Connecting Maine's volunteer leaders.  
September 2018
Who is a "volunteer leader"? In our mind, it is anyone who organizes volunteers to get something done:
  • the chair of the lake association or church food cupboard who steps into lead as a volunteer. 
  • an agency or town or school employee assigned to enlist volunteers from the community. 
  • the company HR staff tasked with organizing volunteer efforts by employees.
Our point? Your role is so important. Give yourself a gift. Take time to feed your mind with learning while you feed your soul with new connections.
Yours in Service,
The Maine Commission for Community Service
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Act now!
Maine volunteer leaders' conference registration ends soon

The 2018 planning committee has really mixed up the offerings! There is something for everyone:
  • Trauma Informed Care - when a volunteer wants to "give back" after trauma
  • Volunteer Management 101 for folks new to this
  • Engaging Volunteers To Meet Organizational Goals
  • Expanding Maine Afterschool Opportunities: How Volunteers Can Help
  • Finding the Time for Doing It All 
  • and more ....
DISCOUNTS: Use the code here to get an additional discount off the Early Bird price: VFNews18. 

NEED HOTEL? University Inn is offering a deal. $93 for first person the night before + $10 for each add'l person per room. Details are on conference site.

FMI on CONFERENCE SESSIONS: use this LINK or past this address in your browser -
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Sept. 20
Sept. 30
Blaine House  Conference 

Oct. 9
Maine AmeriCorps members sworn in at opening plenary of Blaine House Conference on Service and Volunteerism

Oct. 10
Deadline to send
Intent to Apply
for RSVP Sponsor

Coming this Fall!
Request for Proposals:
AmeriCorps State programs

Who is talking about a "Volunteer Workforce"?

The Wisdom Summit held Sept. 12 brought together hundreds of folks to talk about aging in place in Maine. The Maine Council on Aging's summit planners realize volunteers will be essential human resources if age-friendly programs and supports are to succeed.

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Jennifer Crittenden reports out discussion at Wisdom Summit
Jennifer Crittenden from the UMaine Center on Aging and Maryalice Crofton from the Maine Commission for Community Service led the discussions about "Growing and Sustaining and Engaged Volunteer Workforce." Themes in the discussions: the need to reinforce an ethic of service; have a single information source for volunteer opportunities.
Opportunity Knocks!
Grant to operate RSVP in
Somerset and Kennebec Counties
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RSVP is a Senior Corps national service program. It connects volunteers 55+ with service opportunities. 

For volunteers, it offers the chance to connect with someone who knows what is out there for volunteer positions. 

If your agency's mission aligns with operating this program, there is a grant opportunity for you! 

RSVP/Senior Corps is a federal national service program funded by the Corporation for National and Community Service. They are seeking a program sponsor for Kennebec and Somerset.

FMI contact: Libby Hite (, CNCS field office in Concord, NH. Phone: 603-931-3722

Key dates:  Notice of Intent to Apply - Oct. 10
                   Application deadline - Nov. 7
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Fall Registration Opens for Online 
Volunteer Management Course

This course is designed for everyone responsible for designing, implementing, or sponsoring volunteer programs. As the basic course, it is built around the novice level competencies for managers of volunteers. It also is a good refresher for anyone re-entering the field or individuals who expect to take on leadership roles in their communities or agencies.

The course is open to anyone with internet access. Students who complete the course are issued a certificate by the Maine Commission for Community Service.

NOTE: It truly is a 30-hour course with readings, written assignments, and quizzes. It's a great weekend activity if you are the person in the house who does NOT watch football.

REGISTRATION: Sept. 19-Oct. 5 for course start on Oct. 22

FEE: Use this discount code to get 50% off the $120 registration - MVFref
Engaging Volunteers from Diverse and Immigrant Communities
From Minnesota Association for Volunteer Administration

Is your organization like many other nonprofit and government agencies that struggle to engage volunteers who reflect the racial and ethnic diversity of the communities they serve? If so,  MAVA has some useful information for you. MAVA has launched an Inclusive Volunteerism Initiative, a program focused on researching and developing best practices for engaging volunteers from diverse and immigrant communities.

From this research  MAVA has developed a set of 8 strategies for creating a more inclusive volunteer program at your organization. These strategies serve as a starting point for volunteer engagement leaders who are seeking concrete next steps for better engaging volunteers from diverse and immigrant communities.

Click here to download  the report's executive summary with all 8 strategies!