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The Maine Commission for Community Service Releases Annual Report

March 29th, 2010

Augusta - The Maine Commission for Community Service announces the release of its 2009 Annual Report.  This report is provided to the State of Maine, the legislature, and the Governor under statute §7503.  This years report includes highlights from the volunteer sector including Maine’s AmeriCorps, Senior Corps, Learn and Serve, and AmeriCorps VISTA programs.  Also featured, are the special projects the Maine Commission for Community Service (MCCS) oversees, including The Blaine House Conference on Volunteerism, The Governor’s Volunteer Service Awards, and Martin Luther King Day of Service projects.

The report identifies the enormous impact volunteerism has on the State. Maine receives $5.9 Million from the Corporation for National and Community Service to support Maine’s National Service Programs. 339.6 thousand adults in Maine volunteered in 2008 and an additional 38,418 individuals worked with their neighbors to fix a problem or improve a condition in their community but did not serve through an organization. This type of volunteering is generally referred to as “neighboring.” Even with the economic crisis, the volunteer rate in Maine remained relatively constant, at 31.8% in 2008, while the neighboring rate increased by more than 10,000 volunteers. Maine volunteers contributed 51.3 million hours of service in 2008 with an economic contribution valued at $981.7 Million. To read the many accomplishments of 2009 please visit our website to download the full report. Printed copies are available by request; please contact Rochelle Runge at rochelle.runge@maine.gov

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 website at www.maineservicecommission.gov.