Volunteering and Direct Service are efforts to address the immediate needs of individuals or a community, often through direct interaction with the people or place being served.
- Bowdoin’s student-led service clubs, collectively called the Bowdoin Volunteer Corps (BVC), support nonprofits working with a variety of issues and populations in midcoast Maine.
- About half of the BVC are Mentoring groups, matching Bowdoin students with local youth, with a variety of formats and schedules. Another way to work with youth, for students eligible for Federal Work Study, is to be a paid tutor in a classroom through America Reads and Counts.
- Common Good Project Teams allows you to gather a group of buddies (teammates, roommates, labmates…) and take on a one-time project to support a local nonprofit, at whatever time works for you.
- Student-led Alternative Break Trips provide an immersive service-learning experience, focused on a particular social issuee, during Winter or Spring break. Need-based grants cover up to 80% of trip costs.
- The McKeen Center sponsors individual volunteering through a variety of programs that is always changing. See what’s new for this year.