June 2017

Meeting Notice

DATE:  Friday, June 16, 2017
TIME:   10 am - 12 pm

Conference Room, Klahr Holocaust and Human Rights Center, Univ. of Maine Augusta, 46 University Drive, Augusta, ME 04330
All business meetings are open to the public. The closest parking is the lot in front of the Randall Student Center. This link goes to a map of the campus layout.

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10:00 Public Comment Period  Portela
10:10 Call to Order Portela
10:12 Welcome, Announcements, Agenda Adjustments
1. Introductions 
2. Announcements
3. Quiz Answer 
4. Additions or Deletions to Agenda
Focus on Mission/Responsibilities
10:25 A. Commission funding for Program Development and Tech Assistance/Training: Report on what was accomplished, next set of targets Ashmore
Business Reports
(Reports submitted are posted.)
 10:35  A. Minutes 
1. April 
2. May
10:40 B. Grant Selection and Performance 
1. Act on policy updates and recommendations  
2. AmeriCorps Formula continuation recommendations (revised)
3. Recommendations for new AmeriCorps Formula grant awards
4. Other
11:00 C. Executive Committee
1.  May 2017 meeting notes posted. Accept report.
2. June 2017 meeting notes posted. Respond to requests for clarification. Accept report.
3. New Board Member orientation 
4. Other
11:10 D. ASC Update
1. Public policy committee
2. Other
11:15 E. Excellence and Expertise 
1. June 2017 meeting notes posted. Respond to any requests for clarifications.
2. Overview of VGF funding application due in July
3. Other
11:25 F. Public Information and Education/ Public Policy 
1. Meeting report from June 12.
11:30 H. CNCS Regional Office update Hite
11:35 I. MCCS Staff 
1. Data report: What 5 years of AmeriCorps exit surveys show regarding skill development by members
2. Blaine House Conference planning status 
3. Maine Volunteer Foundation update
4. Other
Planning and Future Initiatives
11:45 A. Setting Commission/MVF workplan priorities for 2017-2018 Portela/Crofton
Business Wrap Up
12:00 A. Adjourn to New Commissioner Orientation
1. Reminder: Complete meeting evaluation forms 
2. Next business meeting is September 15, 2017
Reports and 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 the Events page (internet 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: April 2017;   May 2017

2. Executive Committee: May 2017 June 2017

3. Excellence & Expertise: June 2017

4. Grant Selection and Performance: June 2017
      - Updates to Commission Grant Policies
      - AmeriCorps Host Site Policy update
      - Continuation background docs for Goodwill grant: Continuation Extract;   Continuation Assessment
      - Continuation background docs for RSU 14/SySTEM REAL: Continuation Extract;   Continuation Assessment

      - Recommendations for disposition of AmeriCorps Formula grant applications :
         a) United Way of TriValley task force report  
         b) Maine Youth Service Alliance task force report 
         c) Eastern Maine Development Corporation task force report  and Full Application (optional read)

5. Public Information and Education: no report/no quorum

6. Background docs for discussion of Maine Volunteer Foundation work plan for MCCS


MCCS Team Report:

Grant Programs Officer: Current

Program Development and Training Officer: Current


Maine volunteer management conference: Call for Session Proposals

From a Maine AmeriCorps Member: Why I serve (video by Maine AmeriCorps programs)

New TV public service announcement created by Maine AmeriCorps programs

Commish's Quiz

For Commissioners!

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, June 15, 2017!

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

This Month's Challenge

In the Serve America Act, one section (42 U.S.C. 12657, also labeled Subtitle J) authorizes CNCS to grant to state commissions training and technical assistance funds to help 

(1) programs receiving assistance under the national service laws; and

(2)entities (particularly entities in rural areas and underserved communities) that desire to—

      (A)  carry out or establish national service programs; or

      (B)  apply for assistance (including subgrants) under the national service laws.


The section continues with a list of 10 types of training that may be funded under these grants.

QUESTION: Of the 10 types of training, which have you heard discussed by MCCS staff or Commission members? (Reading in staff reports counts, too.)

Your reference for this month can be found HERE.