Service News

The McKeen Center's Service Newsletter is regularly updated with information and updates regarding volunteer opportunities, events, educational and professional resources, and other opportunities to participate in community engagement and public service within the Bowdoin community, Greater Brunswick area, and beyond.

In order to keep yourself and your community safe when volunteering, please read and familiarize yourself with the McKeen Center's COVID-19 Volunteer Guidelines.


McKeen Center Drop-In Hours
Monday, October 25
3:30 - 4:30 PM
McKeen Center Common Room

There's a lot going on the McKeen Center right now! Do you want to learn more about the opportunities or need help with an application you're working on? We'll be hosting drop-in hours on Monday, October 25th from 3:30-4:30 in the McKeen Center Common Room where you can learn more about the BPS in Washington program (application here), Alternative Spring Break program (application here), Winter Break Community Engagement Fund (application here), the What Matters Community Crossover Series (application here) and more! We hope to see you there. 

Calling all Sophomores: Bowdoin Public Service (BPS) in Washington Applications Now Live!
Information Sessions October 14, 19, and 21
Application Deadline October 29

The interdisciplinary Bowdoin Public Service (BPS) in Washington program is designed to provide a small cohort of current sophomores with the opportunity to delve into topics around government and public policy work in Washington, D.C. We seek curious students who want to actively engage in learning about government function and policy implementation at the federal level. Students from all academic and life backgrounds are encouraged to apply. No coursework or prior policy experience is required. Applications are due by 10/29 at 12:00 PM. Apply here!

What Matters Community Crossover
Deadline EXTENDED - Apply by Monday, October 25

Are you worried about the growing divides over politics, religion, race, gender, and more? Do you want the tools and opportunity to better understand others and communicate across our differences while exploring local communities in Maine? The What Matters Community Crossover is a McKeen Center program, in partnership with Make Shift Coffee House, designed for Bowdoin students to learn the key skills of civic discourse and practice these skills through facilitated conversations on campus and in Richmond, Maine. More information is available on our What Matters FAQ page. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis and our final deadline to apply is Monday, Oct. 25th at 11:59p. Contact Tom Ancona for more information or apply today!

Winter Break Community Engagement Fund
Application Due Friday, November 5

The Winter Break Community Engagement Fund provides $750 to support students in committing to reciprocally impactful community engagement during the 2022 winter break. Participants will commit to providing 50 hours of volunteer service to a nonprofit or municipal organization and will receive training, support in identifying a host site, and a financial award from the McKeen Center. Volunteer work can be remote or in-person. If you weren't able to make the mandatory information session, email Sam Cogswell for a copy of the recording before applying. Apply for the WBCEF here.

Alternative Spring Breaks
Participant Applications Due Wednesday, November 10

ASB participants spend the first week of spring break working to understand and alleviate a pressing social issue. Need-based grants cover up to 80% of trip costs. This year's trips will travel to Nogales, AZ (immigration); Immokalee, FL (migrant labor rights); Brunswick, ME (digital equity); Asheville, NC (Appalachain queer communities); New York, NY (environmental racism); Philadelphia, PA (arts activism); and Mayagüez, Puerto Rico (women's health & rights + sustainability). Learn more or contact Sarah Seames. Learn more or contact Sarah Seames.

Vote! - Early Voting in Maine / Deadlines Everywhere Else
Local voting Monday-Friday through Thursday 10/28
Town Clerk’s Office in Town Hall (next to Hannaford, see map and hours)

Voting in Brunswick? Early voting is available NOW (Learn about statewide ballot questions and local races). Voting elsewhere? See what’s on the ballot anywhere. Need to request your ballot?  It’s quick to do here, but don’t delay - deadlines are upon us.  Send us your voting selfie to get your I VOTED sticker.  Learn more at Bowdoin Votes website or email us.

Common Good Project Teams
Short Service Projects Scheduled Around You

Bowdoin’s day of service, Common Good Day, has evolved into the phenomenal, flexible Common Good Project Teams. CGPT is a great way to support efforts to build healthy communities, and wear matching tshirts!  We need YOU to grab a group of buddies (labmates? Teammates? Roommates?) and tackle one of our dozens of local one-time service projects. Learn more and sign up as a project team, then we’ll match you to a particular project that fits your schedule and interests.

