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See the Impact. AmeriCorps Week 2010.

May 4th, 2010

The fourth annual AmeriCorps Week is May 8-15. AmeriCorps Week is a recruitment and recognition event designed to bring more Americans into service, salute AmeriCorps members and alums for their powerful impact, and thank the community partners who make AmeriCorps possible.  AmeriCorps Week provides an opportunity for AmeriCorps members, alums, grantees, program partners, and friends to shine a spotlight on the work done by members in communities across the country -- and to motivate more AmeriCorps to join AmeriCorps or volunteer in their communities. Spreading the word about AmeriCorps is especially important now, as the Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act has put AmeriCorps on a path to grow to 250,000 members annually by 2017.

In Maine, more than 9,200 people participate in national service each year through 28 projects and programs. This year, the Corporation for National and Community Service will commit more than $5,900,000 to support Maine’s national service initiatives.  National service refers to the Corporation's National Service programs: Senior CorpsAmeriCorps, and Learn and Serve America. Participants in these programs address community needs such as education, the environment, public safety and disaster relief.

Now is a great time to get involved in your community and learn more about the impact AmeriCorps members have in your area. Opportunities range from educational outreach events to community service projects. Visit www.VolunteerMaine.org to find out what’s going on in your area in honor of AmeriCorps

Cumberland County:

Trail Clearing at the Chebeague Recreation Center and Kid's Place
Location: Chebeague Recreation Center
Date: May 8th 5-7 PM
Help students and volunteers clear brush for a new nature trail behind the Kids Place and Recreation Center. Contact: Eli Bossin, ebossin@islandinstitute.org,207-846-5237

Outreach Table at the Portland Farmer's Market 
Saturday, May 8th, 8am-11am in Deering Oaks (Portland)
Join fellow AmeriCorps Alums and current members as we spend a Saturday morning at the Deering Oaks Farmers Market in Portland, chatting with passersby. The goal of that morning is to chat with people about the work that AmeriCorps members have done and are doing in Maine and across the nation. This is a Maine AmeriCorps Alumni event visit them online.

AmeriCorps at Deering High School
Monday, May 10th - We're telling students at Deering High all about AmeriCorps and how it can help them reach their future goals.  Email Jen Defillip at gzluwze@maine.rr.com if you are interested in helping out with this lunchtime event. This is a Maine AmeriCorps Alumni event visit them online.

AmeriCorps at South Portland High School
Tuesday, May 11th . We'll be promoting AmeriCorps during lunch and sitting down with a group of students who are particularly interested in national service.  Email Brea Smoley atbreannesmoley@gmail.com if you are interested in helping out with this lunchtime event. This is a Maine AmeriCorps Alumni event visit them online.

AmeriCorps Night at the SeaDogs
Join AmeriCorps Alums of Portland, Maine as we cheer on the Portland SeaDogs! Help us demonstrate the strength of our national service network by wearing your ameri-gear. All AmeriCorps Alums, members, supporters, fans, groupies, etc are welcome to join us! Purchase tickets online at http://tinyurl.com/yk58wer. Buy General Admission tickets if you want to sit with other Alums. Game starts at 6pm. Please contact Caitlyn atcaitlyn@americorpsalums.org if you are interested in volunteering at our community table during the game. This is a Maine AmeriCorps Alumni event visit them online.

Community Outreach at the Portland Farmer's Market
Wednesday, May 12th, 8am-12pm in Monument Square
Join fellow AmeriCorps Alums and current members as we spend a Wednesday morning in Monument Square in Portland, chatting with passersby. The goal of that morning is to chat with people about the work that AmeriCorps members have done and are doing in Maine and across the nation. Contact Caitlyn at caitlyn@americorpsalums.org . This is a Maine AmeriCorps Alumni event visit them online.

Service Project with Portland Trails
Get your hands dirty with Portland Trails as we help kick off their volunteer trail work season! This project will be a great opportunity to speak with other volunteers about the value of national service. Specific project and location TBD; 3-6pm. Contact Caitlyn at caitlyn@americorpsalums.org . This is a Maine AmeriCorps Alumni event visit them online.

