Posted September 17, 2012
Amy Sham (Mathmatics/Computer Science) has an unconventional history with community service at Bowdoin. She dabbled in a few service events, such as Common Good Day and Aspirations in Maine Day, during her freshman and sophomore years, but she did not feel a true sense of involvement until her junior year, when she discovered CA$H Coalition, Bowdoin's chapter of the Midcoast CA$H Coalition of CA$H Maine. Helping low-income taxpayers in Brunswick and Topsham prepare their tax returns left her with a new understanding of how Bowdoin students can use their skills to tangibly –– in the form of a tax refund –– give back to community members.
Amy's involvement as a volunteer tax preparer for CA$H Coalition led her to obtain an internship with Outright, an accounting software tech start-up, last summer. She realized that she cares deeply about personal finance and helping consumers manage their money. Amy is considering a career in that sector of the tech industry. In the meantime, for her senior year, she is excited to grow CA$H Coalition’s cohort of Bowdoin Volunteer Corp members to help return more money to the local community.
“For me, to "serve the common good" is to use our skills to empower the members of our communities. If we can give someone hope and confidence, then maybe they will pass it on.”