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.


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.


Sacred Ground - Conversations About Race 
Discussion groups now forming for summer/fall start

We all want to see improvements in the racial disparities in our society, but it can be difficult to have meaningful conversations about these issues. In the Sacred Ground program, small groups led by trained facilitators meet over the course of ten sessions in order to make this conversation safer and more impactful. The first six all-community groups have been so well-received that Sacred Ground is opening up additional groups this summer and fall. Learn more by visiting the Sacred Ground website or by contacting the Program Coordinator.

Volunteer with the Brunswick Farmer's Market 

The Brunswick Farmers Market is implementing a SNAP and Maine Harvest Bucks program at their market, which enables SNAP recipients to shop at the market. They are currently looking for volunteers to run the SNAP booth on Tuesdays and Fridays from 7:45am-1:15pm (3hr shifts).  Anyone interested should reach out to Kimberly at

Get ready to vote!
Summer primaries vary by state
Election Day November 8

Election Day this year is November 8. There are Senate, House, and local races across the country, including right here in Maine. As a Bowdoin student, you are able to vote in Maine if you choose to. You can also vote by mail in your home state. Check out the 2022 state-by-state guide (provided courtesy of All In), where you can find deadlines and registration info for all states and territories. After you decide where you want to vote, make sure you are registered AND have requested an absentee ballot before your state's primary! Most states' primaries are in the summer, so make sure you think about where you will be living when your state's election occurs. This may effect whether you vote in person or by mail.


Mid Coast Hunger Prevention Program - Summer Food Service Program Site Coordinator
August 1 - September 2, 2022
10-15hours/week, $18/hr

Mid Coast Hunger Prevention Program (MCHPP) is looking for part-time site coordinators to supervise feeding sites this summer around Brunswick. Successful candidnates will be well-organized, adaptable, and comfortable working independently and as a member of a small team. Responsibilities include picking up and delivering meals to various sites in Brunswick, Richmond, Lisbon, or Harpswell, setting up and breaking down the site each day, supervising meal distribution and tracking the number of meals served, and other duties as assigned. Contact Heather Arvidson to learn more and apply.

Growing Places – Hiring Commonwealth Corps Members
Full Time from August 2022 – June 2023
Apply Now!

Growing Places, located in Leominster Massachusetts, is looking to host two Commonwealth Corps Members in 2022/2023 to help develop a sustainable and equitable local food system in North Central MA. Working as a team the successful candidates will build a long-term, stable pool of volunteers to work on aggregation/pre-processing and distribution in the North Central MA Food System. Key activities for each position include outreaching and recruiting volunteers, creating a streamlined volunteer orientation and training system, managing volunteers and supporting aggregation/pre-processing and distribution for each respective position. Contact Avery Friend for full job descriptions, and/or if you have questions or are interested in applying!



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.