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$191,675 in Funding for Regional Volunteer Centers Announced

Published March 9, 2011

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The Maine Commission for Community Service (MCCS) announced at a Bangor press conference, the first grant recipients of Volunteer Generation Funds. Seven organizations were awarded a total of $191,675 which will be matched by $67,000 in local in-kind and cash match. Mary-Anne LaMarre, Chair of MCCS said, “Since 1995 the Commission has worked to build capacity and sustainability in the volunteer sector. This work is so important because the efforts of volunteers now accounts for over $1.1billion of in-kind labor in Maine– that’s a human resource that needs high quality management akin to the care and concern shown financial donors.”  The selected grantees are as follows:

United Way of York County which will cover York County
Maine Sea Coast Mission which will cover Washington County
United Way of Greater Portland which will cover Cumberland County
United Way of Eastern Maine which will cover Penobscot  County
United Way of Mid Coast Maine which will cover Knox and Sagadahoc Counties
United Way of Tri Valley Area which will cover Franklin and Androscoggin Counties
Faith in Action Community Connection  which will establish a peer network for Managers of Volunteers in Hancock County                    

The new grantees will support local volunteer centers that provide training and technical assistance and serve as a comprehensive resource for all community sectors engaged in responding to local issues and needs. Volunteer centers serve individuals, groups and businesses seeking to connect with volunteer programs as well as nonprofits, public organizations, and community volunteer programs seeking to identify appropriate volunteer roles. 

Nancy Teel, speaking on behalf of the United Way
of the Tri-Valley Area, said “the Volunteer Generation Fund will assist our communities’ collective efforts to improve people’s lives by offering meaningful volunteer experiences, and by effectively and efficiently getting things done that positively affect individuals and families every day.” 

MCCS was one of only 19 states to receive funds in the first year of the grant program. Across the nation a total of $4,000,000 in Volunteer Generation Funds has been awarded. Maine was ranked in the top ten of recipients for amount of funding received.