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Blaine House Conference on Volunteerism

Published October 7, 2009

In its 22nd year, the Blaine House Conference on Volunteerism will be held at the University of Maine’s Orono campus on Tuesday, October 13th, 2009.  The conference focuses on best practices for Maine’s managers of volunteers and will offer workshops ranging from social media and volunteer recruitment to working with youth and developing philanthropic partnerships. 

Hours are 9:15am-4:30pm and session locations include the Donald P. Corbett, Murray, and Memorial Union buildings.  Attendance this year is expected to be at an all time high of 295.

Governor Baldacci will kick off the conference during the opening session. This year’s Keynote speaker is Martin J. Cowling, president of People First: Total Solutions (  Cowling has 20 years experience as a not-for-profit leader and volunteer manager.  Also presenting at the conference are both local and national leaders in the volunteer sector.

This year’s sponsors include Time Warner Cable, the University of Maine Cooperative Extension, the Bodewell Center for Service and Volunteerism, and the Maine Commission for Community Service.  For more information on the Blaine House Conference on Volunteerism, please visit

The Maine Commission for Community Service builds capacity and sustainability in Maine\'s volunteer sector by funding service programs, developing volunteer managers, raising awareness, and encouraging an ethic of service. To learn more about the Maine Commission for Community Service visit our web-site at