Legislation was signed yesterday by Deval Patrick to start the Commonwealth Corps, a local volunteer group. Sounds similar to Americorps or City Corps, but for all of Massachusetts. It's interesting - these will basically be paid volunteers. They won't get paid a lot, of course, but they will get some benefits and will have travel expenses reimbursed as well. I suppose they'll be helping out other non-profits... much like OYFP does.
I think this is the kind of program voters were expecting from Patrick, rather than the $12,000 curtains for his office or over-use of the state helicopter. The more people are working to help others, the better.