Campus News

Common Good Day September 22

Story posted September 17, 2001

More than 300 Bowdoin College students, employees and alumni are expected to spend the afternoon of Saturday, September 22, doing community service projects in the greater Brunswick and Portland areas for the College's third annual Common Good Day.

Volunteers will be divided into teams that spend four hours working on 42 separate projects for non-profit and municipal organizations. The jobs are as varied as cooking a meal at the Ronald McDonald House, visiting the elderly in Thornton Hall, landscaping on the Brunswick Mall, yard work for senior citizens through the 55 Plus Center, taking kids through the Tedford Shelter to the Bowdoin football game, and running a "Choosing a College" workshop through the Tutoring Center at the Portland Housing Authority.

Volunteers will register from noon to 1 p.m., when they may also pick up a box lunch. Teams will then complete their assigned project work through 5 p.m.

Common Good Day fosters collaboration among members of the Bowdoin community, its neighbors, and social service agencies. It was begun in 1999 to further the College's founding mission. Joseph McKeen, Bowdoin's first president, stated in his 1802 inaugural speech to eight students of the first entering class: "It ought always 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."

For more information, call:
Lydia Bell (Coordinator of Student Community Service Programs): (207) 721-5641
Carol Blake (Common Good Day Assistant): (207) 721-5642

Or e-mail: cgday@bowdoin.edu

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