Joseph McKeen
Center for the Common Good

Christopher Kan
Class of 2013

Posted November 08, 2012

Christopher Kan '13 (Biology and Anthropology) began engagement in earnest during freshmen year working with Ca$h Coalition to prepare taxes while offering comprehensive financial counseling to local families. The experience has enriched his life while providing an enduring connection to the local community. A testament to this connection is the fact that clients have requested Chris again to prepare their returns. He is proud that many report that the community resources they were connected to as well as the financial advice they received, have allowed them to improve their economic circumstances. Clients have credited the program with helping them purchase a new home or freeing themselves from credit card debt. The ability to make long term impacts in the quality of life of clients has deeply humbled him.

Chris has furthered his engagement with Ca$h Coalition as response to the overwhelming positive effect it has had on him. As one of the leaders of the student-led branch of the Ca$h Coalition he now recruits and connects other students to Cash Coalition so they can empower themselves and the community at large.  If you are interested in joining the Ca$h Coalition team, contact Chris at ckan@bowdoin.edu.

Chris intends to pursue a career in academia that targets research to communities in need such as the fishing villages of Maine.

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