Joseph McKeen
Center for the Common Good

A Day of Caring

Story posted November 19, 2012
By: Mariya Ilyas '13

Instead of sleeping in after a long week, seven Bowdoin students woke up early one Saturday morning to lend a helping hand at the Mid Coast Hunger Prevention Program (MCHPP) as part of the Day of Caring.

The Day of Caring, held on Saturday, October 27, was organized by the United Way of Mid Coast Maine, a nonprofit which aims to "improve lives by mobilizing the caring power of communities," according to their website. The Day of Caring was organized as an opportunity for businesses, individuals and community groups to lend a hand at local nonprofits.

"I feel that it's another great way for me to learn about and get involved with the Brunswick community in an extremely positive way," said First Year Sabine Berzins.

Bowdoin students completed a variety of tasks at MCHPP, both indoors and outdoors. They scrubbed off grease from stoves, cleaned out shelves and reorganized them, cleaned out the refrigerator and disposed of expired items, and winterized the outdoors by weeding and raking.

"I had a great experience," said Katarina Holmgren '13. "The other volunteers with MHPP and United Way were all kind and helpful. I also met a fun group of Bowdoin students."

"For me service is a life long passion," said Jeff Cuartas '14. "After being the recipient of many wonderful organizations and seeing the power of service to strengthen communities I am a strong supporter of going out into the world and making a difference in whatever way you can."

Other Bowdoin participants included Phui Yi Kong‎ '14, Carl Boisrond‎ '16, Jepte Vergara Benitez '16‎, and Mariya Ilyas '13. Volunteers representing Downeast Energy, L.L. Bean Manufacturing, Brunswick Knights of Columbus, and Big Brothers Big Sister of Bath and Brunswick were also active on the Day of Caring at sites including Bath and Brunswick's Family Focus Early Learning Centers, MCHPP, and Greater Bath Elder Outreach Network.

To learn more about the McKeen Center's weekly Service News email, contact Caitlin Callahan.

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"I saw an announcement in the McKeen Center's Service News newsletter and noticed the Day of Caring as a good opportunity to get involved."
— Jeff Cuartas '14