Work Day at Rippling Waters Farm
Friday, May 14th - 12pm-4pm at Standish, Maine
Come join us at Rippling Waters Farm, an organic farm growing vegetables, herbs, and ornamentals, for an afternoon of field work. We will be assisting the farm workers with whatever seasonal tasks are needed, perhaps transplanting plants to the fields and mulching. All ability and knowledge levels are welcome, Contact Caitlyn at caitlyn@americorpsalums.org . This is a Maine AmeriCorps Alumni event visit them online.

Hancock County:

AmeriCorps Week-Camp Beech Cliff
The AmeriCorps Community Resource Corps is pleased to offer a fun service project for AmeriCorps Week. 
What: Camp clean up/trail maintenance-projects to suit all interests, Challenge course-to suit all ability levels (one 2 hour session each day), camping, camaraderie, good times and good eats!
Where: Camp Beech Cliff in Mt. Desert, Maine
When:  May 14th (arrive 10AM) -15th (depart 4PM)
Contact me via email at samantha.boudrot@goodwillnne.org


Kennebec County

AmeriCorps Community Outreach Events
Tuesday, May 11,
 from 2-6pm Augusta Farmers’ Market at Mill Park
Wednesday, May 12, from 2-6pm Gardiner Farmers’ Market
Thursday, May 13, from 2-6pm Downtown Waterville Farmers’ Market
Contact: Email or call  Sarah Gaffney at the Maine Conservation Corps at 624-6092 or sarah.gaffney@maine.gov

Knox County:

Merryspring Nature Center
MCC Environmental Educators Leo Maheu  & Frank Sokol are doing a joint presentation on Water Conservation and AmeriCorps entitled " 100+ ways to conserve water at home" on Wednesday, May 12 at 7pm. Contact: For the Merryspring Nature Center event, MCC EE Leo Maheu at 236-2239 or leo@merryspring.org.

Matinicus Island Beach Cleanup & Trail Work
Project Location: Matinicus Island, ME
Project date(s): May 13th-14th
Help clean up the three major beaches and recycle the waste we cleanup; and clear/maintain the already established Matinicus Trail. We need volunteers who are willing to handle and sort beach debris and transport the waste to the recycling center. We will also need people comfortable with handling a chainsaw, clearing brush, clipping back vegetation, and re-designating the path.  
Contact: Lana Cannon, Matinicus Island Institute Fellow, w: (207)366-3526 or h: (207)366-3439 or lcannon@islandinstitute.org

Trail Clearing in Acadia on Isle au Haut
Project Location: Isle au Haut
Project date(s): May 13
Project summary- Volunteers will clear blow downs or beach debris in Acadia National Park. Contact: Margaret Snell msnell@islandinstitute.org (207) 335-2367

Lincoln County:

Interpretive Trail Event
The Pemaquid Watershed Association (PWA) is hosting a celebration of AmeriCorps week and the opening of PWA's Bearce Allen Preserve's new interpretive trail on Saturday, May 15th. The trail is a culmination of service work done by the previous MCC/AmeriCorps members at the PWA Tenley Wilder and Luke Lunt. Contact: Email or call  Rebeccah Kolak , Environmental Educator,Maine Conservation Corps, AmeriCorps member Pemaquid Watershed Association at at pwalearn@midcoast.com or 563.2196.

Maine Conservation Corps Environmental Educator Emily Ellingson will have an AmeriCorps information table set up at the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens in Boothbay on Sunday, May 9th and will have AmeriCorps and MCC information to hand out. Moms get free admission to CMBG on Mother’s Day, which falls during AmeriCorps week! Contact: MCC EE Emily Ellingson at 633-4333 or eellingson@mainegardens.org. 

Penobscot County:

Habitat/AmeriCorps PreGroundbreaking Project Habitat for Humanity of Greater Bangor, ReStore
Where: 231 Main Rd. Holden, ME 04429
When: May 12, 2010, 11am-4pm
Come join AmeriCorps members and alums help get House #13 ready for groundbreaking. Volunteers will assist with landscaping projects for the house so that it is ready for when the groundbreaking begins later in the summer. House #13 is the first Habitat house built in over 2 years in the Bangor area. Join us and become part of the build process. Contact: Amanda Charette, Habitat for Humanity, 942-8977 or Ryan Bouchard, AmeriCorps*VISTA, University of Maine, 581-1796

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.