April 2022

The mission of Volunteer Maine, the state service commission, is to foster and inspire community service and volunteerism to address critical needs in the State of Maine.

NOTICE: Regular Business Meeting

Friday, April 15, 2022

Maine Govt East Campus, 19 Elkins Lane Rm 110, Augusta, ME 04333
Virtually using this link:

All business meetings are open to the public who may attend either in person or using the link above. If attending in person, note that all persons who will be physically present in Room 110 need to wear a mask as a sign of concern and respect for everyone in attendance. 

The parking lot for 19 Elkins Lane faces the former Eastside Wellness Center and Harlow Building. Entrance to Elkins is through the Williams Pavilion. Use Arsenal Street to enter the campus. 

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

Map for Driving Directions 

Public Comment: Anyone who wishes to participate in the public comment using technology is asked to register by sending an email to Service.Commission@maine.gov by 8 am on Friday, April 15, 2022. Individuals who will be present in the meeting room do not need to register.

Time Topic Leader
10:00 Public Comment Shorty
Business Meeting
10:15 Call to Order Shorty
10:16 Welcome, Announcements, Agenda Adjustments
1. Introductions
2. Quiz Answer
3. Announcements and Appreciations
4. Additions or Deletions to Agenda
5. Motion to approve Consent Agenda
Consent Agenda 
10:30 A. Business Minutes 
Moved that the minutes of the Commission meeting on February 18, 2022 be approved.
B. Executive Committee
Moved that the report of the Executive Committee meetings for March 3 and April 7, 2022 be accepted.
C. Grant Selection and Performance Task Force
Moved that the report of the task force meeting for April 8, 2022 be accepted.
D. Communications Task Force
Moved that the report of the task force meeting for March 8, 2022 be accepted.
E. Maine Service Fellows Advisory committee
Moved that the report of the March 15, 2022 meeting be accepted.
F. Excellence and Expertise Task Force
Moved that the report of the March 3 and April 6, 2022 meetings be accepted.
G. Research and Evaluation Task Force
Moved that the report of the March 15, 2022 meeting be accepted.
Planning and Future Initiatives   
10:33 A. AmeriCorps portion of proposed federal budget Crofton
10:45 B. Federal agency final/new strategic plan (posted end of March 2022) TBD
10:55 C. Status of LD 1974 and new position, Climate Corps Coordinator Haines/ Crofton
Focus on Mission Responsibilities
11:00 A. Action on proposed edits of Commission identity statement Branham
11:15 B. Maine Volunteer Foundation update TBD
11:20 C. Grantee briefing on program use of grant resources, impact on community issue, and activities related to diversity, equity, and inclusion. (2 programs)  
Business Reports
(Reports submitted are posted.)
12:00 A. National Public Policy Committees of states
1. States for Service
2. America's Service Commissions
12:15 B. AmeriCorps (federal agency) update
1. Update 
12:25 C. Commission staff reports (items here are in addition to published reports)
1. Questions about published reports
2. Other
Business Wrap Up
12:30 pm A. Check-in on hybrid meeting experience
B. Reminder: Next meeting - May 20. Major agenda item is authorizing continuation grants and new planning grants. Complete meeting evaluation/feedback form - only had 3 responses last month.
C. Adjourn
Reports & Drafts

Meeting Schedules

View Calendar Notices Here

To facilitate board communication and assure compliance with the requirements for public notice, all Volunteer Maine 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 Volunteer Maine 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: February 2022

2. Executive Committee meeting:  March 2022;   April 2022

3. Grant Selection and Performance: April 2022

4. Communications:  March 2022

5. Excellence and Expertise: March 2022;   April 2022

6. Research and Evaluation: March 2022;  meeting postponed is May.

7. Maine Service Fellows: March 2022


MCCS Team Report:

Grant Programs Officer:  Current

Program Development and Training Officer: Current (Michael was out of country for all of March)

Communications Officer: Current

Program Officer for Volunteer Initiatives: Current

Office Administrator: Current 


These items are either background for some of the discussions and/or at the Commission meeting or information on national or regional issues that may impact the Commission.

AmeriCorps Public Health grant awards: Programs operating in Maine are on pages 11 + 12

Commission AmeriCorps Grantees: Status of enrollment and projected unexpended funds as of 4/8/2022

Commission Identity Statement: proposed update for board action

SISGI scope of work (key dates/timeline on page 3): Volunteer Maine Learning Engagement

Federal AmeriCorps Agency new Strategic Plan for 2022-2026

2022 Commission Workplan:  Copy for Task Force Use

Final policy on remote participation in Commission business meetings 

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 14, 2022!

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

This Month's Challenge

Q: What percentage of federal AmeriCorps investments (grant funding) will be dedicated to helping people in poverty according to the new federal strategic plan? 

FYI: The percentage is drawn from a federal government wide goal of providing that same percentage as investments in marginalized and econonically distressed communities. The goal is tied to justice and inclusion goals.