Students Raise $16,000 For New Homeless Shelter

 

By Jennifer Stephens '12
 

As director of the Colby Volunteer Center, Dana Roberts ’12 had three goals for November: improve appreciation of the dormitories Colby students call home, increase awareness about local homelessness, and raise $10,000.

She accomplished all three. On Nov. 30, the CVC announced it had exceeded its goal of raising $10,000 for the Mid-Maine Homeless Shelter’s “Rebuilding Lives” campaign to build a new shelter and homelessness prevention center in Waterville. The student-run CVC collaborated with several organizations both on and off campus and had raised $15,888 by the time classes ended on Dec. 9.

The CVC’s effort to educate students consisted of an art display in the student center, a special edition of the student newspaper, the Echo, featuring stories of shelter guests, a panel discussion of local experts on youth homelessness, and a collaborative campaign with hall staff to address a recent increase in dorm damage. “This is our home, and many people don’t have that,” Roberts said. “If we’re at Colby, we’ve been blessed.”

The new Waterville facility—which will sleep 40 guests at a time and will replace the existing shelter that sleeps 18—is expected to open in November 2012.

Architects’ rendering of the new Mid-Maine Homeless Shelter center in Waterville.
Architects’ rendering of the new Mid-Maine Homeless Shelter center in Waterville.

 
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