February 2016 Edition
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For Volunteer Program Leaders, Sponsors, and Supporters
          Although spring hasn't arrived yet, it seems like time to spruce things up and that included refreshing the 8-year-old masthead for this newsletter. Hope it brightens your day.
          What didn't change? The purpose. We are still looking for news, resources, and opportunities useful to you, the folks responsible for organizing and operating volunteer activities in the community.
          Let us know what you 'd like to see here - we love suggestions!
Yours in service,
Maine Commission for Community Service
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Volunteer Administrators Needed for 2016 Planning!
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Every year a small band of Maine volunteer program staff and leaders organize the statewide conference for their peers. The group meetings are virtual (no travel) and start in March. 

Want to make your mark? Join the planning team! 
Send your name and contact info to
Service.Commission@maine.gov
by March 11, 2016. Please put "Conference planning volunteer" in the email subject.
No-cost
Affiliate Membership to Nonprofit Risk Management Center

Does your organization have a no-cost-to-you Affiliate Membership  with the Nonprofit Risk Management Center?   You might if you
  •  had staff or a volunteer at the 2015 Blaine House Conference on Service and Volunteerism;
  • completed the online CMV 101 course in 2015; or
  • currently have a National Service volunteer at your agency (AmeriCorps, Foster Grandparent, RSVP, Senior Companion).
Here are some of the benefits you want to take advantage of:
  • Free risk management advice by phone or email;
  • Monthly live webinars on specific aspects of risk management;
  • Free access to 120 recorded presentations on risk management topics;
  • 80% discount ($29) on templates for policies and an online tool for developing a risk management plan.
This is a $900 value if your agency paid its own membership.

To get the access code and ID, explain which qualification you meet in an email to Service.Commission@maine.gov
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In a world focused on efficiency and effectiveness, volunteer program managers as well as funders are always trying to get local data so their plans and impact has local context. Here's a resource!

The Northern New England Indicators site provides access to interactive data on thirty-five socioeconomic indicators for all the counties of Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont, along with comparable state-level and national-level data. The data come from a variety of sources including the U.S. Census Bureau, the Bureau of Economic Analysis, the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the FBI, and the CDC, and highlight long-term and recent trends in population, income and poverty, health and healthcare, employment, education, crime, and more. 

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National Volunteer Recognition Week

There are many ways to say "thank you" to volunteers. Below are a few no cost options-- including our own Maine awards for service and volunteerism. 
Note that most have March nomination  deadlines!

Portland Sea Dogs Volunteer Appreciation Game, April 19
From Tim Jorn @ the Sea Dogs: "This is a special event where we recognize volunteers around the community who have gone above and beyond in their service. We are asking each non-profit organization to nominate 1 volunteer for this event. Each nominee receives 2 free tickets and a chance to be recognized in a pre-game ceremony on the field. Each nominee's name and organization will also be put on the video board." To get nomination instructions, send an email to tim@seadogs.com by March 11.

Note: All Maine Volunteer Roll of Honor recipients will automatically receive 1 free ticket. Thanks, Sea Dogs!! Organizations can nominate as many volunteers as meet the criteria. FMI, keep reading.

New England Patriots' 2016 Myra Kraft Community MVP Awards
Nominations due March 15. The awards highlight the Patriots' ongoing Celebrate Volunteerism initiative, which honors Myra Kraft's lifetime commitment to volunteerism. Twenty-six nonprofit organizations from across New England will receive grants of up to $25,000 in honor of their outstanding volunteers. For complete details and nomination instructions, use THIS LINK

Maine Volunteer Rolls of Honor -- youth and adult
Nominations are due Friday, March 4. Both programs honor anyone nominated. They are not competitive award programs.
  • Young Maine Volunteer Roll of Honor- sponsored by Freemasons of Maine, Portland Pirates, and the Commission. Anyone 18 or younger, or who are members of a youth group, who gave at least 50 hours of service in 2015 are eligible. Get details and nomination form at VolunteerMaine.org
  • Maine Volunteer Roll of Honor - sponsored by Bangor Daily News, Portland Sea Dogs, and the Commission. Every volunteer 19 years of age or older who completed 500 or more hours of service is honored. Details and nomination form are at VolunteerMaine.org
Governor's Awards for Service and Volunteerism
Nominations are due  Friday, March 4 .  This program selects recipients from nominees in 9 categories. Five awards go to individuals; four awards to business or nonprofit programs. For instructions on how to nominate someone, go to VolunteerMaine.org/governors-service-awards