Posted May 20, 2010
Bowdoin’s commitment to the Common Good captured Jackie Zaborski’s attention even before her admissions application had been sent in. Prior to matriculating, she was extensively engaged in community service and knew that she wanted to continue working for the public good at the college level.
Her first involvement with the Common Good on campus was through her Community Immersion Pre-Orientation trip. In that short amount of time she realized that the staff at the McKeen Center was passionate about their work and that there were tremendous opportunities at the Center to stay involved.
During her four years, she has enrolled in five Community Based Courses ranging from Geology to Architecture. In addition she has participated in annual events such a Relay for Life and Common Good Day. She has also been a member of the Common Good Grant Committee and Extension Committee.
Now, in her senior year, Jackie is a McKeen Fellow and Co-Leader of the Common Good Grant Program. While working on the Common Good Grant Committees she gained a better appreciation for issues that are affecting Maine, especially the Mid-coast area. While on the Grant Committee, she learned how to write a grant and be aware of what foundations may look for when allocating money to non-profits. Her involvement with the Extension Committee taught her important fundraising skills. In addition, to the skills that she has learned, on both committees, she has become much more familiar with the community and how a wide variety of non-profit organizations are working towards the common good in Maine.
“My connection with the McKeen Center has been immensely meaningful and rewarding and has only increased my desire to continue with public service engagement. These lessons I will take with me wherever I go and whatever I do.”