March 2018


Friday, March 16, 2018 
Rotunda, 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. Quiz Answer
3. Announcements and Appreciations
4. Additions or Deletions to Agenda
Focus on Mission/Responsibilities
10:20 A. Overview of ASC funded project with Maine Afterschool Network Frati; Ashmore
10:30 B. Report on ASC annual State Service Commission convening Pellenz
Business Reports
(Reports submitted are posted.)
10:40 A. Minutes
1. January meeting
10:45 B. Executive Committee
1.  Consideration of updated motion authorizing action by Executive Committee (tabled motion)
2. April National Service staff recognition
3. Other
10:50 C. Grant Selection and Performance 
1. Meeting notes posted. 
10:55 D. Excellence and Expertise
1. Recommendations on grant awards from Volunteer Generation Funds.
11:10 H. Public Information and Education/ Public Policy
1. Update. 
11:15 I. CNCS Update Hite
11:20 J. MCCS Staff
1. Service Enterprise affiliates.
2. Unexpected office events
3. Commissioner participation opportunities
     a. AmeriCorps Member Conference
     b. Beta testing of AmeriCorps program design course
     c. Governor's Awards for Service and Volunteerism
4. Other
MCCS staff
Planning and Future Initiatives
11:30 A. Strategic Planning Team, Vision Conference April 6 Crofton
Business Wrap Up
11:35 A. Adjourn to Task Force Work Sessions
1. Reminder: Complete meeting evaluation forms
2. Next meeting (April 20) at Klahr Center, University of Maine Augusta
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 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: January 2018

2. Executive Committee meetings: February 2018March 2018

3. Grant Selection and Performance: February 2018,  March 2018

4. Excellence and Expertise: February 2018,  March 2018

Volunteer Generation Fund Application Summaries with Reviewer Recommendations:

RFP Excerpt

Eastern Area Agency on Aging;          ITNAmerica;    Mid Coast Hunger Prevention Program;            Southern Maine Agency on Aging;      United Way of Eastern Maine;  VNA Home Health Hospice;    The WindowDressers, Inc

5. Public Information and Education: February 2018


MCCS Team Report:

Grant Programs Officer: Current

Program Development and Training Officer: Current


Maine Commission feedback to CNCS on National Direct  AmeriCorps programs proposing to place members in Maine. 

Latest studies on status of volunteer management:
- "Stacking Up: How Volunteer Engagement Professionals Compare with Other Key Staff"   
- "2018 Volunteer Management Status Report" (link goes to site of the free download)

Civic Deserts issued October 2017 by National Conference on Citizenship

Funders Guide to Investing in Volunteer Engagement issued 2017 by the Leighty Foundation
       This document is an update of the 2004 guide issued by the UPS foundation. Key members of the team working on this were from Fixler Group, Leighty Foundation, and the Center for Nonprofit Excellence

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, March 15, 2018!

Send your answers to All correct answers will be well rewarded at the meeting.

This Month's Challenge

MCCS has adopted one program of the Points of Light Foundation and is most likely going to link to a second. This month, your challenge is to name the 3 organizations that have merged INTO what is now called the Points of Light Institute. These mergers make it the major nonprofit leader in volunteer engagment in the United States.

Reference hint is HERE.

BONUS: The RGK Center for Philanthropy and Community Service is one of the leading academic research centers for study of volunteering, philanthropy, civic engagement, and nonprofit management.

It is part of a school named for another US President. Who?

Reference hint is HERE.