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Maine Commission for Community Service Makes Recommendations on the Implementation of the Kennedy Serve America Act

June 19th, 2009

To help implement landmark national service legislation, the Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act, the Board of Directors of the Corporation for National and Community Service sought input from national service grantees, the public and other partners in a myriad of ways.  

“This is a historic time – the beginning of a new era in national service, thanks to a strongly supportive President, bipartisan Congressional majorities, and a growing national consensus that service must be a part of the solution to the great challenges facing our nation,” said Board Chairman Alan Solomont. “We\'re here today to listen, and learn, from your perspectives as those who translate public policy into service to help people.”

As the states AmeriCorps funder the Maine Commission for Community Service collected implementation ideas from the board, staff, and other stakeholders and submitted a comprehensive report to CNCS. The full report can be read on the Commission’s website.

The Serve America Act, which goes into effect on October 1, will usher in a new era of service and volunteering by expanding opportunities for Americans of all ages to serve and focusing service on tackling tough national challenges. Among other provisions, the law reauthorizes and expands the Senior Corps, AmeriCorps, and Learn and Serve America programs; puts AmeriCorps on a path to grow from 75,000 to 250,000 positions by 2017; increases opportunities for students and older Americans to serve; and strengthens America\'s civic infrastructure by investing in social innovation and volunteer generation.

The Maine Commission for Community Service builds capacity and sustainability in Maine\'s volunteer sector by funding service programs, developing volunteer managers, raising awareness, and encouraging an ethic of service. To learn more about the Maine Commission for Community Service visit our web-site at www.maineservicecommission.gov.