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!
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 Kasey Suitor '12 and Ted Clark '13
Students will collaborate to make public art as a means of raising awareness of social and political issues, sparking discussion, and helping to empower the Bowdoin community to make change in the world. For more information, contact Haley Gewandter '14.
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 Christopher Kan '13 and Amy Sham '13.
Provides support to high school students navigating the process of postsecondary planning. For more information, contact Caroline Blake '14.
Promotes cancer awareness and advocacy on campus and raises funds for the American Cancer Society through the Making Strides walk and the Relay for Life. For more information, contact Laurel Varnell '14 and Matt Mathias '14.
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, Alexandra "Sasha" Davis '13, Zoe Eiber '13, and Michelle Wiener '14.
A campus extension of the local chapter of Habitat for Humanity, this group organizes campus-wide poverty awareness events, fundraisers, and "build" days. For more information, contact Jane Carpenter '13 and Chelsea Bruno '14.
Volunteers increase chemistry and science awareness and appreciation, providing demonstrations to local students of all ages. For more information, contact Salem Harry '14.
Volunteers help expand college access for motivated, low-income high school students by providing free SAT pregaration and college admission counseling. For more information, contact Emily Quirk '14 or visit the Let's Get Ready website.
Volunteers teach Mount Ararat Middle School students safe and effective bicycling techniques and promote bicycling for fun and good health by joining weekly bike rides with the students. For more information, contact Adrienne Hanson '14.
Volunteers assist with English literacy and job preparation programs for adults living in the Portland Metropolitan area. For more information, contact Robbie Harrison '14, Lucy Walker '14, and Rachel Sege '14 or visit the website for Portland Adult Education.
Volunteers provide tutoring after school M-Th for mainly immigrant and refugee children in grades 7-12 at the Portland Housing Authority education center. For more information, contact Erin St. Peter '13 and James Henry '13.
For students with an interest in health careers - provides exposure to public health issues in the Greater Brunswick area. For more information, contact Tracie Goldsmith '14, Marcus Karin '14, Priscila Laforet '14.
Volunteers spend time with the residents of the Sunnybrook Village retirement and assisted-living community. For more information, contact Caroline Bartlett '14, Zoe Karp '14, Kristen Stogsdill '13 or Eliza Warren-Shriner '13.
Volunteers organize special events (such as birthday parties for children living in the family shelter) and help with general volunteer needs at Tedford Housing. For more information, contact Gillian Hannon '13 and Caroline Moore '14.
Members work with Pine Tree Legal Aid to provide legal options to callers below the poverty line. For more information, contact Amar Patel '13 and Melody Hahm '13 or visit the Volunteer Lawyers Project website.
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 for Community Engagement Alexandra "Sasha" Davis 13, email@example.com or Jordan Francke '13, firstname.lastname@example.org.