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March 2020

The mission of Volunteer Maine, the state service commission, is to foster and inspire community service and volunteerism to address critical needs in the State of Maine.

Notice of Regular Business Meeting

Friday, March 20, 2020  Meeting cancelled per public gatherings restriction for COVID19.

Maine Govt East Campus, 19 Elkins Lane Rm 110, Augusta, ME 04333
All business meetings are open to the public. The parking lot faces the Eastside Wellness Center and Harlow Building. Use Arsenal Street to enter the campus.

This link shows the location of the building on the campus.

Map for Driving Directions


10:00 Public Comment Period Branham
10:10 Call to Order Branham
10:12 Welcome, Announcements, Agenda Adjustments
1. Introductions
2. Quiz Answer
3. Announcements and Appreciations
     -- Strategic Plan Tracking
     -- Other
4. Additions, Deletions, Changes to Agenda
5. Motion to approve the agenda
Consent Agenda
10:30 A. Minutes
Moved that the minutes of the Commission meeting on December 20, 2019 be approved.
B. Executive Committee
Moved that the report of the Executive Committee meetings for February 4 and March 3 be accepted.
C. Research and Evaluation Task Force
Moved the report of the Research and Evaluation Task Force meetings on January 30 and February 21 be accepted.
Business Reports
(Reports submitted are posted.)
10:33 A. Communications Task Force
1. Presentation and discussion of legislative proposals
2. Marketing and Communications plan
3. Other
10:45 B. Grant Selection and Performance
1. Policy update and changes for Commission action
2. Request for assistance recruiting new peer reviewers
3. Other
10:50 C. Maine Service Fellows Task Force
1. Outcome of March 13 design think tank
11:00 D. Financial Oversight Task Force Burns
11:10 E. National Public Policy issues
1. Report from ASC committee 
2. Sign-on letter for Congress
3. Public Comments (ASC and Commission) submitted regarding proposed rule changes for conducting criminal history background checks. Comments are under "Background Materials" on Reports tab. 
4. Other
11:25 F. MCCS Staff
1. Impact of COVID19 on AmeriCorps members and programs plus office continuous operation plan
2. June 6 Maine public forum on recommendations of the National Commission on Military, Public, and National Service
3. Potential NGA summer meeting service project
4. Volunteer Maine Annual report and rebrand progress 
5. Report from February Convening of all commissions by ASC
6. Other

12:00 G. CNCS Update
1. New staff assignments for Maine programs (Commission and others)
2. Other
Garvey for Ostberg
Planning and Future Initiatives
 12:15 A. Discussion of Commission budget authority status
Consideration of whether to pursue budget authority and become fully responsible for operations rather than working through a fiscal agent (Dept of Education). 

Focus on Mission Responsibilities 
12:45 A. Commissioner roles in key events
1. National Service Day at the Capitol, March 26
2. AmeriCorps Member Conference, April 1
3. Commission Recognition Luncheon for National Service Program Staff, April 17
Business Wrap Up
1:00 pm A. Reminder: Complete meeting evaluation forms
B. Next meeting (April 17, 2020 -- Rm 110, MCCS Offices) 
C. Adjourn