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VMail Volunteer Maryland News: Members, Sites, Alumni!
May 2010

Happy AmeriCorps Week!  At Volunteer Maryland, we're lucky to have incredible AmeriCorps members and Service Sites, and we're relaunching VMail with them in mind.  In this issue of VMail, you'll find stories about two VM Service Sites that were awarded the 2010 Governor's Volunteer Service Award and a link to a podcast featuring one of our VISTA members.  In future issues, we hope to share alumni news - but we need your help!  AmeriCorps Week is a great time to reflect on your service experience and share your story, so please email us with your latest news.  We're excited to hear from you!

We're also really happy to let you know that Volunteer Maryland has been selected as one of the most innovative AmeriCorps*State programs in the country!  In June, VM will be included in the new publication  "Transforming Communities through Service: A Collection of the Most Innovative AmeriCorps*State Programs in the Unites States," published by America's Service Commissions and Innovations in Civic Participation. 

It's an exciting and busy time at VM!  Our current members and sites are doing amazing work, VISTA candidates are being recruited to start in July, and we're meeting new organizations and AmeriCorps applicants as we plan for next year - Class 23!  Do you know someone who would make a great Volunteer Maryland Coordinator?  Now's the time to submit an application!

We hope you enjoy this issue of VMail.  If you need your VM fix on a more regular basis, make sure to check out our blog to find out what our Regional Coordinators, VISTA Leader, and Program Associate are up to.  For now, happy reading and thanks for being part of VM Nation.

Maureen Eccleston and Team VM
Views from the VISTA
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Volunteer Maryland hosts bi-weekly conversations with our VISTA members via podcasts.  These conversations give insight into a VISTA member's service and provide information on ways to become involved in communities around the State.  Listen in on VISTA Program Manager Linda Kokenge's conversation with Sarah Ritter, Volunteer Maryland VISTA member with the Parks and People Foundation, as she discusses her motivation and role as a VISTA member.
Mentoring to Manhood, Governor's Volunteer Award Recipient
Volunteer Maryland Coordinator: Sherry Logan

Since its founding in 2005, Mentoring to Manhood has been entirely volunteer driven and has grown to become a significant mentoring program in Prince George's County.  The program serves 30 boys with a corps of 25 dedicated volunteers.  With the mission of developing academic excellence, strong character, and communication skills in boys in middle and high school, Mentoring to Manhood  is making a real difference in the lives of young men.  Congratulations!
Executive Director Robert Malone accepts award from Lt. Governor Anthony G. Brown and Israel C. "Izzy" Patoka
Robert Malone accepts Governor's Volunteer Service Award for Mentoring to Manhood

Eden Mill Nature Center, Governor's Volunteer Award Recipient
Volunteer Maryland Coordinator: Carole Keister

Eden Mill is a volunteer- based environmental education facility whose mission is to promote an appreciation and awareness of the environment through outdoor educational programs.  In 2009, over 60 volunteers contributed more than 9,540 service hours!  Through 342 environmental education programs, these volunteers reached 4,351 children and 3,165 adults in the community.  Carole Keister, a second year VMC, nominated Eden Mill for the award because "without these volunteers, Eden Mill could not exist."  Congratulations!
Board President Sharon Miller accepts Governor's Volunteer Service Award from Lt. Governor Anthony G. Brown and Israel C. "Izzy" Patoka
Sharon Miller accepts Vol Award for Eden Mill

Lori WThank you, Lori!
Having spent a year as a Volunteer Maryland Coordinator in Class 17 and another as a Regional Coordinator in Class 18, Lori Walls joined VM staff as Program Manager in Class 21.  Lori has moved on from Volunteer Maryland but her legacy remains.  We wish Lori all the best in her next chapter! 
Energize Communities!  Become a Volunteer Maryland Coordinator! 
VM Class 21Work with local nonprofits to help develop stronger, more effective volunteer programs that leave lasting results.  This 11 month position comes with intensive training on volunteer management and program development, a living stipend of $13,000, education award of $5,350, health benefits, and child care allowance if qualified.   Must have excellent communication skills, an outgoing personality, leadership potential, good computer skills, attention to detail, passion for service, and dedication to helping organizations meet critical needs. Position begins September 15, 2010.  

For more details contact Pat
rice Beverly, or call 410-767-6231.  To learn more about Volunteer Maryland, go to
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