Monthly Archives: January 2010

Youth Leadership, Empowerment, and Making a Difference

By Carl Lakari I have always thought volunteering is essentially the giving (of our energy) to help others. It’s service. Sounds simple, but it’s not. I am challenged by years of judgments and carried perspectives – personal and cultural. “Rugged … Continue reading

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An emergency plan is something every organization should have…

By Michael Aiguier An emergency plan is something every organization should have. Here in Maine, we generally have something in place for when we get snowed in, or the electricity goes out, and these are aspects of any good emergency … Continue reading

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A Martin Luther King Day Reflection

The American Civil Rights movement was a shaping event in my life. Growing up in the 60’s and becoming aware of how far we all had to go convinced me that I was duty-bound to act as well as speak.. … Continue reading

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A Search to Give

By David Griswold For what is life, but a brief search to give, That we may love, and loving, hope to live… It was three in morning. On the edge of sleep and a dream, I walked slowly through the … Continue reading

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Portland, why do I love you? Let me count the ways.

By Jamie Andrew When I moved to Portland, I was fresh out of art school: wide-eyed, bushy-tailed, and full of ideas about my seemingly endless future. I landed an AmeriCorps position at the Children’s Museum & Theatre of Maine, where … Continue reading

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Volunteering: A Commitment to Change

By Angie Desrochers This is the last day of my second year as an AmeriCorps VISTA and with it brings much reflection on community service and social change. Earlier today I was thinking about the amazing work that the VISTAs … Continue reading

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January is National Mentoring Month

By Corrie Hunkler A lot of people have gone further than they thought they could because someone else thought they could. ~ Unknown Thinking back on it, my first (of many) volunteer job was mentoring. It was when I attended … Continue reading

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Selling Your Organization to New Volunteers

By Penny Kern One of the most difficult things I remember from my volunteer manager days was making time in my calendar to do my job. Sounds funny but it was always a problem. I think it’s true for most … Continue reading

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Dear Santa…

By Pete Phair Dear Santa, I know you’re busy dealing with returns of toys, ill fitting clothes and inappropriate gifts right now, but I hoped that I might get an early start on my wish list for next year… Please … Continue reading

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“Resolution”

By Trudy Hamilton Welcome to 2010! The holidays are over, and we have a brand new year just stretching out in front of us! Imagine the possibilities, seize the moment! A tradition many of us participate in at this time … Continue reading

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