Annual Colby Cares Day attracts over 200 volunteers

Addie Bullock

Members of the CVC during Colby Cares Day

This past weekend, over 250 student volunteers headed out into the Waterville community to 20 different locations for Colby Cares Day, sponsored by the Colby Volunteer Center (CVC).

Several clubs, friend groups, and student organizations volunteered, including the Men’s and Women’s squash team, the Student Government Association (SGA), Men’s Hockey, Lives of Purpose, and Hillel. A few Colby faculty and staff families also participated. The volunteers spent the morning doing spring cleaning and other tasks before celebrating their work at a community festival at Couture Field.

Despite a busy weekend of Accepted Students visits and Trustee meetings, turnout was on par with past years, and the CVC had their largest turn out ever for the community festival, with many local families coming out to celebrate.

Local businesses such as the Proper Pig, Mirakuya, Silver Street Tavern, Selah Tea, and Amici’s provided food, along with Colby Dining Services. The Megs, one of Colby’s co-ed a cappella groups, sang several songs.

The CVC’s co-directors are Sarah Neal ’18, Sarah Taft ’18, Shona Bell McCarthy ’18 and Katie George ’19. The organization also has Julia Kostro ’20, Taylor Kennedy ’18, Olivia Corkery ’19, and Peter Barkey-Bircann ’18 serving as assistant directors.

In an interview with the Echo, CVC addressed future plans to work in tandem with the new downtown community engagement initiatives. The group plans to move their offices downtown and restructure their leadership to be led by fellows. Next year, George will serve as head fellow, and four other students will join her. One of these fellows will be in charge civic engagement for the downtown dorm students.

When asked about her feelings of working with the CVC and impending graduation, McCarthy said “Every time someone asks me what my least favorite and favorite thing about Colby it’s the same answer. My least favorite thing my freshman year was the sense of distance between Colby and the community, and my favorite thing my senior year is watching that growth happen. The relationship I have with community members make me want to come back to Waterville and return here even more than the network I have on campus.”