Joseph McKeen
Center for the Common Good

Colin Swords
Class of 2015

Posted October 17, 2013

Colin Swords (Mathematics/Economics), a junior from Scarborough, ME, first got involved with the McKeen Center through the Common Good Grant Committee. He served on both the grant and development subcommittees over the past two years and has enjoyed learning about local nonprofits and the fundraising process through this experience.

As a sophomore, Colin spent a week in Philadelphia as a participant on one of Bowdoin's Alternative Spring Break programs. The theme of the week of service was Hunger and Homelessness.  He and his group worked in soup kitchens, homeless shelters, and clothing closets throughout the week. Colin continued learning about poverty and food scarcity this August, when he led a group of first years on an Orientation trip in the Mid Coast Maine area.

A highlight of Colin's Bowdoin experience was this past summer, when he received a Community Matters in Maine Fellowship, which enabled him to work at a local nonprofit. He spent his internship at Brunswick Housing Authority, an organization which provides affordable housing to low income individuals and families. He primarily worked with the Director of Finance and Housing Development to improve BHA's financial reporting system and to create a map (using ArcGIS software) that shows the locations of all Section 8 rental units in the Greater Brunswick Area.

In addition to his community involvement, Colin works as a social media intern for Bowdoin's Interactive Media Group. Upon graduation, he hopes to pursue a job in statistics or finance.

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“Service work at Bowdoin has encouraged me to consider my academic work in the greater context of the local community.”