Halloween Extravaganza

Happy October from the Colby Volunteer Center!  Here at the CVC we are getting into the Halloween Spirit with the planning of our 18th Annual Halloween Extravaganza.  This Colby tradition provides children from the Waterville area a safe space to participate in Halloween activities, free of charge!  This year the event will be held on Saturday, October 24th from 1pm-3pm.  Come join us for face painting, cookie decorating, obstacle courses, and more!

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Freaky 5K

On November 1st, Colby is hosting the Hardy Girls Healthy Women Annual Freaky 5K. This race is held each year in efforts to fight against the over-sexualization of girls’ Halloween costumes by putting the scary back in Halloween, asking runners to dress up in fun costumes.  The Freaky 5K will be held on Sunday, November 1st at Colby’s Field House. The costume contest will begin at 9:45am and the 5k run/walk will follow immediately at 10. Registration is $25 for adults and $15 for students. You can register here. Please, please consider running this race for such an amazing cause, and encourage your department to do the same! Hope to see you on the course!

The Colby Volunteer Center facilitates student engagement with the greater Waterville area by building a strong, united community. In acknowledging the natural connection between Colby and the surrounding area, the CVC provides an avenue through which students are able to solidify their positions within the community. We embody the Colby affirmation by providing students with opportunities outside of the classroom to engage “ourselves, each other, and our physical environment” through “active, honest, and compassionate engagement with one another.”


Feel free to explore our sites and programs. If you have any questions send us an email at cvc@colby.edu or stop by during our office hours (listed to the right).

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!


Click here to sign up!


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.


Make sure to “like” The Colby Volunteer Center on Facebook for updates on our event, and on Alumni events in Boston, Portland, and more!


Questions? Contact us at cvc@colby.edu.



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 cvc@colby.edu by Friday, February 20th. If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to us.


CVC Assistant Director Application

CVC Assistant Director Position Description

hallowexWe’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: cvc@colby.edu. We hope to see you there!

LOP Mast

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.

We’ve had an awesome semester so far – replete with bingo, cozy Dana dinners and Easter egg hunts. This semester we have been particularly impressed with the dedication of our wonderful volunteers who have had record attendance to our events. For me, the highlight of the semester was our bowling event in March. Everyone caravanned down to Sparetime Recreation Bowling in Waterville where everyone got a chance to show off their bowling skills. We’ve got some professional bowlers in our group – some lanes didn’t even use the bumpers. We also participated in Colby Cares Day with an Easter egg hunt to celebrate the upcoming holiday! In addition to our special events, we also all gathered together to eat dinner at Dana in between each off campus event. However, the best is yet to come. On April 30th we will be driving down to Portland to watch the Portland Sea Dogs, the Maine minor league baseball team. This event is always my favorite one of the semester and my expectations are high!


One of the buddies, Kevin, posing with an Alex Katz piece at the Colby Museum.IMG_6860-225x300


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!