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Governor Proclaims Volunteer Week in Maine

April 22nd, 2013

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AUGUSTA- The Maine Commission for Community Service and the Governor's Office are pleased to announce that April 21-27, 2013 has been proclaimed Volunteer Week across Maine and that all citizens are urged to recognize this observance. Maine joins the national celebration of volunteers across the county during this special week.

Maine has a volunteer force of more than 349,000 citizens that on average dedicate 37 hours of service each year.  The estimated economic contribution of volunteers across the state is $846.2 million.  Volunteers keep our neighborhoods safe, mentor our children, and provide essential services to those in need.

"Volunteer Week honors citizens who dedicate themselves to taking action and solving problems in their communities.  This exemplifies the Maine way of life, neighbor helping neighbor," remarked Governor LePage.  "The Governor's Awards for Service & Volunteerism, which is held during Volunteer Week, highlights the many different ways individuals serve in volunteer programs with nonprofit organizations, public agencies, and businesses."  

In honor of Volunteer Week, Maine's most outstanding volunteers will be recognized in a special ceremony at the Maine State House on April 24, 2013. Categories for these annual awards include Volunteer of the Year, Youth Volunteer of the Year, Small Business Volunteerism Award, Corporate Volunteerism Award, Outstanding Non-Profit Volunteer Program, and Excellence in Volunteer Administration, Outstanding National Service Volunteer Award, and Outstanding Volunteer in a Public Sector Volunteer Program. Volunteers who served more than 500 hours in 2012 in Maine communities are inducted into Volunteer Service Roll of Honor. Names of Roll of Honor inductees will be released on April 24, 2013.  Visit VolunteerMaine.org for more information about the Governor's Awards for Service and Volunteerism. 

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 resolve local problems.

FMI Contact:
Pam Zeutenhorst
Program Officer, Volunteer Sector Initiatives
Maine Commission for Community Service
207-624-7790 or pam.zeutenhorst@maine.gov