Nearly 500 students, plus staff, faculty and family members, gathered at Farley Field House Saturday for a catered lunch and live music to kick off an afternoon of service.
Meanwhile, across the country, almost 200 alumni also committed to a day of volunteering to honor the tradition of community involvement.
Mariya Ilyas ’13, who was headed off to Volunteers of America in Brunswick, said she has signed up for Common Good Day every year since her first year at Bowdoin. “It’s really neat to see the Bowdoin community come together and participate in what the college really stands for – the common good,” she said.
Melanie Gaynes’13, who as the McKeen Center’s Common Good Day fellow has been organizing the event all summer, said that Common Good Day is not just about one day. “It represents the kick-off for a year of service,” she said, adding that Bowdoin students cumulatively give about 50,000 hours of work a year to different community organizations.
Common Good Day volunteers split into groups to work for 57 organizations, from Brunswick to Portland. See a complete list of projects.
Photos by Emily Tong ’11 and Jean-Paul J. Honegger ’15