Community Outreach Fellows Program

Community 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 at 207-786-8273 for more information.
Deadline: TBD


“[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.”




Chloe Baylor ‘23 
Hometown:  Lincoln, Nebraska
Major: Psychology, with a minor in History

Chloe volunteered last year as a Bates Book Buddies tutor, and is now super excited to be the Outreach Fellow coordinating the program. She will also be on the Residence Life staff this year as a JA. She plays golf for the Bates Women’s Golf team, and is part of the Club Waterpolo team. Her hobbies include singing and being outdoors.

Chloe is coordinating the Book Buddies Program at Montello and McMahon Schools.



Emma Johnston ’23
Hometown: Bradenton, Florida
Major: Biology and Environmental Studies on the Pre-Med track

Emma is a JA this year, as well as being in the Bates Debate Club and Taiko Club. She is passionate about education and loves engaging with Lewiston students! She enjoys spending time outdoors, especially kayaking and hiking.

Emma coordinates all placements for America Reads/America Counts tutors and Bates Civic Action Team tutors.



Casey Kelley ’21
Hometown: Cape Elizabeth, Maine
Major: Environmental Studies

Casey enjoys spending time outdoors as well as with her friends and family. She is particularly interested in social justice issues and spending time in the Lewiston community. 

Casey coordinates Art Programming, which includes weekly opportunities to work with youth through the ArtVan and Hillview Family Development.



Anna Maheu ‘21
Hometown: New York, New York
Religious Studies with GECs in Environmental History and Colonialism

Anna runs Snaggletooth, the literary arts journal at Bates, which involves leading creative writing workshops and publishing yearly issues. She is also an ARC tutor. Anna is a big reader and enjoys spending time hiking and skiing around Maine. She also loves to garden, cook, and try and retry recipes! Anna particularly enjoys doing research and is passionate about food access as a key element of environmental justice.

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



Annika Mirchandani ’23
Hometown: Weston, Connecticut
Major: Undecided

At Bates, Annika is passionate about running, spending time with her friends, and engaging with the Lewiston community. Two of her favorite hobbies include cooking and baking. Her main academic interests include Environmental Studies and Psychology, and she is exploring Education as a possible minor.  She also reads to two Montello first graders twice a week as a part of the Book Buddies program. 

Annika is coordinating programming for elderly and younger disabled residents at Blake Street Towers and Meadowview.



Georgia Moses ‘21
Hometown: Arlington, Massachusetts
Major: Education and Spanish

Georgia enjoys spending time with friends, running, and spending time in schools in the Lewiston community.

Georgia coordinates volunteer programming at Hillview Family Development.



Lauren Nudi ‘23
Hometown: Wayzeta, Minnesota
Major: Anthropology, with minors in Education and French

Lauren enjoys spending time outside with friends. This semester she is looking forward to socially distanced frisbee, reading outside under the New England foliage, and skiing in the winter.

Lauren is coordinating and supporting mentoring programs with youth in elementary and middle school. She will help to facilitate virtual matches for the Fall of 2020.



Ilze Smidt ’21
Hometown:  Pittsburgh, PA and Johannesburg, South Africa
Major: Neuroscience with GECs in English and Education

A registered EMT, Ilze has a passion for helping those in need. She has spent much of her life traveling, having lived in both South Africa and China before coming to the US. In her free time Ilze enjoys embroidery and knitting as well as watching foreign films.

Ilze is coordinating the Lewiston Public Library Academic Success Program, which offers homework help and SAT prep for middle- and high-school students, who are mostly English Language Learners.