Student-Led Service Organizations

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The Bowdoin Volunteer Corps (BVC) is an umbrella organization for Bowdoin student-led community service programs.  The BVC is made up of thirty-four student-led organizations that address a wide range of community needs.  Each group works closely with local agencies, placing Bowdoin students in volunteer positions that meet those needs.
Contact the student leaders for more information about how to get involved!

Several academic departments also lead school-based programs for students. Information on these opportunities may be found at the bottom of this page.

Bowdoin Volunteer Corps Groups

Bear Buddies Bowdoin students are matched with with children with physical and mental disabilities and their siblings to engage them with fun, entertaining activities.  Meets weekly for games, snacks, swimming, and other activities.
Leaders: Miranda Dils '19Marina Stam '19, Ishani Agarwal '20, and Isabella Vakkur '20

Bears and Cubs Bowdoin students are matched with children waiting for a Big Brother or Big Sister. Meets every other Sunday in the gym for afternoon activities.
Leaders: Allison Carroll '18 and Stephen Griffin '18

Blogging Buddies Students work with local middle school students to develop art and writing skills through an interactive online blog.
Leader: Jasmine Long '19

Bowdoin Central Mentoring Members mentor students in grades K-5 at Bowdoin Central School.
Leaders: Sabina Hartnett '18 and Ardit Kukag '19

Bowdoin Hospice Collaborative Volunteers are trained and supervised by local agencies to serve in either hospice or respite care settings.
 Will Britton '18

Bowdoin Outdoor Volunteer Association (BOVA) Volunteers complete environmental stewardship projects in the Midcoast area.
Leaders: Hugh Cipparone '19 and Andrew Blunt '19

Bowdoin Public Health Club Students who have an interest in health careers get exposure to public health issues in the Greater Brunswick area.
Leaders: Jeremy Chimene-Weiss '18, and Meredith Stanhope '18.

Brunswick High School Mentoring Students work one-on-one as mentors to high school students.
Leader: Zachary Kaplan '21

BSWELL Volunteers work one-on-one as tutors and mentors with ESL students at Coffin Elementary School, Harriet Beecher Stowe School, and Brunswick Junior High School.
Leader: Sara Caplan '20

Ca$h Coalition Volunteers receive training in tax preparation and financial resources and provide assistance to low- and middle-income individuals during tax season.
Leader: Alexander Banbury '20

Creating Compassionate Leadership in Maine Boys (CCLIMB) Bowdoin men serve as mentors in Bath Middle School where they lead lessons and activities, organize field trips, and engage in one-on-one mentoring in order to foster male leadership, confidence, and community for young adolescent men.
Leaders: Jesse Chung '18, Simon Cann '19, Ben Ray '20, and Diego Grossman '20

Criminal Justice Reform Club Members provide educational support for prisoners through the U.S. Postal system, and host events and speakers to raise awareness about issues facing the criminal justice system.
Leaders: Victoria Lowrie '18, Heather Gans '19, and Monica Xing '19.

College Students for College Provides support to high school students navigating the process of postsecondary planning.
Leaders: Kristin Bishop '18 and Stephanie Intal '18.

Dance Marathon Fundraising event for Children's Miracle Network that consists of a multi-hour marathon of games, dancing, and more.
Leader: Audrey Aitelli '20

Falcon Friends Members mentor students in grades K-5 at Bowdoinham Community School.
Leaders: Lili Ramos '18 and Maggie Coster '19

Fostering Female Leadership in Youth (FFLY) Bowdoin women serve as mentors at Bath Middle School and Morse High School where they lead lessons and activities, organize field trips, and engage in one-on-one mentoring in order to foster female leadership, confidence, and community for young adolescent women. For more information about the high school group.
Leaders: Elle Lueders '18, Diana Furukawa '18, Kate Berkley '18, Sophie Sadovnikoff '19, Marina Henke '19, and Elise Morano '20

Food Forward Volunteers deliver unused food from the Dining Service to Mid Coast Hunger Prevention Program.
Leaders: Clare McInerey '18 and Dave Berlin '19

Girls Who Code Bowdoin women teach basic coding skills to girls at Brunswick High School to help close the gender gap in technology.
Leaders: Grace Mallett '18 and Bolor Jagdagdorj '19

Habitat for Humanity The Bowdoin College Chapter partners with Habitat 7 Rivers to sponsor "build days," organize fundraisers, and promote awareness of affordable housing opportunities in Brunswick and the surrounding areas.
Leaders: John Ahn '19 and Fanta Traore '20

Harpswell Community School Mentoring Members mentor students at Harpswell Community School through collaborative learning and recreational activity.
Leaders: Kinaya Hassane '18 and Nathan Blum '20

Let's Get Ready Volunteers help expand college access for motivated, low-income high school students by providing free SAT preparation and college admission counseling. Visit the Let's Get Ready website.
Leaders: Zach Duperry '18, Maya McCabe '18, and Anne Gregory '19

Maine College Circle Volunteers promote post high school aspirations in rural Maine communities.
Leaders: Julianna Kiley '20 and Anna Marten '20

MAHS Mentoring Students work one-on-one as mentors to Mt. Ararat High School students.
Leaders: Joyce Kim '18 and Bill Zhou '19.

