During AmeriCorps Week Members mobilized volunteers across the state in service projects that met community needs. Listed below are a few of the projects that impacted Maine communities:

  • Island Fellow AmeriCorps Members mapped an entire cemetery on Islesboro using GPS units and removed more than 5 truckloads of debris from Chebeague, Great Cranberry and Swan’s Islands’.
  • Maine Conservation Corps AmeriCorps Members planted over 3,000 native shrubs to create habitat for the endangered New England Cottontail and cleared a stream for alewife passage.
  • VolunteerMaine AmeriCorps VISTA Members deployed a Volunteer Reception Center as part of a Mass Rescue Exercise which allowed emergency responders to train and evaluate their procedures for management of a mass rescue incident.
  • AmeriCorps Teen Leadership Career Corps held workshops and a resource fair where 270 students were introduced to education and career options.

AmeriCorps provides opportunities for more than 80,000 Americans to give back in an intensive way to their communities and country each year. It consists of three main programs: AmeriCorps State and National, whose members serve with more than 1,840 national and local nonprofit and community groups; AmeriCorps VISTA, through which members serve full time fighting poverty; and AmeriCorps NCCC, a team-based residential program for young adults 18-24 who carry out projects in public safety, the environment, youth development, and disaster relief and preparedness.

The Maine Commission for Community Service builds capacity and sustainability in Maine’s volunteer and service communities by funding programs, developing managers of volunteers and service-learning practitioners, raising awareness of sector issues, and promoting service as a strategy. To learn more about the Maine Commission for Community Service visit our website at maineservicecommission.gov.