The Office of Community-Based Learning is fortunate to work with a variety of partners in the local and regional community who welcome student interest and involvement. Every semester, Unity students put their skills to work through participation in credit bearing service projects, club activities, service trips, and their general desire to lend a hand when the need or opportunity arises.
Good Work: The CBL Newsletter
The Community-Based Learning newsletter, Good Work, captures just some of the important and interesting issues that we are working on with members of the broader community. From environmental problem-solving to action research, to educational programming, natural resource monitoring, citizen science and good old volunteerism, you’ll find it in the pages of Good Work. Explore recent issues of our newsletter to find out what Unity students, faculty and community partners have been working on.
A commitment to developing home grown solutions to local issues of concern is a defining characteristic of the broader community to which the college belongs. The Office of CBL partners directly with the community on a variety of locally-driven initiatives which provide fun, educational and interactive opportunities for student involvement.
The Empty Bowls Project: Supporting Regional Hunger Relief
Now in its 18th year, the Unity College Empty Bowls project brings together area farmers, potters, students and community volunteers to host an evening fundraiser in support of area hunger relief programs. A simple meal of home- made soup and bread is served in clay bowls hand-crafted by Unity students and professional potters within the region. Good food, great company and artistic flare are the featured attractions that keep folks coming year after year. Diners keep their one-of-a-kind “empty bowl” as a reminder of ongoing food insecurity that many experience on a daily basis. Our most recent event raised over $1900 in support of the Veggies for All project and the Volunteer Regional Food Pantry, two local hunger relief projects that work collaboratively to serve households in the greater Unity area.
Promoting Local Food Systems: A Guide for Locavores
With the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association (MOFGA) just up the road from campus, the Unity Farmer’s Market down the hill, the Veggies for All project on campus and small scale growers all around us, the college finds itself situated in an agricultural mecca. The community’s penchant for locally raised produce, meats and value-added foods is palpable. In an effort to share with folks the full range of options for “buying local”, the college and MOFGA have teamed up to create the Waldo County Area Local Food Guide. The publication includes farm and food business information for all towns in Waldo county as well as neighboring communities in Kennebec, Somerset and Penobscot counties. It is produced at no cost to the farms and food businesses that choose to be listed and is available free to the public.