Apply for the Ladd Fund for Community-Engaged Learning

The Richard ’62 and Sabra Ladd Fund for Community-Engaged Learning established by Dick Ladd ’62 and Sabra Ladd, supports engaged scholarship mini-grants for students who will partner with community or government-related organizations. The mini-grants will be administered by the McKeen Center for the Common Good. Students can apply for up to $500 in funding through the Ladd Fund. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis throughout the academic year. Learn more and apply here.



Tutoring Youth in Portland
Portland Community Squash, 66 Noyes St., Portland
Monday through Thursday Afternoons, Flexible Schedule

Provide mentoring and tutoring support to middle and high schoolers in Portland Community Squash’s after-school program! PCS is seeking students to help provide homework support on Mondays and Wednesdays from 4:15 – 5:15, and on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5:30 – 6:30 PM. Contact Halina Bennet for more information. The McKeen Center can assist with transportation.

Support New Mainers with Capital Area New Mainers Project
Flexible and Varied Opportunities

The Capital Area New Mainers Project is a cross-cultural organization that welcomes immigrants and works to build a thriving, integrated community in central Maine. CANMP is seeking volunteers to serve on Family Mentor Teams, which are groups of 3-4 American families that support one particular new family by providing logistical, educational, and social support (i.e. providing transportation, helping connect kids with extracurriculars, etc.) The time commitment is flexible. Additionally, good furniture can be donated to If you have good furniture to donate, the place to go is Fresh Starts; clothes in good condition can be donated to Bridging the Gap.

Contact Tracing for Brunswick Schools
Flexible Volunteer Position on an As-Needed Basis
Various Locations in Brunswick, Bath, and Topsham

Support the greater Brunswick community by working with Mid Coast Health to support COVID-19 contact tracing through local schools. The nature of this work will ebb and flow based on cases, so it won’t be a consistent or large time commitment. Volunteers will be utilized on an as-needed basis with flexible hours Monday through Friday during school hours; duties include data entry, phone calls, and communications with families and staff. Ability to communicate in an empathetic and professional manner and handle confidential information is necessary. Volunteers will undergo a required in-person training session, and may receive a stipend for their work. Contact Jessie Chalmers for more information or to volunteer.

Intercultural Community Center's Power School 
Flexible schedule, Monday - Thursday afternoons

The Intercultural Community Center's Power School is an afterschool program in Westbrook, focused on providing ELA and STEM support to low-performing students ranging from 3rd to 8th grade. They are looking for energetic volunteers who can provide one-on-one homework help in a range of subjects. As many of the ICC's students have recently immigrated to the United States, experience working with English Language Learners is highly valued. The program runs Monday through Thursday: 2-5pm M,T,Th, and 1-3pm on Wednesdays. Volunteers do not need to be present every day - any and all time you're able to offer is appreciated. Contact Hanna Baldecchi `18 for more information!

Brunswick Area Teen Center Seeking Volunteers
35 Union Street, Brunswick
Flexible schedule, Monday - Thursday afternoons

The Brunswick Area Teen Center is looking for afternoon volunteers between the hours of 2:15-5:30 p.m. The BATC is an after-school program open Monday through Thursdays for students in grades 6-12 providing meals, snacks, video gaming, pool table, computers, art, outside basketball, etc., and is located in the People Plus building at 35 Union Street downtown Brunswick around the corner from the Library and Post Office. If interested, please contact Jordan Cardone, Program Coordinator at


Bath Area Food Bank – Hiring Assistant Director
Apply Now

Bath Area Food Bank is seeking to fill a paid, part-time Assistant Director position that would require two days of in-person work at 807 Middle Street each week. The position, which pays $14/hour, will provide hands on experience and education on issues surrounding food insecurity and homelessness. Email Taylor Lawritson with a resume by October 22nd, or reach out to Taylor with any questions about the position.  

Maine Hunger Dialogue
Friday, October 22
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM

UMaine Extension, in collaboration with the Maine Campus Compact, has offered the Maine Hunger Dialogue (MHD) annually since 2014. This year they will join with the University of Maine at Farmington who will host the 2021 Maine Hunger Dialogue on Friday, October 22, from 10:00 am – 3:00 pm, 2021. Students and staff are welcome to join us in person or remotely via Zoom. Together participants will focus on Maine College student food insecurity, and throughlearning, networking and aMini-Grant program, support student led programs and projects to fight food insecurity back on their campuses or in their communities. Register online!

