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Connect: Volunteer Administrator Networks

The networks listed below bring together managers and staff from volunteer programs. To join a network in your county, just contact the person listed. To start a network in your region, contact Cecily Cook at the Maine Commission for Community Service for advice and help.

  • Androscoggin Volunteer Administrators (AVA) 
    AVA is a professional networking group that meets monthly in the Lewiston/Auburn area and provides support and resources to those who work with volunteers.Contact: Susan Hedrich, Director of Volunteer Services, Central Maine Medical Center, 207-212-5451  OR  Heather Chandel, Coordinator of Volunteers, SeniorsPlus, 207-513-3710.
  • Eastern Maine Volunteer Coordinators (EMVC) 
    Eastern Maine Volunteer Coordinators is a peer to peer network in Penobscot County for managers of volunteers. The network meets in the Bangor area. For more information contact Shirar Patterson, United Way of Eastern Maine, (207) 941-2800.
  • Franklin Volunteer Network
    The network is an opportunity for managers of volunteers in Franklin County to connect, provide advice to peers, share lessons learned and more. Open to managers of volunteers in Franklin County. The network is hosted by the United Way of Tri-Valley. Contact: Lisa Laflin, United Way of Tri-Valley, (207) 778-5048
  • Portland Area Volunteer Administrators (PAVA)
  • PAVA provides professional networking and training for managers of volunteers through monthly meetings. Open to managers of volunteers in Cumberland County. 
    Contact: Karen Stephenson , United Way of Greater Portland, (207) 874-1000.
  • Volunteer Administrators of Midcoast Maine (VAMM)
    VAMM is a professioanl networking group in the midcoast area for managers of volunteer to connect and learn from each other.  We meet primarily in the Bath area.
    Contact: Michele Ober, Habitat for Humanity/ 7 Rivers Maine, (207) 504-9335.
  • Washington County Volunteer Managers Peer Network
    The Neighbors Care Volunteer Center supports Peer Network for volunteer program staff in Washington County. Meetings include a learning session and opportunity for sharing best practices.  Network meetings are held in multiple locations in the county to be more accessible to interested participants.  Contact: Wendy Harrington, Maine Sea Coast Mission, (207)  546-4466.
  • York County Directors Of Volunteers in Agencies (DOVIA)
    Since 1985, the DOVIA has provided information, support and professional growth opportunities to individuals who manage volunteer programs. This dynamic group meets on the second Thursday of each month from 8:30 - 10:30 AM at locations throughout York County.
    Contact: Jason Ketterick, Manager of Volunteer and Youth Engagement, United Way of York County, (207) 985-3359