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The Maine Commission for Community Service Releases Annual Report

February 26th, 2009

Augusta - The Maine Commission for Community Service announces the release of its 2008 Annual Report.  This report is provided to the State of Maine, the legislature, and the Governor under statute §7503.

This years report includes highlights from the volunteer sector including Maine ’s  AmeriCorps, Senior Corps, Learn and Serve, and AmeriCorps VISTA programs.  Also featured, are the special projects the Maine Commission for Community Service (MCCS) oversees, including The Blaine House Conference on Volunteerism, The Governor’s Volunteer Service Awards, and Martin Luther King Day of Service projects.

The report identifies the enormous impact volunteerism has on the State. Maine has 356,000 volunteers who contribute more than $868 million annually to the States economy. Maine ranks well above the national average in numbers of citizens who volunteer.  The VolunteerMaine.org website, which is maintained by MCCS and its partners, has seen a dramatic increase in site traffic and in the number of volunteers referred to agencies to fill volunteer positions. To read the many accomplishments of 2008 please visit our website to download the full report. Printed copies are available by request; please contact Rochelle Runge at rochelle.runge@maine.gov.

The Maine Commission for Community Service builds capacity and sustainability in Maine's volunteer sector by funding service programs, developing managers of volunteers, raising awareness of the scope and impact of the sector, and encouraging an ethic of service. To learn more about the Maine Commission for Community Service visit our web-site at www.maineservicecommission.gov.