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Governor Proclaims May 8-15 AmeriCorps Week in Maine

May 11th, 2010

Governor John E. Baldacci joined the Maine Commission for Community Service and Maine AmeriCorps members to announce that May 8-15 has been proclaimed AmeriCorps Week in the State of Maine and that all citizens are urged to recognize this observance.  During the ceremony, Governor Baldacci signed the proclamation while AmeriCorps members and alumni looked on. The Governor listened intently as each member introduced themselves and explained the impact of their service on the state.

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. 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.  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.

In Maine, more than 9,200 people participate in national service each year through 28 projects and programs in Maine. 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.

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.