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August 2013 Edition
   
IN THIS ISSUE
Late Summer Reading
Quality of Place and Civic Health featured at Maine Conference
Champion of Service Nominations Open
Maine Chosen to Pilot Service Enterprise
Maine Volunteer Sector Survey: Take it!
New AmeriCorps Programs
9/11 National Day of Service and Remembrance
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Late Summer Reading for You

Two reports issued over the summer months make it to our "Must Read" list for those last days of taking work outside to a picnic table.

  1. "Millennials Civic Health Index" published by the National Conference on Citizenship (NCOC.net). The report takes a close look at this generation in the context of the civic health indicators.

    One intriguing finding is that higher education and greater civic engagement are linked with one surprising exception: Millennials who have not pursued higher ed are more likely to help their neighbors than those peers who have higher ed attainment. The link title above will take you to the full report.      
  2. "Volunteering as a Pathway to Employment" is a report by the Corporation for National and Community Service with NCOC.  The data shows that volunteers have a 27 percent higher likelihood of finding a job after being out of work than non-volunteers. These effects are even stronger for those without high school degrees and those who live in rural areas.
     
    CNCS also found that volunteering is associated with an increased likelihood of finding employment for all volunteers regardless of a person's gender, age, ethnicity, geographical area, or the job market conditions.
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Quality of Place, Civic Health, Volunteering, Service-learning: Explore the Links @ Maine's Annual Service Conference! 

 

The 27th Blaine House Conference on Service and Volunteerism will include a special focus on the link between civic health indicators and quality of place.

The keynote speaker, Kristen Cambell of the National Conference on Citizenship will discuss the research and findings related to the indicators of civic health.

 

Presenters from Gardiner Heart and Soul, Island Institute, the Future of Arizona, Northwestern University's Civic Education Project,and Volunteer Lake Monitoring Program will explore the more concrete manifestations of the indicators and the results in communities.

 

Individuals new to volunteer management and service-learning can target the "Need to Know" or "Learn to Use" sessions. Special topics include the generational expectations of veterans who may serve as volunteers and the role of FEMA's new youth advisory council in advancing community preparedness.

 

Anyone who registers before Sept. 30 can take advantage of a 20% reduced "early bird" fee. For more information and a full list of sessions as well as presenters, visit VolunteerMaine.org.
 

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champion of service logo Nominate A Champion of Service In Your Community
Deadline is 9/20
   
Do you know someone in the public sector who advocates, champions, consistently fosters involvement of citizen volunteers in addressing local issues? Recognize their persistence in making room for citizen engagement.

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).
  • The recipient is someone who consistently advocates for citizen involvement in addressing community issues and shows 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 thrive are places where residents actively serve to make a difference in civic life and foster the local quality of life.
FMI and application instructions, go to

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United Way of York County and Maine Commission for Community Service Bring Service Enterprise to Maine 
Consistent with their commitment to build capacity in the volunteer sector and foster civic engagement, the United Way of York County and Maine Commission for Community Service joined forces in an application to be selected as a pilot state/county for a special "Service Enterprise" project. The request for applications was issued by the Points of Light Institute and Re-imagining Service. The Maine proposal was one of 13 selected nationally.

A "Service Enterprise" is an organization that deliberately and strategically leverages volunteers and their skills to successfully deliver on the social mission of the organization.

Research on thousands of organizations shows that Service Enterprises strategically leverage volunteers to increase their capacity, outperform their peers and have greater impact. What's more, Service Enterprises get a big return: gaining up to $6 for every $1 invested in their volunteer capacity.

 

The national pilot project trains the selected partners on how to help local organizations qualify for the Service Enterprise designation and, then, reach out to agencies that want to be in the "first class" of Maine Service Enterprises. (Learn more.

 

FMI: Contact Meaghan Arzberger (marzberger@buildcommunity.org) or Pam Zeutenhorst (pam.zeutenhorst@maine.gov)   

 

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maine volunteers with raised hands The State of Maine's Volunteer Sector: What's it like out there?

 Leaders of Maine volunteer efforts - we need to hear from you!

 

Every 3 years, the Maine Commission for Community Service (MCCS) conducts the "Maine Volunteer Sector Survey." The questions probe how programs operate, what volunteers do, and who the leaders are.

 

The results will be used to
1) set funding priorities for National Service grants made by MCCS;
2) shape the MCCS strategic plan and work for 2014-2016; and
3) issue a status report on Maine's volunteer sector.

 

Be part of the story!  Take your laptop, a cup of coffee or tea, and tell us about your volunteer program! 


Access the survey through this link OR MaineServiceCommission.gov

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New Maine AmeriCorps Programs Add Nearly 250 Members To National Service Resources in Communities 
The Maine Commission for Community Service announced funding of two new AmeriCorps programs as a result of successful competitive applications to the Corporation for National and Community Service.

The City of Bangor partnered with Eastern Maine Community College and 12 local organizations to tackle the need for job training and other skill development services among General Assistance users. The goal is to increase employment rates over the 3-year period. The award consists of 32 AmeriCorps positions and annual funding of $210,336 to support these National Service members.

americorps logo LearningWorks successfully competed for an AmeriCorps School Turnaround award which provides 216 AmeriCorps positions and $728,575 annually to support the members. The AmeriCorps members will serve an estimated 1,805 elementary and high school students and 1,374 family and community members through extended day learning, one-on-one tutoring, and community, family, and parent engagement at Carrabec, Ellsworth, Sumner, and Spruce Mountain (Livermore Falls/Jay) High Schools as well as East End and Riverton Elementary Schools in Portland. The participating schools were eligible because they were receiving School Improvement Grants and implementing school turnaround interventions.

FMI contact Michael Ashmore, MCCS Grant Programs Officer (michael.ashmore@maine.gov)

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9/11 national day of service and remembrance

9/11 National Day of Service and Remembrance:
What will you do?
9/11 Day is the international non-profit movement to observe September 11 as a day of charitable service and doing good deeds.

9/11 Day was founded and is led each year by MyGoodDeed. MyGoodDeed also led the successful effort to secure the formal designation of September 11 as a National Day of Service and Remembrance.

To mark 9/11 as a Day of Service and Remembrance in your community, you can make a personal pledge of service OR organize a project at your work place, school, or community agency.

For additional ideas and background, visit Serve.gov

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Are you coming?

October 15, 2013
UMaine, Orono

 Developing Community by Tapping Citizen Service

 

Select one of five tracks or custom design your experience:
  • "Need to Know"
  •  "Learn to Use"
  •  "Conference Theme" explores national and Maine examples of how volunteers -- engaged citizens -- effectively contribute to community development.
  •  "Special Issues" and "Innovative Solutions" highlight programs and approaches that may inspire you to take service to the next level.

$80 registration fee includes continental breakfast, lunch, and mid-afternoon break.

 

Early Bird Discount: 20% off ($64) for registrations made by September 30.

 

 

FMI and Registration, go to VolunteerMaine.org