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Professional Development Opportunities

Published March 31, 2012

From the Field: Conversations on Volunteer Management 


Guest bloggers wanted!  Guest bloggers are published as part of the blog, have their post promoted to the nearly 4,000 social media followers of VolunteerMaine, and have the opportunity to become featured bloggers.  Monthly themes are as follows:

April- acknowledging the value of volunteers and volunteer recognition.

May- service-learning (in- or out-of-school time)


June- corporate employee volunteering and pro-bono volunteers


Please refer to the guidelines for submission and contact with questions.  

The VolunteerMaine Blog is an online community where volunteer managers can share resources and learn and support one another in their work. The blog is written by Featured and Guestbloggers who write about issues and ideas surrounding Maine's volunteer sector. New blogs are posted 2-3 times a week.


 Professional Development Fund

The Maine Commission for Community Service supports professional development of managers of volunteers and service-learning practitioners (teachers and community youth workers) by awarding funds to cost-share their relevant activities.

Professional Development Fund applications may be submitted at any time. Below is the schedule for reviewing requests for professional development activities that begin after Jan 1, 2012 and end prior to Dec 31, 2012. 

 DEADLINE for applications is April 30, 2012.  Applicants will be notified by May 22, 2012. Click here for Application and eligibility requirements.

Eligible on-line courses, educational conferences, seminars, workshops, or preparation for professional certifications must relate to the Competencies for Managers of Volunteers or help meet the Service-learning Standards for Quality Practice.  


Potential courses/conferences include:


National Conference on Service & Volunteerism, June 18-20, Chicago IL

The Public Performance Measurement Certification Program, Rutgers on-line course

Global Health & Innovation Conference 2012, Apr 21-22, New Haven CT,  

New England Association Directors Healthcare Volunteer Services, May 23-24, Portland ME

Volunteer Engagement & Management, University of Southern Maine – (Refer Information below).

Summer Institutes/Professional Development for Educators, KIDS Consortium


10th Annual Volunteer Administrators of Midcoast Maine (VAMM) Conference


“What is Social Media and Why Do I Need It?”

Location: Long Reach Hall, Maine Maritime Museum, 243 Washington Street, Bath

Details: April 11, 2012 Conference registration starts at 8 am; Closing is at 3 pm.

Register on-lline.  Registration fee is $50 payable to VAMM  :


Major Sessions:

"Social Media Case Study: Mid Coast Hospital 2.0"
Steven Trockman, MPM, Director Community Relations and Outreach, Mid Coast Health Services, Brunswick

Learn why Mid Coast Hospital pursued Social Media, examine key elements of its strategy and tactical plan, and understand how the roll-out has gone.


"Getting Beyond the Like: Using Social Media to Cultivate a Deeper Commitment"
Andrea Berry, Director, Partnerships and Learning, Idealware, Portland

People "like" you, so what? What's that actually doing to support your bottom line? The straight answer: not all that much. Take off the kid gloves and talk critically about how you can move constituents up the ladder of engagement from a simple "like" to actually doing something for your organization.



Volunteer Engagement & Management, PPM 553 


University of Southern Maine on-line course begins May 14 through June 29, 2012.  The course focuses on the competencies required to be an effective volunteer manager in non-profit organizations, particularly the promotion of the value of volunteer time and effort; measurement of volunteer performance; and need for orientation/training of volunteers.  It examines best practices in recruiting, training, and supervising volunteer staff as well as the effect of board and executive leadership, organizational structure and organizational policies on volunteer practices and retention.  


This is an applied course in which students gather volunteer material about their current nonprofit employer or from one in which they volunteer.

Technology needs - Course conducted using the web-based BlackBoard system.  Access to a high-speed internet connection is required.  If the student does not have home based high-speed Internet capability, he or she will need to use a university systems off-campus computer site or similar venue.


Required text - Seel, Keith (2010) Volunteer Administration Professional Practice.  ISBN 978-0-46222-4. (can be obtained via on-line booksellers)  Additional free readings available on-line supplement the text


To Register: Contact the University of Southern Maine,, (207) 780-4877

Students must have completed a Bachelor's degree.  Exceptions may be given to those with who have largely completed a bachelor's degree and have extensive experience in nonprofits.


For more information about the course: Contact Carolyn Ball, PhD, Associate Professor of Public Policy and Management, Muskie School of Public Service,



VolunteerMaine Webinar Series

Grab your coffee and join us for a one-hour, free, interactive webinar series exploring the skills, issues, and opportunities that affect your volunteer program.  Learn, discuss, and network with your peers without ever leaving the comfort of your desk. Register on-line.


Next webinar is May 17 @ 9am: Engaging Youth to Thrive: Service-Learning as a Tool for Positive Youth Development

How do you create service-learning experiences that guide youth to not only find success, but also actively thrive their lives?

Examine this question in depth and explore how adults can create service-learning experiences that encourage positive development in school-age youth, and also allow for youth to become actively engaged in their own development.  This workshop will cover the youth voice spectrum, the importance of creating developmentally appropriate service experiences, and appropriate strategies for engaging youth in service at any age. 

Webinar presenter: Laura Rog, Director of Training and Technical Assistance for generationOn.


For more information and to register visit the VolunteerMaine Webinar Series in the Training section of