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 Hiring Fall Positions
Apply Now; Deadline Monday 5/24 at 9:00 AM EST

The McKeen Center is hiring six positions for the Fall: 

Apply now! Contact Avery Friend at with any questions. 

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.


Tedford Housing - Volunteers Needed!

Tedford Housing has several opportunities fit for Bowdoin students' needs! We are looking for: 

  • Several able-bodied volunteers to help move guests from our shelter into permanent housing (ongoing, as needed)
  • 2 volunteers to paint the front steps at our adult shelter in Brunswick (one time, flexible)
  • 1-2 volunteers stuffing envelopes with a staff member at our admin office (one time, week of 5/2)
  • 2-3 volunteers cleaning out the basement/attic at our adult shelter (one time, flexible)
  • watering flowers and vegetables at two buildings in Brunswick in walking distance of Bowdoin (weekly starting 5/3 until 9/30, we are flexible with your weekly availability!)

Please email or text 207-504-1425 if you're interested in any of the above opportunities.

Support Outdoor Activities for People with Disabilities
Various dates throughout summer

The Adaptive Outdoor Education Center (AOEC) offers outdoor programming for people with a wide variety of abilities. They are seeking volunteers to help with summer programs – no experience necessary. Their Fly Fishing program will meet Wednesdays in Brunswick (learn more); volunteers can help participants work on their basic fishing skills. Also, their Summer Music Series is a monthly event with live music and workshops. Volunteers are needed for general tasks. Contact Kayla ( or 480-273-9617).

Seeds of Independence Seeks Summer Volunteers
Fridays, June through August

Seeds of Independence, a non-profit organization in Brunswick that is committed to ensuring that youth are on a pathway toward becoming independent and productive members of their community, is seeking a few volunteers for our Delta Program this summer. The Delta program will work with a small group of rising 7th graders from the Brunswick Junior High, helping them to develop self-confidence and social connections via outdoor activities.

The ideal volunteer would be excited about hanging out with young people in this age group in the outdoors and be able to meet with the participants from 9am-3pm on six Fridays throughout the summer (6/25, 7/9, 7/23, 8/6, 8/20, 8/27). Please reach out to Kaitlyn Pulju ( for more information.




Rise Up Weekend: We Organize, We Vote, We Lead
Friday, June 25, 12-5pm ET

The Andrew Goodman Foundation makes young voices and votes a powerful force in democracy. At Rise Up Weekend: We Organize, We Vote, We Lead, expert and celebrity speakers will engage participants on the legacy of the Civil Rights Movement and the movement of young leaders today. Sessions will address topics such as the unfulfilled promise of the 26th Amendment, the state of student voting rights in 2021, the For the People Act and John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act, collaborating across the political aisle, and the past, present, and future of the movements for racial justice and voting rights. Register for Rise Up Weekend for free today and meet us there on June 25 to learn, connect, and activate!

Brunswick Parks and Recreation Lifeguard Opportunity
June - August
Coffin Pond Facility, Brunswick

The Brunswick Recreation Department is seeking candidates for both full- and part-time lifeguards over the summer. These positions average 35-40 hours per week and offer a flexible schedule. Lifeguard certification is required; the department will pay for certification and training for anyone who is not currently certified. Call 207-725-6656,, or visit for more information and to apply!

Impact America Summer Programs
Apply Now for Summer Positions

Impact is a nonprofit organization with offices in AL, SC, and TN that hosts AmeriCorps members for a year of service after graduation and provides services across the Southeast. Team members work to mitigate the effects of poverty, while also gaining professional skills and a broadened perspective. Current positions include SaveFirst Team Lead and FocusFirst Team Lead. Click here to apply, and contact Grace Standridge at with any questions. 

AmeriCorps VISTA Opportunities
Application Deadline June 12th

Maine Campus Compact is seeking to fill eight VISTA positions, listed here. Opportunities include a STEM VISTA, COVID Resiliency VISTA, Civic Leadership Post-Baccalaureate Fellowship, and more. Learn more and apply at the link above, and contact with questions. 

AmeriCorps Outdoor Leadership Opportunities
Apply Now

AmeriCorps is seeking leaders for summer outdoor engagement programs. Positions include Assistant Field Leader, Youth Corps Camping Leader, and Woods Boss. Learn more at the attached links and contact Nate Zantzinger at

Master's Program in Community Engagement
Rolling Review of Fellowship Applications 

There are several remaining fellowships for our Master's Program in Community Engagement.  These fellowships include real-world experience and full-tuition scholarships for the Master's in Community Engagement. Remaining fellows include opportunities in college community engagement offices, municipal offices, and community development corporations, for example.Applications will be vetted and students will be matched on a rolling basis over the next couple of months. Learn more here.

Maine Philanthropy Center: Centering Equity
May 18-20

The Maine Philanthropy Center's popular biennial Philanthropy Partners Conference provides an important and rare opportunity for hundreds of funders and nonprofits working across Maine to speak frankly about common issues and current challenges. Through stories, experiences, discussion sessions, and relationship-building activities, attendees share successes, learn about new trends and tools, and build connections that can enrich their work. Learn more here; registration costs will be covered by the McKeen Center for interested students.

Bystander Intervention to Stop Anti-Asian/American Harassment and Xenophobia
Multiple dates through April and May

Anti-Asian/American and xenophobic harassment are on the rise across the US -- and the world. In this virtual workshop hosted on Zoom, and co-sponsored by Asian Americans Advancing Justice (AAJC) and Hollaback!, we'll learn how you can intervene effectively as a bystander without ever compromising your safety. The one-hour, interactive training will teach you Hollaback!'s 5D's of bystander intervention methodology. We'll start by talking about the types of disrespect that Asian and Asian American folks are facing right now, talk through five strategies for intervention, and discuss how to prioritize your own safety while intervening. Learn more and register here. If you are comfortable sharing it, please email when you have completed the training—we look forward to meeting as a cohort of those who completed the bystander training. 

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.