Colby Cares Day is an amazing opportunity to spend an afternoon interacting with and volunteering in the Waterville community with friends, teammates, and other members of the Colby community. Sign up with a specific group, or sign up individually! Let’s try to get the best turnout yet!
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We will also be hosting events leading up to Colby Cares Day in celebration of volunteerism at Colby, which will include a Stories of Service with Alternative Spring Break Trips, a lunch talk with a representative from the local community engagement organization United Way of Mid-Maine, a Whiteboard Campaign for what service means to you, and more.
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The CVC is looking for dedicated, enthusiastic individuals to join our team as Assistant Directors! No experience necessary, just a passion for service learning and a willingness to learn. You can find more information about the position in the attached position description. To apply, fill out the attached application and send it to email@example.com by Friday, February 20th. If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to us.
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CVC Assistant Director Position Description
We’re excited to announce that this year’s annual Halloween Extravaganza will be on Saturday, November 1st from 1-3pm in and around Cotter Union. We’ll be holding all kinds of fun activities, including face painting, haunted houses, cookie decorating, obstacle courses, and many more! The event is free and open to the public.
If you have any questions about the event, please let us know: firstname.lastname@example.org. We hope to see you there!
The Colby Volunteer Center and the Office of Religious and Spiritual Life are partnering to offer a new program, Lives of Purpose. Lives of Purpose is a first year program for students interested in service and reflection on what it means to live a life of purpose.
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Saturday, May 3 – Kidz b Kidz Colby hosted our second art party in the Colby Museum of Art! The event was very successful as our volunteers sat beside kids of professors and kids from the local Waterville elementary schools to make art for a wonderful cause. We had so much fun explaining to the kids how their art was helping other kids and their excitement was certainly infectious as none of us could stop smiling! Please feel free to check out all our pictures from the event on our Facebook page, four of which are included below.
This semester of ESP has been fun and busy, as usual. Every Friday, a few Colby students head to the Unitarian Universalist Church in Waterville and make heaps of sandwiches and lots of soup, and enjoy the occasional cup of tea. A few weeks ago, a group of students from Thomas College joined us at ESP, so we got to meet a wonderful group of similarly-minded, community-oriented people and learn about their studies and their passion to volunteer.
Going to ESP always provides us with a great chance to catch up with one another, talk about and relax from the stress of our weeks, and have great conversations with both friends and strangers. Carrick had a really interesting conversation last week with a woman who came in; she had previously worked at Colby and told us her story. Such chance encounters help us all keep life in perspective and realize how connected we all are. They teach us to be grateful for our opportunities, and they remind us of the very reason so many of us love to volunteer: to connect with our community. So often—and so easily—we forget that Colby is not itself an isolated community, but part of the Waterville community (I mean, come on people, it’s not that big of a hill!). I love volunteering because it brings me closer to the community so that I feel a part of it more than I do at Colby. Volunteering lets me expand my horizons and meet tons of incredible people I would not have met otherwise.
Hardy Girls had it’s 16th Annual Girls Unlimited! Conference. There were over 200 girls in grades 4-8 from local area schools. Girls participated in workshops that focused on empowerment and activism. They also participated in “Action Spots” or small activities that helped them to understand what it means to take a stand about injustice. There were presentations and discussions about various topics from what a Manic Pixie Dream Girl is to how the media portrays high school girls. The event was a huge success that left a profound impact and desire for social activism!
We would like to thank all of you who participated in our Colby Cares Week events. For Colby Cares Day, we had around 200 volunteers at over 20 sites in the greater Waterville area. Below are a couple of pictures from the event. Also included is a link to an article in the Morning Sentinel about the event.
Click HERE to check out the Morning Sentinel article!
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This spring the Mid-Maine Homeless Shelter is off to another fantastic semester! Volunteers logged an impressive 222 hours this February, including extra hours of childcare. The expansion of childcare volunteering has been especially important early in the semester with volunteers stepping up to take care of last-minute requests for help. A few extra sets of hands can be crucial with multiple families and many parents seeking and securing jobs. Helping out never seemed so fun when it means hanging out with awesome kids like these! To top it off, a group of Colby students has even started a cooking class on Thursdays. With more crafts projects and activities in the works, all we know is the cold can’t keep us down! We are so glad to have such amazing volunteers and shelter staff and are looking forward to a great year!