The CVC was mentioned in a post yesterday in the Colby Echo. In addition to outlining our goals for this year in terms of strengthening our community, programs, and leaders, the article focused on one of our new initiatives this year, Good Deed of the Week, which aims to incorporate volunteers who cannot make a commitment to one of our weekly programs. To read the article, go to:
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.[slideshow]
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.[slideshow]
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!
In 2011, I participated in the 2011 Alternative Spring Break trip to New York City with a group of 10 other students as a volunteer. We spent a week in New York City volunteering soup kitchens, homeless shelters, and food pantries and learned about homelessness and urban poverty. From this trip, I realized the prevalence of homelessness and hunger in our society, how many people are unaware of these issues, and how I want to spread awareness. I had such a life changing experience in the service trip that I decided I wanted to participate in the ASB trip again in 2012. However, this time I had the pleasure of leading the trip!
The ASB trip has once again facilitated my personal growth. Being a trip leader was an immensely different experience from being a volunteer. Just as the year before, my awareness and passion to spread awareness on the issues of poverty continued to grow. However, unlike last year, this year I was able to spread awareness. I was able to make the volunteers notice of aspects of poverty that many people overlook. The suggestion to interact with the people we served made the volunteers notice that many of them are actually no different from us, except for their luck. To have been part of the driving force that made a group of volunteers realize their privilege is extremely fulfilling. I hope our ASBers’ realizations on the issues of poverty continue to expand and that they gain a desire to take action on such issues; I know I will.
– Czarina Evangelista ’14
Here are some pictures from their trip:
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![slideshow]
ASB urban/suburban spent five days and a total of 28 hours volunteering. On Monday we worked at a place called the CAP center in Mamaroneck, NY. It’s a joint classroom and food pantry so we got a chance to work with kids in the classroom and also to help them organize their basement full of supplies. We spent Tuesday and Wednesday in NYC at the West Side Campaign Against Hunger, which is a really special food pantry because they have it set up like a grocery store: all the food is very organized on shelves and so the people in need come in on a certain day of the week and, as guided by a point system (determined by how many people need to be fed), they are able to actually shop for what they want. We thought this was so cool because it seemed to restore so much more dignity back into the idea of being handed out food. These people can come and select foods based on their individual needs and preferences. While we were there, we helped prepare the pantry for shopping day and then we helped on shopping day to keep things organized and running smoothly. The other awesome part about this food pantry is that there is a chef there who teaches daily cooking lessons. So, unemployed people can come and become certified cooks. Also, they use all the food from the pantry to have these cooking lessons. Afterwards, the volunteers get to enjoy the meal that has been prepared!
Thursday and Friday we spent time at the Sarah Neuman Center in Larchmont, NY. It’s a nursing home so we helped with the transportation of the elderly over the course of two days. On Friday we got to participate in a Shabbat service. My favorite part about this experience was how touched the people there were by our interest in their lives. After several hours there, we all began to notice the pervasive indifferent feelings of the staff, which is understandable: it’s so difficult to attune to each person’s needs when there are SO many people that need constant help (getting out of bed, getting into a wheel chair, being pushed to physical therapy or lunch, getting back into the bed, going to the bathroom, etc). So, assistance becomes so much like a routine, and often the individual needs and feelings of the residents become secondary. We felt then, more than ever, that our volunteer work was important because we were able to provide that personal touch that so many of these elderly people were missing in their lives. We listened and spoke with them and they really did appreciate it so much. There was one woman suffering from dementia and she kept repeating “but I have no friends…but what if no one likes me?” It was really sad and hard for us to hear but we all sat with her as a group and tried to comfort her and prove to her that we were her friends. I think it really made a difference in her day and that made us so very happy.
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It is a great way to give back to the community. Here are some pictures from two years ago that show how enjoyable Colby Cares Day really is:[slideshow]
Site Descriptions from 2012:
- Alfond Youth Center – Camp Tracey: help with general trail and facility clean-up
- Hart-to-Hart Farm: fence building, yard work, gardening,clear brush ~ Hockey Team
- Barrels Community Market: organize shelves, store activities
- Quarry Road – Best Buddies: board games, puzzles
- Waterville Public Library: outdoor work doing gardening as well as indoor work organizing and sorting books/shelves
- Children’s Center Augusta: raking, cleaning up brush, and other yard work ~ SPB
- Goodwill Hinkley/LC Bates: outdoor projects, mostly grounds work (raking, sweeping, etc…)
- Maine Children’s Home: yard work (rake, sweep) outside and wash windows inside Development
- Sunset Home: raking and sweeping in parking lot
- United Way of Mid-Maine: dodgeball tournament, including sales of shirts and food, court assistants, and clean up
- Hospice program: yard work
- Mid-Maine Homeless Shelter: helping out and hanging out with residents
- Hardy Girls Healthy Women: office work, clean up, mailings, etc.
- Humane Society (Senior Site): spring cleanup
- South End Association: bike repair and site cleanup
- Kennebec Historical Society: indoor work like entering information in database and outdoor work such as clearing trails and lifting objects
- Inland Hospital: helping to clear trails and do spring clean up at the trailhead
- Pendragon Farm Cornville, ME: clean up paddocks, fix fences, transport water, and paint jumps ~ Equestrian Team
- Goodwill Waterville: indoor work such as organizing the store (sizing, color-coding, etc.) and outdoor work (cleaning the back alley) ~ Swim Team
- Messolanskee Trails: trail work ~ COC
- Northeast Dreamcenter Area Distribution Center: sort food and clothes
- Salvation Army: sorting and organizing inventory
- Waterville Histoical Society/Reddington Museum: indoor and outdoor cleaning ~ Soccer Teams