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Registration Open for The 2009 Blaine House Conference on Volunteerism

July 16th, 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. This year’s conference will be held at the University of Maine’s Orono campus on Tuesday, October 13th.  This year’s theme is “Volunteers Today: Compassion. Action. Change.”

Visit to register for more than 20 different workshops tailored exclusively to the needs and challenges of leaders in the state’s volunteer sector. If your organization is registered on  you are eligible for a 25% discount on your conference registration. Early bird registration lasts until mid-September and is $75. Registration is sure to fill up fast with many great local presenters and this years exciting Keynote Speaker, Martin J. Cowling, of People First Total Solutions.

Martin J. Cowling  is 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.

Last year participants represented volunteer programs focused on health care, children’s services, environment, education, public safety, and more. Rochelle Runge, a member of the conference planning committee said, “this year workshop topics will include information on the volunteer basics, sessions for experienced managers of volunteers, social media, engaging young people in community change, and the Kennedy Serve America Act.”

Time Warner Cable, University of Maine Cooperative Extension, the Bodwell Center, and the Maine Commission for Community Service are sponsoring the event. 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