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Registration Now Open for Annual Volunteer Managers Conference

September 10th, 2007

STATEWIDE –Maine ranks as the second highest New England state for volunteerism at 33.2%, just behind Vermont. But how does Maine compare nationally? David Eisner, CEO for the Corporation for National and Community Service, will address this topic during his keynote address at the annual Blaine House Conference on Volunteerism. The conference will take place on October 9th at the University of Maine Orono Campus and is presented by the Maine Commission for Community Service, VolunteerMaine Partnership and Dead River Company.

Conference registrations are now being accepted at

As this year’s conference keynote speaker, Eisner will speak about “Fixing the Leaky Bucket of Volunteerism” addressing the issue of volunteer recruitment and retention. Eisner is a cabinet level official appointed by the President and operates the Federal Agency that oversees America’s service and volunteering programs, including AmeriCorps, VISTA, NCCC, Senior Corps, Learn and Serve America and other domestic service and volunteering programs.

Other conference workshops include: Attracting Retired Professionals As Volunteers; Integrating The Services Of Two Volunteer Programs; Hiring and Firing Volunteers; Using Technology To Work Smart; How To Tap Into Low-Cost Volunteer Management Training; Partnering With Higher Education and the Connection Between Volunteers and Fundraising. Attendees will also have the opportunity to talk one-on-one with various risk management consultants throughout the day.

This one-day conference is Maine’s only statewide professional development training for volunteer managers, administrators, program directors, staff and funders. 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 from AmeriCorps, Senior Corps and Learn & Serve.

The Blaine House Conference on Volunteerism will take place on October 9th at the University of Maine Orono Campus from 8-4pm. Early-bird registration is $71 for those who register and pay online before September 22, 2007. Online registration and additional information can be found at or by calling 207-287-8931.

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