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Help the Bangor Humane Society!

The Bangor Humane Society is competing in the ASPCA Rachel Ray $100K Challenge.
There are fifty competing shelters and BHS is the only one in Maine in the competition.

Support the BHS by voting at:
You can vote daily from April 5-12th.  As the saying goes, “vote early and often.”
What a boost this would be to the Bangor Humane Society.

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Maine Day 2012

Project registration and volunteer registration are now available for

Maine Day 2012.

Maine Day Project Page

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Hope Festival – April 21, 2012


Inanna, Sisters In Rhythm


Bill McKibben, author and  environmentalist to keynote HOPE Festival

Bill McKibben , author of a dozen books about the environment and
founder  of the grassroots climate campaign will keynote the
free l8th annucal  HOPE Festival on Saturday, April 21st at the
University of Maine Student Recreation and Fitness Center.
The free  HOPE Festival is held each year around Earth Day  to
celebrate the earth and our connections to each other. Bill McKibben
and the movement have shown the power of small groups of
individuals to creatively raise awareness globally. Recently, hundreds
answered their  call for participation in nonviolent civil
disobedience in Washington, D.C.  and more than 800,000 made  calls or
sent e-mails to stop the Keystone XL Pipeline.


Beginning with The End of Nature in 1989, which is regarded as the
first book for a general audience on climate change his most recent
book is Eaarth. As founder of the grassroots climate campaign,
he has   coordinated 15,000 rallies in 189 countries since 2009. Time
Magazine called him ‘the planet’s best green journalist’ and the
Boston Globe said in 2010 that he was ‘probably the country’s most
important environmentalist.’ Schumann Distinguished Scholar at
Middlebury College, he holds honorary degrees from a dozen colleges,
including the Universities of Massachusetts and Maine, the State
University of New York, and Whittier and Colgate Colleges. In 2011 he
was elected a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.


The festival will open at 11:00 with the joyful songs of  the HOPE
Festival singers, directed by Marty Kelley and will be followed the
noon keynote talk by Bill McKibben. The amazing Zachary Field will
once again delight children of all ages with his incredible juggling
at 1:00  The soulful songs of the duo, Timbered Lake, honoring our
roots in mother earth, we will affirm our connections to each other at
2:00 p.m.  To top it all off, the pulsating rhythms of Inanna Sisters
in Rhythm  drumbeats will raise our energy and inspire on-going
efforts for a better world.


Throughout out the day more than 70 organizations will share
information about their work for a better world. There will be
t-shirts, bumper stickers, buttons and crafts for sale. Children of
all ages will enjoy fund and informative  activities provided by the
Fields Pond Audubon Center, Windover Arts Center  and University of
Maine students.  HOPE Festival t-shirts will be availabe for sale
with a logo designed by artist,  Rob Shetterly and  made in the US
with union labor and printed by  Barn Owl Screenprinting (a new small
business in Bangor). In addition, there will delicious food  provided
by local vendors selling bread, cheese, wraps,  greens and more. The
festival is coordinated by the Peace & Justice Center of Eastern Maine
and co-sponsored by the Peace & Reconciliation Studies, Women’s
Studies and Women in the Curriculum and the Maine Peace Action
Committee of the University of Maine.Come for the day and enjoy the
exciting menu of, entertainment, information and inspiration. For more
information or to volunteer call 942-9343 or visit
Contact:  Ilze Petersons 942-9343

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Habitat for Humanity of Greater Bangor

Check out this video made by Habitat for Humanity of Greater Bangor. The images are from the most recent home they built, but the message is same for every family they help. Awesome video! Please share this on your walls too to spread the word about the great work Habitat is doing! . . 

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2012 Bodwell Center Awards Nominations

There is still time!  Please consider submitting a nomination.

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Bananas for Bargains! New Couponing Program brought to you by the Black Bear Exchange.

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Check out this activity at the Black Bear Exchange!

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February Blood Drive!

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New Program from Literacy Volunteers of Bangor

Conversation Partner Training for Volunteers

Travel the World Locally through Cultural Exchanges

Adults from around the world want to improve their conversational English.  A new English Conversation Program coordinates pairings between local English language learners and volunteer partners to improve conversational English and encourage cultural exchanges. 

This training is ideal for those interested in different cultures.  A weekly commitment (1-2 hours) with a conversation partner starts post training.

Topics during the 3-hour training: cross-cultural communication, tips for facilitating conversation with new English speakers, and conversation topics and activities.  Prior teaching experience, foreign language skills, and/or a degree in education are not required.

Training is offered:

To reserve your spot, contact us at 947-8451 or

Remember to VOTE online for Literacy Volunteers of Bangor before March 5th @

Mary Marin Lyon

Executive Director

Literacy Volunteers of Bangor

200 Hogan Road, Bangor, ME 04401


Martin Luther King, Jr. Diversity Day

Each January the Bodwell Center joins the University, along with community partners, in creating memorial activities/events in commemoration of Martin Luther King Jr.

The University of Maine Bodwell Center for Service and Volunteerism, the Office of Multicultural Programs, and UMaine Athletics will host the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day event January 16th from 12:00 p.m-3:30 p.m. at the Old Town/Orono YMCA.  Students in grades 3-5 and their parents are invited to attend this free event. The children will participate in a variety of activities about diversity and the life and ideas of Martin Luther King Jr. UMaine Athletes, students and community members will lead children through activities, which include a craft project, henna tattoo activity, interactive Native American storytelling led by UMaine professor John Bear Mitchell, group discussions lead by UMaine students, and team building activities. All children involved will receive a free T-shirt.

Volunteers are needed from 11:00-4:00 on the 16th.  Please contact the Bodwell Center if you are interested in volunteer for this event (581-1796).

Registration form is available here: MLK Registration Form.  Please bring a completed form to the event on January 16.

For more information or to reserve a space for your child, contact Meagan McCready or Samantha Kane at the Bodwell Center by phone at 581-1796 or email at or

Sponsored by:

Coffee for volunteers being provided by:

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Contact Information

The Bodwell Center for Service and Volunteerism
Memorial Union, Room 311
Orono, Maine 04469
Phone: (207) 581-3091 | Fax: (207) 581-4215E-mail:
The University of Maine
Orono, Maine 04469
A Member of the University of Maine System