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Introducing the Keynote Speaker for the 32nd Blaine House Conference on Service and Volunteerism

June 28th, 2018

Augusta, ME -- The Maine Commission for Community Service is excited to announce that the keynote speaker for the 2018 Blaine House Conference on Service and Volunteerism will be Maryann Murphy, MSW, CPO®. The Conference will be hosted again at the University of Maine in Orono on Tuesday, October 9. In addition to providing the keynote address, Maryann will also facilitate one of 23 learning sessions. Her session is entitled "Stop Wasting Your Precious Time".

Maryann Murphy has spent over 35 years empowering people to become better organized and more productive, with her work in management, human services, government, and as an entrepreneur.  She holds degrees in Psychology and Social Work, and certification as a Certified Professional Organizer with a specialty in Chronic Disorganization.  Maryann has been a speaker, trainer, and professional organizer for over ten years, helping clients get their time and spaces better organized to reduce the clutter in their lives.  She is the author of Stop Wasting Your Precious Time: 60 Easy Strategies for Eliminating Your Biggest Time Wasters at Work, available on  Murphy is a past President of the National Speakers Association New England chapter and of Boston NOW (National Organization for Women), a Distinguished Toastmaster, and both a national and local leader in the National Association of Productivity and Organizing Professionals (NAPO).  She lives in Mashpee, MA.

The Conference schedule will be posted in July and regisration will open later this summer. 


Since 1986, this statewide conference has focused on professional development for volunteer program staff, board members, funders, and sponsoring organizations.

MCCS board members and staff lead the conference development, planning, logistics, and implementation. Representatives from the field serve on various conference committees. The content focuses on concerns that emerge in an annual survey of managers of volunteers.

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