In November, the Mid-Maine Homeless Shelter (MMHS) reached out to the Colby College Volunteer Center with an urgent need: the shelter lacked the funding to provide warm refuge to homeless individuals in our community. After the closure of the warming center in Waterville three years ago, the MMHS took it upon itself to ensure that no homeless individual in our community would be forced to spend the cold winter days outdoors. However, a lack of funding for staff hours left the MMHS uncertain about it’s ability to continue to provide this fundamental refuge to the Waterville community. The Colby Volunteer Center firmly believes that you should judge a community not by the status of the privileged but rather by the situation of those with the least. With this ideal, the Winter Shelter Campaign was born. As we embarked on this effort, we were supported by the entire Colby community, on and off Mayflower Hill.The response to this critical need from our community was incredible, and we want to thank everyone who gave their money or time to help. We were amazed by the generosity and support from the Colby community, specifically the Student Government Association, the President’s Office, Goldfarb Center and the Alumni Office, who immediately recognized the importance of this effort and donated their time and resources to help us address this issue. Numerous students,faculty, alumni, and Colby family members also contributed to this campaign, demonstrating that the network of Colby extends far beyond the hill and the Waterville community remains an important to both former and current Colby. Thank you for affirming Colby’s stance, once more, as an integral member of the Waterville community and for helping ensure that all members of our community have the option of warmth and safety at the Mid-Maine Homeless Shelter.
With Love and Respect,
The CVC Staff