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Colby students are many things: curious, athletic, involved, motivated, and creative, to name a few. They're also generous. Every year Colby students volunteer thousands of hours of community service in and around Waterville. Many students participate in programs through the Colby Volunteer Center (CVC), spending one to two hours per week tutoring local students, helping out at the humane society, or working at local businesses and the homeless shelter. One popular program is Colby Cares About Kids, where Colby students mentor at a child from a local elementary school for two hours each week. This allows a unique bond to form between mentor and mentee, leading to significant relationships that can last for years.


 


There are also tons of opportunities to volunteer for special events. Every spring Colby hosts a Relay for Life to raise money for cancer research. Almost a quarter of the Colby community participates either by voluneering at the event, forming a team and walking, or even donating their hair to the Pantene Beautiful Lengths project. The CVC also hosts Colby Cares Day, sending students out to work at more than 25 local sites to help improve and beautify the community. Factoring in all the community service efforts that Colby students participate in throughout the year, it's estimated that the value of the volunteered hours is worth more than $300,000 to the Waterville area.

At the end of the day, Colby doesn't just teach students how to be successful intellectually, but also how to be successful members of the world capable of giving back and helping those who need it.

Kendyl Sullivan
Center Ossippee, N.H.
Fryeburg Academy
Major: Classics, Minors: Anthropology and Art
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Volunteering at Colby

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Kendyl Sullivan
Center Ossippee, N.H.
Fryeburg Academy
Major: Classics, Minors: Anthropology and Art

Colby students are many things: curious, athletic, involved, motivated, and creative, to name a few. They're also generous. Every year Colby students volunteer thousands of hours of community service in and around Waterville. Many students participate in programs through the Colby Volunteer...   Read More

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  On Colby Cares Day, members of the basketball team clean up and organize at the nearby Ken-a-Set thrift store.


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