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Registration Open for the Blaine House Conference on Volunteerism

August 4th, 2010

For the past 23 years, the Blaine House Conference on Volunteerism has provided learning and networking opportunities for Maine’s volunteer administrators and program managers. It’s the only professional development conference tailored exclusively to the needs and challenges of leaders in the state’s volunteer sector. This year’s conference will be held at the University of Maine’s Orono campus on October, 12th. 

The 2009 keynote speaker will be Susan Stroud, Executive Director of Innovations in Civic Participation, a non-profit organization she founded in 2001 to support the development of program and policy innovations in national and community service globally. Susan is also the Co-Director of the Global Service Institute, a project of ICP and the Center for Social Development at Washington University to increase knowledge and understanding of service worldwide. 

 The admission fee for the conference is only $80 with many discounts and scholarships available. Time Warner Cable, AARP, ALIVE, VolunteerMaine.org, and the Maine Commission for Community Service are sponsoring the event. Registration is open now visit, www.volunteermaine.org for more information.

Last year, the conference attracted nearly 300 people. Participants represented volunteer programs focused on health care, children’s services, environment, education, public safety, and more. This year’s theme is “Where Lifelong Learning and Volunteerism Intersect: Volunteerism & Service Learning ,” and will include workshops from volunteer basics, to engaging boomers through learning opportunities, to marketing and volunteering in times of disaster.

The Maine Commission for Community Service builds capacity and sustainability in Maine's volunteer sector by funding service programs, developing volunteer managers, 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.