Get to Know Your New Community!
Civic engagement is one of the core values at Bates. The Harward Center for Community Partnerships offers many ways to become involved—community-based learning, volunteerism, community work-study, grant-funded summer work—through a wide variety of opportunities such as mentoring, Habitat builds, tutoring, gardening, working with the elderly, and many more. Their website.
Students can engage with the community through first-year seminars, coursework, research and thesis. An example of this work is the capstone project in the Environmental Studies program. This project integrates varied student interests, passions and experiences around a community need. In the past, the work has focused on a community food assessment and more recently has addressed issues relating to the Androscoggin River.
The Harward Center offers two student leadership programs. The Bonner Leader Program is a four-year service and training program. Students explore a range of service opportunities and eventually commit to a leadership role with an organization. Student Volunteer Fellows serve for one year. They work with community organizations to coordinate programs and recruit volunteers. Both programs offer financial and programmatic support, as well as lots of hands-on experience. Their website.