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The Commission


""Volunteer Maine, the Maine Commission for Community Service, was established in 1994 and twenty-four Maine citizens representing many facets of volunteer and community service comprise the Commission.

From its founding, the Commission has acted on the conviction that volunteer service is a key part of thriving communities. It understands that the significant time commitment by AmeriCorps members can help community volunteer programs really move the needle on local challenges.

National Service programs like AmeriCorps require much higher annual commitments of volunteer time than community volunteers can normally give. In Maine, the average community volunteer devotes 37 hours (3 hours/month) to service. AmeriCorps members must commit between 300 and 1700 hours to service.

The Commission also understands that, in order for volunteers to have an impact, the agencies and people responsible for leading volunteers need specific skills, knowledge, and abilities to manage what is often a significant human resource.

Did you know 

  • there is a defined set of 22 essential business practices for volunteer program operation?
  • volunteer management is a leadership role based on defined competencies and there is an international credential, Certified Volunteer Administrator, that volunteer program staff can earn? 
  • retention of volunteers can improve or worsen based on a volunteer program's operation and/or the skill of the leadership? Nearly 32% of Maine volunteers recruited each year leave before completing their assignments. 

Thus, the Commission focuses on building capacity and sustainability in Maine's volunteer sector by

  • funding service programs including AmeriCorps State and regional volunteer capacity;
  • developing the skills and knowledge of managers of volunteers; 
  • guiding community agencies through an organizational development program that expands the roles volunteers play and increases the agencies' efficiency
  • promoting service and volunteering as a strategy to meet local needs;
  • raising awareness of the scale and impact of volunteering as well as issues affecting service programs; and
  • fostering adoption of high quality volunteer management practices.

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