25th anniversary celebration
Join us to celebrate 25 years of the Commission and AmeriCorps service in Maine!
When: Friday, Oct. 11, 2019
Where: Waterville Opera House - 1 Common St, Waterville, ME 04901 -- Click the link to view directions on Google Maps
Tickets: $25 -- Click the link to purchase tickets
Celebrating citizen service in Maine
In 1994, two volunteer service initiatives were launched in Maine: AmeriCorps and the Maine Commission for Community Service. Over the last 25 years, the Commission has awarded nearly $32.2 million to Maine organizations to support service by AmeriCorps members. Regional AmeriCorps programs have also sent members to serve in Maine. And young people seeking to learn about other states have joined AmeriCorps, served a year, and then brought their new-found skills home.
Since 1994, 6800 Maine residents have served in AmeriCorps and another 1400 have come to Maine to serve our communities. They spent more than 13 million hours helping children, families, seniors, schools, nonprofits, parks, municipalities, law enforcement, and conservation organizations. As a result of their service, they earned over $31 million in education awards to support post secondary education.
On Friday, Oct. 11, Maine AmeriCorps Alums, the Maine Volunteer Foundation, and the Maine Commission for Community Service will celebrate these 25 years of service with:
- Maine AmeriCorps Alumni from 1994-2019,
- AmeriCorps program staff (past and present),
- The 2020 Class of AmeriCorps members,
- Commission board members and staff (past and present),
- AmeriCorps and Commission community partners, nonprofits and business
- Elected officials (local, county, state and federal)
It's not just an anniversary party; it's also an album release party!
As part of the celebrations on Oct. 11, the MCCS will also launch a much-anticipated 11-track music project, Heartbeat of Home, celebrating Maine and its communities. This state-wide project is a collaboration of some of Maine’s finest musicians, poets, and storytellers who worked together to tell a story of what makes the state special.
Click the link to view a press release with more information about "Heartbeat of Home."
Artists scheduled to perform live at the 25th anniversary celebration include:
- David Mallett
- Marianna Filippi
- Kristyn Murphy
- Jack Fossett
- Dwayne Tomah
Click the link to access the artist bio page.
Did you serve as an AmeriCorps in Maine? Or, did you serve elsewhere and now live in Maine? We want to hear from you!
In conjunction with our 25th anniversary celebration, we're creating a Maine AmeriCorps alumni network! Click the link to learn more and to access our survey.
Thank you to our supporters!
- Machias Savings Bank
- Silver Street Tavern in Waterville
- University of Maine
- United Ways of Maine