The Colby Volunteer Center’s Hospice Volunteers of the Waterville Area (HVWA) program has really gotten up and running this semester. HVWA offers bereavement support to those in their final stages of life and grief support to those who have lost a loved one.  The partnership between the CVC and HVWA began last spring, and this semester, we have recruited eight new trainees for groups and direct care – this doubles the number of Colby volunteers at HVWA at present. This is a great accomplishment, and we are enthusiastic about Colby’s interest in these programs – be it through the eight new people who are now certified hospice volunteers, or through the twenty people interested in volunteering for HVWA in some way.

Hope’s Place, which runs support groups for grieving children, started up its eight-week fall session in late September, and now we are in the final two weeks of the session. This semester, we have five Colby facilitators working with eight members of the Waterville community running Hope’s Place. Hope’s Place’s next session will begin the first week of JanPlan. People are also volunteering weekly for the hospice direct care program.

We are incredibly excited to announce that we will be hosting a fundraiser for HVWA the week after Thanksgiving! HVWA puts all of its money directly towards helping those who need it, and as a result they are in dire need of many supplies for their organization as well as gas money and help paying their electric bill. We will be selling Colby Christmas ornaments the week after Thanksgiving to raise money for HVWA, and we are aiming to get monetary donations as well to help them through this holiday season. We are looking for volunteers to help us with preparation and tabling, so please contact either Priscilla McCelvey or Peggy Meyer if you are interested in helping!