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.


Women in Climate: Community Panel Discussion
Thursday, January 26, in Kresge Auditorium
7:00 PM

This panel discussion will feature Bowdoin Environmental Studies alumni and TNC Maine staff working at the intersection of climate and community. This event seeks to convey the importance of centering community in the conservation and climate fields and how and why integrating values of equity, diversity, and inclusion are vital for both people and nature in the face of a changing climate. The panel continues a 21-year collaboration between The Nature Conservancy in Maine and Bowdoin's Environmental Studies Program, which will be celebrating the 50th anniversary of Environmental Studies at the College in the spring of 2023. Learn more and register on Campus Groups.

Apply Now for America Reads and Counts
Applications are due Tuesday, January 31

The America Reads and Counts program places Bowdoin students who are eligible for Federal Work Study in local elementary and middle schools where they serve as reading or math tutors in one-on-one, small group, or classroom settings. Check out the JobX listings for the America Reads and America Counts here, and contact Sammy Braverman ‘24 with any questions. (If you are unsure whether or not you are eligible for Federal Work Study, please reach out ot the Office of Student Aid.)

Apply Now for Summer Fellowships
Applications are due Friday, February 3, 12:00 PM EST

The McKeen Center offers five summer fellowship opportunities, each offering a $6,000 stipend (with an additional $1,000 supplement for students of aid) for 10 weeks of full-time work:

Contact Tom Ancona or Annika Moore ‘23 to learn more about the Denning, Global Citizens, and Maine Community Fellowships; contact Wendy Van Damme to learn more about the Bowdoin Public Service Fellowships. Applications are due Friday, 2/3, by midnight. Apply here.

Mother Voices: A Transformative Intergenerational Journey
A Conversation with Alexis Pauline Gumbs, Rachel Elizabeth Harding, and Toshi Reagon
Tuesday, February 7th, in Pickard Theater
7:00 PM

Please join award-winning poet/author Alexis Pauline Gumbs, poet and scholar Rachel Elizabeth Harding, and Joseph McKeen Vistiting Fellow Toshi Reagon for a conversation in which these three groundbreaking creatives will fuse their wit, spirit, and minds as they discuss the beauty and power of intergenerational learning and teaching. This event is a part of Parable Path Maine, a framework Toshi Reagon is bringing to Bowdoin through the course of her fellowship that is based on Octavia E. Butler's Parable of the Sower. Registration is required; please learn more and sign up at this link

Community Opportunities

Stories for Change Working Group – Seeking Volunteers

The Stories for Change working group, a program of the Nature Based Education Consortium, is focused on strategic and equitable storytelling: sharing stories of Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) who have deep and multifaceted relationships with the outdoors. Through an intentional, trust-rooted, storyteller-led process, the group shares nature-based narratives of BIPOC individuals as well as LGBTQ+ people, youth, and others with marginalized identities. Stories For Change is looking for new working group members (who attend one virtual 1.5 hour meeting a month and opt-in to additional storytelling roles), and potential future leaders of the group. While NBEC is a volunteer network, working group members are offered a stipend to remove barriers to participation and engagement. Contact Emily Weyrauch to discuss further.

Volunteer Maine: Maine Service Fellows Task Force

Volunteer Maine is Maine government’s partner for the federal Corporation for National Service (AmeriCorps) and they are establishing a unique new public service program in our state: Maine Service Fellows  Maine Service Fellows is designed for small communities and micro-organizations in rural areas where the greatest assets are human resources and the greatest need is someone to devote time to developing or implementing a volunteer-driven solution to a problem. Volunteer Maine is seeking a college student to join the taskforce that is launching this pilot program. The taskforce will meet virtually, once a month. Learn more here, or email Jake Hurner.

