Bates Days of Service

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Celebrate the 12th annual Bates Days of Service this summer by participating in community service projects with fellow Bates community members and their families across the country. Cosponsored by the Office of Alumni & Parent Engagement and the Harward Center for Community Partnerships, Days of Service celebrates the Bates traditions of informed civic action and stewardship of the wider world.

The 2017 Bates Days of Service will take place from July 8–August 5, in 16 locations across the country. Families are encouraged to attend and service projects are open to children unless otherwise noted in the specific program descriptions below.

2017 Projects and Locations

Atlanta, GA.

2017 BatesServes Project
Artportunity Knocks
Backpack to School Drive
002 Lakewood Ave, SE. – Metropark
Atlanta, GA

Artportunity Knocks Mission is to empower youth to excel in positive arts, self-expression, education, and community service, and bridging cultures through the arts. Volunteers will help collect, pack, and distribute school supplies to over 1,000 underprivileged youths in the Metro Atlanta area.
Lead Volunteers: Cassandra Desrosiers ’14, Alicia Hunter ’94, Tina Engberg ’90

2017 Day of Service - Atlanta, GA

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Boston, MA.

2017 BatesServes Project
The Greater Boston Foodbank
70 South Bay Avenue

Boston, MA

The Greater Boston Food Bank is committed to increasing their food distribution to provide at least one meal a day to every person in need in Eastern Massachusetts while supporting healthy lives and healthy communities. Volunteers can expect to pack food for local vulnerable populations which help provide meals for those that need it most. Ages 10 and up are welcome.
Lead Volunteers: Katie Kaplan ’16 and Meredith Traquina ’13

This project has filled. Please contact Stephanie Dumont to be placed on the waiting list.
We still have room in our Worcester project, see location tab below for more information and to sign up!
Charles River Clean up 2016


2016 Project: Charles River Cleanup

Burlington, Vt.

2017  Bates Serves Project
Peace and Justice Center
60 Lake Street
Burlington, VT

Sunday, July 30, 2017, 10 a.m.4 p.m.
The Peace and Justice Center’s mission is to create a just and peaceful world by focussing on the interconnected issues of economic and racial justice, peace, and human rights through education, advocacy, training, non-violent activism, and community organizing. Volunteers will help with the organizational tasks that keep PJC operating, while learning about the Vermont-based non-profit.
Lead Volunteer: Courtney Fleisher ’94.

2017 Day of Service - Burlington, VT

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vermont 2015

2016 Project: Committee on Temporary Shelter serving Vermont

Denver, Colo.

2017 Bates Serves Project
Food Bank of the Rockies
3900 Nome Street, Unit T
Denver, CO,
Saturday, July 22, 2017
12:30–3:30 p.m.

Volunteering at The Food Bank of the Rockies helps families thrive by efficiently procuring and distributing food and essentials to the hungry through our programs and partner agencies. Volunteers will sort and pack food orders for distribution.
Lead Volunteer: Leah Elsmore ’12 and Rachel Laaff ’10

Lake Bluff, Ill.

2017  Bates Serves Project
Bernie’s Book Bank
917 North Shore Drive
Lake Bluff, Ill.
Saturday, July 15, 2017, Noon–2 p.m.

Two out of three low-income children have no books of their own. Bernie’s Book Bank, Chicago’s largest provider of quality children’s books, is changing that with one of this city’s largest literacy programs. Volunteers will help sort and pack books for distribution to at-risk youth. Families and children of all ages are welcome to participate.

Lead Volunteer: Uriel Gonzalez ’11

2017 Day of Service -Lake Bluff, IL

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Chicago 2016

2016 Project: Breakfast from the Heart

Lewiston, Maine

Rebuilding Together
Saturday, April 29, 2017, 7 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Volunteers helped repair and restore homes for those in need.
Benjamin Mays Center, Bates College, Lewiston, Maine
Lead Volunteer: Shanna Bruno

Rebuilding together 2016

2016 Rebuilding Together participants

Los Angeles, Calif.

2017 Bates Serves Project:
L.A. Kitchen
230 W Ave 26

Saturday, August 5, 2017, 9:30–12:30 p.m.

L.A. Kitchen believes that neither food nor people should ever go to waste. By reclaiming healthy local food that would otherwise be discarded, training men and women who are unemployed for jobs, and providing healthy meals to local citizens, L.A. Kitchen empowers, nourishes, and engages the community. Volunteers will be preparing healthy food from local produce to be delivered to underserved Los Angeles neighborhoods.
Lead Volunteer:
Hannah Laverty ’10

2017 Day of Service - Los Angeles, Calif.

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2016 Project: Pier to Pier Walk

Minneapolis, Minn.

