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Volunteer Sector Status Report and 2010 – 2013 Strategic Plan

Published June 22, 2010

Development of the Commission’s 2010‐2013 Strategic Plan reflects the Commission’s continued focus on conditions that directly affect the viability and effectiveness of community volunteer service. The Commission’s accomplishments under each Strategic Plan are documented in its Annual Reports to the Governor and Legislature in accordance with the Commission’s enabling statute. Both the 2010-2013 Strategic Plan and past Annual Report’s can be found at www.MaineServiceCommission.gov .

Volunteers and the programs through which they serve are fundamental elements of the social capital in Maine communities. Their work focuses on a diverse set of issues related to nearly every facet of community life and covers a wide range of activities: education, direct services, advocacy, management, community organizing, and leadership. Volunteers play an important role in finding solutions to societal issues. Often they are the bellwether for emergent community issues and at the forefront of developing innovative actions to voice and respond to these issues.

The 2010-2013 Strategic Plan was developed and executed by the Strategic Planning Task Force which included commission members: Phil Crowell, Andrew Matlins, Joan McDonald, Joel Russ, Eileen Smart and Executive Director Maryalice Crofton.  The Task Force sought public input primarily through two activities. First, there were 167 responses to the survey of Maine’s Volunteer Sector which was supplemented by information from 113 people who attended one of six regional meetings (Portland, Lewiston, Farmington, Kennebec Valley, Machias, and Augusta). Based on feedback and research the following goals have been established. 2010 – 2013 Goal Summary:

Goal 1: Maine residents will be active, engaged citizens, serving as volunteers who effectively address critical human and environmental needs in their communities.
Goal 2: Schools and community youth development programs support academic success among young Mainers by adopting service‐learning as an educational strategy.
Goal 3: Maine’s volunteer sector is capable of responding effectively to local needs and problems by engaging citizen volunteers in high quality, high impact service.
Goal 4: Maine’s volunteer sector is strong and successful due to tangible acknowledgement and support by sponsoring organizations of its needs and achievements. 

The Maine Commission for Community Service builds capacity and sustainability in Maine's volunteer sector by funding service programs, developing volunteer managers, raising awareness of the scope and impact of the sector, and encouraging an ethic of service. The Maine Commission for Community Service was established in 1994 by Executive Order and under the state statute in 1995. The 25‐member Service Commission is the State’s partner with the federal Corporation for National and Community Service to promote volunteer service in Maine. To learn more about the Maine Commission for Community Service visit our web-site at www.maineservicecommission.gov.