Twice a semester, the Bodwell Center, sponsored by the American Red Cross and Division of Student Affairs, hosts a blood drive in the Student Recreation Center. Typically they’re hosted during the month of September, November, February, and April. We’re looking for volunteers to help with registration, walk donors and hand out snacks. For specific dates you can either check the website, contact Jennifer Aldrich, or watch for flyers around The University of Maine campus.
The Bodwell Center celebrates National Make A Difference Day every October by signing up groups to volunteer their time and services to various organizations in the community. This past fall the number of volunteers doubled as well as community partners sponsoring the event. Projects included hosting a food drive, donating all items received to Crossroads Ministries of Old Town, cleaning up litter and trash along the Kenduskeag Stream Trail, and deconstructing old buildings near the stream at the Leonard Mills Logging Museum. To sign up for UMaine Cares or for more information, contact Jennifer Aldrich.
The Holiday Sharing Program began in 2004 as a partnership between the Bodwell Center for Service and Volunteerism and Crossroads Ministries. Each year, Crossroads contacts families in need about the program while the Bodwell Center works to encourage campus organizations, community organizations, and local businesses to collect gifts and spread awareness of the program. Both Crossroads Ministries and the Bodwell Center work together to provide local children with a quality holiday season.
Last year, the program helped over 400 children in the greater Orono / Old Town area. Due to the economic climate, even more families were in need this year. Each year we need to collect more gifts than the last.
This program is once a year, starting in mid-November and lasting through the holiday season. If you would like to be a part of this wonderful program please contact Jennifer Aldrich.
Would you like to help another student improve their English? Are you looking to add practice, volunteer experience that showcases your communication, English, and/or counseling skills as well as your understanding of global issues? Then this program is for you!
For more information about this program, download this Program Description/Contract.
Each volunteer will receive training prior to starting the program. Students will be matched based on their interests. Pairs will meet for one hour per week at a time and location that works for them.
**Trainings for fall 2014 have not been planned yet. To sign up for the program download and complete this Volunteer Application and return it to the Bodwell Center either via email or in person.
*This program is a collaboration between Literacy Volunteers of Bangor, the Bodwell Center, the Intensive English Institute, and the Office of International Programs.