This week’s community engagement opps are out! Included this week: migrant labor discussion with Juntos, leader applications for MAlt, building a playground at Charter House and more!

http://eepurl.com/S4oZr

One thing we forgot in the opps newsletter this week: the last College blood drive of the school year! Head to McCullough this Thursday between 11 AM and 4 PM to donate or make an appointment at the link below.

http://rdcrss.org/QAtYK8

 

This week’s engagement opportunities are out! Included: fixing up the Little League fields in time for the season, building with Habitat for Humanity, LiM is hiring, and more!

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The latest community engagement opps are out! Included: leading Feb Break ’15 MAlt trips, chaperoning ACT dance party this Friday, Page One’s Reading Carnival and more!

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MAlt is Middlebury’s alternative break program. In 2014-2015 MAlt will offer two international, three domestic, and one regional student-led service trip over February break.

What Are the Responsibilities of a Middlebury Alternative Break Trip Leader?
MAlt trip leaders are responsible for trip logistics, group dynamics, education, and reflection before, during, and after the break.  Logistical responsibilities include helping to recruit and select participants, choosing appropriate worksites for the trip’s theme, initiating and maintaining ongoing contact with worksite coordinators to ensure rewarding service work for both participants and the community partner, drafting and maintaining a budget, creating a daily itinerary, arranging travel plans (e.g., plane reservations, car rentals, College van reservations, accommodations, etc.), and planning meals. Trip leaders work closely with the MAlt Executive Board and the MAlt advisor (Ashley Laux, Associate Director, Community Engagement).  Trip leaders are also responsible for coordinating group fundraising efforts and ensuring that fundraising goals (which may be substantial) are met.  Please Note: Leading a MAlt trip is a rewarding but demanding opportunity. You should expect to devote a significant amount of time to your trip pre-departure, including some level of research and planning during the summer.

Information Session: If you have a great idea for a trip or are interested in creating one, attend the optional MAlt leader info session on Wednesday, April 9th at 8:00 p.m. in BiHall Rm 219.

Application Information: Complete this application with a co-leader and e-mail it to middalt@middlebury.edu, by April 25th. MAlt trips can be domestic or international, and this year we will also be looking for strong applications in the New England region. This past year MAlt traveled to Haiti, the Dominican Republic, New Orleans, South Carolina, Massachusetts, and Pennsylvania.

Here’s how some MAlters described their trips in one word: community, warmth, eye-opening, growth, intense, challenging, humbling, real, soulful, marvelous, robust, refreshing, fantastic, and unforgettable.

Questions? Contact tri-chairs Maya Neria, Rod Abhari, and Ali Lewis at middalt@middlebury.edu or MAlt advisor Ashley Laux, alaux@middlebury.edu.

The Community Engagement office is looking for a full-time 2014-2015 Poverty Initiatives Coordinator, SerVermont Americorps*VISTA member to join our team!

The Program:

The SerVermont AmeriCorps*VISTA Program is a statewide national service program in its third year. 27 members will be placed at community-based organizations and state and municipal agencies whose mission and VISTA assignments cover focus areas including Veterans, Economic Development, Healthy Futures, and Education. Each VISTA makes a year-long, full-time commitment to serve on a specific project at a host site and  receive a modest living allowance that is linked to the poverty level in their community, as well as professional development training throughout the year.

The Position

As Community Engagement’s new Privilege & Poverty (academic) program begins, we seek a VISTA member for a one-year position from August 2014 – August 2015 to work with the Community Engagement Director to weave together co-curricular poverty-related programs in a more cohesive and intentional manner, while also deepening our collaboration with participating community partners. We aim to (a.) engage more Middlebury College students & faculty, (b.) focus on building a more solid infrastructure that will strategically increase our capacity to help meet local needs, deepen the impact of our efforts, identify opportunities for growth and development, and establish a sustainable program, (c.) to provide support, as needed, to participating P&P faculty members.

The Poverty Initiatives Coordinator will organize events and activities that will mobilize others in service to low-income families and individuals and work with organizations on projects aimed to help alleviate poverty (e.g., through mentoring initiatives, ELL and translation services, financial literacy efforts, and more).

The Benefits:

-A modest living allowance: $946 per month

- 10 days of personal leave, 10 days of medical leave

- Childcare subsidies are available for members who qualify.

- Relocation allowance: Up to $550 stipend if member relocates 50 miles or more to serve in addition to up to $1,000 in mileage reimbursement from your home of record.

- After successfully completing your service year you can choose to receive either: An education award: $5,645 that can be applied to student loans or future education. This amount is taxed and must be used in 7 years OR a stipend: $1,500 cash, which accrues at $125 per month and is taxed.

- For one year after service, members receive non-competitive eligibility for federal jobs meaning they can apply for without competing against the general public (as long as they they meet basic requirements for the job).

Qualifications:

-Must be a United States citizen, United States National or Legal Permanent Resident of the United States.

- Must pass a criminal background check by CNCS. CNCS investigates for past sexual offenses and violent crimes. Minor offenses, unless directly relevant to service, will not bar someone from service.

- Must have a bachelor’s degree or three years of related volunteer/job experience

Qualified and interested? See the full job posting and apply on MOJO.

This week’s volunteer opportunities are out! Included: salamander escorts, Parent Child Center, empathy in the face of crisis, deadlines galore and more!

http://eepurl.com/RzsGv

The Service Cluster Board is seeking individuals passionate about community service to serve as Coordinators for the 2014-2015 academic year.

Founded in 2009, the Service Cluster Board is an umbrella organization whose goal is to support student-run service organizations and initiatives on campus. Duties of this position include:

  • Managing the leadership development and finances of 17 student-run service organizations and continuing initiatives;
  • Advising the Flex Fund Review Committee, which screens service project proposals and approving award allocations;
  • Working closely with service leaders, Community Engagement staff, and other students interested in service work;
  • Orchestrating and conducting yearly trainings, monthly meetings, and regular audits of organizations’ budgets;
  • Proposing a budget annually on behalf of the 17 service groups before the SGA Finance Committee.
  • Weekly paid office hours in the Community Engagement office.

It is requested that the Coordinators serve through Spring 2015. Please submit this SCB_Coordinator Application 2014-2015 (Microsoft Word Doc) and your resume to scboard@middlebury.edu by Sunday, April 6, 2014. Successful applicants will be contacted for an interview during the week of 7-15. Questions? Contact current SCB Co-Coordinators Mackenzie Walsh and Daniela Barajas at scboard@middlebury.edu


Serving you serving others,
Service Cluster Board
Daniela Barajas and Mackenzie Walsh

This week’s opportunities are out! Included: AOE grants, Stone Soup, the Parent Child Center, and more!

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This week’s opps are out! Included this week: social change in post-3.11 Japan, Addison County Parent Child Center, Midd Buddies, the Sustainable Living Expo and more!

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This week’s opps are out! Included: Butch’s Team, Latin tutor, VAW goes to Guatemala, and more!

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