Joseph McKeen
Center for the Common Good

Micah Ludwig
Class of 2013

Posted October 22, 2012

Micah Ludwig (Biochemistry) first became involved with service at Bowdoin during his sophomore year through his participation in an Alternative Spring Break trip to Camden, NJ to work with Urban Promise an organization that combats poverty and violence through education. This was a great introduction to the McKeen Center and its wide variety of programming.

As a junior Micah signed on as the Transportation Coordinator for Common Good Day; joined the Common Good Grant committee and again participated in an ASB trip - this time to Beards Fork, West Virginia to work with the Southern Appalacian Labor School on home renovations to support sustainable, affordable housing.

Last summer with the help of a Global Citizens Grant he traveled to Cameroon to work with Social Development International. SDI Cameroon seeks to help vulnerable groups of people including teenage mothers, orphans, and the elderly. Micah served as a community health volunteer with SDI and was able to work in a health clinic, give health presentations, and also prepare health education materials.

Now as a senior Micah is one of two McKeen Fellows leading the Common Good Grant program.  He is also a Spiritual Care Volunteer at Midcoast Hospital.

"The most important lesson I've learned is that true compassion requires action. On both of the ASB trips I was uncomfortable leaving the places we were serving because I felt I hadn't done enough. I had only been there for a week, and then the next week I would be back in this place of privilege. We can't let service be solely a "feel good" experience - we must allow our experiences to shape us."

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“I would describe myself as a person of strong faith.  I seek to make my faith genuine in the way I interact with people.  I believe that I have been blessed with certain talents, skills, and opportunities that are meant to be used to serve others.”