WATERVILLE — The Maine Commission for Community Service and the Maine Volunteer Foundation will be hosting a 25th anniversary celebration for the commission and AmeriCorps service in Maine 5:30-9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 11, at Waterville Opera House, 1 Common St.
An alumni reunion will be held 5:30-6:45 p.m. followed by the program 7-9 p.m.
The event will also serve as the album release party for the much-anticipated 11-track music project, “Heartbeat of Home,” which celebrates Maine, its communities and the importance of giving back through service.
The evening is set to feature Maine dignitaries, as well as some of the state’s entertainment stars including popular TV host Bill Green, as master of ceremonies, and folk music legend David Mallett providing musical entertainment. Supporting artists Marianna Filippi, Kristyn Murphy, Jack Fossett and Passamaquoddy Language Keeper Dwayne Tomah will also perform at the event.
All proceeds will benefit the Maine Volunteer Foundation.
In 1994, two volunteer service initiatives were launched in Maine: AmeriCorps and the Maine Commission for Community Service. Over the last 25 years, the Commission has awarded nearly $32.2 million to Maine organizations to support service by AmeriCorps members. Regional AmeriCorps programs have also sent members to serve in Maine. And young people seeking to learn about other states have joined AmeriCorps, served a year, and then brought their new-found skills home.
Since 1994, 6800 Maine residents have served in AmeriCorps and another 1400 have come to Maine to serve our communities. They spent more than 13 million hours helping children, families, seniors, schools, nonprofits, parks, municipalities, law enforcement, and conservation organizations. As a result of their service, they earned over $31 million in education awards to support post secondary education.