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National Service in Maine responds to COVID-19 outbreak

April 22nd, 2020

On the left, a high-school age male poses in a parking lot behind a sign that reads Free Meal Program Site while an adult male on the right begins to set up a table for suppliesThe COVID-19 outbreak has changed many aspects of day-to-day life, including how National Service programs in Maine serve the communities and individuals who rely on them. However, challenges can bring new opportunities for those active in AmeriCorps and Senior Corps, as well as program alumni, to pitch in during this time of great need.

We at Volunteer Maine want to put a spotlight on these individuals and programs while detailing some of the many ways that National Service in Maine is responding to the COVID-19 outbreak. This page will be home to stories and information that do just that, and we'll add new stories as they come available. 

Last updated May 27, 2020.

Text/multimedia stories:

"Skowhegan AmeriCorps Outdoor Recreation Program transitions to virtual programs, more" -- CentralMaine.com. View the story here.

"Maine National Service Programs respond to COVID-19: Alfond Youth & Community Center" -- produced by Volunteer Maine with help from AYCC. View the story here.

Facebook post: Catholic Charities Maine Senior Corps Retired & Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) hosts "Pies and Supplies." View the post here.

"This Belfast woman is sending postcards to ease stress for kids during coronavirus outbreak" -- Bangor Daily News feature on The Game Loft. View the story here.

"Like a good neighbor, The Game Loft is there" -- Produced by The Game Loft. Access the PDF here.

Facebook post: First4 AmeriCorps members organize Tuesday and Thursday meal deliveries. View the post here.

"Skowhegan program offers virtual, on-your-own activities" -- CentralMaine.com (Kennebec Journal/Morning Sentinel). View the story here.

"Skowhegan AmeriCorps Outdoor Recreation Program to begin in-person programs in June" -- CentralMaine.com (Kennebec Journal/Morning Sentinel). View the story here.

"RecoveryCorps, MDI Hospital partner for call service to help feeling isolated during coronavirus, COVID-19 pandemic" -- News Center Maine. View the story here.

"Hidden Valley Nature Center Offers Trail Running" -- Midcoast Conservancy -- story by The Lincoln County News. View the story here

Facebook post: Aroostook RSVP Senior Corps members pitch in at Ashland Food Pantry and The Grace Interfaith Food Table (GIFT) in Presque Isle. View the post here

Video features:

National Service in Maine responds to COVID-19: Carol Christopoulos, Penquis Foster Grandparent Senior Corps program -- produced by Volunteer Maine

National Service in Maine responds to COVID-19: Liz Sprague, AmeriCorps NCCC alum -- produced by Volunteer Maine

National Service in Maine responds to COVID-19: Andy Donahue, AmeriCorps NCCC alum -- produced by Volunteer Maine

Meet the AmeriCorps Outdoor Adventure Team -- produced by Midcoast Conservancy Outdoor Adventure Program

Did you know? Midcoast Conservancy Outdoor Adventure Program members have created a series of virtual mini lessons to continue providing outdoor educational resources to the community. View the videos on their YouTube channel -- access here.