Students volunteer at the Mid-Maine Homeless Shelter.

In just a few short weeks, the Colby Volunteer Center raised an impressive $15,558 toward the Mid-Maine Homeless Shelter’s $35,000 shortfall in funding for its critically needed day shelter program, which allows the shelter to keep its doors open during daylight hours for the duration of the cold winter months. The CVC is now doubling down on its efforts to help ensure the program remains available to the community’s most vulnerable citizens.

When members of the CVC learned of the shelter’s need, their response was immediate. Clea Harrelson ’16 and Cara Goldfarb ’17, the CVC’s co-liaisons to the shelter, worked with CVC codirectors Adam Lavertu ’16 and Laurel Whitney ’16 to develop a fundraising plan with the lofty goal of raising $35,000 to meet this year’s need.

“After spending countless volunteer hours at the shelter, we’ve seen firsthand how critical the day program is during the winter months and how deserving these community members are of this service,” said Harrelson. “Although the goal is daunting, we are committed to doing our best to keep this important program going.”

Harrelson, Goldfarb, Lavertu, Whitney, and other CVC members have raised funds through a GoFundMe account, bottle drives, fundraising events, and more, dedicating much of their spare time to the effort. Understanding they need partners to reach their goal, they secured matching funds from the Student Government Association and the Office of the President, as well as support from various clubs and organizations both on and off campus.

“I believe the strength of a community is judged by how the most underserved people are doing,” said Lavertu. “We need to ensure all members of the community are getting through the winter safely.”

Click here to access the GoFundMe page. For more information about the campaign, contact Clea Harrelson ’16.