Volunteerism & Student Leadership
The Harward Center for Community Partnerships facilitates volunteer opportunities for Bates students, and is available to help students identify – through use of an extensive database of agencies and contacts – volunteer opportunities that best suit their interests, values and schedules. A team of seven Student Volunteer Fellows (SVFs) helps students to find desired opportunities for volunteer work (service not formally connected to academic work) in a wide range of areas. SVFs reach out to the campus to raise the visibility of volunteer opportunities, coordinate site-based programs, plan and run one-time events, and develop opportunities for personal and professional development.
The Bates Bonner Leader Program, overseen by the Harward Center for Community Partnerships, is part of a national network of 80 campuses across the country. The Program’s goals are to promote opportunities for student development, learning and engagement through community work – we do this by providing students financial and programmatic support to participate in individual and group community-engaged work, orientation, training and reflection.
While there are a number of volunteer programs run through this office, there is also collaboration with and support provided for other student-run programs, including the Big Brothers/Big Sisters Cats and Cubs program, Bates Buddies, and the Women’s Resource Center/Poland High School program.