Unity Barn Raisers will be accepting applications for a temporary, part-time volunteer cultivator position, thanks to support from the Waldo County Fund at the Maine Community Foundation.

“As a small nonprofit doing really big things, this funding is going to do wonders for us and for our community,” enthused Tess Fairbanks Woods, executive director of Unity Barn Raisers. “We rely so heavily on volunteers to do so much, and yet we have not had the capacity to evaluate our volunteers’ experiences and needs to ensure that they are being fully supported and recognized for their work. This position will allow us to develop and put in place the systems that are needed to do that into the future.”

Unity Barn Raisers’ projects and programs include CommUnity Trails, Brier’s Beach, the Unity Community Center, Veggies For All, Community Meals, community celebrations and other events. All of the Barn Raisers’ work is aimed at engaging area residents to work together to build a better community.

“We are excited to welcome a new staff member to assist in our work. This is an exciting time for us, as we are about to begin a new strategic planning session to guide us through the next five years. It is clear that volunteers will continue to play a critical role in our future. This position is the key to ensuring that we have the foundation in place to support our volunteers well into the future,” said Gail Chase, current board member and past chair.

The Maine Community Foundation is a statewide nonprofit created by and for the people of Maine. The foundation is a philanthropic leader in building sustainable and vibrant communities for all Maine people. The Waldo County Fund was established at the foundation in 1990 with the goal of building communities in Waldo County. There are 12 other county funds at the Maine Community Foundation, plus a statewide Community Building Fund.

Unity Barn Raisers is a nonprofit community organization with open membership that works pro-actively to enhance Unity’s small town character and rural environment, while nurturing a thriving community-based economy. Unity Barn Raisers believes that a community working together can shape its own future, and in so doing, significantly advance the quality of life of its people, both now and for future generations.

The position will average seven hours per week and will run from July 1, 2012, to June 30, 2013. Inquiries can be directed to Tess Woods, executive director. 948-9005 or ubr@uninets.net.