Joseph McKeen
Center for the Common Good

Student Affairs and Development Staff Take Time to Learn About the Community through Service

Story posted January 17, 2013

This week while students are on break from the College, staff had the opportunity to participate in a morning of service through the Community Action Days organized by the McKeen Center.  Meant to connect colleagues from different departments across campus by having them work together at local community organizations, this year’s event marked the 7th such day and included #? staff from Student and Academic Affairs and the offices of Annual Giving/Development?.  

After meeting for a light breakfast in Main Lounge of Moulton Union, groups departed for ten different service sites to learn about local organizations and the needs they meet in the community.

  • At ArtVan, in Bath, volunteers helped sort materials in preparation for after-school programming in neighborhoods where kids use art as a form of therapy while making friends;
  • At Freeport Community Services, which provides a range of services for low-income families, volunteers made batches of lasagna;
  • In Brunswick, volunteers organized toy and supply closets at Family Focus;
  • Volunteers cleaned animal cages and welcomed new arrivals into the dog shelter at the Coastal Humane Society;
  • At Tedford Housing volunteers cleaned and painted a living room and sorted food and toiletry donations;
  • Curtis Memorial Library volunteers shelving books and hanging new solid wood doors on several offices;
  • In Topsham volunteers at the Topsham Public Library worked to shelve and organize books and and Audio Visual section;
  • Sunnybrook
  • Volunteers braved deep snow to flag one of the main trails at The Riverview Foundation to allow for more formidable tree removal and trail maintenance later this month;
  • Volunteers traveled to Wolfe's Neck Farm in Freeport and built insulated window inserts for their administrative building.

Returning to campus for lunch, the group was invited to reflect on aspects of the morning that resonated with them and to consider ways in which they may further connect these to their personal and professional lives – much as students participating in one-time volunteer projects are encouraged to find longer-term placements that better familiarize them with important issues in the community.

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