VolunteerMaine AmeriCorps VISTA Projects Seeks Members
July 1st, 2009
The goal of the project is to develop a network of “volunteer centers without walls” as a means of establishing a basic infrastructure to connect volunteer programs with each other and potential volunteers, prepare volunteer programs to participate in emergency response efforts during local emergencies, and develop a common set of resources to support
In March 2009, the VolunteerMaine VISTA Project, sponsored by the Maine Commission for Community Service received additional resources through the American Recovery & Reinvestment Act. The project grew from eleven to forty-one AmeriCorps*VISTA positions and expanded into three focus areas under the main goal of creating volunteer centers without walls throughout
1) Volunteer Connector Focus:
3) Maine HEARTH (Home Energy Aid & Response Team Help) Focus: Funded with a small grant from the Hands On Network and augmented by AmeriCorps*VISTA positions, Maine HEARTH aims to connect the many generous responses communities have developed to support those trying to stay safe and warm at home.
AmeriCorps benefits can include a $900 living allowance, health care, training and career skills, and a Segal AmeriCorps Education Award worth up to $4,725 to pay for college or to pay off student loans. Interested individuals can learn about available opportunities and apply online by visiting www.AmeriCorps.gov. For more information about the VolunteerMaine VISTA Project, contact Meredith Eaton, VISTA Leader, at (207)941-2800 ext. 207 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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