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Central Maine Volunteer Opening to Serve Public during Emergencies

May 5th, 2009

AUGUSTA -- In Maine, rain, snow and ice create our weather emergencies. People are flooded out of their homes and businesses, lose power, and have their lives disrupted for days, weeks, even months.

Putting things back together at the community level takes many partners with the right connections, materials, information, and enough hands to get the work done. Coordination is the key to ensuring things happen.

The State Volunteer and Donations Management Team is looking for two special volunteers willing to help prepare for and respond during emergencies. The volunteers will become skilled users of the FEMA web tool that connects donations (goods, services, equipment) with agencies supporting an area impacted by a local emergency.

This volunteer position requires serving about 20 hours per month during implementation and training on this new system. Exact schedule is negotiable but will include business hour meetings with field staff who will use the system as part of training exercises. Volunteers will be asked to commit to the work for two years but can renew their term of service.

For details about activities, qualifications, training, and opportunities for you to learn about the community, go to www.VolunteerMaine.org and search volunteer postings, keywords “Maine Commission for Community Service.”  Or email Harold.Shaw@maine.gov .

The Maine Commission for Community Service builds capacity and sustainability in Maine\'s volunteer sector by funding service programs, developing volunteer managers, 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.