Maine AmeriCorps members are really struggling right now. They are more isolated than ever and might not have a member conference. The one chance they get to celebrate their hard work and dedication is on the chopping block.
With a gift of $15, you can guarantee that a currently serving member will be able to attend the conference and learn how to better serve Maine communities, network with each other and celebrate service (virtually) for an entire day.
If the community can come together and raise a total of $5,000 by Dec 31, every Maine AmeriCorps member will be able to go to the member conference! Your support is needed urgently so that the planning committee can begin their work on time.
To highlight the impact your gift would have, here is a testimonial from Catherine Adams who attended the 2019-member conference:
“The whole thing was great! I made a lot of friends. Every time I went to a table, I knew or was introduced to someone. We talked about where we were from, what organization we worked with and what our service was. A lot of people didn’t know about the recovery corps program, so it helped to build awareness of what everyone in the state was doing. We exchanged numbers and if they knew anyone who was struggling with addiction, they had support. I learned from other members where to send someone if they needed help with housing, things like that.
I also took a workshop on suicide prevention and learned a lot of stuff I didn’t know that was shocking. I learned about statistics like the suicide rate among teens in high school. In a town near me, there was about five kids in four years, I was shocked. The training was really informative and told you what to do and where to go if you knew someone who needed help.”
Founded in 2015, The Maine Volunteer Foundation is the private nonprofit partner of Volunteer Maine, the state service commission. Both are committed to strengthening volunteer service in Maine communities.
The mission of the Maine Volunteer Foundation is foster civic engagement and volunteering that addresses human, educational, and environmental needs throughout Maine by augmenting the public resources of Volunteer Maine, the state service commission.