April 2019

The mission of the Maine Commission for Community Service is to foster and inspire community service and volunteerism to address critical needs in the State of Maine.

Notice of Regular Business Meeting

Friday, April 19, 2019  

Maine Govt East Campus, 19 Elkins Lane Rm 110, Augusta, ME 04333
All business meetings are open to the public. The parking lot faces the Eastside Wellness Center and Harlow Building. Use Arsenal Street to enter the campus.

This link shows the location of the building on the campus.

Map for Driving Directions

Time Topic Leader
10:00 Public Comment Period Branham
10:15 Call to Order Branham
10:17 Welcome, Announcements, Agenda Adjustments
1. Introductions
2. Quiz Answer
3. Announcements and Appreciations
4. Additions, Deletions, Changes to Agenda
5. Motion to approve the agenda
Consent Agenda
10:30 A. Minutes
Moved that the minutes of the Commission meeting on March 15, 2019 be approved.
B. Executive Committee
Moved that the report of the Executive Committee meeting on April 2, 2019 be accepted.
C. Financial Oversight
Moved that the report of the Financial Oversight Task Force meeting on March 21, 2019 be accepted.
D. Communications
Moved that the report of the Communications Task Force meeting on April 10, 2019 be accepted..
Focus on Mission Responsibilities
  A. No items this month. Branham
Business Reports
(Reports submitted are posted.)
10:35 C. Grant Selection and Performance 
1. Proposed revision to Maine Rural State AmeriCorps grant policy
2. Competitions underway and schedule for Continuations
3. Other
10:45 E. National Public Policy issues
1. States for Service
2. America's Service Commissions
10:55 J. Maine Service Fellows
1. Proposed method of defining rural and other eligibility criteria for host organizations
2.  Other
11:05 K. MCCS Staff
1. Meetings between National Service Programs and Senator King (April 17), Representative Golden (April 19)
2. Commissioner participation at regional National Service Conference and meetings with CNCS leadership 
3. Request in state budget for general funds
4. Maine Volunteer Foundation update
5. CNCS Transition Plan Update and implications for state commissions
6. Other
MCCS staff
11:20 L. CNCS Update Hite
Planning and Future Initiatives
11:25 A. Proposed change in Youth Service award program  Crofton
Business Wrap Up
11:30 pm A. Reminder: Complete meeting evaluation forms
B. Next meeting (May 17, 2019 -- Rm 110, MCCS Offices) 
C. Adjourn to National Service Program Staff luncheon and presentations
11:35 pm to 1:30 pm Working lunch: National Service Program staff meet with Commission members to provide overview of accomplishments, participant roles, communities served, and goals.  
Reports & Drafts

Meeting Schedules

View Calendar Notices Here

To facilitate board communication and assure compliance with the requirements for public notice, all MCCS meetings and work sessions will be posted on this site's Calendar as well as the State of Maine Legislative Calendar.

Task Force chairs are asked to check the dates/times/locations for their groups and notify staff of any changes.

As MCCS adds new staff and commissioners, we hope this central posting will help us all avoid "double booking" and, at the same time, make communication with partners smoother.


1. Business meeting minutes:  March

2. Executive Committee meeting: April

3. Grant Selection and Performance:  April

4. Communications:  April

5. Maine Service Fellows:  March

6. Financial Oversight: March


MCCS Team Report:

Grant Programs Officer:  Current

Program Development and Training Officer: Current


Check out photo records of recent events in the MCCS Media Gallery

New video to introduce Commission at Service Enterprise orientations

National Commission on Military, National, and Public Service: January 2019 interim report

New Commission radio public service announcements:
AmeriCorps;      Encore Career;      Roll of Honor Nominations;    Senior Corps 

Commish's Quiz

Commissioner Quiz

More than a contest, this is part of the "in-service education" for Commission board members.

Commission Members should: email their response before 5 pm Thursday, April 18, 2019!

Send your answers to Service.Commission@maine.gov. All correct answers will be well rewarded at the meeting.

This Month's Challenge

As you know, the celebration of the Commission's 25th anniversary and Maine AmeriCorps' 25th year of serving our state is on October 11, 2019.

So, for this month's quiz the questions are ....

1. How many AmeriCorps members served in Maine the first year?

2. What 3 AmeriCorps programs are not current grantees?

3. Which Commissioner lived the furthest from Augusta?

A note about what may appear to be a mistake: the Commissioners were sworn in October 1994 and made the first grants right after. Thus, the first full year of work was calendar 1995. For that reason, the reference source for answers is