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Maine Hearth Program Awarded $49,970

March 4th, 2009

Augusta- HandsOn Network and the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) announced a 1.2 million dollar investment in 21 volunteer connector organizations and statewide agencies that manage volunteers, including state service commissions. The Maine Commission for Community Service is proud to announce receipt of $49,970 in grant funds to support the Maine Hearth Program. This program will help coordinate planning and networking around community heating needs and increase visibility of sources of heating assistance. In addition the funding will support the formation of new, and build capacity of, existing local response teams. 

The Maine Commission for Community Service was selected through a competitive grant process. These funds will fuel a tangible and compelling response to the call for service and will extend volunteerism and volunteer leader capacity to help solve one of Maine’s most pressing needs: to keep citizens safe and warm in their homes.

About the Maine Commission for Community Service
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

About HandsOn Network
HandsOn Network equips, mobilizes and inspires people to take action that changes the world. Our Network, now the largest in the nation, is leading people from impulse to action, turning their ideas for change into real projects like building wheel chair ramps, watershed protection projects and tutoring programs – action that addresses critical issues facing our communities, our nation and our world.  The Network includes over 250 affiliates—that serve in all 50 states and in nine countries. 

About The Corporation for National and Community Service
The Corporation for National and Community Service improves lives, strengthens communities, and fosters civic engagement through service and volunteering.  Each year the Corporation engages more than four million Americans of all ages and backgrounds in service to meet local needs through its Senior Corps, AmeriCorps, and Learn and Serve America programs.  For more information, visit