UMaine community giving back during holiday season

Editor’s note: This is not a complete list; additions may be made.

Several University of Maine groups are leading charitable efforts to give back to the community throughout the holiday season.

The Black Bear Exchange, UMaine’s food pantry and clothing exchange, will provide Thanksgiving meals to families in need. Registration is open until Nov. 21, and meals must be picked up between 11:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. Nov. 25. For more information, contact Lisa Morin at 581.4194,

The Bodwell Center for Service and Volunteerism is collecting food items for Thanksgiving meal baskets for those in need. Requested items include turkeys (10–12 pounds), stuffing, carrots, butternut squash, cranberry sauce, canned vegetables, turkey gravy and pie. Items can be dropped off at the Bodwell Center on the third floor of the Memorial Union through Nov. 21.  

UMaine Athletics will host a food drive at the football game against the University of Rhode Island at noon Nov. 16. Each person who brings an item to donate will receive $5 off a future hockey ticket. All items collected will be donated to the Black Bear Exchange. 

The Maine Business School’s MBS Corps is partnering with the Salvation Army to support the organization’s Adopt-A-Family program. Members of MBS Corps will table in the lobby of the D. P. Corbett Business Building from Dec. 2–13 to collect gifts for families in need.

Alpha Tau Omega will host its annual Blue and Gold Christmas, a philanthropy event that collects donations of non-perishable food items, toiletries and clothing. This year, donations will be given to Bangor-based nonprofit Partners for Peace. Teams from Greek Life and other student organizations will be given a tree to decorate, along with a donation box. The trees will be on display in the Memorial Union from Dec. 3–14.

UMaine’s annual employee holiday lunch will take place at Wells Conference Center 11 a.m.–1 p.m. Dec. 10. Members of the Classified Employees Advisory Council (CEAC) and Professional Employees Advisory Council (PEAC) will be in the lobby of Wells collecting nonperishable food items and household supplies to benefit the Black Bear Exchange.

Golden Key also will be accepting new hats, gloves, mittens, scarves and socks as part of its annual Winter Warmth Drive.

Pi Beta Phi and Phi Gamma Delta (FIJI) will host the annual Pi Phi/FIJI Christmas event from 6–8 p.m. Dec. 13 at the FIJI fraternity house, 79 College Ave. Donations of new, unwrapped toys for Crossroads Ministries Resource Center in Old Town will be collected during the reception. Light refreshments will be served.

UMaine Dining is holding a food drive to benefit Crossroads Ministries. Donations to the food drive can be made at Hilltop Dining, Wells Central, York Dining and the Bear’s Den through Dec. 20.