UMaine Students Show How They Care for Community 

Catherine Pegram

Dozen of Umaine students fanned out across the Greater Bangor area to show just how much they care for the community.The students are taking part in more than twenty service projects this weekend for the yearly “Umaine Cares” event. It’s in celebration of National Make a Difference day, today.Members of the school’s Veterinarian Club spent some time at the Bangor Humane Society, making dog treats, grooming a few of the animals and cleaning their cages. Other students donated time at the area homeless shelter, cleaning walking trails, even setting up a haunted house at a local rec center.Ryan Bouchard with the Bodwell Center for Service and Volunteerism says, “On this weekend, there’s 300 students doing projects on this weekend. It’s really good to have those students out there so community members can see that there’s college students out in their community making a difference.”Umaine Cares started in 2005 as a way to raise relief money after Hurricane Katrina hit the Gulf Coast.Students volunteered to clean up various areas of campus, collecting donations for the work.