Relive the plenaries from MVLC 2020

For the first time, MVLC 2020 was an all-digital event. Our dedicated planning team was afforded the opportunity expand participation due to the virtual venue, so we were excited to welcome all who attended from Maine and beyond. 

As the guest list was expanded so was the roster of speakers and session leaders. Below, we have made available replays of two important conversations for volunteer leaders: "Where Volunteer Engagement Fits in the Move to Eliminate Systemic Racism" and "Toward an Ideal State: Every Citizen Inspired and Eager to Serve."

"Where Volunteer Engagement Fits in the Move to Eliminate Systemic Racism"

Four thoughtful panelists explore the issues surrounding civic engagement and volunteer engagement in a time when leaders of all community activity are called to change, be more inclusive, and rethink fundamentals. Volunteer leadership must look inward personally and programmatically while continuing to serve communities. Where and how to start, who to involve or look to for mentoring, what it means – it’s all part of learning where volunteer engagement fits in the movement to eliminate systemic racism.

Panelists: Natalye Paquin, President, Points of Light Institute; Lelia DeAndrade, Vice President of Community Impact, Maine Community Foundation; Rev. Jane Field, Executive Director, Maine Council of Churches; Ian Yaffee, Executive Director, Mano en Mano

Host and Moderator: Marge Kilkelly, Policy Program Manager, Maine Primary Care Association

"Toward an Ideal State: Every Citizen Inspired and Eager to Serve"

"Inspired to Serve" is a comprehensive plan with 164 recommendations to strengthen all forms of service to address domestic and security needs. Four panelists representing the Commission, military, national, and public service explore the recommendations, their implications for Maine communities, and what steps are beneficial and could be implemented in Maine regardless of federal action.

Panelists: Steven Barney, Commissioner, National Commission on Military, National, and Public Service; Hannah Pingree, Director, Governor’s Office of Policy Innovation and the Future, State of Maine; Michael Wisecup, Harold Alfond Director of Athletics, Colby College; Maryalice Crofton, Executive Director, Volunteer Maine (the state service commission)

Host and Moderator: Yellow Light Breen, President and CEO, Maine Development Foundation