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Service Projects Needed for Common Good Day

Story posted August 25, 2000

The College’s second annual Common Good Day will put volunteers to work on projects ranging from painting, to building to landscaping, to visiting the sick and elderly. About 350 volunteers are expected and more projects are still needed to put them to work.

Any nonprofit, school or municipality is invited to propose a project, the only requirement is that it can be performed on the afternoon of September 16 and that tools and supplies are provided. The deadline for registering a project site is Sept. 1.

To register a site or inquire about Common Good Day, call Courtney Mongell at 721-5644 or e-mail her at cmongell@bowdoin.edu. Work on the projects will be done from 1 to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 16. In case of heavy rain, only the indoor projects will be completed.

Common Good Day is intended to create and nurture ties between the College and the surrounding community. The College hopes that it will foster a sense of service among the members of the Bowdoin community, prepare students for a lifetime of service to the Bowdoin ideal of serving the Common Good and encourage students to step beyond the campus and become a part of the local community. Bowdoin’s first president Joseph McKeen first called for those at Bowdoin to work of the benefit of society in a speech in 1802. He told Bowdoin’s first entering class, "It ought to be remembered that literary institutions are founded and endowed for the Common Good, and not for the private advantage of those who resort to them for education."

This idea has guided the College ever since. Common Good Day has already spawned a list of ongoing volunteer projects. Bowdoin has also become the host of a Vista volunteer, who will continue throughout the year to create and manage volunteer programs at Bowdoin.

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