Students and staff members from the University of Southern Maine’s Lewiston-Auburn College collaborated with long time community partner Good Shepherd Food Bank on Friday, March 14th in recognition of “USM’s Husky Day of Service”. The Husky Day of Service encourages students to volunteer and learn more about the organizations in their communities. Students and staff participating at the Good Shepherd location helped to properly sort donated food, and prepared backpacks for local children as well as food packs for the elderly.
USM LAC’s Druker Office of Community Engagement coordinated the event with Good Shepherd’s volunteer coordinator, Amanda Marino. The event helped to increase awareness of the extent of hunger in the state, and the work and mission that the Good Shepherd Food bank does to help feed people here in Maine.
The Druker Office of Community Engagement (DOCE), located at USM’s Lewiston-Auburn campus, sets a unique standard as a student-faculty collaboratively led office coordinating LAC’s multi-tiered community engagement work. It takes a hands-on approach to community engagement involvement, including programming for community enrichment; coordination of engagement learning projects; building community relationships; and contributing vigorously to the growing assets, diversity, and richness of the community.
Pictured first row, left to right: Tonya Bailey-Curry, Jodi Redmun, and Dan Philbrick. Back row, left to right: Lyn Philbrick, Steven Doyle, Carmen Edwards, Amanda Pugh, and Katie Philbrick.
Left to right Steven Doyle, Carmen Edwards, Tonya Bailey-Curry and Megan Hulbert.