Public Comment Invited on Proposed Strategic Plan Through June 12.
June 3rd, 2010
The Maine Commission for
Community Service (MCCS) invites comment from managers of volunteers, community
organizations, municipalities, National Service programs and participants, as
well as the general public on the proposed objectives and strategies for the
2010 through 2013 proposed strategic plan. To download the proposed plan and
connect with the online forum for making comments, visit www.MaineServiceCommission.gov .
“Enhancing the Capacity of Maine's
Volunteer Sector,” is the new draft strategic service plan of the Maine
Commission for Community Service. A key influence on this plan was the 2009
passage of the Serve America Act
proposes a number of new programs that would lead to significantly increased
grant-making by MCCS. A second factor has been the transfer of responsibility
for K-12 school-based service-learning from the Maine Department of Education
to MCCS (effective July 1, 2010). Yet, the
greatest influence on the plan has been the information and input from Maine's volunteer sector.
Between January 2010 and now, the Commission has used the 167 responses to Maine's Volunteer Sector
Survey and the input from the 113 attendees at six regional meetings to shape
As required by both federal and state
law, the Commission develops this plan to cover three year periods. Its purpose
is to focus on issues facing the volunteer sector in Maine-- the conditions that challenge it;
the opportunities that could enhance it; and the problems that might be solved
by volunteer service.
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