Story posted April 06, 2007
Joy Lee '07 is one of five Maine college students to receive the Maine College Compact’s 2007 Student Heart and Soul Award. Lee was selected on the basis of outstanding contributions in community service and service learning. Lee, of Westford, Mass., was honored for her leadership skills in her efforts to address hunger and homelessness in the midcoast Maine area.
"I've been compelled to help because the problem is too urgent for me to do otherwise," says Lee. "The needs are too immediate and visible. I have learned so much about hunger and homelessness and the different ways to address them, from both my courses and service here and outside of Bowdoin, that being involved and getting others to join me seemed like the only logical step to take."
Lee has worked closely with the Bowdoin chapter of Habitat for Humanity, serving as Co-President during the 2005-2006 academic year. She has also coordinated and led Bowdoin's Alternative Spring Break community service trips, volunteered with local service organizations and with service learning projects at Brunswick High School.
"Joy represents the ideal path of personal and philosophical growth that those of us in this field hope to see in a student throughout their educational career," says Susie Dorn, Director of the Bowdoin College Community Service Resource Center. "She has put her ‘heart and soul’ fully into this and other communities, and we are delighted that she is receiving this honor."
Maine Campus Compact is a coalition of 18 college and university presidents established to encourage and support campus engagement in the community. MCC fosters service-learning partnerships that build on the strengths of communities and higher education institutions to address significant social and environmental problems.
MCC's Student Heart and Soul Award is presented annually to undergraduates who show evidence of a depth and breadth of service experience, who have shown leadership and an innovative approach to service and who have achieved significant results through service.
In 2005, Lee received the MCC’s Unsung Heroes Student Award, which recognizes two students from each of the MCC member campuses who show passion for a civic cause and actively engage through volunteering to address the cause.
Joy is a finalist for national Campus Compact’s Howard R. Swearer Award.