Joseph McKeen
Center for the Common Good

Aileen Tschiderer
Class of 2012

Posted August 29, 2011

For Aileen, one of the most exciting aspects about coming to college was the host of opportunities that were available at Bowdoin, both academic and extracurricular. One of the best illustrations of this was the volunteer fair. While there were lots of options and many choices to be made Food Forward stuck out because food everywhere, and especially at Bowdoin where our dining halls are one of our claims to fame, is "central not only to our daily survival but also to our culture". She liked how Food Forward addressed both a basic health need and a social need.

Over the past three years Aileen has volunteered with the Brunswick-Topsham Land Trust and Alternatives for Community and Environment and has taken several Community-based Courses. While abroad last year in Buenos Aires, Argentina, she tutored a teenage girl through the Barrio Once program and participated in an urban organic garden program for individuals with social and/or behavioral disorders. Last spring Aileen traveled to Beards Fork, WV with the Alternative Spring Break trip “Adventures in Appalachia and worked with the Southern Appalachian Labor School to build and plant community gardens.

This summer Aileen has taken on the task of Common Good Day coordinator.  Common Good Day will be held on September 17 - just 20 days away!

“Serving the common good is working with the interests of the neighborhood/town/city community at heart so that the people that you care about, that your friends care about, that your neighbors care about can enjoy the best quality of life possible.”

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“One of the most valuable things that I have gained from my service experience is the impression that ultimately it is individuals who are responsible for affecting change in their communities.”