Annual Service Events

Common Good Day


Instituted to exemplify former President McKeen's vision for a college that served the common good, Common Good Day has become a yearly tradition at Bowdoin College, fostering collaboration among members of the Bowdoin community, nonprofit agencies, and municipal organizations in the greater Brunswick area. Created in 1999, each year over 500 students, faculty, staff, Bowdoin friends, and alumni volunteer for projects such as gardening, trail maintenance, visiting local retirement homes, painting, yard work, and spending time with kids from the community. Watch for campus mailings and e-mail messages on how you can get involved.

For more information contact Andrew Lardie.

Sponsor a Family

Sponsor a Family is organized annually by the Salvation Army and is available to any low-income family in need of assistance in purchasing gifts for their children and providing a holiday dinner. The Salvation Army looks to members of the community to sponsor a family and make their holiday season a bit brighter. On average, Bowdoin College adopts 30 or more families, which range in size from 2-9 members. Athletic teams, college houses, academic departments, and college offices are all encouraged to participate in the program. The Salvation Army is a Christian organization, but they welcome all low-income families seeking holiday assistance to join the program, regardless of religion.

For more information contact Shawn Gerwig.

Relay for Life

Organized by Bowdoin's student-run organization, Colleges Against Cancer, this event raises money for the American Cancer Society and honors those who have battled with cancer.  Annually more than 400 students participate and raise more than $55,000.Relay 07

Activities include:

  • laser tag
  • jousting
  • a hypnotist
  • campus group performances
  • a poker tournament
  • a ping-pong tournament
  • a pie-eating contest
  • great prizes for all contests
  • lots of free pizza
  • a sundae bar
  • coffee to keep you up all night
  • our newest addition: Polar Bear Idol!

For more information, contact Andrew Lardie.

Eco-Service Day


Eco-Service Day kicks off the college's annual Earth Week. Organized by Sustainable Bowdoin, Eco-Service Day provides a wide variety of outdoor service options each spring for students ready to get outdoors. Projects include gardening, trail building and maintenance, beach clean-up, and environmental education.

For more information contact Keisha Payson.