1997 Annual Report

of the

Maine Commission

for

Community Service

submitted to

The Governor and Legislature

 

What is it?

The Maine Commission For Community Service engages citizens to serve their communities in the areas of education, environment, human needs, and public safety.

Established in 1994 by Executive Order and under state statute in 1995, the 26-member Commission is Maine's partner with the federal Corporation For National Service. The Maine State Planning Office provides administrative support.

It's mission is to foster community service and volunteerism to meet human and environmental needs in the State of Maine.

Through planning, convening, and investments, the Commission seeks to make real a vision of vibrant, productive communities with involved, responsible citizens.

What does it do?

The Maine Commission for Community Service works to ...

The Corporation for National Service (a federal agency similar to the FDIC or Resolution Trust Corp.) delegates responsibilities for technical assistance, training, development of sustainability, monitoring operations, and evaluation to the Commission.

As Maine's partner with the Corporation, the Commission administers state AmeriCorps and community-based Learn & Serve America programs. It also coordinates with the Maine Dept. of Education, grantee for school-based Learn & Serve, and the Corporation's state office, administrator for VISTA and Senior Corps.

1996 Activity Highlights...

Strengthening Service in Maine

Strengthening National Service in Maine

National Service Funds granted through

the Maine Commission for Community Service

The federal dollars to operate AmeriCorps and Learn & Serve programs in Maine are viewed as investments by the Commission. Whenever funds are granted, the expectation is that they will leverage not only local cash and in-kind support of the service project but, also, people who will volunteer to join the AmeriCorps or Learn & Serve students in making communities vibrant, productive places to live.

In 1996, the Maine Commission administered a total of $960,601 that went directly to community-based service programs. All matching funds are obtained by the programs through private and public cash contributions as well as significant in-kind donations by community supporters. The Maine Commission does not distribute any state dollars.

Federal Fund Category

Federal Grant Dollars

Local Match Dollars

Total Service Budget

National Service Participants

Community Volunteers

AmeriCorps State

$594,382 $418,353 $961,735 42 people

34,538 hours

1,191 people

7,533 hours

Learn & Serve community-based K-12

$148,000 $40,905 $188,905

data not available

data not available

Governor's Innovative Grants - Subtitle H

$218,219 $219,687 $437,906

data not available

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Where are its roots?

The ethic of service the Maine Commission promotes is rooted in American traits dating to colonial days. Today's community service models, like AmeriCorps, Learn and Serve, and Senior Service Corps, owe their structures to some of the most well known and effective government programs in our history.

What's been done in Maine?

1996 Highlights of National Service

By AmeriCorps Members ...

By VISTA ...

 

By Students in Learn & Serve K-12 programs ...

 

By Senior Corps ... Senior Companion Program ...

The 85,541 hours of service by Senior Companions were spent in these ways:

... Retired Senior Volunteers

... Foster Grandparents

What Is On The 1997 Agenda?

Who serves?

Mark Hews, Chair

Poland Springs Coordinator, Thresholds of Maine Resource Conservation District

Perry Gates, Vice-chair

Camden

Educator, Projects Inc.

Edith R. Scott, Secretary

Clinton

Commercial Loan Officer, Peoples Heritage Bank

Diane Andrews

Camden

Director Member Services

Maine Chamber & Business Alliance

Peter Bender, Ex-officio

Boston, MA

Director, Corporation State Office

Paul Chretien, Immediate Past-chair

Brewer

Labor Liaison, AFL/CIO

Norman Duzen

Cutler

Retired clergy, Senior Companion Volunteer

Major Everett B. Flannery, Jr.

Clinton

Chief Deputy, Kennebec County Sheriffs Dept.

Dawn Girardin

Dryden

Volunteer Coordinator,

Western Maine Community Action

Susan Jennings

North Waterford

Educator, UMaine Cooperative Extension

Susanne C. Kibler-Hacker

Brooks

Director, Institutional Advancement, Unity College

Lawrence LaPierre

Old Orchard Beach

Retired Senior Volunteer, Red Cross Volunteer

Greg Lavertu

Sabattus

Student, Former AmeriCorps Member

Catherine K. Lebowitz

Bangor

Retired Senior Volunteer, former legislator

Ed Maroon, Ex-officio

Represents the Department of Education, Augusta

Director, Learn & Serve Program

Joyce McPhetres

Waterville

Manager of Education, Assistant Vice-President

MBNA New England

Alfred Millette

Waldoboro

Director, Therapeutic Foster Care, Catholic Charities Maine

William L. Michaud

Friendship

Exec. Director, Big Brothers/Big Sisters of MidCoast ME

Tammy Newton

Oxford

Student, Youth Representative

JoAnne E. Peterson

South Portland

Consultant, Hospice Volunteer

Katherine Roberts

Hallowell

Social Worker, Maine Children's

Home for Little Wanderers

Susanne W. Sandusky

Mapleton

Exec. Director, United Way of Aroostook

Judi Stebbins

Winthrop

Speech Pathologist, Griffiths Assoc.

