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MCCS Hosts Conference on "Volunteer Leadership in a Changing World"

August 22nd, 2017

Augusta, ME: Volunteer Leadership in a Changing World is the theme of the 31st Blaine House Conference on Service and Volunteerism which is returning to UMaine in Orono this fall. According to organizers at the Maine Commission for Community Service, Tobi Johnson, president of Tobi Johnson & Associates, will be the featured speaker on October 10 and present one of the 18 learning sessions conference goers have to choose from.  Johnson is an international expert and master trainer in volunteer engagement. She is known for her modern thought leadership, highly practical evidence-based strategies, and innovative, "big hat" thinking around engaging, supporting, and acknowledging the work of volunteers. 

Registration is now open for Maine leaders and funders of community volunteer efforts. The conference is the only statewide educational event focused on engaging citizens in volunteer service and it annually attracts between 250 and 300 volunteer managers. In addition to sessions led by Maine volunteer administrators, the conference will feature national volunteer management leaders from JF Fixler, VolunteerMatch, the Minnesota Association of Volunteer Administrators, and Volunteer Plain Talk.

A full list of sessions and online registration can be reached at The conference fee is $75 for Early Bird registrants and $90 thereafter.

The Maine Commission for Community Service builds capacity and sustainability in Maine's volunteer sector by funding service programs, developing volunteer managers and service-learning practitioners, raising awareness of the scope and the impact of the volunteer sector, and encouraging an ethic of service. To learn more about the Maine Commission for Community Service visit our website at


FMI contact: Maryalice Crofton