May 2021


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, May 21, 2021
As authorized under Sec. G-1. 1 MRSA §403-A, the Commission will convene using technology. Commission meetings are open to the public and livestreamed. Members of the public can access the meeting through this URL -- LINK TO LIVE STREAM. A request to make a public comments may be submitted by email to Service.Commission [at] any time before 6:00 pm on May 20, 2021. 

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 or Deletions to Agenda
5. Motion to approve Consent Agenda
Consent Agenda 
10:20 A. Business Minutes 
Moved that the minutes of the Commission meeting on April 16, 2021 be approved.
B. Executive Committee
Moved that the report of the Executive Committee meeting for May 4, 2021 be accepted.
C. Excellence and Expertise
Moved that the reports of the Excellence and Expertise Task Force meeting for May 12, 2021 be accepted.
Planning and Future Initiatives 
10:21 A. The Commission's Role in ensuring diversity, equity, and inclusion
     Invited Special Guest to brief Commission on the work of the Permanent Commission on the Status of
     Racial, Indigenous and Maine Tribal Populations 
Guest Presenter
Focus on Mission Responsibilities
10:45 A. Maine Volunteer Foundation - Briefing on current Foundation activities
B. Status of LD722 and LD1010
Business Reports
(Reports submitted are posted.)
11:00 A. Executive Committee
1. June board officer elections
-- Proposed slate
2. Filling expiring terms: Reappointment report; anticipated vacancies; recruiting outreach
3. Notice to all task forces of new public observation procedure
4. Other
11:15 B. Grant Selection and Performance 
1. Motions to fund AmeriCorps Formula Continuation proposals
2. Motions to fund new AmeriCorps proposals
3. Other
11:35 C. National Public Policy Committees of states
1. States for Service
2. America's Service Commissions - new version of Corps Act; new Civilian Climate Corps Act; new
Inspire to Serve Act; regular appropriations and sign-on letter; CNCS 3 priorities for ARP funds 
11:45 D. Communications/Public Policy
1. Meeting notes posted.
2. Other
11:50 D. CNCS Update
1. Board nominations; strategic plan development; progress/ETA of new Chief Executive
12:00 E. MCCS Staff
1. New program development
2. Respond to questions about items in staff reports
3. Other
MCCS staff
Business Wrap Up
12:15 pm A. Reminder: Complete meeting evaluation -- link to be sent Monday
B. Next meeting (June 18, 2021 -- virtual; elections, ARP fund update, legislation, guest presenter ) 
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:  April 16, 2021

2. Executive Committee meeting:   May 4, 2021   

3. Grant Selection and Performance: May 14, 2021
The documents here are the Task Force Final Reports to the Commission on new and continuation proposals reviewed. Motions related to funding will be presented at the meeting.

Continuations (to be posted after Jamie updates): Alfond Youth & Community Center;   Greater Portland Council of Governments;   KVCAP/Educare;   Maine Development Foundation;   USM-Maine Campus Compact
New Standard:  UMaine System-Center on Aging
New Rural: Town of VanBuren;   Main Street Skowhegan;   Trekkers;   Maine Youth Alliance

4. Communications:  TF meets May 19. Report to be posted May 20.

5. Excellence and Expertise: May 12

6. Financial Reports: Quarter ending 3/31/2021


MCCS Team Report:

Grant Programs Officer:  Current

Program Development and Training Officer: Current

Communications Officer: Current

Program Officer for Volunteer Initiatives:  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.

  1. LD722 - LINK to Maine Legislative bill tracking site. Select "Text and Disposition" to read bill; "Status in Committee" will show committee action.
  2. LD1010 - LINK to Maine Legislative bill tracking site. Select "Text and Disposition" to read bill; "Status in Committee" will show committee action. There is also a committee amendment.

  3. Skowhegan AmeriCorps Outdoors report to Commission

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, May 20, 2021!

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

This Month's Challenge

The Quiz is taking a break from questions about legislation, funding, and programs. This month, the contest is about people.

5 Commissioners are AmeriCorps Alums and 2 staff are AmeriCorps Alums. How many can you identify?
Hint: the bio book will help with Commissioners (go into the Hub Commissioner Reference project) and the "Staff Team" web page will help with the rest.