Winthrop Town Councilor

Kathryn Tremper

Topsham

Graduate Student; KIDS Consortium

Patricia Toto

Unity

Retired Director of Placement, KV Technical College

Where Are National Service Programs?

Associated Farmworkers Opportunities Program

Training and Development Corp. (sponsor)

Director: Jack Frost

P.O. Box 476, Ellsworth, ME 04605 Voice: 667-7543 Facs: 667-3780

Team members train migrant and seasonal farmworkers how to reduce exposure to pesticides, and how to access health, educational and other supportive services

AmeriCorps*College Conservation Corps of ME

Maine Conservation Corps, Workforce Development Center

Director: Ken Spalding Coordinator: David Gerkins

124 State House Station, Augusta, ME 04333 Voice: 287-4931 Facs: 287-3611

23 Members do conservation and outdoor recreation service projects across Maine. AmeriCorps*CCCM also provides post secondary education opportunities and career training to economically disadvantaged youth. Service projects include constructing hiking trails, developing outdoor learning centers at local schools, erosion control projects in the Allagash Wilderness Waterway and training volunteers in trail maintenance techniques.

AmeriCorps*Blaine House Service Corps

Coastal Enterprises, Inc. (sponsor)

Director: Guy Quattrucci

Water Street, PO Box 268, Wiscasset ME 04578 Voice: 882-7552 Facs: 882-7308

The Blaine House Service Corps is a 14-member AmeriCorps program with two teams addressing critical issues of homelessness and youth at-risk in two Maine cities.

AmeriCorps Works for ME

Portland West Neighborhood Planning Council

Director: John Forssen

155 Brackett Street, Portland, ME 04102 Voice: 775-0105 Facs: 780-1701

This 16 member team coordinates community service sites and work side by side with juvenile offenders to make restitution for offenses through meaningful community service projects such as playground restoration and graffiti removal.

DownEast Community HealthCorps

Regional Medical Center at Lubec (sponsor)

Director: Eunice Rescott

P.O. Box 130, Lubec, ME 04652 Phone: 733-2939 Facs: 733-2946

The 15 members aim to improve health in Washington County.

AmeriCorps *YouthBuild

Portland West Neighborhood Planning Council

Director: Anne Schink

181 Brackett Street, Portland, ME 04102 Phone: 879-8710 Facs: 780-0105

and

AmeriCorps*YouthBuild

Kennebec Valley Community Action Program (sponsor)

Director: Shannon King

PO Box 4747, Skowhegan, ME 04976 Phone:474-8487 Facs: 474-6614

YouthBuild is a comprehensive youth development program that offers education, construction training, and leadership development for youth, ages 16-24, who have not completed high school. AmeriCorps members rebuild communities while they rebuild lives ... learning construction skills as they renovate or build housing for low income families in their own communities. Funding for YouthBuild comes from both the Corporation for National Service and the Dept. of Housing and Urban Development.

AmeriCorps*VISTA

Corporation for National Service

Maine/New Hampshire Director: Peter Bender

91-93 State Street, Concord, NH 03301-3939 Phone: 603-225-1450 Facs: 603-225-1459

Ten VISTA projects currently operate in Maine.

Learn & Serve America (K-12)

Learning Connections - School-based Grants

Sebago Elementary School & The George E. Jack School (SAD #61)

Contact: teacher Pauline Lyons Voice: (207) 787-7731

Sebago Elementary School, Rte 114, East Sebago, ME

All sixth graders will investigate the Northwest River's water quality. Students will work either individually or in small groups to design projects to improve or maintain the river's overall health. As part of their action plan, students determine 2 appropriate audiences with whom they will share their work.

 

Averill High School (GoodWill-Hinckley Home for Boys & Girls)

Deputy Dir: Gregg Dowty Voice: (207) 453-7335

P.O. Box 159, Hinckley, ME 04944

Using their school as a concrete example, 40 students will explore the relationship between schoolroom structure and societal attitudes as they have changed over history. As part of this project, students will recreate significant periods in American education to better understand the impact of societal perceptions about children and learning during these historic periods. Then they will model an outdoor classroom to reflect their predictions of education and society in the 21st century.

Orono High School (Union #87)

Contact: Connie Carter Voice: (207) 866-2319

14 Goodridge Drive, Orono, ME 04473

In ninth grade, students engage in exploratory community learning experiences and seminars, culminating in development of a personal "Service Learning Action Plan." During first semester of junior year, students implement their action plans (min. 30 hrs of service) under supervision of community mentors and site supervisors. During second semester, students prepare a presentation demonstrating their accomplishments for a panel of community members/teachers.

 

Fort Fairfield Middle School/High School (SAD #20)

Contact: Andrew Coiley Voice: (207) 472-3271

P.O. Box 112, Fort Fairfield, ME 04742

Over 120 middle and high school students will establish a camping area, complete with an Adirondack shelter, picnic tables, tenting areas and outhouses, adjacent to the International Appalachian Trail which runs through Fort Fairfield. Students will also establish a year-round bulletin board to inform hikers about local historic sites and other points of interest and build a side trail to lead hikers past many of the sites. To document their work, students will produce a video.

