By joining Paw Pals, you’ll have a chance to play with, walk, and snuggle with adorable animals like these ones at the Waterville Humane Society.  Volunteers from Colby can drive to the Humane Society any time they want for as long as they want and help out by socializing with the cats, walking the dogs, and cleaning the cages.  Volunteers also help out at influential events like spay and neuter clinics.  We as a team are currently brainstorming fundraising ideas to support the purchase of more comfortable beds for the dogs.  If you are a volunteer and have an idea, throw them at us!  If you’re not a volunteer, join us!  All students are welcome, so if you’d like to help these cuties live a better life or if you just miss your pet at home, join Paw Pals!


The Colby Volunteer Center’s Hospice Volunteers of the Waterville Area (HVWA) program has really gotten up and running this semester. HVWA offers bereavement support to those in their final stages of life and grief support to those who have lost a loved one.  The partnership between the CVC and HVWA began last spring, and this semester, we have recruited eight new trainees for groups and direct care – this doubles the number of Colby volunteers at HVWA at present. This is a great accomplishment, and we are enthusiastic about Colby’s interest in these programs – be it through the eight new people who are now certified hospice volunteers, or through the twenty people interested in volunteering for HVWA in some way.

Hope’s Place, which runs support groups for grieving children, started up its eight-week fall session in late September, and now we are in the final two weeks of the session. This semester, we have five Colby facilitators working with eight members of the Waterville community running Hope’s Place. Hope’s Place’s next session will begin the first week of JanPlan. People are also volunteering weekly for the hospice direct care program.

We are incredibly excited to announce that we will be hosting a fundraiser for HVWA the week after Thanksgiving! HVWA puts all of its money directly towards helping those who need it, and as a result they are in dire need of many supplies for their organization as well as gas money and help paying their electric bill. We will be selling Colby Christmas ornaments the week after Thanksgiving to raise money for HVWA, and we are aiming to get monetary donations as well to help them through this holiday season. We are looking for volunteers to help us with preparation and tabling, so please contact either Priscilla McCelvey or Peggy Meyer if you are interested in helping!

This year’s Colby-lead Hardy Girls groups are finally off to a strong start! We have been working hard with Jackie Dupont, of Hardy Girls Healthy Women, to match co-facilitators (we call them “muses”) with different schools and age groups (from 4th-8th grade) throughout the greater Waterville area and beyond. Most of our muses have gone to two or three meetings with these groups so far. We loosely follow a curriculum that teaches media literacy, activism, and leadership development skills though discussion and activities. We have 20 groups, more than ever before, so it is looking to be a promising and busy year!

On October 27th, Hardy Girls Healthy Women held their annual fundraiser, the Freaky 5K! There was great turn-out, and the race itself was quite fun. This event is not directly connected to the Colby muses; however, we did help out by tabling to get sign-ups and participating in the race ourselves!

Throughout the semester, we hold check-in meetings for our muses. On November 5th, we held a continuing education style meeting where we discussed difficult situations that muses might encounter in group. We invited CCAK mentors with female mentees to join us because the information could be helpful to them too. We had a great turn out and was able to share some helpful ideas!

Thank you to all the individuals, clubs, and teams for volunteering on Saturday for Johnson Day. These volunteers will showed their appreciation to the PPD staff by working alongside them to help beautify the campus through activities such as raking leaves and making scarecrows, painting, sprucing up entryways, cleaning dorms, and planting flowers in a 2013 design. We cannot thank you enough! We also want to thank all of the PPD staff members who participated in the event. We greatly appreciate the extra time you spent at Colby today in addition to all of the work you do throughout the year.

The CVC motto this year is “200 Years, One Community” and we see Johnson Day as a key part of this goal. With that said, thank you to all who participated!
As promised, here are the pictures from Saturday:

Thursday and Friday, November 8 and 9, 2012

Where: Goodwill Hinkley
Festival of Tree Fluffers
9:00am-4:30pm (you don’t have to go for the entire time)
Number of Volunteers Needed:
As many as possible

Information: As a tree fluffer you will be helping set up 15 artificial trees that will be decorated by local organizations and artists.  This is a great activity for a large group of friends.

To sign up, fill out this form:

We wanted to take a moment to highlight the successful events the CVC has had in October:

1. On Saturday, Hardy Girls Healthy Women (HGHW) had a Freaky 5K walk/run.  The turnout was tremendous and the costumes were amazing. Congratulations to HGHW for raising $15,000 off the event!  Although there are countless people to thank, we would like to give a special shout out to….

  • HGHW Program Leaders (Laura, Brittney, Jamie) and their volunteers for tabling and helping with the event
  • The Women’s Indoor Track Team for helping set up
  • The Alpine Ski Team for lining the course
  • Men’s Hockey and Women’s Lacrosse Teams for running
  • ALL the runners and walkers

Be sure to also check on the article in the Morning Sentinel:—WATERVILLE–Talk-about-scary-Sarah-Barreses-severed-head-was-on-a-platter-Saturday-morning-as-the-blood-stained-Colby-College-junior-marched-through-campus-with-hordes-of-other-gory-ghastly-gruesome-creatures-Well-.html

2. On Sunday from 1-4, Pulver was full of little kids running around and having a great time at the annual Halloween Extravaganza.  In addition to some incredible costumes, there was face painting in the Pugh Center, cookie decorating in LoPo, a haunted house in Page, and games and more in the Pulver Pavillion Area.
*Thank you to everyone who made these events so successful!
Check out the photos from these two events!
In other news…
3. Evening sandwich had a successful Food Day raffle on Friday.
4. The Helping Hands Food Drive started collecting donations on Friday at Food Day.  In partnership with Sodexo and Colby-Waterville Alliance, the CVC is helping table to collect money and cans for the annual Helping Hands Food Drive. The donations will be going to food pantries in mid-Maine. 
5. On Saturday, the Mid-Maine Homeless Shelter had its “fall festival,” which involved making delicately decorated cupcakes.  Thank you to the five volunteers: the four members of the Rotaract Club led by Karen Chen and Courtney Klein. 

Thank you to all of our community partners and wonderful volunteers!

On November 3 from 9:00am-12:00pm, the CVC will be having Johnson Day.  Volunteers will show their appreciation to the PPD staff by working alongside them to help beautify the campus.  These activities include raking leaves and making scarecrows, painting, sprucing up entryways, cleaning dorms, a surprise 2013 senior project, and more!

Here is the form where you can sign up:

If you have any questions, feel free to contact the CVC at

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 ( 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!