ORONO – Hundreds of volunteers from across Maine gathered at the University of Maine on Tuesday for the Blaine House Conference on Service and Voluteerism.
The conference is a way for voluteers to network, and for managers to learn the best ways to utilize the resources available. Around a quarter of Maine’s non-profits operate entirely on volunteers and have no budget at all.
“Managing that human resource well is critical in getting the most out of the dollars that are put in,” said Michael Ashmore, the conference program development and training officer.
Christine Seibert, who is from Massachusetts, volunteered to spend a year working in the Orono and Bangor area.
“I want to serve with Americorps as a way to tangibly help my community and I thought it was a really cool way,” she said. “I’m doing energy efficiency work to both fight climate change but also helping people.”
The day-long conference offered sessions on coping with a burgeoning “to do” list, engaging people who have experienced trauma volunteering, and helping communities respond to the opioid epidemic.
To find out more about the Maine Commission for Community Service, folks can visit: maineservicecommission.gov.