Noble High School (SAD #60)

Contact: William York Voice: (207) 698-132

46 Cranberry Meadow Rd, Berwick, ME 03901

Over 90 freshman will research and restore local cemeteries. Working with local historical societies, students will first compile a listing of all public and private cemeteries in the area. They will then survey, map, and beautify the cemeteries, restore headstones, and conduct primary historical research on the family histories of the deceased. To disseminate their work, the students will product a documentary video, publish a guidebook to the cemeteries, and prepare an exhibit of their work for public display.

 

Greely High School (SAD #51)

Contact: Kathy Coyle Voice: (207) 829-4825

P.O. Box 6A, Cumberland, ME 04021

The Students Take Part Volunteer Program already in place at the high school will expand to include a large group project with the Town of Cumberland to develop the Dillenback Property. Students will conduct a needs assessment of the area, research local history, and design and build a gazebo already planned for the site. Community Partners: Town of Cumberland, the Dillenback family

Project Bond Sites - Community-based grants

ME Youth Partnership for AIDS Prevention - York County Extension Service

Contact: Jonathan Prichard Voice: 1-800-287-1535

RR2, Box 1678, Sanford, ME 04073

This program promotes changes in attitudes and behaviors necessary to prevent the spread of the HIV virus. Two Youth Networks involving several school partnerships in western and southern Maine will be responsible for all aspects of assessing, designing, planning and implementing an HIV/AIDS education program in the regions' middle schools.

 

Alive and Well, Town of Mt. Vernon

Contact: Terri Ann Bourk Voice: (207) 293-3651

PO Box 98, Mt. Vernon, ME 04352

Selected Mt. Vernon youth, ages 11-19, will plan and research establishing a business that they will own and manage. Ideas under consideration include a Day Care Center where teens would work and get school credit and a youth-managed car wash with adjacent coffee shop. This community and school effort aims to meet an identified need in Mt. Vernon and developing an entrepreneurial spirit in participating youth.

A Course in Common Good -Opportunities Aleternative School

Contact: Dianne Webb, Midcoast Family Planning Council

Voice: 594-6880 Email: dwebb@nktech.com

1 Main St., Rockland, ME 04841

This program involves 10-12 high-risk youth who have chosen to attend Opportunities Alternative School. "A Course for the Common Good" invites youth to identify community needs, and select, design and carry out a plan for addressing the selected need. The program seeks to integrate youth into the community by empowering them to become pro-active citizens interested in the common good.

 

Mountain Valley Youth Community Service Team - Rumford Group Homes, Inc.

Contact: Howard S. Shwartz Voice: (207)364-3551

346 Pine St., Rumford, ME 04276

12 youth will identify a service-learning project that will be valued by the community of Rumford. Tasks will include administering a community survey, conducting focus groups and developing a "short list" of the most popular options. The broad-based involvement of the community in identifying the issue will assure a viable, exciting project for the next year.

Bicentennial Path Project - Down East Family YMCA

Contact: Robert "Rob" Eaton Voice: (207)667-3086

PO Box 25, Ellsworth, ME 04605

15-20 at-risk students from Ellsworth Middle School will restore and improve an area along the Union River called "Bicentennial Path." Currently overgrown and unsafe, the path will become a place where osprey, eagles, and seals can be observed and appreciated by Ellsworth citizens.

 

Alternative Education Service-Learning Course - Maine School Administrative District #17

Contact: Michael Newsom Voice: (207)743-8914

23 Market Square, South Paris, ME 04281

Youth enrolled in the Alternative Education program will research potential community-based projects. With adult volunteer partners, they will choose one, design a plan for addressing the selected project, and defend it and implement it.

 

Service Learning Initiative for Community Education and Recreation (SLICER)

Contact: Deanna Bailey Voice: (207)882-4080

The Morris Farm Trust, PO Box 136, Wiscasset, ME 04578

8-12 youth from Wiscasset High School will help convert the 60-acre Morris Farm into a safe, accessible agricultural education and recreation center while conserving natural resources.

Developing an Entrepreneurial Training and

Small Business Development Center for Downeast Maine

Contact: Geoff Zentz Voice: (207)422-3510

Alternative School, Steuben, ME 04680

Youth from eastern Hancock and western Washington Counties will plan, design and develop of an entrepreneurship training and small business development center to serve high school students and the adult community. The program aims to create meaningful work for local people by expanding entrepreneurial opportunities in the area.

 

OPTIONS Service Learning Curriculum Project

Contact: Robert Birmingham Voice: (207)985-1100

MSAD #17 , 1 Storer Street, Kennebunk, ME 04043

Through gathering information, determining causes, and identifying and prioritizing community needs, students will investigate potential service-learning projects in Kennebunk. Options include developing an education program for the Kennebunk Plains Wildlife Area, creating a bikeway plan for Kennebunk, conducting a survey for the Town's Solid Waste Committee, and developing a map of existing trail systems.

For additional information, contact:

 

Commission Staff

Maryalice Crofton, Director

Grace Braley, Senior Planner