On Friday, the Best Buddies headed to Sparetime to go bowling! After grabbing our bowling shoes, we picked our lanes and started playing. We took a quick break for some delicious french fries and soda. With a lot of spares and strikes and subsequent excitement, everybody seemed to really enjoy bowling!

Inland Hospital met last Tuesday as a group to discuss how the program was going and to answer any questions people may have. This dinner was an initiative by the program leaders to strengthen community within the Inland Hospital program.

Inland Hospital Group

The South End Teen Center (SETC) volunteer program kicked off the spring semester with another visit to campus for our second “Kids on the Hill” event with the Colby-Waterville Alliance in February. The group of teens, staff, and volunteers stayed toasty-warm inside and played a game of Apples to Apples followed by dinner in Bobs. We hope to hold one or two more “Kids on the Hill” events this year since we’ve received such positive feedback from the teens and staff.

The SETC volunteer program has been very lucky this semester to welcome several new volunteers, including nine students from Marilyn Preston’s Children and Adolescents in School and Society course. These students will be working with the teens to create an audio documentary about what it’s like to be a teen in Waterville in today’s society.

In other news, pictures that the teens took during their February break trips to the Human Society and snowshoeing have been entered into a local photography contest (see below). We have some very strong contenders and hopefully someone from the SETC will bring home the prize!

In another exciting development, the SETC has been entered into Bangor Savings Bank Community Matters More contest. If the SETC receives the most votes in the Central Maine category, they will win $5000 to put towards renovations and new programming! A huge thank you to all of you who cast a vote for the SETC!

 Teen Center Photography contest

Last Sunday, Colby volunteers helped out at the dog sledding event at Viles Arboretum in Augusta as part of a partnership with Heywood Kennel Sled Dog Adventures. Colby students shoveled the path to ensure smooth rides for the guests.  Two of these students, Victoria Feng and Darcy Ahern, are even featured in a WABI TV5 video about the event. To learn even more about the event, check out this article from 92 Moose.

We just wanted to thank all you brave volunteers who came to the Polar Bear Dip last Saturday and took the plunge into the freezing outdoor pool! Not counting day of sign-ups, we had 58 students sign ups. In addition to the football team, we had around 30 Colby students. We surpassed our fundraising goal, raising over $200. Thanks again to everybody who made this event such a success!

The Colby Football Team’s Blue Team Community raised over $400 and had 19 members participate at the Polar Bear Dip.  Here are a couple more photos courtesy of the football team:

To learn more about the Polar Bear Dip, check out this article by Danielle Waugh of WCSH 6 Portland by clicking HERE.

Paw Pals volunteers enjoy going to the shelter, not just to help out, but as a great way to get off campus and get to interact with some animals who could really use the attention. For students missing their pets at home, this is the perfect combination of fun and public service. The flexibility of the program also adds to its appeal, because students can go whenever they like, for as long as they like. With the newly set up carpool system we are hoping to facilitate more trips to the shelter as well as fostering better communication and friendship between volunteers in the program.
Enthusiastic Paw Pals volunteer Allison Polchinski '13 throws a ball for loveable Pitbull Terrier "Jackson" while helping out at the Waterville Humane Society

Enthusiastic Paw Pals volunteer Allison Polchinski ’13 throws a ball for loveable Pitbull Terrier “Jackson” while helping out at the Waterville Humane Society

Last Friday, Best Buddies had their second Dana dinner of the semester. In addition to the usual delicious food, we all played BINGO! The prizes ranged from outrageous glasses to WWE belts. We had a total of 15 winners, but everybody ended up with a prize. Stay tuned because this Friday, Best Buddies will be going bowling!

Opportunity: Dog Sledding Round II
Do you like dog sledding and arboretums? Then we have the volunteer opportunity for you!

What: Volunteering at Dog Sledding Event at Viles Arboretum at part of the Colby Volunteer Center’s Good Deed of the Week

Where: Viles Arboretum, 153 Hospital St., Augusta, ME

When: Sunday, 17th, 10 AM – 3 PM (2-4 volunteers for any time block within this period)
Numbers: Viles wants 2-4 volunteers during each time slot, so on Friday once everyone has signed up we’ll figure out numbers. Priority will be those who did not get in last week then first come first served.