Student-Led Service Organizations
The Bowdoin Volunteer Corps (BVC) is an umbrella organization for Bowdoin student-led community service programs. The BVC is made up of twenty-eight 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!
Bowdoin Volunteer Corps Groups
A program that matches Bowdoin students with children with physical and mental disabilities and their siblings to engage them with fun, entertaining activites. Meets weekly for games, snacks, swimming, and other activities. For more information, contact Ellery Maya-Altshuler ’15, David Silverman '15, Hailey Wahl '16 (spring).
Bears and Cubs
Matches Bowdoin students with children waiting for a Big Brother or Big Sister. Meets every other Sunday in the gym for afternoon activities. For more information, contact Rachel Henderson ’15 and Josh Benton '15.
Works with local middle school students to develop art and writing skills through an interactive online blog. For more information, contact Holly Rudel '17, Heidy Morales '17, Elizabeth Snowdon '17.
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. For more information, contact Stephanie Lane '15, Abaigail Mahoney '16 (fall), Kendra Novak '16 (spring).
Bowdoin Artist Activists
Students will collaborate on public art to raise awareness and spark discussion of socio-political issues, supporting the Bowdoin communtity to make change in the world. For more information, contact Mariah Reading '16.
Bowdoin Central Mentoring
Members mentor students in grades K-5 at Bowdoin Central School. For more information, contact Clare McLaughlin '15 and Kendra Novak '16 (spring).
Brunswick High School Mentoring
Students work one-on-one as mentors to high school students. For more information, contact Jesse Ortiz '16 (Fall), John Branch '16 (Spring), and Teresa Liu '15.
Volunteers receive training in tax preparation and financial resources and provide assistance to low- and middle-income individuals during tax season. For more information, contact Marco Zhaodong Li '16.
Coastal Humane Society
Students volunteer with the Coastal Humane Society in Brunswick. For more information, contact Mariana Guzman Marquez '16 and Madeline Davis '16.
Members provide educational support for prisoners through the U.S. Postal system. For more information, contact Kiran Pande '15, Emily Hochman '15, Elizabeth Brown '15.
College Students for College
Provides support to high school students navigating the process of postsecondary planning. For more information, contact Lucy Knowlton '16.
Colleges Against Cancer
Promotes cancer awareness and advocacy on campus and raises funds for the American Cancer Society through the Relay for Life. For more information, contact Ursula Munger '15.
Members mentor students in grades K-5 at Bowdoinham Community School. For more information, contact Michelle Johnson '15 and DJ Flynn '15.
FFLY (Fostering Female Leadership in Youth)
Bowdoin women serve as mentors at Bath Middle School where they lead lessons and activities, organize field trips, and engage in one-on-one mentoring in order to folster female leadership, confidence, and community for young adolescent women. For more information contact, Middle School: Adrienne Hanson '14 and Oriana Farnham '15, High School: Mariely Garcia '17, Monique Kelmenson '15, Lucy Knowlton '16 (fall), Lela Garner '16 (spring).
Volunteers deliver unused food from the Dining Service to Mid Coast Hunger Prevention Program. For more information, contact Katherine Bryan '17 and Quincy Leach '17.