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Registration Fees  

Registration open until: Oct. 9, 2019 @ 11:59 p.m(Please note new deadline!)

  • Full Fee: $90  Covers morning reception, lunch, all sessions and conference materials.
  • "Early Bird" registration (ends Sept. 27): $75
  • Special discounts available for 
    • members of PAVA, DOVIA, AVA, VAMM, Franklin VN. Contact group coordinators for codes.
    • subscribers to VolunteerFare, the eNewsletter of the Maine Commission for Community Service (see August edition)
    • VolunteerMaine Facebook followers (watch for it in August)
    •  staff, supervisors, partners, and participants in Senior Corps and AmeriCorps. Contact your program director.

Registration must be paid in full before the conference. Payment can be made using credit cards or procurement cards as part of the registration process.

To Register, Use This LINK.

conference participants at workshop


Registration: 8:00-8:45 AM (DPC Atrium) 
Arrive, check in and enjoy a continental breakfast!

Opening Plenary: 8:45-9:45 AM (DP Corbett 100)
Welcome and Keynote Address

Achieving Buy-in For Your Volunteer Program  
What ranks high among the common complaints of volunteer managers?  It's how to bring decision-makers and co-workers around to engaging volunteers in a way that increases retention and delivers on the organization's mission.  

Achieving buy-in is possible when you stand by your vision of a high-impact volunteer program and communicate that vision in a way that influences others. In this webinar, we will explore the elements of buy-in and apply them to a typical volunteer management scenario. Learn how to think strategically about your program and the possibilities for expanding its reach.  
PRESENTER: Elisa Kosarin, Principal, Twenty Hats, Falls Church, VA

Session 1:  9:45 - 11:00 AM  
Select one of five sessions (See full description of Conference Sessions AM on right hand menu.) 

Plenary Session: 11:15-12:15 (DPC 100)

Presentation of the Governor's Awards for Service and Volunteerism  
Recipients of the following awards will be announced and honored:

  • Maine Volunteer of the Year
  • Young Maine Volunteer of the Year
  • Employee Volunteer of the Year 
  • Outstanding National Service Volunteer 
  • Outstanding Volunteer Team
  • Excellence in Volunteer Leadership
  • Excellence in Youth Service Development
  • Outstanding Employee Volunteer Program 
  • Outstanding Non-Profit Volunteer Program
  • Service Enterprise of the Year
  • School District Excellence in Service-learning

Networking Lunch: 12:15-1:15 PM (Bear's Den, Memorial Union)

After using your voucher to get lunch at the Bear's Den Food Court,  look for the networking table  dedicated to your "hot topic." To help conference planners organize, please use the options below to indicate your "hot topic" on the registration form.

  • Seasonal Residents as Volunteers
  • New "on-the-job" volunteer managers
  • Aging volunteers
  • Maine Certified Volunteer Administrator: What would it entail?
  • Advocating internally for my program
  • Recruitment/Recognition - any new ideas? successes?
  • Success with school-aged volunteers
  • Ensuring volunteer safety
  • Volunteers in municipal/county/state agencies
  • Letting volunteers go (aka firing a volunteer)
  • Paper vs Technology:  the pros/cons of popular volunteer hour reporting systems
  • Volunteers in substance use disorder programs
  • Volunteers and risk: what to think about
  • Volunteers or Interns: differences, experiences, factors in deciding which

Plenary Session:  1:20 - 2:00 PM

Converting Tourists to Residents who Volunteer: What You Need to Know  
People do want to live, work, and be engaged in Maine communities. They want to move here for the quality of life. So, what do community agencies and volunteer programs need to know about who wants to come and why? What is the connection between opportunities for civic engagement, volunteering, and the work employers are doing to attract a workforce? Live + Work In Maine is known largely for its efforts to show out-of-staters how to come to Maine. In this session, you will be challenged to rethink the role of volunteerism in the quality of life that attracts people and the role volunteer programs can play in local workforce development initiatives. 
PRESENTER:  Nate Wildes, Executive Director, Live + Work in Maine - Co-founder, Flight Deck Brewing (Brunswick)

NOTE: It is possible to attend ONE Seminar or TWO Sessions in the afternoon. 

Seminars: 2:00 - 4:30 PM 
Select one of three options. 

Session 2: 2:00 - 3:10 PM

Select one of three options

Cabot Cheese Break!  3:10 - 3:20 PM (DPC Atrium)
Pick up a cheese snack, apple and beverage to keep you going!

Session 3:  3:20 - 4:30 PM

Select one of three options

Head Home! 4:30 PM

See you next year!!