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Jennifer Goldman
Director of Community Engagement, Volunteers of America, Northern New England ~ Class of 1987

Posted April 27, 2009

After graduating from Bowdoin, Jennifer Goldman spent fifteen years working in corporate marketing, but always felt a consistent pull to work in the non-profit world. She wanted to use her skills and connections to make a difference to the people in her local community. Jennifer found that possibility when she started working at Volunteers of America of Northern New England (VOANNE). The mission of the organization is to reach out and uplift the human condition while providing opportunity for individual and community involvement.

In this position, Jennifer then helped develop a strong partnership between VOA and Bowdoin. From hosting student volunteers on Common Good Day, to collaborating on projects in several community-based courses, to mentoring students through the Community Matters in Maine Summer Fellowship, Jennifer and all the members of the VOA staff have worked to encourage students to believe that with the right support, courage, and perseverance they can help others change lives and effect change.

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“Partnerships between Bowdoin and the community are important as the students, faculty, and staff involved become articulate advocates for the issues that concern the most underserved populations in our communities.”