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Blog Launched for Maine Volunteer Managers

January 24th, 2008

AUGUSTA -- “Conversations From the Field of Volunteer Management” is the focus of the new blog that was launched this week at VolunteerMaine.org by the VolunteerMaine Partnership and Maine Commission for Community Service.

A blog (short for “web log”) is a type of journal that allows readers to leave comments and share stories or advice on hot topics. “From the Field” readers will find updates several times each week -- new stories, links to resources, and other coffee-break-type conversations from the volunteer management community.

“Have you ever gone to a conference and felt that you gained more talking to your peers over coffee between the sessions than you did in the workshops themselves?” said Carla Ganiel, Editorial Chair. “That’s what blogging is like. Those short, incisive little conversations about the things that matter most to you.”

Volunteer Maine Leadership Network members and the Maine Commission for Community Service (MCCS) will manage this new blog. “From the Field” aims to connect paid or unpaid professionals working to manage volunteers in any field.

“From environmental land trusts to emergency response services --this blog appeals to anyone working with volunteers,” explained Anne Schink of the Maine Commission for Community Service.

The blog is authored by a group of Featured Bloggers who represent a wide cross-section of Maine’s volunteer sector:

• Penny Kern, retired after 17 years as a Program Manager at Abnaki Girl Scout Council,

• Robert “Bob” Moore, Executive Director, Friends of the Cobbossee Watershed,

• Margaret Puckett, Volunteer Services Coordinator, St. Joseph Hospital in Bangor,

• Christy Monroe, AmeriCorps*VISTA, Maine Commission for Community Service,

• Bessie Wright, Maine Conservation Corps AmeriCorps member,

• Anne Schink, Program Officer and Disabilities Coordinator at MCCS,

• Larry Ullian, Director of Program Development, USM Muskie School of Public Service, and

• Christine Wolff, Island Fellows Program Coordinator, the Island Institute in Rockland.

“This particular blog is to serve as a communications tool for volunteer managers, but beyond that, to advance their work and their professional development,” says Ganiel. Anyone is welcome to view “Conversations From the Field of Volunteer Management” as an interesting read or submit comments at www.volunteermaine.org/blog .