Governor’s Office of Community Initiatives Announces Volunteer Maryland 2019 Early Achievements

Nearly 4,000 Volunteers Mobilized, More Than 33,000 Hours Served Across Maryland

News Release, Governor’s Office of Community Initiatives

ANNAPOLIS, MD – The Governor’s Office of Community Initiatives announced today that VolunteerMaryland, an AmeriCorps program within their office, has released their quarterly volunteer numbers for the current service year, which runs from August 2018 to July 2019. AmeriCorps members have mobilized nearly 4,000 volunteers, including 2,331 new volunteers, and served more than 33,000 volunteer hours at various nonprofit organizations, government agencies, or schools. Members help these organizations to address complex community issues including human trafficking, environmental stewardship, education, hunger, and housing/shelter assistance.

“Maryland has a proud history of promoting service and civic engagement, so it’s no wonder Maryland has been ranked among the top 10 states in the U.S. for volunteering and charitable giving,” said Governor Larry Hogan. “We commend the continuing efforts of Volunteer Maryland and encourage all Marylanders to join our efforts to improve our state through service.”

There are currently 26 Volunteer Coordinators serving in organizations throughout the state, including two members serving in Volunteer Maryland’s main office as Peer Leaders.

“Today, we celebrate and thank Volunteer Maryland for their unwavering support of Maryland communities over the past 25 years,” said Steven McAdams, Executive Director of the Governor’s Office of Community Initiatives. “We have seen first-hand the incredible impact Volunteer Maryland AmeriCorps members have had in the community – allowing nonprofit organizations, government agencies, and schools to increase capacity and recruit volunteers.”

To engage more Marylanders online, Volunteer Maryland launched a social media campaign to highlight the impact of members throughout the years. The campaign will be featured on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram. Over the first quarter of 2019, Volunteer Maryland social media engaged 12,000 followers and welcomed nearly 3,000 new visitors to the website.

Volunteer Maryland also recently celebrated its 25th anniversary, recognizing that over that time, the organization has partnered with over 300 organizations and mobilized over 135,000 volunteers for a total of 2 million hours served.

“Our Volunteer Maryland AmeriCorps members do incredible work, so we are always excited to celebrate the impact they make across Maryland communities,” said Nicole Fiocco, Director of Volunteer Maryland. “It is through their commitment to national service that we are making communities stronger, healthier, and safer.”

Volunteer Maryland has received over 35 applications from service organizations for the 2019-2020 service year, 16 of which are returning organizations. For more information on becoming a Service Site, visit https://volunteer.maryland.gov/servicesites/.

AmeriCorps member recruitment for Volunteer Maryland runs through late August. If you or someone you know is interested in serving as a Volunteer Maryland AmeriCorps member, visit: http://volunteer.maryland.gov/acm/.

The Southern Maryland Chronicle is a local, small business entrusted to provide factual, unbiased reporting to the Southern Maryland Community. While we look to local businesses for advertising, we hope to keep that cost as low as possible in order to attract even the smallest of local businesses and help them get out to the public. We must also be able to pay employees(part-time and full-time), along with equipment, and website related things. We never want to make the Chronicle a “pay-wall” style news site.

To that end, we are looking to the community to offer donations. Whether it’s a one-time donation or you set up a reoccurring monthly donation. It is all appreciated. All donations at this time will be going to furthering the Chronicle through hiring individuals that have the same goals of providing fair, and unbiased news to the community. For now, donations will be going to a business PayPal account I have set-up for the Southern Maryland Chronicle, KDC Designs. All business transactions currently occur within this PayPal account. If you have any questions regarding this you can email me at davidhiggins@southernmarylandchronicle.com

Thank you for all of your support and I hope to continue bringing Southern Maryland the best news possible for a very long time. — David M. Higgins II




© 2019 The Southern Maryland Chronicle. All Rights Reserved. This website is not intended for users located within the European Economic Area.