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25th Annual Volunteerism Conference Draws Record Crowd to Orono

Published November 1, 2011

On October 11, a record 310 people attended the 25th annual  Blaine House Conference on Service and Volunteerism in Orono for a day filled with learning and networking opportunities. Participants were managers of volunteers, service-learning practitioners, staff and members or participants of Corporation for National and Community Service-funded programs, and members of the public from each of Maine's sixteen counties.

The conference organizers wish to extend their appreciation to those who traveled long distances to attend, particularly the approximately 20% of attendees who trekked three or more hours to the event. Press coverage of the event, including video, can be viewed through links on  MaineServiceCommission.gov/news/.

Also deserving of our gratitude is the University of Maine in Orono, who provides the space for the conference each year at no cost. Without this generous donation, conference organizers would not have been able to keep the cost of attendance the same as past years nor offer scholarships and discounts to nearly 90% of registrants.

Seventy-seven percent of attendees reported that excluding the conference, they had received less than 12 hours of training on volunteer program and management issues this year. Please save the date for October 9, 2012, for next year's Blaine House Conference on Service and Volunteerism, the only statewide conference tailored exclusively to the needs and challenges of leaders in Maine's volunteer sector.