We are launching the Good Deed of the Week Program! With this initiative, the Colby Volunteer Center hopes to provide more students with the opportunity to engage in volunteer work in the greater Waterville area even if they cannot make the weekly commitment. The Program will present a series of one-time volunteer events throughout the semester for Colby community members to sign up for on an individual basis. This is a great way for individuals, groups of friends, clubs, and/or teams to get involved in the greater Waterville community.

We have many exciting opportunities coming in the next few weeks. We have listed them below, but have also put them on the CVC calendar online. If you are interested in volunteering, please either sign up on the online schedule OR at the info desk in Pulver. The CVC will send you an email to confirm your interest in the event.

Note: If you would like to volunteer with a group, please sign up for the event and then send the CVC (cvc@colby.edu) an email with the list of people who would like to volunteer together. Thank you!

1. Friday, October 26, 2012

Where: Alfond Youth Center

What: Halloween Extravaganza

When: Set Up: 10:30 am; During the Event: 3-5

Number of Volunteers Needed: Set Up: at least 5; During the Event: 6

Information: The Alfond Youth Center will be hosting its Halloween Extravaganza and needs help setting up and running the various stations (games, prizes, face painting, etc.) at the event. The theme this year is the Wizard of Oz and everyone is encouraged to dress up appropriately.

2. Saturday, October 27, 2012

Where: Alfond Youth Center

What: Timing for Karate

When: 9:00am-4:00pm

Number of Volunteers Needed: 16

Information: The AYC’s karate program, Club NAHA, is hosting a karate tournament and is in need of people for scorekeeping/timing. Free entry to tournament and free lunch to anyone that’s there through lunch. If someone can volunteer for a few hours that would be great too.

There will be instructions on how to scorekeep the day of the tournament.

3. Saturday, November 3, 2012

Where: Humane Society

What: Paw Pal Neuter Clinic

When: 8:00am-11:00am and 2:00pm-5:00pm

Number of Volunteers Needed: 2 needed for each shift

Information: As a volunteer, you will be providing support for the spray/neuter clinic, mostly helping the public complete necessary registration information.


We would just like to do a quick shout out to those groups and people who have made September such a success month in the Colby Volunteer Center:

  • Program Leaders for getting their programs up and running and for starting new initiatives with their programs. This year, we have 4 new programs: Educare, Common Street Arts, MulePrep, and Good Deed of the Week, so a big thank you to the leaders who are getting that going.
  • Volunteers, both those in programs, and those who have responded to random volunteer opportunities such as tutoring in physics, coaching youth soccer, chopping wood, and helping at the spay and neuter clinic at the Humane Society!
  • Women’s Rugby for the stellar fundraiser (Raffle and Pledge-for-Points) that they held last week raising $1933. Way to go!
  • Evening Sandwich Program for starting a food drive and collecting money for their program now that government funding has decreased. Maili, the site coordinator, is going to be thrilled!
  • Men’s Lacrosse for helping the Mid-Maine Homeless Shelter move to its new location. The new shelter opened yesterday and it looks absolutely fantastic. Thanks for your support!
  • Overall CVC Community for coming together to fill the needs of our community!

You guys are doing a stellar job this year at making things happen!

 


Help the Rugby team raise their goal of $1,000 for the Mid-Maine Homeless Shelter.  Here is what Jade Enright, a captain of the Rugby team, had to say about their fundraising efforts:

“The weekend of October 6th, Colby rugby has organized charity games in order to support the Mid-Maine Homeless shelter (MMHS). We chose to donate to this organization because the shelter is a critical resource to homeless and displaced persons in Central Maine. A MMHS shelter is established in Waterville, providing emergency food and shelter to those in need. This is an incredibly important organization in our local community and the rugby team is working hard to further the shelter’s efforts and support its mission. In order to raise money, we have been selling raffle tickets and will continue to do so throughout the games on Saturday. Prizes include a Colby Bookstore basket, snack basket, tea basket donated by Selah Tea, movie basket, set of pub glasses, and gift cards to Jorgensons, Mainleys and the Spa. The women’s team will be playing Bates at 11am and the men’s team will be playing UMO at 3pm. Help us fight homelessness in Maine and achieve our goal of donating $1,000 to the MMHS!”


Last week, Colby was recognized through the CVC for its donation last year to the MMHS Campaign.  The Colby Campaign raised $15,888.99 for the Mid-Maine Homeless Shelter last year.  With the help of such local businesses as Black Dog Graphics in Clinton and Are You Ready to Party?? in Waterville, Colby College, and countless individuals, we were able to support the Shelter through the student campaign.  We would like to thank everyone who contributed to this campaign once again.  This success would not have been possible without your help!


