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Mary Hardcastle and Pamela Hargest


Each year, Volunteer Maryland partners with up to 30 community-based nonprofit agencies to recruit, train, and supervise a Volunteer Maryland Coordinator. These partnerships are available through funding provided by the Corporation for National and Community Service.

The documents below provide information about Volunteer Maryland, will help you assess the VM partnership opportunity, and will prepare you to submit a Service Site application.

Applications for the 2014 - 2015 service year will be due in March 2014.

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Volunteer Maryland Service Site Partnership Application
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Volunteer Maryland Service Site Application Information Sheet
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Developing Your Application: Community Need and Focus Areas
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Developing Your Application: What is Direct Service?
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Engage More Community Volunteers at Your Agency.

Volunteer Maryland (VM) will work with you to recruit, train, and supervise a volunteer coordinator to work with your agency. They are called Volunteer Maryland Coordinators and are AmeriCorps members who serve for one year of national service with your agency and VM. As a result, the VM Coordinator will work with you to recruit and manage the local volunteers your agency needs to serve your community. On average, each VM Coordinator will mobilize 175 local volunteers at each partner agency.

Strengthen Your Organizational Capacity to Recruit and Manage Volunteers.

Volunteer Maryland staff and VM Coordinators will work with agency staff, called Service Sites, to design a comprehensive volunteer management program. To do so, the VM Coordinator will coach site staff on volunteer program development, and Volunteer Maryland staff members will provide extensive training on the best practices of volunteer management during the partnership year. Each year, approximately 90 percent of Service Site partners report that they increase their organizational capacity to manage volunteers as a result of the VM partnership.

Sustain the Service and Dedication of Your Volunteers.

At the end of the VM partnership year, your agency will have a complete management system in place and the staff training necessary to sustain the volunteer program. On average, 85 percent of former Service Sites report that they are able to sustain their volunteer program after the completion of the VM partnership and VM Coordinator’s service each year.