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Annual Conference for AmeriCorps Members draws 130 to Thomas Colllege

Published March 23, 2012

The Maine Commission for Community Service will convene the 2012 AmeriCorps Member Conference at Thomas College in Waterville, Maine, on March 27, 2012 from 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM. The keynote speaker will be Meredith H. Jones, who will kick off the conference at 9:00 where more than 125 AmeriCorps members will come together for their annual conference. 

Meredith H. Jones is the president and CEO of the Maine Community Foundation (MaineCF), a statewide public foundation which has awarded more than $175 million in scholarships and grants to individuals and Nonprofit organizations throughout the state and region. Prior to being selected president in January 2009, Jones served as the vice president of program at the foundation where she helped create the Maine Compact for Higher Education and ENCorps, a volunteer leader program for civic-minded baby boomers. Dedicated to public service, she was a VISTA Volunteer in Santa Fe, New Mexico, a Literacy Volunteer and has served on a local school board, the board of directors of a local United Way, and the Maine Women's Fund.

Since 1994, the Corporation's Senior Corps, AmeriCorps, and Learn and Serve America programs have engaged millions of Americans of every age and walk of life in volunteer service to meet vital needs in communities throughout the country.

This year AmeriCorps will provide more than 290 individuals the opportunity to provide intensive, results-driven service to meet education, environmental, health, economic and other pressing needs in communities across Maine.

Most state AmeriCorps grant funding goes to the Governor-appointed Maine Commission for Community Service, which in turn awards grants to nonprofit groups to respond to local needs. The remainder of the grant funding is distributed by the Corporation directly to multi-state and national organizations through a competitive grants process. Other individuals serve through AmeriCorps VISTA, whose members help bring individuals and communities out of poverty by serving full-time to fight illiteracy, improve health services, create businesses and increase housing opportunities, and AmeriCorps NCCC (National Civilian Community Corps), a 10-month, full time residential program for men and women between the ages of 18 and 24.

In exchange for their service, AmeriCorps members earn an education award that can be used to pay for college or to pay back qualified student loans. Since 1994, more than 4,900 Maine residents have served more than 6.7 million hours and have qualified for Segal AmeriCorps Education Awards totaling more than $14,900,000.

Details:
Maine AmeriCorps Member Conference
Date: March 27, 2012
Time: 9am-4pm
Place: Thomas College
FMI: Eileen Buzzello, (207) 624-6249, Eileen.buzzello@maine.gov

Erin Dunne, (207) 624-6239, erin.dunne@maine.gov