Local high school carpentry students constructed some raised beds for residents of Bath Housing Anchorage apartments, to add their existing gardening space. Each bed is on a platform about a yard off the ground, allowing those using wheelchairs of walkers to more easily grow vegetables.
Two dozen Bowdoin students have fellowships from Bowdoin this summer to intern for local organizations committed to helping Maine’s people and its environment.
To help ameliorate a looming workforce shortage in the state, state senator Roger Katz (R-Augusta) has introduced a bill this legislative session that aims to attract and retain new Mainers. The bill aligns with immigration-related work that senior Thomas Freeman did last summer, when he interned for Coastal Enterprises, Inc., in Brunswick with a Denning Fellowship.
Each spring, the McKeen Center holds a symposium on campus to recognize community-focused research and service of students over the academic year.
The McKeen Center recently hosted the Common Good Grant Awards Ceremony and Reception in Moulton Lounge to distribute grants to eight local organizations. The Common Good Grant Committee is a student-driven program that provides grants to nonprofits in the greater Brunswick area. Since 2001, the committee has given out more than $240,000 in grants to over 85 organizations.
Bowdoin’s Purple Media Plunge Project, a month-long challenge in which students stray from their comfortable news sites — where they can reliably read articles with a liberal or conservative bent — and instead make an effort to read news from the other side, finds itself in the news. WCSH’s Caroline Cornish interviewed Daniel O’Berry ’17, Justin Pearson ’17 and Joseph McKeen Center for the Common Good Associate Director Tom Ancona for their perspective on how reading news headlines from the left and right affects views on politics and the media.
Perhaps as important as going on Alternative Spring Break trips is the reflection and analysis the students do on their experiences after they’ve returned home and to campus.
The McKeen Center for the Common Good recently hosted a panel of four alumni who are providing affordable housing in Maine and beyond. The four guests work for a social services agency, a law firm, a nonprofit affordable housing investment fund, and a nonprofit affordable housing developer. They answered a range of questions, from addressing the nitty gritty of their jobs to speaking about the entrenched social inequalities, market realities, and political inaction that can lead to homelessness.