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Photo Contest and Volunteer Meter Winners Announced

April 27th, 2010

STATEWIDE – In celebration of National Volunteer Week, The Maine Commission for Community Service recently held a photo contest celebrating volunteerism in the state of Maine. The winning photograph and honorable mentions were on display at this year’s Governor’s Volunteer Service Awards. 

This year’s winning photograph, entitled “Helping a Farmer in Need” was taken by Jon Ljunggren of Vienna. (depicted here).  The photo depicts volunteer firefighters from three different towns (Wayne, Mt.Vernon and Readfield) helping a Mt.Vernon farmer in need.

Honorable mentions can be seen here and are as follows:  Charlotte Henderson of Washington, “Mother Goose Reads Aloud.”  The photo depicts Gibbs Library volunteer, Barbara Sager, dressed as Mother Goose and reading aloud to children as part of a “prominent people in town” reading to kids program.  John D. Begin of Augusta, “Maine General Health Pet Therapy Volunteers.”  Maine General Health's Pet Therapy program provides comfort to patients and their families at Maine General Medical Center's Augusta and Waterville campuses and the Harold Alfond Center for Cancer Care in Augusta.  Augusta-based volunteers pictured are, from left, Sandy Valera (with Root Beer, "Rooty"), Bob Gross (with Fraggle), Lynne White (with Boomer) and Barbara Wheeler (with Max).

Also in celebration of National Volunteer Week, VolunteerMaine.org invited vvolunteer organizations across the state to submit their total number of volunteers and volunteer hours at VolunteerMaine.org.  More than 55 organizations participated and more than 1,207,041 hours were recorded.  Three entries drawn at random to receive a volunteer pizza party donated by Amato’s Pizza of Augusta were Hammond Street Senior Center (Bangor) Veteran’s Affairs (Augusta) and Beacon Hospice, Inc (Bangor).

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 visit our web-sites: MaineServiceCommission.gov and VolunteerMaine.org