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Seven Organizations Split Grant Money to Promote Volunteerism 

Catherine Pegram

Seven organizations are splitting more than $191,000 to help boost volunteerism in the state. The Maine Commission for Community Services awarded the grant money today at an event in Bangor. It comes from the Volunteer Generation Fund. Maine was one of only 19 states to receive the money during the first year of the grant program, which passed out $4 million across the country.The money will be used to set up volunteer information centers throughout the state.Gary Dorman with the Maine Commission says, “A lot of different places need volunteers to fill in the shortfall in their funding and volunteering is going to be a big part of, I believe, the future of that. People need to serve back to their communities and give back and this is going to help establish a base where they can go to be able to give back.”Among the recipients of the grant money – United Way of Eastern Maine which will cover Washington County and Maine Sea Coast Mission, working in Penobscot County. Faith in Action Community Connection was picked to serve Hancock County and the United Way of Mid Coast Maine will cover Knox and Sagadahoc Counties.