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Community Events Celebrate Maine AmeriCorps Week May 14-21, 2011

May 26th, 2011

 

AmeriCorps Week is an opportunity for AmeriCorps members, alums, grantees, program partners and friends to demonstrate AmeriCorps' impact on critical issues, bring more Americans into service, and thank the community partners who make AmeriCorps possible.

The fifth annual AmeriCorps Week will take place May 14-21. Join the Maine Commission for Community Service, the Corporation for National and Community Service and Maine AmeriCorps Alums as we shine a spotlight on AmeriCorps’ impact on Maine Communities.

Between 1994 and 2010, more than 4,200 Maine
residents have served more than 6 million hours and qualified for Segal AmeriCorps Education Awards totaling more than $12,400,000. Below are some examples of the impact AmeriCorps members had on Maine communities in 2010:  

  • VolunteerMaine AmeriCorps*VISTA’s raised $9,054 in cash and $14,868 in in-kind donations to support volunteer programs.         
  • Recovery Community Resource Corps AmeriCorps members taught 2,004 people financial literacy skills.   
  • 787 volunteers were recruited to work on higher education access. As a result of the services provided by Maine Campus Compact AmeriCorps*VISTA’s and their volunteers, 232 community partners reported an improved ability to serve low-income populations or fight poverty.         
  • 125 homes were winterized by Hour Exchange AmeriCorps*VISTA’s resulting in energy savings.       
  • 34 Maine Conservation Corps AmeriCorps members provided 700 lesson hours on Environmental Education to 4,000 students.

There is a full week of activities planned across Maine
in celebration of AmeriCorps Week. Get involved! Find one near you!

Attend an AmeriCorps Event in Your Community:

May 13-14th 

Assist PCHC Community HealthCorps AmeriCorps members and Habitat for Humanity move the Bangor RESTORE.
  The RESTORE sells donated or overstocked housing supplies to provide more affordable access to these supplies.  RESTORE proceeds benefit Habitat for Humanity. Contact AmeriCorps member Erin Wight at ewight@pchcbangor.org for more information. 

Garden Project. Help set up and open the school garden at Mast Landing Elementary School in Freeport from 9am to noon. To participate email: kate.mccarty@americorpsalums.org and register at http://www.americorpsalumsevents.org/.  

Community Wide Beach Clean Up! Volunteers are meeting at the Chebeague Recreation Center on May 14th at 11 am. Groups will then disperse to beaches all around Chebeague Island. Third, fourth and fifth graders of Chebeague Island School will be doing a roadside clean up in connection with the beach clean up the same day. Contact Caitlin Gerber, Chebeague Island Recreation Center Fellow, at (207) 653-7129 or cgerber@islandinstitute.org for more information.

AmeriCorps Week Outreach at the Farmington Farmer’s Market. MCC Environmental Educator Ben Godsoe will have a table at the Farmington farmer’s market on Saturday, May 14th.  Come learn about the Sandy River Land Trust, High Peaks Alliance, Maine Conservation Corps (MCC) and AmeriCorps!  For more information, contact Ben at bgodsoe.srlt@gmail.com or 578-0306.

National Association of Letter Carriers Food Drive. Volunteers needed at Bangor and Old Town Distribution Centers to assist with collection and sorting of food. Contact Mike Aiguier, VolunteerMaine VISTA at United Way of Eastern Maine at michaela@unitedwayem.org or (207)941-2800.

SafeVoices Walk Against Domestic Violence. The event is in Lewiston from 8am-12pm. Contact CRC AmeriCorps member, Kim Etingoff for more information at ketingoff@gmail.com or 207-513-3844.

Sunday, May 15

Vegetable Garden Project. Join AmeriCorps members and community volunteers in construction of a high-tunnel bed for the Penobscot Nation to grow plants & vegetables in. Contact: Lauren Wagner, MCC AmeriCorps VISTA at Bodwell Center for Service & Volunteerism University of Maine at (207) 581-1796 orLauren_Wagner@umit.maine.edu.

Millinocket School District Auction Benefit. Contact Laura Binger for more information at laurab@foodandmedicine.org.

