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United Way of York County and Maine Commission for Community Service Bring Service Enterprise to Maine

Published August 22, 2013

Consistent with their commitment to build capacity in the volunteer sector and foster civic engagement, the United Way of York County and Maine Commission for Community Service joined forces in an application to be selected as a pilot state/county for a special "Service Enterprise" project. The request for applications was issued by the Points of Light Institute and Re-imagining Service. The Maine proposal was one of 13 selected nationally.

A "Service Enterprise" is an organization that deliberately and strategically leverages volunteers and their skills to successfully deliver on the social mission of the organization.

Research on thousands of organizations shows that Service Enterprises strategically leverage volunteers to increase their capacity, outperform their peers and have greater impact. What's more, Service Enterprises get a big return: gaining up to $6 for every $1 invested in their volunteer capacity.

The national pilot project trains the selected partners on how to help local organizations qualify for the Service Enterprise designation and, then, reach out to agencies that want to be in the "first class" of Maine Service Enterprises. (Learn more.

FMI: Contact Meaghan Arzberger (marzberger@buildcommunity.org) or Pam Zeutenhorst (pam.zeutenhorst@maine.gov)