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Call for Peer-to-Peer Network Conveners

April 16th, 2009

The Maine Commission for Community Service is establishing four new regional peer-to-peer networks of mangers of volunteers to share best practices, encourage collaboration, and create communities of practice focused on engaging citizens as volunteers.  Individuals are needed who would be interested in serving as Network Conveners.

Network Conveners will conduct outreach to local managers of volunteers, convene meetings, and arrange training activities for network participants.  Network Conveners must have five or more years experience as a manager of volunteers, able to devote ten hours per month to network activities, and, if applicable, have authorization of their employer.  Project period is May 1, 2009 to December 12, 2009 with potential to extend the project period.

Convener activities include, but not limited to:

  • Conduct outreach to local managers of volunteers to participate in the peer-to-peer network. Invited members to include local AmeriCorps and AmeriCorps*VISTA and Senior Corps site supervisors, natural resource programs, cultural programs, public safety, educational and governmental agencies as well as health and human service programs.
  • Convene minimum of six meetings of the peer-to-peer network by December 31, 2009.
  • Conduct survey of network participants regarding implementation of 22 essential volunteer management practices.  Survey provided by MCCS.
  • Arrange a minimum of one volunteer management training event for members of the peer-to-peer network. (Convener does not need to conduct the training.)  

Up to $1000 in reimbursable expenses available for Network Conveners.  Interested individuals may view the scope of work and requirements at MaineServiceCommission.gov.  

To apply to be a Peer-to-Peer Network Convener, submit a cover letter, resume, and two professional references and, if applicable, supervisor contact information by April 30, 2009 to the Maine Commission for Community Service, ATTN: Pam Zeutenhorst, 38 State House Station, Augusta, ME 04333-0038 or email letter and resume to pam.zeutenhorst@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.