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

My Phone & Me: Friend, Foe, or Frenemy? A Conversation
Friday, March 1, 3:30 - 5:00 PM
Main Lounge, Moulton Union

Join us for an open conversation around our relationship with technology! Through a facilitated dialogue, we will explore the impacts - positive and negative - that technology has on our lives, our Bowdoin community, and the world. Students, faculty, and staff are all welcome to come and share their views. Late afternoon beverages and snacks will be provided.

This conversation is sponsored by the McKeen Center for the Common Good, Bowdoin ResLife, the Bowdoin Outing Club, the Baldwin Center for Learning and Teaching, and Boody-Johnson House. Register here on Campus Groups

CXD Funded Internships
Apply by Noon on Wednesday, March 27

Did you know the CXD Funded Internship Program awards students $6,000 grants (plus an additional $1,000 expenses supplement to aided students) to pursue internship experiences that would otherwise not be paid? As illustrated here in years of student stories, grants are awarded for all career fields--from research to farming, social justice to arts. (See this list for recently cultivated unpaid internships to apply for, and this list for alumni willing to create an internship with you.) Applications are now open. 

Grief Support Group
Every Other Monday (Next February 26)
4:30 - 5:30 PM
McKeen Center Community Hub

Join students and staff in a group dedicated to providing a safe, informal environment for anyone experiencing grief and loss in any of its many forms. Snacks will be provided. You can register here on Campus Groups or contact Sarah Seames for more info.

The Community Food Experience (CFE) Simulation
Bowdoin MCHPP & Good Shepherd Food Bank
Wednesday, March 27, 2:45 – 4:15 PM
Adams 208

Bowdoin MCHPP is excited to announce their first ever community food experience (CFE) simulation. This simulation will allow students to see first-hand and work towards understanding barriers to food security. This model was first created by Atlanta Community Food Bank and adapted by Good Shepherd Food Bank. Contact Sara Morcos `24 to learn more.

Community Opportunities

Braver Angels Workshops
Saturday, March 9, 10:00 - 11:30 AM 
Curtis Memorial Library

Fed up with the rancor around today’s politics? Let’s do something about it. Skills for Disagreeing Better is a 90-minute workshop designed to help you through difficult political conversations with people in your life. Visit curtislibrary.libcal.com to learn more and register.

Your Help is Needed to Plan Brunswick Teen Center Event at Gelato Fiasco!

The Brunswick Teen Center is a safe place for local youth to gather throughout the school year and summer for fun, creative, and social activities.  Their biggest fundraiser of the year will take place at Gelato Fiasco on April 24 and Bowdoin students help annually to plan the evening activities, including celebrity scoopers and entertainment.  If you're interested in helping, please contact Sarah Seames

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.

Parable Path Maine Events: Save the Dates!
“Are There Any Rights I’m Entitled To?”: Carceration and Liberatory Futures 
March and April 

Parable Path Maine continues with a new series exploring ideas of incarceration, decarceration, containment, and liberation. This exciting and informative series brings together local, national, and internationally renowned artist, activists, and scholars for a deep reflection on the impact of carcerality on our social well-being. Learning and sharing through music, film, poetry, and deep dialogue the community can parse the many ways ideologies and technologies of containment impact our mental, spiritual, and physical well-being and how we can envision and realize liberatory futures.  

  • March 4 – Teach-in on carcerality with Catherine Besteman (Colby College) and Jarrett Martin Drake (Harvard University), 6:30 pm-8:00 pm, location TBA, Bowdoin College, Brunswick, ME 
  • March 27 – Community discussion and Open-mic with Maine Inside Out, Lewiston, ME 
  • March 28 – Film, music, poetry, discussion with Toshi Reagon, Liza Jessie Peterson, and Joseph Jackson at 7:00pm Pickard Theater, Bowdoin College, Brunswick, ME 
  • March 29 – Film, music, poetry, discussion with Toshi Reagon, Liza Jessie Peterson at 7:00pm Mechanics’ Hall, Portland, ME 
  • April 10 – Workshop on Carceration with The McKeen Center and Maine Inside Out, 6:30 p.m., Ladd House, Bowdoin College, Brunswick, ME 

Events co-sponsored by Maine Humanities Council, the Charles F. Adams Lectureship Fund, and the Department of Africana Studies and the Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies Program at Bowdoin College in collaboration with Maine Inside Out and Mechanics’ Hall. With this series of events, we seek to continue building bridges between the College and wider Mid-Coast communities using arts, education, and deep discussion as problem solving tools. 

