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 (mdeschai@bates.du) at 207-786-8273 for more information.
Deadline: March 30, 2020


“[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.”




Analea Angot ‘20
Hometown:  Hampton, NH
Major: Sociology
GECs: Identity, Race and Ethnicity; Racisms

At Bates, Analea works at the Trinity Jubilee Center and is on the board of the Reproductive Justice Alliance. Since her first year, working at Trinity has connected her to Lewiston residents and given her learning opportunities outside of the traditional classroom. In her free time, she enjoys going to museums, admiring art, and making jewelry.

Analea is assigned to the Immigrant Integration Program, which focuses on Trinity Jubilee Center’s work around providing client support for employment, housing, and other needs.


Grace Bake ‘21
Hometown: London, England
Major: Psychology with a minor in Education

At Bates, Grace is a part of the rowing team and enjoys spending time with her teammates, friends time outdoors and skiing in the winter. She also has loved getting involved in the community through her education classes over the past two years at Bates.

Grace is coordinating weekly lunches at Lewiston Middle School, which helps foster connections between middle schoolers and college students, and helping to support aspirations programming for local youth.


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, and you will often find her experimenting in the Chu kitchen with her friends. 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 a weekly brunch for elderly and younger disabled residents at Blake Street Towers.


Charlotte Lynskey ’21
Hometown: Costa Mesa, California
Major: Psychology, with a minor in Spanish

Charlotte is active in the Bates dance community and enjoys reading, writing, and playing the guitar. She has volunteered at a variety of places over her years at Bates, including Maine Community Integration (MCI), Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Services (SAPARS), and Tri-County Mental Health Services (TCMHS). Additionally, she helped campaign for Jared Golden with the Lewiston Democrats, working to implement a new voter turnout program at Bates. She is particularly passionate about clinical psychology, neuroscience, and mental health reform. She has been volunteering at the Social Learning Center since she was a first-year, where she visits a woman named Susie.

Charlotte coordinates the Social Learning Center Friendship Program, where Bates students are matched with individuals who have intellectual and developmental disabilities and visit them weekly.


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.


Emily Pardi ‘20
Hometown: Arlington, VA
Major: Psychology, with a minor in Spanish

Emily plays club water polo and club lacrosse. She studied abroad in Chile during Spring 2019 and she is a Peer Health Educator, a new program that is part of Residence Life and Health Education. She looks forward to working with new volunteers at Hillview!

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


Eleanor Shields ’20
Hometown: Bar Harbor, ME
Major: Psychology and Rhetoric double-major, and an Educational Studies minor.

Eleanor enjoyed serving on the Bates Civic Action Team for two years, working at Maine Immigration and Refugee Services, and engaging in other ways with the Lewiston-Auburn community. She also loves hiking and exploring, especially at Acadia National Park near her home.

Eleanor is returning for her second year as the America Reads/America Counts Coordinator and will be organizing tutoring opportunities in public schools for Bates students.


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 assigned to 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.


Alix Zabin ’22
Hometown: Greenwich, CT
Major: Undecided, but enjoys studying Psychology and Spanish

At Bates, Alix  is passionate about being active in the outdoors! On the weekends, you will find her hiking, biking, or skiing. She loves sharing the outdoors with others, whether it is through the Bates Outing Club or a snowshoeing program with Montello Elementary students. On campus, she spends her time reading, running, meditating with the Dharma Society, and participating in Hillel activities. This past summer she worked for Overland Summers, through which she summited Mount Washington with 12 12-year olds in tow! She loves making new friends, regardless of age or ability. Visiting her buddy at the Social Learning Center gives her great joy, as does making new friends on campus.

Alix leads the Book Buddies programs, where Bates students read one-on-one with elementary school children twice a week.


Hermione Zhou ’21
Hometown: Shenzhen, Guangdong Province, China

Major: Environmental Studies; Sociology

Hermione has been involved in a lot of initiatives aiming to promote nutrition, and tackling food insecurity and food waste. She is a member of Maine Gleaning Network, and Androscoggin Gleaners (based in St. Mary’s Nutrition Center). She is also the president of Bates Gleaners and a member of ReHarvest Initiative started here at Bates. She hopes to help address issues of food insecurity, obesity, and diabetes through this position. Last year Hermione volunteered at Lots to Gardens and some Nutrition Center programs. She will be the community liaison for Bates Christian Fellowship and the Powerlifting Club.

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