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The 28th Maine Blaine House Conference on Service and Volunteerism drew 284 folks to UMaine on October 14.
Catch a glimpse of what happened and who made it happen (sponsors and organizers) in this review!
What is a "Semester of Youth Service"?
It's the 8 weeks between Martin Luther King Day of Service and late March when school-age youth in Maine mobilize to tackle needs in their communities. They become the initiators, leaders, catalysts. They serve.
Service-learning or youth service projects are registered as official Maine Semester of Youth Service actvities, promoted across the state by theCommission , and are eligible to apply for $300 mini-grants to assist with supplies or transportation.
Classes and youth groups that complete their projects by March 20, 2015 will attend the new Maine Youth Volunteer Appreciation Night at the Portland Pirates' April 3rd game. The evening is sponsored by Maine AmeriCorps Alums and the Maine Commission for Community Service.
RFP # 201410864: AmeriCorps Cost Reimbursement and Fixed Amount Grants. The Commission seeks proposals for AmeriCorps State program operating grants. Programs must be designed to enroll at least ten AmeriCorps members and utilize at least 17,000 hours of service during each program year of the 3-year grant.
Community needs related to health, veterans services, environmental stewardship, energy conservation, education, economic opportunity (jobs and financial stability), or disaster preparedness are of high interest. Submision deadline is 2pm on December 4, 2014.
September 11 marked the start of 48 hours commemorating the founding of AmeriCorps.
Over 110 AmeriCorps members, Alums, and program staff joined forces to reclaim cross-country trails at Lewiston High School and reclaim a retaining pond on the campus. Thanks to LLBean and other local support, there was water, lunch, eye safety gear, gloves, and lots of comaraderie! View photos through link below.
More than 130 AmeriCorps members and AmeriCorps Alums pledged to serving Maine communities at a special ceremony on September 12.
Maine Supreme Court Justice Leigh Saufley presided over the ceremony at the Capitol in Augusta. AmeriCorps member/Alum Melanie Ramos shared why she returned to serve after 20 years. Ms Ramos was an AmeriCorps member in 1994 and is serving in 2014.
The Maine event was part of a simultaneous, nationwide pledge ceremony that extended from Guam to Hawiaii to Puerto Rico and Maine. Since AmeriCorps' founding in 1994, more than 900,000 Americans have served in every state and territory. Their pledge is to get things done to strengthen communities!
Use the link below to see photos from the day.