Campus News

Bowdoin Gears Up for Fourth Annual Common Good Day

Story posted September 17, 2002

More than 300 Bowdoin College students, employees, alumni and friends are gearing up for an afternoon of community service in the greater Brunswick and Portland areas, as the College observes its fourth annual Common Good Day Saturday, September 28.

Teams of Bowdoin volunteers will spend four hours working on over 30 separate projects for non-profit and municipal organizations. The projects include adding a new stack and relocating books at the Topsham Public Library; cemetery mapping for Brunswick Open Space and Recreation Task Force; preparing Fire Prevention Week educational materials for the Midcoast American Red Cross; and cleaning, painting, wallpapering, and yard work for such organizations as the Ronald McDonald House, Hospice Volunteers, the Tedford Shelter, and the YMCA.

"Common Good Day introduces students, faculty, staff, friends and alumni to a wide variety of service opportunities within the community that may not otherwise be familiar to them," says Eric Morin, a 2002 Bowdoin graduate who now works as Common Good Day coordinator and AmeriCorps*VISTA at the College's Community Service Resource Center. "By holding the event in the early fall, we hope to instill a commitment to participating in community service throughout the year with some of our many community partners."

Volunteerism occupies an important place in the lives of many Bowdoin students right alongside attending classes and participating in athletics and other extracurricular activities. Seventy percent of all students participate in community service at some point during their Bowdoin careers.

"By bringing Bowdoin students together with so many different local organizations, and by promoting volunteerism, we aim to enrich the students' education and their overall Bowdoin experience," said Morin.

Launched in 1999, Bowdoin College's Common Good Day takes its name from one of the College's guiding principles, as stated by Joseph McKeen, Bowdoin's first president, in his 1802 inaugural address: "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 e-mail Common Good Day Coordinator Eric Morin.

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