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Mainers Utilizing Statewide Volunteer Database

March 31st, 2006

?We have an overwhelmingly number of Maine citizens visiting VolunteerMaine.org and we want to make sure we have as many volunteer opportunities posted as possible. Given the traffic on the web-site, it is beneficial for non-profits, civic organizations, emergency management officials, and state and local government agencies to make sure their volunteer needs are posted. The people of Maine are eager to help,? commented Maryalice Crofton, Executive Director of the Maine Commission for Community Service, a VolunteerMaine partner.

Maine is one of the few states in the nation to launch a statewide volunteering database. The web-site was creating and is maintained by the VolunteerMaine Partnership which includes the ten United Ways of Maine, the Maine Commission for Community Service, the Maine Emergency Management Agency, Volunteer Organizations Active In Disaster, 2-1-1 Maine, and the Board Network. Sponsors of the site include WCSH6/WLBZ2, Clear Channel and the National Emergency Response Team.

On-line trainings on how to register and use the web-site will be offered this spring at no-cost for non-profit organizations, schools and government organizations. Agencies must be a valid 501(c)3 organization, a medical facility where volunteers assist patients, or a government organization such as a school or town.

Available Trainings:

? Thursday, April 13 from 3:30 ? 4:30 PM

? Friday, April 14 from 8:30 -9:30 AM

? Friday, April 14, from 10 ? 11 AM

? Thursday, May 18 from 4 ? 5 PM

? Friday, May 19 from 8:30 ? 9:30 PM

? Friday, May 19, 10 ? 11 AM

? Thursday, June 8 from 3:30 - 4:30 PM

? Friday, June 9 10-11 AM

Registration for one of these trainings may be done on line at www.volunteermaine.org For more information, contact Dorothy Grannell at dorothygrannell@maine.rr.com or Jade Arn at Jade.Arn@maine.gov.

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