Maine Service Fellows Coordinator: May 2023

Major projects completed

  • Attended Maine Philanthropy Conference in Portland
  • Met with Maine Emergency Management to develop program model for Emergency preparedness Fellow
  • Continued recruitment efforts, having a physical and web presence including LinkedIn, Google, Instagram, Service Year and College job boards.
  • Completed interviews of 2 candidates for Fellows
  • Selected fellow and completed paperwork for first placement
  • Attended the Community Resiliency Conference from GOPIF in Orono
  • Gathered relevant information to take over the staff support of the foundation.

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.
  • 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. 
  • 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. 

Prepared by Jake Hurner