Maine Service Fellows Coordinator: March 2023

Major projects completed

  • Scheduled on going site engagement opportunities including attending the Community Resilient Committee at Pleasant Point
  • Continued recruitment efforts, having a physical and web presence including Linked IN, Google, Instagram, Service Year and College job boards.
  • Held first advisory taskforce meeting 
  • Met with MEMA and NBRC about the potential for funding an faction of Service Fellows with an Catalyst Grant 
  • Networked with relevant colleges and career centers including the community college system, St Joseph's, Bowden, Bates and Unity Colleges'
  • Began conversations with Maine's Recovery Council around how MSF could be a part of the long term opioid recovery efforts.

Major focus of effort in the next month/continuation

  • Attended staff meetings.
  • Attended Commission meeting.
  • Continue to develop programmatic materials and procedures including recruitment materials and benefits poster, applicant selection procedure, reporting processes and documentation, program calendar etc.
  • Continue identifying potential donor and grant opportunities available to both back fill remaining funding needed for a second fellow position and increase total numbers of spots on going.
  • Developing strategy around fundraising in collaboration with foundation members to best make the case for individual fellow opportunities as aligned with identified donors' values, and geographic area. 
  • Networking and collaborating with other State departments in the development of current applicant work plans as appropriate to their expertise. (i.e. aviation and EMS)
  • Collaborating with current applicants to develop specific recruitment details and plan in advertising for a candidate.
  • Continue to develop and formalize an interview and selection procedure.
  • Networking with current VM stakeholders (climate advisory, volunteer network and foundation members) to continue to pursue funding opportunities to expand the reach of the program.
  • Continue to review current applicant feedback to implement changes to next cycles procedures. 
  • Complete initial site Visit for second sponsor
  • Review additional recruitment avenues as they relate to specific details of the individual opportunities. 
  • Work with advisory taskforce to determine best structure for the program term and payroll options
  • Begin to network with future site applicants and communities through letters of intent.