Posted February 17, 2009
When Sarah Mountcastle began working as an AmeriCorps*VISTA at the Community Service Resource Center in August 2005, the newest requirement of the position was to provide disaster relief services for the local community and nation at large. Just two weeks into the position, Hurricane Katrina struck New Orleans and it became Sarah’s task to enable the Bowdoin College community to respond to the growing crisis.
In an immediate response to the disaster, Sarah coordinated the “12 Days of Attention: 12 Months of Impact” project. The first phase of the project featured student-led fundraising events, faculty lectures and chats, student discussions, community agency panels, and planning sessions for continued relief efforts. The second phase culminated in a service trip to New Orleans open to students, faculty, and staff in May 2006. Participating in this trip with thirteen others, Sarah learned about the devastation caused by the hurricane through the stories of people she helped provide meals for at the Made With Love Café in the Ninth Ward.
“I am very proud of Bowdoin for what we were able to accomplish - out of our nations' tragedy came a resounding sense of hope and strength from our small, but powerful, community.”