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Commission Schedules 7 Opportunities for Communities to Discuss Local Needs

Published October 9, 2013

volunteers in communityThe Maine Commission for Community Service (MCCS) invites volunteers, program managers, municipal officials, school and nonprofit leaders to advise the Commission as it develops its 2014-2017 Strategic Plan.

MCCS is charged with building capacity and sustainability in Maine's volunteer sector so the overarching questions to the community are  "what do you and your volunteer efforts need to do your best?" and "what community problems should be given priority when MCCS is funding national service programs, especially AmeriCorps?"

The on-the-ground experience of community members means they best know community needs, the strengths and challenges of volunteer efforts, the opportunities for engaging citizens in designing and carrying out solutions, and what it will take for  volunteers to have lasting impact.

MCCS has scheduled 7 regional meetings between October 23 and November 26 so that local leaders can participate with relative ease.

Meetings are scheduled for the dates and locations listed below:

October 23, 3pm to 5pm 
Cumberland/York Counties -- Unum, 2211 Congress St, Portland

October 31, 9am to Noon
Bangor/Penobscot County -- Machias Savings Bank branch, Wilson St., Brewer

November  6, 9am to 11am 
Franklin Memorial Hospital, GH Bass Room, 111 Franklin Health Commons, Farmington

November 8, 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm
Kennebec/Somerset/Androscoggin Counties -- University of Maine Augusta, Klahr Center Conference Room

November 14, 9 am to 11:30 am
Midcoast (Lincoln, Knox, Waldo) -- Island Institute, 4th floor conference room, 386 Main Street, Rockland

November 19, 8:30 am to 10:30 am
Kennebunk-Kennebunkport Chamber of Commerce, Water St., Kennebunk

November 26, 10 am to Noon
Washington County -- Kilborn Commons, UMaine Machias

Why focus on building capacity and sustainability in Maine's volunteer sector?
Informal neighboring and organized, formal volunteer programs are critical pieces of community health and viability. Yet, in Maine, the number of people engaged in service has remained flat (33%) for 5 years and the amount of time community members devote to volunteering dropped 20%. Ironically, this happened at the same time expectations of volunteer programs rose as government services were cut back and community programs were asked to fill the gap.

Please give us insight into your community!

RSVP to attend the session near you and bring someone from a school, nonprofit, town office (e.g., general assistance or public safety), county office, regional planning organization, hospital, or any other agency that has its pulse on what happens in your area.

How to RSVP: Use this LINK to let us know you are coming. We want to have enough room and chairs for everyone to get involved, be heard.

[If the link doesn't work, copy/paste this address into your browser URL field: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/plan_outreach]