Mid Coast Hunger Prevention Program Volunteers Students work in Brunswick's local food bank and soup kitchen (serving meals, assisting clients, sorting donations, etc), volunteering on either a regular or as-needed basis, in cooperation with MCHPP's volunteer base.
Leaders: Kathleen Johnson '19 and Zoe Aarons '19.

Portland Adult Education Volunteers assist with English literacy and job preparation programs for adults living in the Portland area. Visit the website for Portland Adult Education.
Leaders: Jessica Piper '19, Tranh Tran '19, and Olivia Muro '20.

Portland Housing Authority Tutoring Volunteers provide tutoring after school M-Th for low-income students in grades K-12 of mainly immigrant and refugee background. Volunteers commit to work once a week with students at one of Portland Housing Authority's study centers.
Leaders: Theodore Christian '19 and Nina Alvarado-Silverman '19

Red Cross Blood Drives Students organize, volunteer at the "canteen" and reception desk, and recruit donors for four campus-wide Red Cross blood drives per year.
Leaders: Sixtine Fleury '19 and Harrison Dunne-Polite '19.

Science Outreach Bowdoin volunteers promote STEM education for youth in schools and libraries.
Leader: Manlio Calentti '20

SmART Volunteers mentor students at West Bath School through the arts.
Leaders: Eve Allen '19, Molly Prouty '19, and Lauren Hickey '20

Sunnybrook Volunteers Volunteers spend time with the residents of the Sunnybrook Village retirement and assisted-living community.
Leader: Miranda Dils '19

Tedford Housing Volunteers Volunteers help with general shelter needs at both the adult and family shelter (e.g. minor maintenance work, serving dinners) and organize special events (such as birthday/holiday parties and soccer tournaments for children living in the family shelter).
Leader: Marina Bryant '18.

Think Wild Volunteers mentor students at Bath Middle School utilizing outdoor education to develop soft skills.
Leaders: Zach Hebert '18 and Anna Blaustein '19

Volunteer Lawyers Project Student volunteers work with the Volunteer Lawyers Project in Portland to provide legal options to low-income Maine residents, helping them to navigate the civil justice system.  Responsibilities include conducting client intakes over the phone and meeting with the VLP staff to assess callers' legal needs.  Visit the Volunteer Lawyers Project website.
Leaders: Nicole Anthony '19 and Abby Silsby '20

Student Leadership

Each group in the Bowdoin Volunteer Corps is initiated and led by students.  Generally, these leaders have previously been volunteers with the BVC group or community organization.  Advised by the McKeen Center for the Common Good, group leaders take part in a leadership retreat at the beginning of the year to explore ways to more effectively run volunteer programs, manage student volunteers, and meet community needs. The BVC McKeen Fellows and McKeen Center staff also meet with organization leaders throughout the year to provide support in their work. 

If you're interested in starting your own student-run service group or would like more information on the BVC, please contact the BVC McKeen Fellows Chrissy Rujiraorchai '17 and Meredith Sleeper '17.


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Department-Led Programs

Kamerling Science Service Club

Volunteers increase chemistry and science awareness and appreciation, providing demonstrations to local students of all ages.  For more information, contact Patrick Walsh '17 and Dennis Zambrano '17.

The Bowdoin Math Volunteers Program

The Bowdoin Math Volunteers program places volunteers at Harriet Beecher Stowe Elementary School to assist teachers in grades two through five during math lessons.  All students are invited to participate, and most volunteer once or twice a week for an hour each time.  Interested students should contact Prof. Jennifer Taback with questions.

Nihongo Oshietai (Japanese Team Teaching)

Bowdoin Japanese language students teach a weekly Japanese language after school program at Harriet Beecher Stowe Elementary School. A mix of experienced student teachers and new Japanese language students teach basic Japanese language using games, songs and other activities. Students meet weekly to discuss curriculum and prepare classroom materials. Contact Prof. Aridome if interested.