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Vision Conference Resources

We are so amazed and excited at the response to the invitation! Thank you for making the commitment.

Be sure to note this page is under "About" on the Commission site. It seemed the easiest way to provide you with pre-conference details and in a location that could be accessed from any device.

Below you will find directions, a campus map, the pre-reading, and the agenda for the day. If you have any questions, please reach out to Maryalice Crofton, Executive Director, at 207-624-7792 or

Our Host and site for April 6, 2018

Colby College
Alumni Center, 4000 Mayflower Hill Drive, Waterville, ME

8:30 am -- Registration
9:00 am -- Start of the busy day!
Full agenda is below. See "Advance Materials."

Please note there is only handicap parking by the building. Event parking is further up Mayflower Hill Drive in the Lower Athletic lot. Look for the signs. 

Driving directions: 
Take Interstate 95 to Exit 127 Waterville/Oakland. Turn toward Waterville (east) on Kennedy Memorial Drive (Rt. 137) and follow the blue signs to Colby. After nine-tenths of a mile on Kennedy Memorial Drive you will turn left onto First Rangeway, opposite Inland Hospital. Proceed 1.1 miles on First Rangeway, to the first stop sign, and turn left onto Mayflower Hill Drive. In a half mile you will arrive on campus.

Advance Materials

Agenda (PDF for download)

Reading assignment. 
Each of us will bring expertise on some facet of Maine's volunteer sector to this event. To help create a common context, you are asked to select one of the reports below and read it before you come.  (Feel free to read more if you are intrigued!)

1. Civic Deserts issued October 2017 by National Conference on Citizenship. This report describes the status of civic health in America and points out changes that are of concern.

2. 2018 Volunteer Management Status Report. Issued in early 2018 by Tobi Johnson of VolunteerPro, this reports the findings from 1,241 volunteer managers. Because the author needs to report the distribution to survey funders, this link goes to a download site where you'll be asked to leave your email. There is no cost and no advertising followup.  

3. Funders Guide to Investing in Volunteer Engagement issued 2017 by the Leighty Foundation
       This document is an update of the 2004 guide issued by the UPS foundation. Key members of the team working on this were from Fixler Group, Leighty Foundation, and the Center for Nonprofit Excellence

4a. One Nation, Indivisible: Universal National Service A video of a TED talk on Feb 2017 that is thought provoking. Former White House Domestic Policy Director John Bridgeland shares his vision for universal voluntary national service — drawing on his experience after 9/11 and the lessons of US history.

4b. A 21st Century National Service System. In September 2013, Aspen Institute convened a summit to consider National Service in the 21st century. Participants ranged from military leaders and former ambassadors to college presidents and foundation CEOs. This document is their case for the need for National Service and its direction.

New to National Service?

Natonal Service is the umbrella term used to refer to the domestic volunteer service programs funded through the Corporation for National and Community Service, a federal government agency. Specifically, the term references Foster Grandparents, AmeriCorps VISTA, RSVP, AmeriCorps State/National, Senior Companions, and AmeriCorps NCCC.

To learn more about the programs in Maine, use THIS LINK.

For video introductions to Senior Corps, use THIS LINK.

For video introductions to AmeriCorps, use THIS LINK.