Maine Service Fellows Development
January 16, 2019
In Attendance: Maryalice Crofton, Libby Hite, Ed Barrett, Orion Breen
- Maryalice shared information regarding the opportunity to be included in the state budget. A request was put in for 100k that includes 40% time of a senior planner, a graduate intern or other assistant, and support costs (computer, phone, travel/training). The goal is to secure the money to be through general funds allocated to MCCS.
- Estimated cost of the program:
- $24,000 per fellow – covers insurance, FICA, liability, plus modest stipend (remove from the line) – comparable to AC professional corps. Addresses housing costs as the biggest barriers to serving.
- $6000 – all other, recruitment, housing allowance, etc (volunteer support)
- A request was made for a line by line sample budget for a fellow
- General Benefits - recommendations – eligible for residency and would qualify for in-state tuition. Currently this is not offered to AmeriCorps members. The committee would like to see In-state tuition benefits offered to any service member through MCCS programs.
- Community support for fellows: 1 attached to work plan as supervisor, 1 that acts as a mentor for the community.
- Updating One Pager:
- Including general line item $30,000 that would cover all support for 1 fellow.
- Update issue areas – Aging in Place, Opioid Addiction Prevention and Recovery, Issues Related to Poverty (transportation, food security, housing, employment, etc). Will solicit input from full Commission.
- Stronger Description of Need:
- Low barrier program – mention in first page. Designed as a low entry barrier program for small communities.
- Responsive to community needs
- Place in organizations that can a combination of direct service and capacity building
- Intended for organizations that can put a minimal amount of funds and are in regions that do not have financial resources.
- Goal to get into the areas that human resources are an asset, but the presence of nonprofits and other resources are sparse.
- Next steps – Recruitment One Pager, Host Site Info Sheet and Application
- Maryalice – stock photos for one pager
- Send photos and content to Orion to put into In-Design.
- Orion to set up a meeting with Bowdoin College as a potential partner agency.
Monthly meeting day/time:
- Meetings are held at 1:00 pm on the 3rd Wednesday of each month. Next Meeting is February 20th at 1pm.