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$191,675 in Funding for Regional Volunteer Centers Announced

January 28th, 2011

The Maine Commission for Community Service (MCCS) announced today, at a Bangor press conference, the first grant recipients of Volunteer Generation Funds. Seven organizations were awarded a total of $191,675 which will be matched by $67,000 in local in-kind and cash match.   

Mary-Anne LaMarre, Chair of MCCS said, “Since 1995 the Commission has worked to build capacity and sustainability in the volunteer sector. This work is so important because the efforts of volunteers now accounts for over $1.1 billion of in-kind labor in Maine – that’s a human resource that needs high quality management akin to the care and concern shown financial donors.”

 The selected grantees are as follows:

    • United Way of York County which will cover York County

    • Maine Sea Coast Mission which will coverWashington County

    • United Way of Greater Portland which will cover Cumberland County

    • United Way of Eastern Maine which will cover Penobscot  County    

    • United Way of Mid Coast Maine which will cover Knox and Sagadahoc Counties

    • United Way of Tri Valley Area which will cover Franklin and Androscoggin Counties   

    • Faith in Action Community Connection  which will establish a peer network for Managers of Volunteers in Hancock County                         

The new grantees will support local volunteer centers that provide training and technical assistance and serve as a comprehensive resource for all community sectors engaged in responding to local issues and needs. Volunteer centers serve individuals, groups and businesses seeking to connect with volunteer programs as well as nonprofits, public organizations, and community volunteer programs seeking to identify appropriate volunteer roles. 

Nancy Teel, speaking on behalf of the United Way of the Tri-Valley Area, said “the Volunteer Generation Fund will assist our communities’ collective efforts to improve people’s lives by offering meaningful volunteer experiences, and by effectively and efficiently getting things done that positively affect individuals and families every day.” 

MCCS was one of only 19 states to receive funds in the first year of the grant program. Across the nation a total of $4,000,000 in Volunteer Generation Funds has been awarded.  Maine was ranked in the top ten of recipients for amount of funding received.  

The Maine Commission for Community Service builds capacity and sustainability in Maine's volunteer and service communities by funding programs, developing managers of volunteers and service-learning practitioners, raising awareness of sector issues, and promoting service as a strategy.  To learn more about the Maine Commission for Community Service visit our web-site at www.maineservicecommission.gov.