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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 Michael Ashmore, Training Officer, 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: Heather Chandel, Coordinator of Volunteers, SeniorsPlus, 207-513-3710 OR Susan Hedrich, Director of Volunteer Services, Central Maine Medical Center, 207-212-5451.  
  • Eastern Maine Volunteer Coordinators (EMVC) 
    Eastern Maine Volunteer Coordinators is a peer to peer network in Penobscot & Hancock County for managers of volunteers. Meetings are held at 10am on the third Wednesday at the UWEM office in Bangor, and third Thursday at Ellsworth City Hall,  of every month and are free and open to all!.
    Contact: Meredith Alexander, United Way of Eastern Maine, (207) 262-6939.
  • 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 and meets in person quarterly, rotating among member locations.
    Contact: Nichole Ernest, United Way of Tri-Valley, (207) 778-5048
  • Greater Waterville Area Volunteer Administrators (GWAVA)
    GWAVA is a professional peer support group of local volunteer managers that serves Central Maine. GWAVA meets every 3rd Friday of the month at Noon at the Bricks Coworking & Innovation Space (10 Water St #110, Waterville, ME 04901). 
    For more information or to connect with the members of GWAVA please visit facebook.com/GWAVAME
  • 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, (volunteer@unitedwaygp.org), United Way of Greater Portland, (207) 874-1000.
  • Volunteer Administrators of Midcoast Maine (VAMM)
    VAMM is a professional 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: Mariah Hinteregger, United Way of Mid Coast Maine,  (207)443-9752.
  • 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