Congratulations to our Volunteers of the Month of February!

Katie Curran:Matt White, program leader for MulePrep, wrote us and said that, "Katie has been with MulePrep since day 1 and has done an incredible job running a fantastic and focused classroom. In addition to bringing in math expertise, Katie has been an incredible helpful tool as students navigate SAT IIs in addition to SATs. Katie has also put in countless hours creating curriculum and breaking down the test into specific question types. In short, Katie is an all-star!”

Katie Curran:
Matt White, program leader for MulePrep, wrote us and said that, “Katie has been with MulePrep since day 1 and has done an incredible job running a fantastic and focused classroom. In addition to bringing in math expertise, Katie has been an incredible helpful tool as students navigate SAT IIs in addition to SATs. Katie has also put in countless hours creating curriculum and breaking down the test into specific question types. In short, Katie is an all-star!”

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Courtney Laird:
Laura and Brittany, Hardy Girls Healthy Women Program Leaders, wrote us and said that, “Courtney has done a wonderful job as a new facilitator with a group that has had many hardships in the past few months. She has been able to keep the environment in group positive for the girls yet support all of the issues. She is dedicated to helping all of the girls in her group prosper.”

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Jennifer Hale:
Kassy, Maine General Program Leader, wrote us and said that, “I would like to nominate Jennifer Hale from our Maine General program. She has been a dedicated volunteer at Maine General for years, even throughout her summers and breaks. She is a great leader and teacher, training other volunteers in the emergency department. The nurses love having her help and she is always on top of her duties in the emergency room. She is also involved in other CVC programs, and her commitment to and passion for community service are really inspiring.

Jared Scharf:Priscilla and Peggy, program leaders of Hospice/Hope's Place, wrote us and said that, “Jared just completed his first Hope's Place session, and already he has proven himself to be a caring, responsive, and energetic facilitator. He does a great job interacting with children one-on-one and when directing the larger group. He's always remarking on how much he enjoys working with kids, and it really shows! We are grateful for such an enthusiastic and dedicated volunteer."

Jared Scharf:
Priscilla and Peggy, program leaders of Hospice/Hope’s Place, wrote us and said that, “Jared just completed his first Hope’s Place session, and already he has proven himself to be a caring, responsive, and energetic facilitator. He does a great job interacting with children one-on-one and when directing the larger group. He’s always remarking on how much he enjoys working with kids, and it really shows! We are grateful for such an enthusiastic and dedicated volunteer.”


This week in Adults Reading to Children (ARC) volunteers braved the snow, and arrived at George Mitchell School in time to read to their beloved students.  Volunteers did everything from winter related Arts and Crafts to mentoring in the completion of reading activities.  One student in particular helped a kindergarten classroom cut out snowflakes to decorate their windows.  The kindergarteners were not only very proud of their work but also, they were very happy to have a Colby mentor help them.

Another Colby volunteer took their second grade mentee to the library and guided them in reading books about whales. Afterwards, the volunteer helped the student complete activities related to the whale readings, from coloring pages to activities related to comprehension.

Another great week for ARC!

~Pasquale and Georgie


1. Polar Bear Dip
 
When: 1:00 pm this Saturday, March 9th 
 
Where: Alfond Youth Center

How: The CVC is asking all participants to pay a $5 donation fee. All funds will benefit the Alfond Youth Center’s Kid’s Kitchen, part of its after school program that gives meals to kids (for the majority of these kids, it is their last meal of the day). Also, as part of Maine Restaurant Week, the $5 donation will give you access to all of the great food local restaurants will be making in a Fire/Ice themed Cook-Off!

2. Dog Sledding

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, March 10th and 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 first come first served.

How: Sign up here: https://docs.google.com/a/colby.edu/spreadsheet/viewform?fromEmail=true&formkey=dEhyNjlkZFJ0VXJDRGJwRjM3dkhCR3c6MQ


Best Buddies started off second semester with a great dinner in Dana’s Fairchild room. We ate pizza, burgers, french fries, pasta salad, brownies, cake, ice cream, and so much more. This is the first of many events this semester. We can’t wait for our next one: bowling!


For those of you who missed it, the CVC had a poster of all of our programs with their mission statement and a “this we believe” statement from the program leaders. Here are some pictures:


Here are the Good Deed of the Week opportunities:

1. ASB Field Day at Colby this Friday, February 22nd

2. Paintball Biathlon and Winter Fun Day this Saturday, February 23rd at the Quarry Road Trails (Waterville)

3. Mid-Maine Homeless Shelter (Waterville) sort through the donations they have received recently on Saturday, February 23rd

To sign up for any of these, click HERE


The CVC was recently featured in a Colby article about the importance of civic engagement and volunteering. To find out more, click HERE!


In addition to Big Prize Bing, the CVC had two other great events this week:

1. The CVC Expo, which took place in LoPo on Thursday, was a chance for Colby students and faculty to learn about our programs. Each program leader made posters to describe what they do. We were really impressed with how much traffic we got, so thank you to everyone who came!

2. The Volunteer Appreciation Dinner was a huge success last night. We had over 50 volunteers and program leaders attend. Thank you to everyone who came last night! We were thrilled to see you there and hope that it gave you a good opportunity to get to know your fellow volunteers and talk about your programs.

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