Monday, May 16

AmeriCorps Week Outreach at the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens (Boothbay). Come talk to MCC Environmental Educator Emily Ellingson at the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens on Sunday, May 15th. Learn about the MCC and AmeriCorps, and even snag some free stuff!  For more information, contact Emily at eellingson@mainegardens.org

Grounds Clean Up! Help clean up the grounds at 75 State St. (an assisted-living facility in Portland) from 4:30-6:30pm.  To participate email: kate.mccarty@americorpsalums.org and register at http://www.americorpsalumsevents.org/.  

Tuesday, May 17

Food Bank Shoppers Wanted. The 4H Club at Reiche School in Portland has received money to purchase food to donate to the food bank. To participate email kate.mccarty@americorpsalums.org and register at http://www.americorpsalumsevents.org/.  

Isle au Haut Trail Clearing. Assist with trail clean-up on Isle au Haut hiking trails. To volunteer contact Margaret Snell atmsnell@islandinstitute.org.

Wednesday, May 18 

Help your community be better prepared for a disaster! Participate in a Mass Rescue Exercise being conducted by the U.S. Coast Guard, the Town of Bar Harbor, Hancock County, and Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines on Mt. Desert Island. Register to staff the Volunteer Reception Center or be an “actor” for the exercise. For more information please call Eileen Buzzello, AmeriCorps VISTA (207) 624-6249 at the Maine Commission for Community Service.

Learn about AmeriCorps. Visit the Portland Farmers' Market in Monument Square to learn about AmeriCorps and AmeriCorps Alums.  Stop by between 9am-1pm.  Free AmeriGear will be given away! For more information email kate.mccarty@americorpsalums.org. 

May 17th-19th

AmeriCorps Week Outreach at the Augusta, Gardiner & Waterville Farmer’s Market. In celebration of National AmeriCorps Week, the Maine Conservation Corps will be conducting outreach at the Augusta Farmer's Market at Mill Park on Tuesday, May 17, the Gardiner Farmer’s Market on the common on Wednesday, May 18, and the Waterville Farmer’s Market on Thursday, May 19.  All markets are 2-6 pm.  Come support local farmers and visit our table to learn about what great things the MCC is accomplishing and pick up some free MCC and AmeriCorps gear!  For more information, please contact Sarah Gaffney at sarah.gaffney@maine.gov or 624-6092. 

Friday, May 19

Habitat for Humanity Build.  Help celebrate the United Way's Day of Caring and AmeriCorps Week by volunteering with Habitat for Humanity of Greater Portland.  They will meet be the build site in Westbrook from 9am-3pm.  To participate email:kate.mccarty@americorpsalums.org and register at http://www.americorpsalumsevents.org/.  

Swan’s Island Roadside Clean-Up. Join AmeriCorps members and Swan’s Island School students at the Swan's Island road-side clean-up from 2:30- 5:30. To volunteer contact Meghan Vigeant atmvigeant@islandinstitute.org.

Saturday, May 21

Serve Breakfast at Ronald McDonald House. Prepare and serve breakfast to families staying at the Ronald McDonald House. To participate email: kate.mccarty@americorpsalums.org and register at http://www.americorpsalumsevents.org/.  

Meet Maine AmeriCorps Alums. From 10am to 2pm, the AmeriCorps Alums of Maine, will staff a table at West Fest in the West End of Portland (Reiche School).  They will have information about AmeriCorps and AmeriCorps Alums. For more information email: kate.mccarty@americorpsalums.org .

AmeriCorps Outreach and Trail Maintenance at  Bradbury  Mountain State Park (Pownal). Join MCC Environmental Educator David Hammes at Bradbury Mountain State Park to help with trail maintenance and learn about the Maine Conservation Corps, AmeriCorps and national service. For more information contact David at bradburymackworth@gmail.com

AmeriCorps provides opportunities for more than 80,000 Americans to give back in an intensive way to their communities and country each year. It consists of three main programs: AmeriCorps State and National, whose members serve with more than 1,840 national and local nonprofit and community groups; AmeriCorps VISTA, through which members serve full time fighting poverty; and AmeriCorps NCCC (National Civilian Community Corps), a team-based residential program for young adults 18-24 who carry out projects in public safety, the environment, youth development, and disaster relief and preparedness.

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 atwww.maineservicecommission.gov.