Approximately 85 Bowdoin employees volunteered last Thursday for a morning’s worth of service. They cleaned library windows, helped update a land trust’s computers, sorted items at the local food pantry and also prepped for lunch, entertained senior citizens, and more. The full list of assignments is below the slideshow.
The annual event was organized by the McKeen Center for the Common Good.
Community Action Day assignments
Brunswick-Topsham Land Trust: Volunteers provided an IT consult, reviewing and working on hardware and software updates for BTLT’s computers and network. BTLT conserves and stewards 2,300 acres of natural areas in Brunswick, Topsham and Bowdoin, for recreation, agriculture and other traditional land uses.
Coastal Humane Society: Volunteers will be reorganizing CHS’s crate storage and basement, and possibly shoveling. CHS is a no-kill animal shelter serving 15 Midcoast towns.
Curtis Memorial Library: Volunteers will be washing the insides of CML’s many windows. CML is the public library in Brunswick.
The Gathering Place: Volunteers will mingle with guests and offer conversation. The Gathering Place provides daytime shelter, friendship and hope to people who are materially poor or homeless in Brunswick.
Habitat for Humanity Re-Store: Volunteers will conduct a major clean-out of the warehouse’s auxiliary area. Habitat for Humanity/7 Rivers Maine helps families build, rehab, repair and weatherize homes in 3 counties, and the ReStore sells discounted building materials and many other useful items for the home.
Mid Coast Hunger Prevention Program: Volunteers will help with food sorting and/or cleaning in the pantry, or help with prep in the kitchen. MCHPP provides food assistance, nutrition, educational workshops, and referral services to households living at or below poverty in the greater Brunswick area.
Sunnybrook: Volunteers will spend time with residents (musicians are particularly welcome!), and others will help with interior cleaning and organizing. Sunnybrook offers independent living and assisted living for Seniors.
Topsham Library: Volunteers will assist with shelf-reading and organizing shelves. Not glamorous, but sorely needed! Topsham Library is, of course, the public library in Topsham.
Tedford Housing: Volunteers will re-paint the administrative offices at 14 Middle Street. Just a 2-person job.
United Way of Midcoast Maine on-campus project — Volunteers repackaged bulk diapers into consumer-sized packs to give to agencies that distribute them to families.