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The 2008 Blaine House Conference on Volunteerism Was a Success!

October 15th, 2008

The 22nd annual Blaine House Conference on Volunteerism was held at the University of Maine, Orono on October 14, 2008. The conference provided learning and networking opportunities for Maine’s volunteer administrators and program managers. It’s the only professional development conference tailored exclusively to the needs and challenges of leaders in the state’s volunteer sector.

The conference attracted more than 200 people. Participants represented volunteer programs focused on health care, children’s services, environment, education, public safety, and more. Workshop presenters came from across the country and the globe to share their expertise. Local experts were also in attendance. Mrs. Baldacci kicked off the event with a warm welcome.

The 2008 keynote speaker was Dr. Jean Twenge Associate Professor, San Diego State University. She delivered an exciting talk on today’s young generation, based on her research and book, “Generation Me.” The Blaine House Conference also sponsored a series of workshops on the planning and risk management aspects of engaging volunteers in community work. Attendees enjoyed workshops on social marketing, volunteer recruitment and retention, and VolunteerMaine.org.

Time Warner Cable, the University of Maine Cooperative Extension, and the Maine Commission for Community Service, a state agency that works to build capacity and sustainability in Maine's volunteer sector, sponsored the event.