Posted April 16, 2009
Having been conceived by a group of students and faculty in response to President Lyndon Johnson’s call for a “war on poverty” in the 1960s, MidCoast Maine Community Action (formerly the Coastal Economic Development Enterprise) today administers anti-poverty programs such as Head Start, Women-Infants and Children (WIC) nutrition programs, housing and food assistance, and other programs.
Since its inception, Bowdoin has always had representatives sitting on the organization’s board of directors. Jim Ward was attracted to the organization both because of its mission and Bowdoin connections, and in 1991 agreed to sit on its board. He served as president from 1995 to 1996 and again from 2001 to 2007. In this role he led the organization through many changes. Over his sixteen-year tenure of involvement, he saw the organization’s budget grow from $1 million to $8 million—significantly expanding the reach of its programs.
In addition to MidCoast Maine Community Action, Jim has served with many other local organizations and, in the future, will continue to find other interesting ways to engage in the community.
“All of us at Bowdoin, whether we come from affluent backgrounds or not, live a privileged life while we are here. All around us are people who are not as fortunate as we are.”