Monthly Archives: May 2008

Are Maine’s State Agencies Ready for Tomorrow’s Volunteers?

by Noble Smith From a resounding and growing plea of Maine’s overworked and budget-stressed state agencies, there is an echoing cry that sounds like – help! It was a whisper just a few years ago, but today and forecasting for … Continue reading

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Volunteer Management is Not For Amateurs

by Larry Ullian Recently I helped implement a program for VISTA and AmeriCorps volunteers. The workshop’s purpose was to help the volunteers prepare for the next occupational phase of their lives. They were supposed to practice selection interviewing in scenarios … Continue reading

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Being Involved Is Being Aware: The Benefits of Belonging to a Professional Organization

by Julie D. Mulkern Most of us can say easily that without the support of our peers and the professional organizations to which we belong, we would not be nearly as successful with our programs. This is largely because we … Continue reading

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Introducing Julie D. Mulkern and Noble Smith

We’re pleased to be adding two new Featured Bloggers to the Volunteer Maine blog, Julie D. Mulkern and Noble Smith. Click here to learn more about Julie and here to learn more about Noble.

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Take Motivation Into Account When Recognizing Volunteers

by Anne Schink Once upon a time I received an award for service I had completed. My boss, my sisters, and my daughter all joined me for a lovely luncheon with a gathering of my peers. The host said a … Continue reading

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AmeriCorps Links

The AmeriCorps website. Great resource for overall information and stories. The Corps Network is the voice of the nation’s 113 Service and Conservation Corps. NCCC member blog with photos. Do you have any fun AmeriCorps links to share?

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Vision, From a VISTA

Guest Post by Kala There is a moment in life when most individuals realize that they ache for something bigger than themselves. This is a realization that poverty and hardship takes place in the very country that we reside in. … Continue reading

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The Beauty of Building Infrastructure

Guest Post by Dorothy Grannell As a supervisor of AmeriCorps VISTA projects in 3 different states over 20 years, working with 14 different individuals in 4 separate programs, I have had a unique opportunity to see what AmeriCorps and AmeriCorps … Continue reading

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Website Showcases AmeriCorps Week in Maine

Volunteer Maine’s AmeriCorps week page spotlights the great work that AmeriCorps members are doing here in Maine. Check out some stories from AmeriCorps members, send an e-card to that special AmeriCorps member in your life, and find out more about … Continue reading

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What is AmeriCorps, Anyway?

by Christy Monroe Since we’re celebrating AmeriCorps Week on the Volunteer Maine Blog today let’s have a better look into what this program is all about. First, since our focus has turned towards outcomes based measurements, let’s run some numbers: … Continue reading

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