Maine Rural Towns Invited to Propose Year-long Project for Maine Service Fellow by September 8

shield shape with north star at top and text, Maine Service FellowsAUGUSTA – In the second year of the pandemic, national researchers pointed out that the most rural areas were not accessing resources to the same extent as more populated municipalities. The reason? The rural areas were at a disadvantage when it came to people with the time and expertise to do the background work and develop or implement plans to tackle local problems.

About the same time, Volunteer Maine (the state service commission) proposed the Maine Service Fellows program to work exclusively in Maine’s most rural counties. The program was established by the legislature in 2021 and the first Maine Service Fellow now leads a home energy conservation project at Pleasant Point. Other Service Fellows projects are recruiting and expect to start work this fall. 

Now Volunteer Maine is accepting Letters of Intent from new communities in Oxford, Franklin, Somerset, Piscataquis, Aroostook, Washington, Hancock, Waldo, Knox, and certain parts of Penobscot counties. Maine Service Fellows are recent college graduates (within last 5 years) who commit a year to living and serving in a community as the additional human resource needed to address a community issue. The project they undertake may impact a single municipality or a region, even an entire county.

Projects are developed into work plans in consultation with Volunteer Maine. The law identifies 13 broad categories for projects, making room for nearly every local need. The primary host organization can be a nonprofit, faith-based, or governmental agency. The community provides the technical supervisor and work tools as well as a community liaison who helps the Service Fellow integrate into community life outside of work hours. 

Community partners interested in applying for the Maine Service Fellows Program can find program and Letter of Intent information at under “Service Programs” ( The deadline for submitting for the 2023-2024 year is September 8, 2023.

Funding to support the Service Fellows during their term of service comes from both private and public sources. The Maine Volunteer Foundation raises money to underwrite additional privately supported positions. 

For more information about the Maine Service Fellows Program and the application process, contact the program coordinator, Jake Hurner at 207-624-7822 or
About Volunteer Maine: Volunteer Maine, the state service commission, builds capacity and sustainability in Maine's volunteer and service communities by funding programs, developing managers of volunteers, raising awareness of sector issues, and promoting service as a strategy to address local challenges.


Maryalice Crofton 
Volunteer Maine 
105 State House Station 
19 Elkins Lane, Rm 105 
Augusta, ME 04333-0105 
(207) 624-7792