Story posted March 03, 2010
Earlier this year, before students returned to campus for the spring semester, Bowdoin staff members took a step back from their jobs and found time to volunteer in the local community. On January 15th, members of the Department of Student Affairs volunteered alongside personnel from the Controllers Office, Human Resources, Events and Summer Programs, and the Treasurer’s Office at seven local organizations as a part of the McKeen Center’s 4th Annual Community Action Day. This day brings together staff members from across campus to not only provided their services to local agencies, but also to connect with colleagues in a new way and to familiarize themselves with the work students are doing on a regular basis. This year’s participants worked with ArtVan, Tedford Housing, Midcoast Hunger Prevention Program, Coastal Humane Society, Thornton Hall, Spindleworks, and the Habitat for Humanity ReStore on projects ranging from sorting food to cleaning cages to visiting with seniors.
In a similar spirit, members of the Office of Communications reached out to the local community as they filled in for regular student volunteers who were away over winter break. Normally, while Bowdoin classes are out of session, there aren’t regular volunteers from the college to continue the services students regularly provide. However, staff members from this office stepped up to fill in the void that is usually experienced at two local organizations. Individuals contributed their time during an already busy holiday season to serve the evening meal at Tedford Housing and deliver food donations from the College to Midcoast Hunger Prevention Program. The initiative was such a success that they plan to continue this participation during future school vacations.