Professional Opportunities

Sierra Club 30x30 Campaign Planning Intern
Applications are due Friday, February 10

Working to convene a coalition that centers BIPOC-led organizations and frontline communities, the goal of 30 by 30 is to protect 30% of U.S. lands and water by protecting priority lands critical to climate solutions and providing connected wildlands and waters where wildlife, plants, and people thrive. The 30x30 Campaign Planning Intern will be responsible for supporting Sierra Club Maine Chapter's 30x30 campaign work, including planning and coalition building. This position will work with Sierra Club's national organizers, chapter staff, and chapter volunteers to ensure effective grassroots organizing strategy that is aligned with their campaign goals and values and that they practice the Jemez Principles and center organizational Equity Values within the organizing work. All candidates must be living in Maine. More information and the application can be found here.

Scholarship and Social Justice Undergraduate Research Conference
Undergrads: Submit Abstracts for Consideration by Monday, February 13
Event will be held April 13-14

The Scholarship and Social Justice Undergraduate Research Conference seeks to bring staff, faculty, and undergraduates together to celebrate social-justice focused scholarship, and reflective learning. Undergraduates may submit research abstracts for presentation consideration by Monday 2/13. Priority will be given to research proposals that address issues of equity and access for under-represented or marginalized groups in the areas of health, education, political engagement, and immigration. Learn more about the conference here, and submit your proposal here.  

Forest Foundation Summer Internship Program
Applications are due on Wednesday, February 15

Are you an avid participant in community service and engagement work around your college or home community? Forest Foundation is now accepting applications to our paid Summer Fellowship Program in the Boston, MA are for summer 2023. We provide opportunities for undergraduate college students to gain experience and learn the inner workings of the non-profit world though a comprehensive fellowship program including: a 10-week internship at a non-profit host agency, leadership skills development and workshops around the non-profit sector, grant-writing project and networking. Interns engage in general operations of a non-profit and learn critical skills for potential careers in the world of philanthropy. To learn more, visit this site; email with questions.

Ending Economic Inequality—New Pathways to Shared Prosperity
Thursday, February 23; Virtual Event
4:00 - 5:00 PM

The Frances Perkins Center, in partnership with the Maine Center for Economic Policy, presents this free interactive virtual forum: "Following decades of progress launched by the New Deal, the U.S. now faces extreme levels of economic inequality that mirror what FDR and Frances Perkins addressed with bold policies such as Social Security, unemployment compensation, and labor law reform. Join us for a robust discussion with two problem solvers who document that the high cost of inequality—and have dynamic proposals and strategies to shape a more equal, stronger, healthier economy." Register here.

Maine NEW Leadership Summer Institute
Applications are due Friday, March 10

Maine National Education for Women (NEW) Leadership Institute addresses the under representation of women in politics by empowering and encouraging undergraduate college students to become politically active and to take on leadership roles. The Maine NEW Leadership Summer Institute is an intensive six-day residential program, which will take place June 8 - 13, 2023. Participants will meet women leaders; learn about women in American politics, visit the Maine State Legislature, and develop and practice leadership skills through panel discussions, workshops, and hands-on projects.  After the Institute, participants are encouraged to continue to develop public leadership skills and will be invited to return to UMaine for special events, workshops, and programs. Learn more and apply here.

Maine Volunteer Lawyers Project Internship Opportunities
Applications accepted through Wednesday, March 15

The Volunteer Lawyers Project is a non-profit legal aid organization that provides free legal information, assistance, and representation to people with low incomes facing civil legal issues.  The VLP's legal services are provided entirely by community and attorney volunteers supported and supervised by a small staff. Our mission is to make "justice for all" a reality in Maine by giving people the knowledge, tools, and support to be equal participants in our justice system.

Interns provide the critical link to services for clients in Maine who cannot afford legal assistance through intake support, clinic coordination, and data entry. VLP programs that interns may support include courthouse assistance projects, domestic violence pro bono panel coordination at court, client interviewing, media and administrative responsibilities, and other various projects. All internships include a minimum of five hours per week, up to ten hours per week. More details here; send completed applications and required materials to

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