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.


Common Good Grant Application Deadline Approaching!
Apply Here by September 18th, 2022 at 11:59 PM 

Join Common Good Grant (CGG) for the 2022-23 academic year! Through CGG, Bowdoin students learn about nonprofits, foundations, and philanthropy in Midcoast Maine through weekly meetings and get the opportunity to fundraise and distribute grant funding to local nonprofits! CGG meets weekly on Wednesday nights from 7:30-9:00p EST. Any student can apply – no prior experience with non-profits or the McKeen Center is necessary! We want students who are committed to learning about and supporting the local non-profit ecosystem. This is also a great program to build professional skills around communications, fundraising, grant writing, and grant evaluation. The CGG Application is due by 11:59pm on Sunday, September 18th. Questions? Contact Tom Ancona in the McKeen Center or CGG student leaders Kavi Sarna ( and Sophia Li (

Bowdoin Votes Volunteer Training Session
Monday, September 19, 4:30 - 5:45 PM
Banister 106 (in the Chapel)

Bowdoin Votes is the McKeen Center’s nonpartisan program that helps students decide where to vote, get registered, request a ballot, and turn out on election day. Maybe you have seen our table at recent campus fairs? We are growing our team for 2022, updating our Bowdoin Votes website, and we hope you will join us. If you want to volunteer at events to encourage active citizenship at Bowdoin, please come to this training session! Contact Wendy Van Damme ( for more information.

Social Justice Leadership Institute - Sign Up Today!
8 Monday Evening Workshops, Starting Monday, September 19

 The Social Justice Leadership Institute takes a broad approach to provide an understanding of social justice issues including racism, religious pluralism, ableism, gender and sexuality, feminism, socioeconomic class, citizenship, and intersectionality. Upon completion, our hope is that you will be equipped to be agents of change on our campus and beyond, and have the knowledge and skills necessary to address social justice issues in your own communities, clubs, teams, dorms, and life after Bowdoin. To complete the whole program, you must participate in:

  • 8 Monday evening interactive workshops
  • Attend 2 educational programs sponsored by one of the College Street Centers
  • Complete a brief final reflection activity. 

This semester, meetings will take place on Mondays, from 7-9pm, starting September 19. Participants must commit to attending all 8 sessions. Sign up now via Campus Groups!

Sign Up for Multilingual Mainers: Fall Semester!

Multilingual Mainers promotes the study of world languages and cultures and multilingualism in schools. The program provides support for teachers, students, parents and community members. Our direct service is a learning partnership between Bowdoin College undergraduates and early elementary classrooms in Maine. Through professional development conversations, ongoing classroom visits, and lunchtime reading programs, the program ignites a passion and enthusiasm for a lifetime of language learning. The curriculum promotes critical-thinking skills and provides age-appropriate tools to combat xenophobia, racism and intolerance. 

Sign ups are now open for the fall semester! Fill out this Google Form to share which 30 minute time blocks you're available on weekdays. 

Time Blocks for Volunteering M-F: 

  • Block A: 11:00-11:25 
  • Block B: 11:30-11:55
  • Block D: 12:00-12:25
  • Block E: 12:30-12:55
  • Block F: 1:00-1:25
  • Block G: 1:30-1:55

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.


Midcoast Literacy - Elder Literacy Volunteers Needed
Once A Week, Flexible

Work with a local senior citizen in the Brunswick-Topsham area to help them create a personal legacy document of their life experiences. Volunteers meet with a senior once-a-week for 7-8 weeks to help them recall memories, and assist with writing and formatting the document in digital format. Specific volunteer days/hours are flexible. Sign-up now; a one-day volunteer training will be provided this fall on the Bowdoin campus. For more information: e-mail

Brunswick Farmer Market - Volunteers Needed

Join the amazing farmers market community! The Brunswick Farmers Market (Tuesday & Friday downtown market) is looking for volunteers to run the SNAP and Maine Harvest Bucks booth. Volunteer shifts are 7:45am to 10:30am or 10:30am to 1:15pm. We ask volunteers to commit to three shifts between now and November. Training is easy and will be done on site. If folks are interested, reach out to Kimberly Buonaiuto (Volunteer Coordinator) at

Volunteer with The Children's Museum of Theatre and Dance
10-12 Hours/Month

The Children's Museum of Theatre and Dance is seeking Theatre Ensemble volunteers to help staff with educational thetre ensembles. Volunteers will attend weekly ensemble classes and the final showcase prformance. Volunteers will display leadership skills and model behavior for students. Full position description and application here.

Maine Homeschool Sports League Seeking Soccer Coach
Friday mornings + additional time as needed

The Maine Homeschool Sports League is seeking a soccer coach for teams in Topsham, with practices once a week on Fridays at 10 AM. Students will have the opportunity to take on a leading/coaching role while being supported by other coaches and parents, and further develop their leadership, communication, and problem-solving skills while working with a group of 9-14 year olds. Contact Krystal Jean at to learn more.


Mid Coast Hunger Prevention Program Virtual Panel: Food Insecurity 101
Tuesday, October 4, 6:00 - 7:30 PM
Registration Details to Come

As part of MCHPP’s objectives to educate the community about food insecurity and to tell our story, we believe it is important to provide foundational information about the causes, realities, and impacts of food insecurity. This first session will aim to dispel myths around food insecurity with the goal of reducing the stigmatization that results from misconceptions and misinformation. In order to share the true realities of food insecurity, the panelists will consist of folks with lived experience.  

  • Food justice and food sovereignty movements
  • How we got here (current food system) and our role in maintaining the current (failing) food system
  • How to best support our neighbors (whether through allyship, direct action, etc) 

Let us know if you have questions about any of this and thank you so much for your time!!


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.