Welcome back to Colby!  We are so excited to start the semester.  With our goals of strengthening our community, programs, and leaders, we know it is going to be a great year!  Given the bicentennial, our new motto is “200 years, 1 community.”

*Just a reminder that the CVC is having a table at the Campus Expo from 5:00-7:00 on Dana lawn and that our CVC Info Session is on Thursday at 8:00 in Miller 014.  Hope to see you there!


On April 21st, fifteen students divided into three teams of five ventured to Mt. Washington, NH to compete in the annual Tuckerman Inferno as a memorial to Colby student Derrik Flahive.  Derrik was an incredible person and a great friend. Tragically he passed away last semester while studying abroad in Chile. You can read more about Derrik’s incredible life at http://derrikflahivelivesforever.org/

The Tuckerman Inferno is an annual pentathlon that takes place on Mt. Washington and in the Mt. Washington valley. The event consists of an 8.3-mile run, 6-mile kayak, 18-mile bike, 3.5-mile hike, then a sprint to the top of Tuckerman Ravine followed by a giant slalom ski race to the base of the bowl. The race is done in relay style with one member of each team doing a certain leg. All teams finished the race and had a fantastic time doing it.

In the end this event raised over $2500 for Derrik Flahive’s charity, Sin Represas. It was a great way to commemorate Derrik’s phenomenal life. A special thanks to President Bro Adams and SGA for making everything possible. We couldn’t have done it without them.

 


On Tuesday, the Best Buddies ventured off to Hadlock Field to see the Sea Dogs play against Connecticut’s New Britain team.  The Sea Dogs were off to great start, hitting a home run in the third inning.  Although the Sea Dogs ultimately lost 3-6, we all had a great time.  Lori, Penny, and Shawn got their pictures taken with Slugger, Sea Dog’s Mascot.  Also, everyone enjoyed some delicious food: popcorn, fried dough, chicken fingers, french fries, and much more.  It was so much fun!  We can’t wait until our spring party in the AMS basement.

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Saturday was the perfect day for volunteering: the sun was out and the cold was gone.  Colby Cares Day began early in the morning with volunteers for the United Way of Mid-Maine Dodgeball Tournament arriving to the Foss Dining Hall at 9:00am to pick up their lunches, CVC shirts, and Colby Cares Day buttons.  These lucky twelve volunteers had a great time, as they got to play dodgeball at the Kennebec Valley Community College!  Next, at 9:30am, volunteers for the South End started to arrive to help out at Mr. Roy’s Garage, boasting athletes from the football and cycling teams.

A big crowd then showed up at 10:00am for various sites, including AYC Camp Tracy, the Hart-to-Hart Farm, the Pendragon Farm, Kennebec Historical Society, Children’s Center, and the Humane Society.  Seniors at the Humane Society got to spend some quality time with the animals, playing with puppies and kittens.  Meanwhile, at the Pendragon Farm, the Equestrian Team got their hands dirty painting.  Finally, volunteers from the last few sites —Barrels, Hospice, Waterville Public Library, Goodwill, Goodwill Hinckley, Messalonskee Trails, Mid-Maine Homeless Shelter, Redington Museum/Waterville Historical Society, Quarry Road, Dream Center, Sunset Home, Maine Children’s Home, Hardy Girls Healthy Women, Inland Hospital, and the Salvation Army—arrived.  It was so crowded that the line of students to check in almost made it out the door of Foss! Volunteers at the Hart-to-Hart, Children’s Center, Sunset Home, Hospice. Maine Children’s Home, Messalonskee Trails, Waterville Public Library, and Goodwill Hinckley were in charge of outdoor beautification, raking and gardening.  Barrels got to make their own lunches, which were apparently delicious.  At Quarry Road, the Best Buddies got to play bingo with the residents, winning a bunch of awesome prizes.

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Colby Cares Day was a huge success with over 200 volunteers at 23 different sites.  We would just like to thank all of those who participated.  This event would not have been so successful without your involvement.  A special thanks to all of the teams, clubs, and faculty that were able to volunteer for Colby Cares Day.  We really appreciate it.  We hope the event is as successful next year!


On Friday, Best Buddies took a trip over to Sparetime Recreation in Waterville to go bowling!  Upon arriving, after separating into our four lanes, it became clear that everybody came ready to bowl.  The competition was fierce, as the strikes the spares piled up.  After knocking over countless pins, we all took a quick break for french fries and then bowled another game.  We had so much fun and cannot wait for our next big event: Sea Dogs!

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