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Maine Volunteers Engaged At Every Age: Mississippi Leader to Talk at Annual Volunteerism Conference on Volunteers and Disaster Relief

August 9th, 2006

This year’s keynote speaker will be Marsha Meeks Kelly, the Executive Director of the Mississippi Commission for Volunteer Service. Meeks will speak about the compassionate volunteer response to Hurricane Katrina’s destruction, how Mississippi and surrounding states dealt with the influx of volunteers and donations on a national level, and the ongoing recovery efforts that still exist in the Gulf Region.

Other conference sessions include how to involve volunteers of all ages in community service, effective ways non-profits can collaborate with other organizations and businesses, the basics of workshop design, and much more. The conference will also provide a marketing series where attendees can learn the basics of graphic design, effective uses of new media, and ways to market on a shoestring budget. In addition, all attendees will have the opportunity to get one-on-one advice from professional public relations and marketing executives during a one hour consultant fair session at the end of the day.

This one-day conference is Maine’s only statewide professional development training for volunteer managers, administrators, program directors, staff and funders of volunteer programs. Participants in the past have included non-profit managers and staff, hospital administrators, law enforcement and first responders, state and local government agencies with volunteer programs, and national service program directors and members from AmeriCorps, Senior Corps and Learn & Serve.

The Blaine House Conference on Volunteerism will take place on October 3rd at the Bangor Ramada Inn from 8-4pm. Early-bird registration is $67 for those who register and pay online before September 22, 2006. Online registration and additional information can be found at or by calling 207-287-8931.

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