Advancing the Common Good
through Community Service at Bowdoin College

Bruce Baird '08

Bruce Baird '08

Bruce Baird '08

Major: History
Minor: Government & Legal Studies
Hometown: Boylston, MA

Service Activities

  • Common Good Grant Committee 2004-2005, Co-Leader 2005-2006
  • Common Good Day 2004, 2005, 2006
  • Portland Housing Authority Tutoring 2004-2005, Co-Leader Spring 2007-Present
  • Community Immersion Pre-Orientation Trip Leader Spring 2007
  • Community Service Council 2007
  • Tedford Shelter volunteer 2005-2007

How did you first get involved in service at Bowdoin?

The first service activity that I took part in was Common Good Day my freshmen year. Along with other students living in Coleman Hall and upperclassmen from Macmillan House, we helped the Brunswick Public Works Department mulch around the Brunswick Town Mall. Although it absolutely poured that whole morning, it was a great experience and definitely an event from freshmen year that I will always remember. After having such a great time at Common Good Day, I got involved with the Common Good Grant Committee later that same fall.

What have you gained from your service experience and working in the community?

My service experiences at Bowdoin have allowed me to really feel like an active member of the greater Brunswick community. It is nice to now read the local newspaper and recognize some of the places and events that are mentioned. My service experiences have also given me the confidence to go out on my own and find Middle School coaching opportunities in the area.

What does it mean to serve the common good?

I think that to serve the common good means to always try your hardest to lend a hand in any occasion that benefits the community and to encourage others to do so as well.

Story posted on December 12, 2007

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