Community Outreach Fellows Program

2017COFCommunity Outreach Fellows serve as coordinators for community volunteer programs. As part of a team of students who have considerable civic engagement experience and leadership potential, they help their fellow students find desired opportunities for co-curricular volunteer work in a wide range of areas.

Each Fellow serves as a campus liaison to a local non-profit organization or as a coordinator for a specific area of interest, works to educate the campus community about that organization or interest area, and recruits, trains, and manages Bates volunteers for engagement with the agency or within the interest area. Community Outreach Fellows also participate in monthly reflection and skill-building workshops and several retreats designed to develop their civic leadership capacities.


Fellows are paid to work 3-6 hours per week (depending on the position) over the course of both fall and winter semesters. Interested students may click here to download an application. They are also welcome to contact Marty Deschaines (mdeschai@bates.du) at 207-786-8273 for more information.
Deadline: March 26, 2018


“[Working with organization staff, high school youth, Bates students and community volunteers] reminded me of the power of teamwork and the power of people of different backgrounds coming together.”



Adam Blau 2017

Adam Blau ‘18
Pacific Palisades, California
Major: Economics and Politics with a GEC in French and Francophone Studies

Adam is also interested in sports, music, and working with kids. He served for two years in the Harward Center Bates Civic Action Team program, and is committed to supporting youth and addressing issues of poverty, through United in Harmony and The Borgen Project.

Adam is assigned to the Montello Mentoring Program, where a Bates student is matched with a student at Montello Elementary School and visits once a week to form a friendship and serve as a role model.



Katherine Cabral ‘20
Chelsea, Massachusetts
Major: Politics, with minors in Spanish and Education Studies (undeclared)
Katherine is involved with the Women of Color, Latinos Unidos and is a fellow for the Office of Intercultural Education. She hopes to empower marginalized individuals. Katherine’s hobbies include watching HGTV’s Property Brothers and practicing mindfulness.

Katherine is assigned to Maine Immigrant and Refugee Services, an ethnic community-based organization that offers afterschool programming for children and citizenship test preparation for adults.


Cate DayCate Day ‘20
Montclair, New Jersey
Major: Psychology (undeclared)

Cate is working towards becoming a physical therapist. She loves to run, spend time with friends and family, and travel. At school, she likes to take classes in a broad range of areas and is not yet decided on a major. She loves volunteering and making people’s lives even a little bit happier.

Cate is assigned to Blake Street Towers, a public housing development that offers weekly activities with elderly and younger disabled residents, including Sunday brunches, craft activities, and card game.


samSam Findlen-Golden ‘20
Amherst, Massachusetts
Major: Math (undeclared)|

Sam loves music, particularly singing and playing piano! He played basketball for 10 years, but his favorite sports team is the Patriots. He’s also a huge history and geography buff, and can list the capitals of all 50 states!

Sam is assigned to the Lewiston Public Library Academic Success Program, which offers homework help for middle- and high-school students, who are mostly English Language Learners.



Shae Gwydir ‘20
Port Jefferson, New York
Major: Dance; minor in Educational Studies (undeclared)

Shae has sixteen years of dance training in various styles, as well as several years of teaching experience. She works as an office assistant for the Bates Dance Festival during the school year and will be an Orientation Week Leader for the incoming class of 2021.

Shae is assigned to Dance Programming that includes regular dance and movement classes for youth at the YWCA, and occasional classes at local afterschool programs.





Emily Halford ‘18
Lenox, Massachusetts
Major: Biology and Environmental Studies, with a concentration in Health

Emily is interested in public health and long-distance running.

Emily is assigned to the Social Learning Center Friendship Program, where a Bates student is matched with a participant at the Social Learning Center and visits that person weekly.


KatieKatie Leeke ‘20
Minnetonka, Minnesota
Major: Neuroscience (and maybe Mathematics), with a French GEC

Katie loves to adventure throughout Maine. She is interested in rock climbing, yoga and traveling around the world.

Katie is assigned to Art Programming, which includes weekly opportunities to work with youth through the ArtVan and Hillview Family Development.


asherAsher MacDonald ‘18
Hillsborough, North Carolina
Major: Political Economy, with a minor in Spanish

While in high school, Asher focused on reproductive health advocacy and he was part of the campaign to bring comprehensive sex education to NC. As an Outreach Fellow, he will be connecting the Bates community with local partners that focus on health and nutrition.

Asher studied abroad last year in Havana, Cuba where he took classes at the University of Havana. At Bates, he is on the Varsity Baseball team and thoroughly enjoys hiking and surfing.

Asher is assigned to Food and Nutrition Programming, which includes regular opportunities to volunteer with the St. Mary’s Nutrition Center and Good Shepherd Food Bank.


courtneyCourtney Porfido ‘18
Ramsey, New Jersey
Major: Psychology, with GECs in Film and Media Studies and Children, Adolescents, School

Courtney participated in the Bates Civic Action Team for two years and served as a Community Outreach Fellow for one year. This work has completely shaped her Bates experience and guided her intended career path toward education, nonprofits, and working with youth. Working in the schools and with fellow Bates students has helped her understand her strengths and weaknesses, and given her confidence in her ability to work with people of all ages.

Courtney has been named the America Reads/America Counts Coordinator and will be organizing tutoring opportunities in public schools for Bates students.



George Steckel ‘19
Scarsdale, New York
Major: Theater

George is interested in all things food and sports. He loves spending time with his family and friends and spending time outside.

George is assigned to Montello Book Buddies, where Bates students read one-on-one with elementary school children twice a week.



BrieBrie Wilson ‘18
Lewiston, ME
Major: Biological Chemistry with a minor in Anthropology and a GEC in Learning and Teaching

Volunteering has always been a passion of Brie’s. She is President of Bates Special Olympics and they help coordinate different volunteer opportunities and Special Olympics events. Also, through Bates Christian Fellowship, she gets to help plan and volunteer for different events around the Lewiston/Auburn community!

Brie is assigned to the Hillview Afterschool Program, which provides homework help and enrichment activities.