Student-Led Service Organizations

The Bowdoin Volunteer Corps (BVC) is an umbrella organization for Bowdoin student-led community service programs.


The BVC is made up of thirty-four student-led organizations that address a wide range of community needs. Each group works closely with local agencies, placing Bowdoin students in volunteer positions that meet those needs. Contact the student leaders for more information about how to get involved!



Student Leadership

Each group in the Bowdoin Volunteer Corps is initiated and led by students.  Generally, these leaders have previously been volunteers with the BVC group or community organization.  Advised by the McKeen Center for the Common Good, group leaders take part in a leadership retreat at the beginning of the year to explore ways to more effectively run volunteer programs, manage student volunteers, and meet community needs. The BVC McKeen Fellows and McKeen Center staff also meet with organization leaders throughout the year to provide support in their work. 

If you're interested in starting your own student-run service group or would like more information on the BVC, please contact the BVC McKeen Fellows Sara Caplan '20 and Anna Martens '20.

Department-Led Programs

Several academic departments also lead school-based programs for students.