The Service Learning Symposium
If you choose to do service learning as your final project you will design a website for a community non-profit organization. Below you will find a list of local agencies that need a website and a short description of their mission. The goals of this project are:
You may choose to work in teams of up to 4 people. You should expect to visit the community agency about twice during the course of the project. The agencies are all local so transport should not be a problem (we will talk about logistics later). At the end of the semester you will do a presentation of the agency and of the website that you created.
The first draft of the project is due on November 23rd.
There will be two workshops to help you with DreamWeaver and Photoshop:
During each session, Nancy Grant will teach you how to use DreamWeaver to create web pages, how to edit and optimize images with Photoshop, and how to upload finished files to the academic3 webserver. Here is a page that summarizes what you will learn: Web site construction
Attendance to at least one of these sessions is required. You will hopefully be able to attend both of them. Nancy will also offer help on Friday, 11/19, 3-5:00. This would be another chance (right before the project 1st draft is due on Nov 23rd) for you to work on your sites and know that someone is there to help you if you need it. November 19th is NOT the same as the workshops the previous week, it is just a work time with help as needed.
You need to have all of the content ready to plug into DreamWeaver when you get to the session.
Service learning at Bowdoin
AAUW is composed of three corporations:
The Bath-Brunswick branch, currently with 78 members, holds monthly meetings from September-May presenting a variety of programs for members and the community.
Programs for 2004-05: September 23 Julia-Spencer Fleming, award-winning author of mystery novels October 21 Ann Payson, Living in Afghanistan November 17 G. Calvin Mackenzie, Presidential Scholar December 10 Holiday Cocktail Party and Greens Event January 20 Wanda Webber Snyder, Born to Lead, Born to Rebel February 17 Seth Kroeck, Crystal Spring Farm, Community Supported Agriculture March 19 Spring Brunch, Speaker, Patricia Brown, former editor at Bon Appetit April 21 Salt Institute, student documentary May 21 Annual Breakfast Meeting
Besides monthly meetings and a variety of interest groups, members participate in two fundraisers each year to raise money for the AAUW Educational Foundation, the Legal Advocacy Fund and a local scholarship for a graduating high school senior.
The branch also has three ongoing community service projects developed and supported by AAUW volunteers:
The Harpswell Community Nursery School was founded in 2003 to serve the children of Harpswell and give them a challenging and dynamic introduction to formal education. We are a small school, just 10 students and two teachers, but we work hard to provide a stimulating and thoughtful program for a range of students, ages 3-5. Classes takes place in the Kellogg Congregational Church in the center of Harpswell on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 9-12.
Our curriculum is based on the understanding that children learn through interactions with their peers and adults, through independent play with materials, and through hands-on experiences prepared by adults.
The teaching staff strives for a balance between planned projects and the spontaneous exploration of topics or materials based on the children’s interests. Planned activities are designed to foster skills in all areas of development: social, emotional, fine motor, gross motor, language, and cognitive.
In 1992, the Tedford-Oasis Program, Inc., a non-profit community sponsored shelter for the homeless, began the Tedford Health Care for the Homeless Program at its shelter, then located on Pleasant Street, Brunswick. Two local physicians ran this program. As formerly homeless people began frequenting the clinic, space needs a year later prompted the Program to open a two-room health clinic in the Tedford-Oasis administrative office on Middle Street. Two non-professional volunteers and a nurse assisted four physicians who took turns at the clinic. By January of 1995 the small grant which supported this effort was running out, the space was too small for the ever-growing demand and the Tedford-Oasis Board found it difficult to manage the growing clinic. These facts and the accelerating number of uninsured fueled a drive to recreate the clinic in a location, which would allow it to serve a greater part of the community. In May 1995, a new Oasis Health Network corporation and Board of Directors was formed. The startup financing came from local contributions, mostly from individuals and churches.
The Board obtained donated space in a wing of Mid Coast Hospital which included free lab and xray services, emergency department coverage for times the clinic was closed and inpatient services as needed. The Oasis Health Clinic opened in November, 1995. The clinic is open one night per week, seeing patients on both an appointment and walk-in basis.
In 1997, the estimated eligible patient population was over 6000, mostly working adults or those temporarily unemployed and their families. Oasis has cared for over 3,000 individuals. While over 70% of those seen at the clinic come from Brunswick, Bath and Topsham, Oasis has seen patients from 36 area towns, from Damariscotta to Freeport, from Lisbon to Gardiner and from all the coastal towns in between.
As the volunteers, who now number over seventy, come directly to the Oasis from their work, four local restaurants alternate in donating a light supper for the volunteers.
Oasis has received four grants for special projects. In 1996, The Nine Wicket Foundation awarded the clinic $2,000 for computerization of patient data. In 1998, The Bingham Foundation gave Oasis $10,000 to conduct a Health Care Needs Assessment Study for the Bath-Brunswick Area. In 2000, Parkview Hospital granted Oasis $7000 to computerize the Oasis Pharmacy Assistance Program (OPAP) and open this program up to all area physicians. In 2002, the Bowdoin College Common Good Fund donated $2000 to cover medication costs for patients waiting to be covered under OPAP.
Located off Jordan Avenue, less than one mile from Brunswick, each of the 114 condominiums was designed with the elderly household in mind. Most units are on the ground floor with their own separate outside entrance.
The rental amount includes utilities and is calculated to be 30% of your monthly-adjusted income, when rental insurance is available. 102 out of the 114 units have rental assistance.
Eligibility: annual income limits: one person $33,500, two people $37,000.
The Stevens Home is a non-profit corporation licences by the State of Maine as a Residential Care Facility with a full-time administrator and trained staff to provide 24-hour supervision for residents.
The building was willed to the Brunswick community by Mr. and Mrs. Byron Stevens. The Stevens home opened in 1932 to provide comfortable living for elderly citizens. Many improvements have been made to the building throughout the years, yet it has retained its homelike atmosphere.