The Maine Conservation Corps (MCC), an AmeriCorps program through the Maine Commission for Community Service, housed in the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry was thrilled to connect with an abundance of MCC Alumni who identified as students, teachers, community organization and nonprofit leaders at the Unity College Environmental Career Fair.
As an AmeriCorps initiative, MCC is part of a nation-wide effort to bring volunteerism and positive impact to communities throughout the US. When taking on a term of service, dedicated individuals who are 18 and older dedicate anywhere from 300-1700 hours of volunteer capacity to identified areas of need. Once someone begins their term of service, the ever expanding network of Alumni continues to grow and make valuable connections.
This network of past members was ever-present on Unity’s campus, as current MCC Training Coordinator, Amie Daniels, met with dozens of MCC alumni having served as recent as 2016 all the way back through 1998. “We had set up our table of information and were excited to be present with so many Environmental enthusiasts and organizations around us.” Daniels remarked, “Further than that, we were thrilled to discover that the table right next to us was actually being represented by MCC alumni, Jackie Stratton, who had served as an Environmental Educator just a few years back.” Stratton is now the Stewardship Project Manager for the Coastal Mountains Land Trust and relates her acquired skills, efforts and successes of her current position to have stemmed from her service with MCC.
Jeff McCabe, now the Maine Outreach Coordinator of the Northern Forest Canoe Trail, also indicated that both of his terms of service back in ’98 and 2000 lead to “a great turning point for me in my early 20’s and opened doors to get me to full-time employment.” This successful connection directly correlates to the ongoing mission of MCC to provide conservation education, volunteerism, service projects throughout Maine communities and lead to opportunity for conservation employment, which was relayed to the Unity students and interested applicants of the 2017 Environmental Career Fair.
For more information about serving as an MCC member or sharing your successes as our alumni please visit http://www.maine.gov/dacf/mcc, on Facebook or contact us directly at MConsCorpsVOC@maine.gov