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!

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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.

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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.

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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:

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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!

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