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.

 Bowdoin Opportunities

Bowdoin and the Common Good Symposium
Thursday, May 9, 3:00 – 4:30 PM
Morrell Lounge, Smith Union

Join the McKeen Center and departments across Bowdoin to celebrate student engagement with communities through service, courses, and research! Through posters, presentations, photographs, and video, students will share what they have learned and achieved while exploring the common good at Bowdoin and beyond. Treats from Cafe Creme and Gelato Fiasco will be available, and from 3:00 – 4:00 PM we’ll be joined by a team of therapy dogs!

Apply to be an Upward Bound Summer Program Guide!
June 17 – August 6
40 hours/week, $14.80/hr

Summer Program Guides work closely with high school Upward Bound students to support them in their academic and social experience during the different sessions of the 6-week Upward Bound Summer Program. Guides act as mentors, teaching assistants, plan and facilitate activities, and support students on their path to college readiness. The 2024 summer will be primarily residential with some regional components requiring overnight travel. Summer Program Guides are responsible for: helping students move into and out of dorms during arrival and departure days, monitoring students in residence halls, to and from class and other programs, mentoring students, guiding students through conflict, providing support to students on their higher education exploration, designing and teaching a workshop, leading students during off campus trips, and taking initiative when directions or expectations may be ambiguous or unclear. Learn more and apply here! Contact Keith Reinemann with any questions.

Rachel Lord Center Summer Book Club

Join the Rachel Lord Center for a summer book club! Each of the three books being offered invite us into new ways of being in relationship with ourselves and our neighbors.

You can sign up to read one, two, or all three books. Offerings include:

Sign up online here. There will be opportunities in August and September for online and in-person discussion groups. Questions? Email Oliver Goodrich.

Community Opportunities

Tedford Housing Benefit Concert: Jud Caswell & Friends
Friday, May 17, 6:30  - 8:30 PM
UU Church of Brunswick (by Curtis Library, 0.6mi from the Polar Bear)

Wind down at the end of finals and support Tedford’s homelessness prevention and shelter programs! Three of Maine's most celebrated singer/songwriters - Jud Caswell, Nancy Sferra & Giff Jamison will light up the stage as soloists, duos, and a trio. Tickets $35 here - all proceeds benefit Tedford.

Sign Up for the Gift of Life Marrow Registry!

Gift of Life Marrow Registry is seeking volunteers to assist in growing and democratizing the registry.  Gift of life facilitates lifesaving transplants for people battling blood cancer, sickle cell and other blood disorders.  Campus volunteers will join an elite group of students nationwide who are making a difference every day.  To learn more visit

United Way Seeking Bus Ambassadors for New Mainers
Ongoing, Flexible

Are you passionate about public transportation? Enjoy helping your friends and neighbors? Have a love for bus maps and want others to too? Then being a bus ambassador is for you! The Brunswick Link is free for a year and United Way of Mid Coast Maine is seeking volunteers to help riders be more comfortable navigating our public transit system!

Duties include helping riders navigate the Brunswick Link, plan trips, answering questions about the Brunswick community, providing directions, and more. Training will be provided by United Way. Learn more at this listing on VolunteerME, and contact Maggie for more information.



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.