AUGUSTA, Maine — Gov. Paul R. LePage has urged Maine citizens to volunteer and to get involved in Volunteer Week, April 21-27, organized by the Maine Commission for Community Service. Maine will join the national celebration of volunteers across the county next week.
Maine has a volunteer force of more than 349,000 citizens who, on average, dedicate 37 hours of service each year. The estimated economic contribution of volunteers across the state is $846.2 million, according to a press release from the governor’s office. Volunteers keep neighborhoods safe, mentor children, and provide essential services to those in need.
“Volunteer Week honors citizens who dedicate themselves to taking action and solving problems in their communities,” said Gov. LePage, in a press release. “This exemplifies the Maine way of life, neighbor helping neighbor.”
The Governor’s Awards for Service & Volunteerism, which is held during Volunteer Week, highlights the many different ways individuals serve in volunteer programs with nonprofit organizations, public agencies, and businesses.
In honor of Volunteer Week, Maine’s most outstanding volunteers will be recognized in a special ceremony on April 24, at the State House. Categories for these annual awards include Volunteer of the Year, Youth Volunteer of the Year, Small Business Volunteerism Award, Corporate Volunteerism Award, Outstanding Non-Profit Volunteer Program, and Excellence in Volunteer Administration, Outstanding National Service Volunteer Award, and Outstanding Volunteer in a Public Sector Volunteer Program.
Volunteers who served more than 500 hours in 2012 in Maine communities are inducted into Volunteer Service Roll of Honor. Names of Roll of Honor inductees will be released on April 24.
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 resolve local problems. To learn more about the Maine Commission for Community Service visit www.maineservicecommission.gov