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Governor Proclaims Volunteer Week in Maine

April 3rd, 2009

AUGUSTA- The Maine Commission for Community Service and the Governor’s Office are pleased to announce that April 19th-25th has been proclaimed Volunteer Week across Maine and that all citizens are urged to recognize this observance. Maine joins the national celebration of volunteers across the county during this special week.

Maine has a volunteer force of over 356,000 citizens that on average dedicate 44.5 million hours of service each year.  The estimated economic contribution of volunteers across the state is $868 million.  Volunteers keep our neighborhoods safe, mentor our children, and provide essential services to those in need.

In honor of Volunteer Week, Maine’s most outstanding volunteers will be recognized in a special ceremony at the Capitol on April 21st 2009. Award categories include Volunteer of the Year, Youth Volunteer of the Year, Small Business Volunteerism Award, Corporate Volunteerism Award, Outstanding Non-Profit, Excellence in Volunteer Administration, National Service Volunteer Award, and Outstanding Volunteer in a Public Sector Program. Awards will also be presented in a distinct award category, the Roll of Honor, reserved for volunteers who serve more than 500 hours a year in their community. Winners of volunteer awards will be announced on April 21, 2009.

The Maine Commission for Community Service recently held a photo contest, “Volunteers in Action,” celebrating volunteerism in Maine.  Winning entries and honorable mentions will be displayed at the Governor’s Volunteer Service Awards.

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.