UMaine Bodwell Center Plans ‘Halloween for Needs’ Oct. 30.

Contact: Ryan Bouchard, 581-1796

ORONO — The Bodwell Center for Service and Volunteerism, the UMaine Touchstone Project and the Peer Education Program will host a novel “Halloween for Needs” event Oct. 30, beginning at 3 p.m. at the Orchard Trail Community Center, just off campus.

Volunteers will inform students about the services of the University of Maine Counseling Center, as well as collect food for the Black Bear Exchange.

Student and staff volunteers from the UMaine will go door-to-door at off-campus housing complexes, where large numbers of university students live. Volunteers will hand out bags of goodies and inform students that the Counseling Center offers free and confidential services for enrolled students. In addition, students will collect non-perishable food for the Black Bear Exchange, a food cupboard on campus serving university students and members of the larger community.

The Counseling Center offers free and confidential counseling to students, providing individual, group and couples counseling, and psychiatric services. Peer Educators are students who work to promote acceptance of diversity, safe sex practices, stress-free lifestyles, good communication skills, healthy body images, and happy, safe and fun college experiences for all.

The Touchstone Project is a new program on campus that promotes belonging and connection through social justice.  Touchstone also works with the Counseling Center to promote emotional wellbeing through healthy relationships.

The Bodwell Center for Service and Volunteerism aims to create civic-mindedness by building an engaged campus through the promotion of service learning and volunteerism to students, faculty and staff, in order to strengthen local, national and international communities. The Black Bear Exchange opened as part of the Bodwell Center last spring.

The off-campus housing complexes include Orchard Trails, Dryden Terrace, Washburn Place, Founder’s Place, Park Place, Timberview and College Park apartment complexes.

For more information, contact Ryan C. Bouchard at The Bodwell Center for Service and Volunteerism by email at or phone at 581-1796.