Maine Commission for Community Service

Advancing Volunteerism. Strengthening Communities.

For over twenty years, the Maine Commission for Community Service has supported volunteers and AmeriCorps members in Maine. Our members and residents alike enjoy all that Maine has to offer, from the mountains and lakes of the interior, to over 5,000 miles of Atlantic coastline. In addition to outdoor recreation and scenic beauty, Maine is home to tight-knit communities of small businesses, creatives, and foodies. 

We love Maine, but rural states like ours lack the resources and opportunities of bigger metropolitan areas. Maine is equal in geographic size to the other five New England states combined. With a small population in a very large area, our residents sometimes have to travel for miles to meet basic needs and receive services, or, they go without.  We are proud that our AmeriCorps members and our volunteers close that gap and help residents with community-based solutions. 

Our Work

The Maine Commission for Community Service (MCCS) builds capacity and sustainability in Maine’s volunteer sector.

Our mission is to foster community service and volunteerism to meet human and environmental needs in the State of Maine.

As the State of Maine partner for the Corporation for National and
Community Service, the Commission has several responsibilities
related to AmeriCorps and National Service. These include:

• providing training and technical assistance to local nonprofit organizations
and other entities that want to plan and apply for funding to implement
national service programs;
• selecting programs to be funded under the National and Community
Service Act;
• pre-selecting programs to compete for funding under the AmeriCorps
State Competitive grant category;
• providing training and technical assistance to National Service programs
in Maine;
• evaluating, monitoring, and administering grant programs.

Our portfolio of AmeriCorps programs focus on education, environmental stewardship and conservation, mentoring, economic opportunity, and public health.

Partner Organizations

  • Goodwill AmeriCorps

    Portland, ME

    Goodwill Industries of Northern New England has a 10-year goal of being instrumental in moving 10,000 households out of poverty and into stability in our territory of Maine, New Hampshire and northern Vermont. We not only create training opportunities ...

    Focus: Aging, Arts & Culture, Community & Nonprofit Development + 6 more
  • Island Institute

    Rockland, ME

    We envision that Maine's year-round island communities will thrive and lead as examples of sustainability. To that end, the Island Institute is committed to: 1. Support economic resiliency and growth 2. Help retain and attract families and young people ...

    Focus: Community & Nonprofit Development, Economic Security, Education & Youth + 1 more
  • LearningWorks AIMS HIGH AmeriCorps

    Portland, ME

    LearningWorks offers the following programs: AFTERSCHOOL PORTLAND AND BIDDEFORD LearningWorks AfterSchool provides extended learning opportunities for elementary school aged children in grades 2 - 5 who are falling behind academically. AIMS HIGH AMERICORPS LearningWorks AmeriCorps AIMS HIGH serves schools in Livermore ...

    Focus: Economic Security, Education & Youth
  • Maine Conservation Corps

    Augusta, ME

    The Maine Conservation Corps (MCC) is devoted to conservation and environmental stewardship across the state, with positions available throughout the year. MCC strives to raise awareness and interest in the natural environment. Individual members serving with nonprofit organizations and natural ...

    Focus: Economic Security, Environment, Veterans & Military Families
  • Medical Care Development Public Health

    Augusta, ME

    MCD Public Health (MCDPH) is an operating division of Medical Care Development, Inc., a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization founded in 1966 in Augusta, Maine. The volunteer Board of Directors is a governing board with a wide representation of the ...

    Focus: Community & Nonprofit Development, Health & Nutrition
  • SySTEM REAL School AmeriCorps Program

    Falmouth, ME

    REAL School proposes to have 35 AmeriCorps Members who will implement a STEM-based Service Learning program with students identified as being at risk (grades 4-12) in four alternative school program sites, serving 24 sending communities in Southern Maine. At the ...

    Focus: Education & Youth

A Maine Way to Serve

Make your way to service in Maine and you might stay for so much more. Members come from all walks of life, some from Maine, and others from every region of the United States. Serving in a small state means you can have a big impact. If you are a new to Maine or a local emerging professional, in small communities there is an opportunity to be a leader and make a real difference in a short amount of time. 

Our programs and host sites are close-knit and supportive. Members network with each other and create a community throughout their year of service. AmeriCorps alumni are everywhere in Maine and keep the commitment to service alive. This network, plus the commission’s events, provide ample opportunities for personal and professional development. 

Every day, the earliest sunrise in the continental US lights up Maine; let Maine light up your future!