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Programs - Civic Passage Programs

Civic Passage is a Bodwell Center program designed to transform students into active citizens through service opportunities, by incorporating education and reflection. Built on the foundation of the Active Citizenship Continuum of Break Away, a national nonprofit organization, the Bodwell Center and community partners provide multiple meaningful service projects on a weekly basis. Students provide assistance to the community within which they live, but also increase their knowledge and understanding of the root causes of social issues. Students also develop leadership qualities, gain skills to solve community problems, and the opportunity to become a Civic Passage Project Facilitator.
To join a Civic Passage Project or become a Project Facilitator, please contact the Jennifer Aldrich at the Bodwell Center.  Please join our Facebook group!

Examples of some projects we do regularly:

Bangor Homeless Shelter – Volunteers assist in general cleaning. In addition, volunteers often help with dinner.

Bangor Humane SocietyFor this project, volunteers assist staff in cleaning the dog kennels, assembling dog beds, as well as helping to make dog and cat treats. You will be able to see lots of animals.

Black Bear Exchange - Many different volunteer opportunities are available.  Volunteers often participate in food drives for the Black Bear Exchange at local grocery stores. In addition, volunteers assist in sorting food and/or cleaning at the Exchange.

Challenger Learning Center Volunteers often assist the Challenger Center with special children’s events they offer to students throughout the school year.

Eastern Area Agency on Aging - We will help them serve the community by volunteering for members of the community. We often help elderly community members with yard work in the Fall and Spring and shoveling during the winter.

Families and Children Act TogetherWe  assist FACT by helping them put together their newsletter. They have a small staff but send out newsletters to over a 1,000 people each month. By volunteering for a couple of hours they will save about a week’s work by their small staff.  This project is usually done right on campus!

Habitat for Humanity - We assist HFH with both their Re-Store and home sites.  The Re-Store takes donations of household items and building materials that can be sold to raise money to build homes.  We assist with unpacking, assembling, restocking, and cleaning.  They typically build one house per year.  Although a lot of the building is done in the summer, we have helped with site work in the spring and finishing work in the fall.  They are very good with volunteer groups and you will learn a lot too!

Hands of Hope - Volunteers will assist in preparing items for the store. This will include organizing clothes and building/moving furniture.

The Hope Festival - The Hope Festival is sponsored by the Peace and Justice Center of Eastern Maine and held at the Rec Center in April. Volunteers are needed to assist in children’s activities throughout the day as well as to help with set-up and clean-up of the event.

Maine Audubon - Projects with the Audubon include helping them with outdoor cleaning projects. In addition, we often help the Maine Audubon with special children’s events they host throughout the semester.

Maine Discovery Museum - We often help the museum with one of their children’s events.

Old Town Recreation - Volunteers often help by working on outdoor projects such as removing brush, helping fix picnic tables, and/or painting so dress accordingly. Throughout the year, there are also special events as well as indoor activities that volunteers participate in.

Red Cross Blood Drives - The Blood Drives are sponsored by the American Red Cross and are held in the Student Recreation Center. The Red Cross needs volunteers to help blood donors by assisting in the canteen as well as escorting donors to the canteen. Donors are required to wait in the canteen after donating to ensure their safety.

Ronald McDonald House - For the Ronald McDonald House, we will prepare a meal (large enough to feed 25 people) for families staying at Ronald McDonald. Meals include entree, veggie, bread, dessert. Food can be provided by the Bodwell Center if needed. Once everything is made and the kitchen cleaned up volunteers can leave as families come and go through the evening and serve themselves. We also assist with spring cleaning. Volunteers assist in raking and cleaning the yard around the house.

For more information about these partner organizations or others in the area, visit our Partners Page.


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