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Commercial to Promote Volunteerism across Maine in Production

August 17th, 2009

Orono- The Maine Commission for Community Service met with staff and volunteers of The University of Maine Center for Community Inclusion and Disability Studies to being taping of a commercial designed to promote volunteerism and VolunteerMaine.org. VolunteerMaine.org is a central place for non-profit organizations to list their volunteer needs and for potential volunteers to find volunteer opportunities to match their interests.

The commercial will feature volunteers of different generations and highlight that people with disabilities can serve in their communities as well.  The commercial will be produced by Time Warner Cable and can be seen starting in August on the following cable channels: History, TLC, Comedy Central, CNN, MSNBC, and A&E.

“Hopefully this commercial will motivate Mainersto get involved in their communities by volunteering,” said Elizabeth Cole, AmeriCorps VISTA.  In addition to appearing in the commercial Elizabeth is serving in the Maine Commission for Community Service sponsored VolunteerMaine project. She will be teaching the ABC’s of volunteer recruitment at this years Blaine House Conference in Volunteerism on October 13th.

The Maine Commission for Community Service has partnered with The University of Maine Center for Community Inclusion and Disability Studies. Under the leadership of Project Director, Janet May, 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.  


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.

*Photos courtesy of the University of Maine Center for Community Inclusion and Disability Studies