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The Maine Commission for Community Service Partners With UMaine’s Center for Community Inclusion and Disability

May 27th, 2009

Augusta– The Maine Commission for Community Service is the State’s AmeriCorps funder, “we target nearly $1 million annually at the states most critical needs,” says Rochelle Runge of the Maine Commission for Community Service. The Commission is excited to partner with UMaine’s Center for Community Inclusion and Disability to develop a series of informational videos designed to increase awareness about AmeriCorps and encourage people with disabilities to become involved in service.

The University of Maine Center for Community Inclusion and Disability Studies, Maine’s University Centerfor Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD), has been awarded one of three 2009 National Service Inclusion Project Grants from the Corporation for National and Community Service for Project Ready to ServeMaine. This collaborative partnership will result in a measurable increase in the application, enrollment and retention of Maine national service members and volunteers with disabilities. This 12-month project builds upon a successful, creative collaboration between the Maine Commission for Community Service and the Center for Community Inclusion and Disability Studies since 2002.

Under the leadership of Project Director, Janet May, the Center’s Coordinator of Transition and Adults, Project Ready to ServeMaine will not only support the participation of Maine citizens with disabilities in national service and volunteering, but will also help Maine volunteer and national service organizations to better support participants with disabilities. Pam Zeutenhorst, Training and Disability Coordinator with the Maine Commission for Community Service will work closely with Janet May to support the initiatives of the project. More information about CCIDS is available at www.ccids.umaine.edu.

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