We are all familiar with the harsh weather and bitter cold of the Maine winter months. While we hunker down in the library, grab an extra cup of coffee in the dining hall, and try not to fall on our way down Chapel Hill, it is important to recognize that this is an exceptionally challenging time of year for many people in our community who are homeless.

The Mid-Maine Homeless Shelter has in the past provided a warm place for those in need of shelter to go during the day. Colby has played a role in providing this service to the community from the beginning when it was started in the basement of a local church, with Colby students volunteered around the clock to keep the shelter staffed.

The Warming Center is in need of our help to be able to keep it’s doors open again this year. So for the month of November, the Colby Volunteer Center (CVC) will be running a fundraiser campaign to gather the $35,000 dollars needed to keep the shelter‘s doors open this year. We recognize that $35,000 seems like a lot of money, but if every Colby student gave $20 the fundraiser would easily reach its goal. To raise the funds the CVC has developed a number of initiatives, centered around raising awareness and helping our community.

CVC volunteers will be tabling in the Spa Nov. 9 – 13th and the days leading up to the weekend before Thanksgiving break. If you would like to donate, find us in the Spa or make a contribution via our GoFundMe page (www.gofundme.com/ColbyDayShelter). If you or your team/group/club wants to help or if you have questions about how to get involved, email us at cvc@colby.edu!