Volunteer Maryland Expands, Offers Service Site Information Sessions


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Are you an organization in need of volunteers? Would you like to join Maryland’s premier volunteer network? Volunteer Maryland, a unit of the Governor’s Office on Community Initiatives, today announced the start of their Service Site Information Sessions for the 2019–2020 service year, as they seek to expand geographically to serve more Maryland citizens. Nonprofits, government agencies, and schools interested in partnering with Volunteer Maryland to become a Service Site are encouraged to attend one of the information sessions prior to applying for the program. Volunteer Maryland currently has AmeriCorps members at 25 service sites across Maryland.

“Through the work of our AmeriCorps members, Volunteer Maryland’s capacity building activities help our partner Service Sites expand services, enhance delivery of services, and generate additional resources that organizations might not otherwise have readily available to them,” said Nicki Fiocco Director of Volunteer Maryland. “Our AmeriCorps members, also known as Volunteer Coordinators, are diverse individuals who have unique backgrounds with regards to work and life experiences, and each year we are excited to see the innovative approaches our members introduce in their host Service Sites – integrating their background to help move the needle on addressing critical needs in Maryland communities.”

The information sessions, which are free of charge and include lunch, are held to raise awareness of the benefits of Volunteer Maryland to help expand the program to cover more Maryland counties. Interested organizations are encouraged to register early, as seating is limited for each session. Organizations participating in the Information Sessions will learn about the benefits of partnering with Volunteer Maryland, undergo a volunteer program needs assessment, as well as hear about grant resources provided by the Rural Maryland Council among other topics.
Volunteer Maryland Service Sites host Volunteer Maryland AmeriCorps members for a one year term to serve as Volunteer Coordinators. Volunteer Coordinators help address critical community needs including education, economic opportunity, and environmental stewardship to assist in expanding the scale, reach, and efficiency of programs and organizations by leveraging resources from volunteerism.

In addition to the Information Sessions, Volunteer Maryland will host a series of webinars to provide information to interested programs and organizations that are not available to attend the in-person sessions. Webinar dates can be found by visiting volunteer.maryland.gov/ServiceSites.

Organizations interested in joining Maryland’s premier volunteer network as a Service Site must submit their application to Volunteer Maryland by March 9, 2019.

Information on this year’s Volunteer Maryland information sessions are provided below:

Date (Tuesdays) Time Location County/Maryland
December 4th 11am – 1pm Allegany College Allegany / Western Maryland
December 11th 11am – 1pm Maryland Nonprofits Baltimore City 
January 22nd 11am – 1pm Carroll County Nonprofit Center Carroll County / Westminster / North
February 5th 11am – 1pm Community Foundation of the Eastern Shore Wicomico / Eastern Shore
February 19th 11am – 1pm Chesapeake Church Calvert County / Southern Maryland


About Volunteer Maryland
Volunteer Maryland is dedicated to building stronger, healthier communities by developing volunteer programs with nonprofit organizations, government agencies, and schools. The program’s vision is that all Marylanders will participate in and value service as a way of life to enrich and empower community, society, and self. A unit of the Governor’s Office of Community Initiatives, it has placed over 700 Volunteer Coordinators in organizations throughout Maryland.

About the Governor’s Office of Community Initiatives
The Governor’s Office of Community Initiatives is Governor Larry Hogan’s office to enhance and improve opportunities for Maryland residents. It oversees the Governor’s Office on Service and Volunteerism, Volunteer Maryland, community affairs and engagement within the executive branch of Maryland government, faith-based outreach, and the governor’s eight ethnic and cultural commissions. Learn more by visiting our website at goci.maryland.gov and connect with us on Facebook and Twitter.

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