2017  Bates Serves Project
The Cookie Cart

1119 W. Broadway Ave.
Saturday,  July 29, 2017, 
1–3 p.m.

The Cookie Cart provides teens ages 1518 years old with lasting work, life, and leadership skills through experience and training in a non-profit urban bakery. Volunteers will work in the bakery with local youth baking, packaging, and selling cookies.
Lead Volunteer: Rachel Ogilvie ’09

2017 Day of Service -Minneapolis, Minn.

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#batesserves 2016 Minneapolis - Open Arms Minnesota Hi Res

2016 Project: Open Arms Minnesota

New York, N.Y.

2017  Bates Serves Project
New York Cares — Riverside Park
108th Street at Riverside Drive
Saturday, July 22

Help care for the gardens surrounding Riverside Park’s volunteer house at 108th street. The Conservancy depends on volunteers to help maintain this large native plant garden. Volunteers will help by planting, weeding, and maintaining the area.
Lead Volunteer: Kristin Barber ’07

This project has filled up. Please contact Stephanie Dumont to be placed on the waiting list.
NYC 2016

2016 Project: New York Cares

Orlando, Fla.

2017  Bates Serves Project
Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida
411 Mercy Drive
Saturday,  July 22, 8:15 –11:30 a.m.

Volunteers will help prepare food for distribution to local charities and families. Child participants must be at least 10 years old and come with an adult.
Lead Volunteer: Marissa Corrente ’06

#batesserves 2016 Winter Park, FL - Mead Garden Hi Res

2016 Project: Mead Garden

Phippsburg, Maine

Morse Mountain Cleanup
Saturday, April 29, 2017, 9 a.m.
Bates Alumni, parents and friends gathered for a cleanup day at the Bates-Morse Mountain Conservation Area in Phippsburg, Maine. Over 100 lobster traps were removed and nesting grounds for the Piping Plover were staked with the Audobon Society.
Bates-Morse Mountain Conservation Center, Phippsburg, Maine
Lead Volunteer: Laura Sewall, Director of Bates-Morse Mountain Conservation Area

2015 Morse Mountain Clean  Up

Portland, Maine

2017  Bates Serves Project
– Cow Island
Saturday,  July 8, 2017, 8 a.m.–4:30 p.m.

Ripple Effect promotes youth development and leadership training through adventure, healthy communities, and living sustainable. Volunteers will help prepare the Cow Island site by removing debris, saving/pruning trees, weeding, removing invasive species, and completing trail work.
Lead Volunteer: Katie Hawkins ’05

2017 Day of Service -Portland, ME

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Cow Island 2016

2016 Project: Rippleffect — Cow Island

San Francisco, Calif.

2017  Bates Serves Project
Project Open Hand
730 Polk Street
Saturday,  July 22, 2017, 9 a.m.–3:30 p.m.

Project Open Hand’s mission is to nourish and engage our community by providing meals to the sick and the elderly. 
Volunteers will help prepare and package meals for sick and elderly neighbors and seniors.
Lead Volunteer: Hannah Siegel ’15

This project has filled. Please contact Stephanie Dumont to be placed on the waiting list.

2015 Project: San Francisco and Marin Foodbank

Seattle, Wash.

2017 Bates Serves Event
Alleycat Acres
3402 Wetmore Ave S.
Saturday, July 22, 2017

Alleycat Acres believes that food is more than what we eat- it’s a medium through which meaningful relationships can be forged between people and place. Volunteers will participate in a community garden project by performing tasks such as sheet mulching and harvesting. All ages are welcome.
Lead Volunteer: Fisher Qua ’06

#batesserves 2016 Seattle - Earthcorps Discovery Park Hi Res

2016 Project: Earthcorps – Discovery Park

Washington, D.C.

2017  Bates Serves Project
DC Central Kitchen

425 2nd Street, NW

Sunday,  August 6, 2017, 9 a.m.–Noon

DC Central Kitchen’s mission is to use food as a tool to strengthen bodies, empower minds, and build communities. 
Volunteers will help prepare meals for food insecure people living in the D.C. metro area.
Lead Volunteer: Kristelle Hicks ’04

This project has filled. Please contact Stephanie Dumont to be placed on the waiting list.
Washington DC 2017

2016 Project: D.C. Central Kitchen

Worcester, Mass.

2017 Bates Serves Project
Mass Audubon
Brook Meadow BrookMeadow Wildlife Sanctuary and Conservation Center
414 Massasoit Road
Sunday, July 16, 2017, 9–11 a.m.

Mass Audubon’s Mission is to protect the nature of Massachusetts for people and for wildlife. Volunteers can expect to perform a variety of tasks in the sanctuary that enhance and protect the area such as maintenance of the sanctuary trails and visitor center grounds.
Lead Volunteer: Janice McLean ’79

2017 Day of Service - Worcester, MA

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Worcester 2016

2016 Project: Work for Worcester