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!


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!”

The Best Buddies program started the semester off with a great dinner in Dana. We all gathered in Dana’s lounge to meet and introduce ourselves, especially the new Colby students got meet their Best Buddies. Then, we went into Dana and enjoyed our delicious dinner from pepperoni pizza to chicken and mashed potatoes. While eating dessert, including ice cream, cookies, and cake, we went around the room with each person saying his or her name and favorite ice cream flavor. We had so much fun! Can’t wait until out next event: pumpkin carving!