Posted May 24, 2010
Shelby Davies '10 joined the Common Good Grant Committee as a first year student at Bowdoin in order to gain a better understanding of the needs of the greater Brunswick community, serving on the Extension Committee. This committee was created by a group of students hoping to add to the fund base of the Grant Committee while learning the skills of fund development. During her sophomore year, Shelby served as a member of the Grant Committee itself, learning more about grants, foundations and philanthropy while becoming familiar with local non-profit organizations.
Through her Common Good Grant work, Shelby was introduced to Sexual Assault Support Services of Mid Coast Maine, supporting a grant to implement their K-12 peer educator program. Since then Shelby has been actively involved herself as a peer educator with SASSM, for example, using puppet shows to teach safety and appropriate behaviors to children in kindergarten through fourth grades.
Having greatly enjoyed her experiences the previous two years, Shelby became one of two McKeen Fellows in charge of the Common Good Grant and Extensions Committees during her junior year, giving her the opportunity to share the knowledge she had gained about the greater Brunswick area with fellow committee members.
Now in her senior year, Shelby serves as the McKeen Fellow for the Seeking the Common Good Series. She assists with organizing the Seeking the Common Good series of public events that promotes learning and reflection about the meaning of the common good through the exploration of issues of broad public concern. She works with individual students and student groups in planning series events and helps identify ways for students to connect their interest in issues such as health care to opportunities for service and action locally and beyond. She also provides support for community-based courses and helps organize the end-of-semester symposium Celebrating Campus-Community Partnerships.
This spring Shelby received the Bowdoin Spirit of Service Award This award is presented annually to a Bowdoin senior and a community member who embrace a genuine commitment to improving the lives of others through service, their actions speaking strongly while they remain humbly quiet.
“I was in awe of the diversity of interests of students involved with the Common Good Grant Committee. As was most apparent on Decision Day - the day we decided which organizations would receive grant money. Keeping this diversy of interests in mind while I help organize the Seeking the Common Good Series was the most important factor in planning events that truly address the needs and interest of all members of the Bowdoin campus.”