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Blaine House Conference on Volunteerism Date Announced

June 9th, 2009

For the past 22 years, the Blaine House Conference on Volunteerism has provided learning and networking opportunities for Maine’s volunteer administrators and program managers. It’s the only professional development conference tailored exclusively to the needs and challenges of leaders in the state’s volunteer sector. This year’s conference will be held at the University of Maine’s Orono campus on Tuesday, October 13th

Last year, the conference attracted nearly 250 people. Participants represented volunteer programs focused on health care, children’s services, environment, education, public safety, and more. This year’s theme is “Volunteers Today: Compassion. Action. Change,” and will include workshops from volunteer basics, using social media, to engaging young people in community change.

The 2009 keynote speaker will be Martin J. Cowling, President and CEO of People First- Total Solutions. Mr. Cowlingis one of Australia’s leading consultants on not for profit and volunteer management. He has worked with commercial and not for profit organizations for over twenty years. Mr. Cowling works regularly with individuals and organizations in the US, UK, New Zealand, Asia and Australia on areas connected with not for profit management, organizational culture, motivation, and effective volunteer management.  He has published a number of articles in journals nationally and internationally and is currently authoring a text on volunteer management.

Time Warner Cable, the University of Maine, Orono, the Bodwell Center, and the Maine Commission for Community Service are sponsoring the event. Registration opens on July 15th.. Visit for more information.

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