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State Conference on Service and Volunteerism to Take Place in Orono 

September 21st, 2018

The opioid crisis that is sweeping the nation and state of Maine, is passing down a legacy of poverty, homelessness and addiction. What role can volunteers play in helping communities respond? What supports do people in recovery need to be successful volunteers? Can existing volunteer programs be part of a community response?

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On October 9, the Blaine House Conference on Service and Volunteerism will explore this topic and many others during the 2018 conference at the University of Maine in Orono.     

The conference, which was first held in 1986, is organized by The Maine Commission for Community Service and the Maine Volunteer Foundation with the goal to educate those seeking to make communities stronger by engaging citizens in service.  

“Once a year, people responsible for organizing and managing volunteer efforts gather to learn, network, and explore the needs and challenges facing them,” says Maryalice Crofton, executive director of the Maine Commission Community Service. “The sessions try to help those who are new to volunteer efforts as well as those who have years of experience as volunteer administrators, program managers, corporate employee volunteer coordinators and service-learning educators.”

Those in Maine who work with volunteers in any capacity are encouraged to register for the 2018 Blaine House Conference on Service and Volunteerism. Until September 30, registration is discounted to $75 (regular fee $90). Members of volunteer networks and National Service programs can take advantage of greater discounts by contacting the network or program leader. 

To learn more about the conference and to register visit or call 207.624.7792. 


For more information: 

Contact:Maryalice Crofton 
Executive Director,
Maine Commission for Community Service

Phone:(207) 624-7792