Volunteer with Maine Youth Action
Ongoing, Flexible

Maine Youth Action is a youth-led climate justice advocacy group that aims to empower youth to get involved in politics and in issues that need youth representation. We are currently looking for volunteers to help us carry out climate work in the form of advocacy, campaigns, legislative work, outreach, and communications. All these positions provide a great opportunity to build a variety of transferable skills. Volunteers are welcome to participate however they choose, but the attachment below details some of the specific volunteer positions we are hoping to fill. We are particularly interested in finding volunteers for our legislative team. More information can be provided on the program and current volunteer needs on the MYA website.

Tedford Housing Seeking Volunteers
Ongoing, Flexible

On a weekly basis, Tedford Housing volunteers engage with children living in the family shelter of Tedford Housing. We hope to inspire creativity, build self-confidence, and cultivate relationships with the children through intentional arts and crafts activities and games. Reach out to Aden Ho to learn more.

Professional Opportunities

Upcoming CXD Events and Opportunities

  • Create Educational Equity and Access at Harlem Children’s Zone
    Tuesday, February 27, 12:00 – 1:00 PM
    The Harlem Children's Zone, the brainchild of Geoffrey Canada ’74, is a world-renown non-profit organization for children and families living in Harlem, providing free support in the form of parenting workshops, a preschool program, three charter schools, and child-oriented health programs for thousands of children and families.Link to the event on Handshake.
  • Camp Casco is seeking amazing volunteer camp counselors to help give kids affected by childhood cancer an unforgettable week of fun and friendship. Our camps help kids affected by cancer experience friendship, fresh air, and fun in a safe and welcoming environment! All of our summer camps are provided at no cost to our families, have medical care onsite at all times, and are run by dedicated volunteers who want to make an immediate and lasting impact on a child's life. Learn more about opportunities here and contact Emily for more information.
  • The Center for Justice Innovation is seeking students interested in joining them for a summer internship. The Center helps create a more effective and humane justice system by designing and implementing operating programs, performing original research, and providing reformers around the world with the tools they need to launch new strategies. These internships are based in NYC and cover a wide range of areas, such as social work, data analytics, compliance, case management, intake management, and resource coordination. If a student is selected to participate in an internship, that student is eligible to apply for a CXD Funded Internship Grant. See job postings on Handshake.

Volunteer and Training Opportunities with IGNITE

IGNITE is a national non-partisan non-profit that is training young women for positions of political leadership and civic engagement.

  • Ongoing: IGNITE is actively recruiting IGNITE the Vote Ambassadors. Ambassadors are volunteers from across the country who will help to mobilize voters, organize drives, and promote voter engagement. ITV Ambassadors will receive training, support, and mentorship from IGNITE to make an impact in their community. Students can sign up online on the IGNITE website.
  • Starting March 2: Organizing Academy, Activate Your Advocacy Bootcamp, in partnership with PERIOD. At the end of this bootcamp, IGNITE will assist in matching participants with an internship with a legislator and participants will receive a certificate.

Riley’s Way Foundation Call for Kindness
Apply by 11:59 PM on Monday, March 25

Riley’s Way invests in and supports the next generation of kind leaders. We provide young people with the programs, support and inclusive community they need to thrive as changemakers. Riley’s Way is committed to supporting these young leaders to build a better world that values kindness, empathy, connection and the voices of all youth. The Call For Kindness (C4K) gives young leaders (ages 13-23) across the country the skills, connections, and funding they need to run social impact projects that inspire kindness and strengthen their local, national, or global communities. The Call For Kindness consists of a 12-month leadership development fellowship and a startup grant of up to $5,000. Fellows receive 1:1 coaching and project support, virtual skill-building sessions, an in-person leadership Retreat, networking, mentorship opportunities, and a peer community of other young changemakers. Fellows can also apply for Continuation Grants with ongoing project support and coaching. We have created an incredible community of young changemakers and are excited to see what 2024 brings! Learn more and apply here.

Voyager Scholarship for Public Service
Apply by Wednesday, March 27

An increasingly globalized world needs young leaders who can bridge divides and help solve our biggest challenges together. The Voyager Scholarship was created by the Obamas and Brian Chesky, Airbnb Co-founder and CEO, to help shape such leaders. This scholarship gives college students financial aid to alleviate the burden of college debt, meaningful travel experiences to expand their horizons, and a network of mentors and leaders to support them. Students will receive a $10,000 stipend and Airbnb travel credit to pursue a summer work-travel experience between their junior and senior year of college. The students will design their own Summer Voyage to gain exposure to new communities and experience in a chosen field. This scholarship is available to rising juniors. Learn more here, or reach out to Paulina Morales to learn more.

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