Community Partnerships

The Harward Center for Community Partnerships works with community groups to meet community needs and, in the process, to integrate civic engagement with the Bates educational experience.

Many of the Center’s partnerships, with more than 120 community organizations, span a decade or more.

In 2006, Bates received national recognition for its community partnerships from the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and Corporation for National and Community Service.

Key partners include the Lewiston Public School System, Maine State Government, Lewiston Housing Authority, Museum L/A Oral History Project and Thorncrag Bird Sanctuary.

This community work was nurtured early on through the Bates Center for Service-Learning, established in 1995 as one of the first of its kind. The commitment to community partnerships was been extended through the 2005 formation of the Harward Center, which now houses the Service-Learning Program.

The Harward Center provides grants to students, faculty, and staff whose projects address diversity issues.

Service to the Community

Student volunteers…

  • Rake yards and winterize area homes
  • Prepare and serve meals at Blake Street Towers
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Day read-ins
  • Read one-on-one with 2nd graders twice a week
  • Mentor sixth graders at Longley School once a week.
  • Campus visit for ninth grade girls to raise aspirations, stimulate discussions, and empower girls to think about life choices.