someone who'd like to devote a year to making a difference (including someone who wants to try Maine life for a year), tell them "Now it the time!" 
  • Beehive Design Collective, Machias
  • Downeast AIDS Network, Ellsworth and Bangor
  • Heart of Biddeford (Maine Street program), Biddeford
  • United Way of Eastern Maine, Bangor
  • Maine Highlands Senior Center, Dover-Foxcroft
  • Threads of Hope, Aroostook
  • KV CAP, Waterville
  • Morris Farm, Wiscasset
  • Community Concepts, Inc., Lewiston
  • Westbrook Schools, Westbrook
  • Habitat for Humanity of York County, Kennebunk
  • Portland Housing Authority, Portland
  • Bucksport Bay Healthy Communities Coalition, Bucksport
  • Many Flags One Community, Rockland
  • New Mainers' Resource Center, Portland 
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