Maine Youth Leadership Confernce Volunteers
Apply by Friday, October 22
Event on November 4-5
Virtual or UMaine Orono

The Maine Youth Action Network (MYAN) is seeking volunteers for the upcoming annual leadership conference! Each year, approximately 300+ youth leaders from across Maine gather to build relationships, discuss the issues they are facing, educate themselves about social justice, public health, and equity--all while having fun! To increase accessibility, the conference will be a hybrid event with opportunities to connect online and in-person at the University of Maine Orono campus. Volunteer needs include tech support of virtual spaces and/or workshops/speakers, or in person registration or activities/games support. Learn more and apply here!

Jax Healthcare Forum – The Post-COVID World
October 27-28
Hybrid Virtual Format

Join The Jackson Laboratory for a discussion about the post-COVID world during the annual JAX Healthcare Forum on October 27 and 28. Register for this virtual event to hear from experts—in healthcare, science, regulation, economics, entrepreneurship and business—on how to prepare for the next pandemic. With a panel of expert presenters, participants will address critical questions facing the nation, such as: What has COVID changed? How can we optimize these changes for the future good? How can we prepare for the next pandemic?

FAO Schwarz Fellowship Info Session
November 9, 2021
2:00 PM

The FAO Schwarz Fellowship is a unique two-year opportunity designed to empower the next generation of social impact leaders. The Fellowship includes: paid positions at leading nonprofit hosts in New York, Boston and Philadelphia; direct service work combined with strategic projects to deepen the Fellow's knowledge of social challenges; professional development opportunities such as retreats, mentoring, and cohort experiences. Applications for the 2022-2024 cycle are due February 10, 2022. Click here to learn more and sign-up for the info session.

Sacred Ground – Conversations About Race
Ongoing as of November 1; Flexible Schedule

"Sacred Ground - Conversations About Race” is a program that uses discussion groups led by trained facilitators in order to make race conversations safer and more impactful. Groups meet roughly every three weeks for 90 minutes to discuss films exploring the history and impact of race and racism in American society. We are seeking participants who wish to engage in meaningful discourse with people of a variety of ages and backgrounds, as well as people who would like to become facilitators (facilitators must have some background in racial justice concepts, but facilitator training will be provided at no cost). Visit this web page to learn more or register as a participant; if you have questions or are interested in becoming a facilitator, contact the Sacred Ground Program Coordinator.

Global Health Idea Lab Virtual Summit
November 5

The Global Health Idea Lab Virtual Summit is a brand new virtual event designed to dive deep into bold ideas, transformative innovation, and responsible global engagement. We bring together those who are creative, curious, talented, and passionate. We are innovators, thinkers, collaborators, and doers. We think differently, we have deep conversations, and we are collectively transforming organizations and inspiring communities. Join live virtual sessions with thought leaders and stakeholders in the fields of global health, development, and social entrepreneurship. Register today!

LeadNext: Ambassadors for a Global Future
Applications Due November 15

LeadNext: Ambassadors for a Global Future is an new program through The Asia Foundation which aims to build a dynamic network of twenty future leaders aged 18-25 from the United States and across Asia who demonstrate a commitment to creative approaches to addressing pressing issues in their communities. The inaugural LeadNext program begins in January 2022. The LeadNext program will promote dialogue and camaraderie and deepen trust and cooperation among the next generation of global leaders who can draw upon their shared personal and professional experiences to effect positive change. The program will provide fellows with an opportunity to strengthen their leadership skills and gain in-depth knowledge of critical challenges facing Asia and the globe through leadership training modules and workshops, virtual expert-led masterclasses, and a week-long in-person Global Leaders Summit in the San Francisco Bay Area in August 2022. Learn more and apply here.

Email Avery Friend to set up individual or group meetings with any of the McKeen Center staff to learn more about ongoing events and programs, seek resources, discuss ideas, and have questions answered. Please also email Avery with any items that you would like to see included in Service News.