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Administrative Staff Reports

February 14, 2011

January 2011 Program Officer, Volunteer Sector Initiatives

I am not new staff, just  recycled existing staff.  The New Year brought new responsibilities and a new title.  I will continue grant management for PDAT and ADAfunds received from CNCS and management of the VolunteerMaine VISTA Project.  My new duties are related to the Volunteer Generation Fund.

VOLUNTEER GENERATION FUND (VGF)

Facilitated peer review and Grants Task Force review of VGF applications.  Prepared VGF application summaries, compiled reviewer scores and comments, and submitted to Commissioners for review.

Clarification letters sent to seven VGF awardees to schedule contract negotiation meetings.

Attended press conference announcing VGF at United Way of Eastern Maine, Bangor.

PDAT/ADA

Facilitated monthly AmeriCorps meeting and provided technical assistance to grantees on various subjects.

Monitored AmeriCorps Member Conference Planning Committee progress for the March 31 Member Conference at Thomas College, Waterville.

Conducted outreach to community programs regarding development of National Service programs.

Draft of Inclusion Competencies for Managers of Volunteers submitted by Center for Community Inclusion & Disability Studies (CCIDS) as contracted work.  Contract negotiated for FY2011 to beta test materials in the field and submit final document.

Developed training agenda & set date for new grantees training  (VGF, Learn & Serve, & Planning Grantees) on Feb 24 & 25, 2011.

VISTA PROJECTS

VolunteerMaine VISTA Project – Project ends in June 2011.

Compiled and submitted mid-year report.

Facilitated monthly site supervisor teleconference.

Maine VISTA Project

Participated in CNCS State Office VISTA with intermediary sponsors from VT, NH, and ME.  CNCS provided timeline for launch of projects and required milestones for projects.  Priority focus areas are Education (Title 1) and Veterans & Military Families.

2011-2012 VISTA Project application submitted to CNCS.

VISTA Leader interviews conducted and new leader selected.

Participated in service-learning VISTA site development meetings.