This week’s opps are out! Included: Butch’s Team, Latin tutor, VAW goes to Guatemala, and more!
Addison County Shepherd Internships offer meaningful opportunities to spend summer fighting poverty in Vermont. This year the paid internships will take place with the Charter House Coalition, DREAM, John Graham Homeless Shelter, Open Door Clinic, and United Way of Addison County.
Charter House Coalition: The Charter House Coalition is a volunteer, non-profit providing basic food and housing for local residents who need assistance. Community Lunch and Community Supper together provide over 18,000 meals each year, and with the participation of the Nash farm, as well as church, student and community organizations. The intern will gain firsthand experience in how food, housing and other poverty challenges of low-income families in Addison County are being supported, will learn operational and management aspects of a volunteer-based non-profit organization, and will gain experience in supporting the needs of members of our community who are housing or food insecure.
John Graham Homeless Shelter: The John W. Graham Emergency Shelter has provided food, shelter and hope to homeless individuals and families for thirty-one years. The Shelter offers its services 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to individuals and families with children. Many are the hardest to house including survivors of abuse, violence and rape; people with disabilities; people in recovery; and people suffering with mental illness. The John Graham Shelter summer intern will be a key team player in providing food, shelter and hope to Addison County’s homeless population, with a special emphasis on helping the Shelter to manage its community mentor program.
DREAM: The DREAM Program, Inc. is a mentoring organization that pairs college students with youth from affordable housing neighborhoods. Our mentoring relationships empower mentees to lead healthy, productive lives. The intern will work with a young, passionate group of people to provide awesome summer programming to youth ages 5-18 living in affordable housing communities across Vermont. Each intern is responsible for programming with one housing community throughout the state, but also collaborates with other communities outside their region. In addition to developing and implementing youth programming, each intern also works closely with families to build and support strong community relationships.
Open Door Clinic: Open Door Clinic (ODC) is a free medical clinic based in Middlebury, VT, providing healthcare to low income, uninsured and underinsured Addison County adults. This full-time, 10 week internship experience will provide the intern with a unique perspective on healthcare, public health, and provision of services to marginalized and low-income communities. A particular focus of the internship will be on supporting the healthcare needs of Limited English Proficiency (LEP) patients, especially Addison County’s Latino Farmworker population, through medical interpretation, document translation, and building culturally and linguistically appropriate local healthcare infrastructure.
United Way of Addison County: United Way of Addison County is a community change organization that has been working in Addison County for almost 45 years. United Way invites all community members to be part of enhancing the common good, improving lives and strengthening the community by giving, advocating and volunteering. They focus on three important building blocks to strengthening lives: Health, Education and Financial Stability. The intern will research the “benefit cliff” and help formulate possible new initiatives to meet improve financial stability for individuals and families in Addison County.
How do I apply?
Find our more information and apply through MOJO! Log in here, search for “Addison County Shepherd Internships,” and follow the instructions to submit a cover letter, resume, and unofficial transcript (can be unofficial). Applications are due on March 10, 2014. Interviews will be held in mid-March and successful applicants will be notified before spring break.
What if I have questions?
Attend the information session:
Monday, February 24, 2014 at 4:15 p.m.
Community Engagement @ 118 South Main Street (light green house behind Davis Family Library)
OR Contact Ashley Calkins, firstname.lastname@example.org
Interns will earn $9.35 per hour, 35 hours per week. Students can choose to reside on campus with meal plan included for a weekly fee (paid by the intern).
This week’s community engagement opportunities are out! Included: teaching languages at Monkton Central School, paid fellowships with the Partnership for Public Service, and Butch’s Team and more!
Burlington Sustainability Trip
Join us for the first ever March MAlt break trip to the Sustainability Academy elementary school in the Old North End of Burlington! The academy is an innovative magnet school that uses sustainability as a lens for place-based education and service learning, focusing their curriculum on economics, the environment, and social justice. It is also the most diverse elementary school in Vermont, with children from over ten countries who speak more than twelve languages. Trip participants will partner with the school and students to design and construct a sustainable playground using recycled materials, as well as spending time/working at the beautiful Shelburne Farms, the school’s partner in sustainability education.
Issue: Environmental Sustainability
Cost per person: $30 (financial aid is available if necessary). Fee covers transportation, lodging in Burlington, all meals, and volunteer activities.
Questions? Contact Ashley Calkins, Associate Director, Community Engagement, email@example.com.
Application here: Mini-MAlt participant application Spring 2014.
Application Deadline: Wednesday, February 26th to firstname.lastname@example.org.
This week’s community engagement opportunities are out! Included: Jocelyn Wyatt’s talk this Friday, Valentine’s cards to Living Well, and walking dogs and socializing cats with Homeward Bound. Questions? Email us at email@example.com.
This week’s community engagement opportunities are out! Thoughts? Questions? Let us know!
This week’s community engagement opportunities are out! Thoughts? Questions? Let us know!
This summer the Shepherd Internship Program has over a hundred internships available for undergrads in dozens of fields, including Business Administration, Immigration/Refugee Services, Policy Reform, Women’s Advocacy, Youth Outreach, and more. The deadline to apply for this summer is approaching fast: January 15th! Learn more about what the SIP has to offer and how the application process works in an info session at 118 South Main this Wednesday. There is one at 4:30 p.m. and one at 7 p.m. Questions? Contact Tiffany Sargent, Director of Community Engagement, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
ACORN is looking for a team of staff writers and researches for our 2014 Guide to Local Food and Farms. The Addison Independent publishes 15,000 copies of the Guide and we distribute it all over the Champlain Valley. This is a great opportunity to meet local food producers and do research that will have a lasting impact on our community. Volunteers can write an article, complete 3-5 hours of research or contribute illustrations/graphic design work. Interested? Email email@example.com. All content is due February 7, 2014, so sign up soon!
Addison County Action/CVOEO is looking for volunteers to assist in preparing basic Federal and State income taxes for low-income families and individuals. Training is provided through the IRS VITA program through online self-study and testing. Volunteers will be assisting Debbie with greeting clients, completing intake sheet/review sheet and preparing basic returns. Tax assistance starts February 3 through April 15, Monday through Thursday. Office space is provided and hours are flexible. Contact Debbie at 802-388-2285 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Instructor Chris Giorgio invites Middlebury College students to volunteer with Middlebury Parks and Recreation dance classes on Monday, Tuesday, or Thursday afternoons for ages 5-18. Styles of classes include tap, ballet, hip hop, and lyrical dance. Contact Chris, email@example.com, to learn more about specific class times and volunteer information.
Bridport Central School hosts a student newspaper club and needs a volunteer writing coach for the newspaper during J-Term and/or spring semester! On Friday mornings from 9:00 to 9:45 a.m. the volunteer will work with two groups of 4th and 5th graders (8 kids total) to brainstorm, take photos, interview, and write articles for their student newspaper. This is a great opportunity for someone who wants hands-on experience in Elementary Education or Media/Journalism. If you need transportation funding for a campus vehicle is available. Interested? Contact Community Engagement, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Liria C. Evangelista, Graduate Program Director for Middlebury’s program in Buenos Aires, Argentina, will give a lecture called “Touching Selves, Expanding Lives: The Desire for Teaching and the Politics of Cultural Understanding”, addressing the complex issues that a teacher confronts when working with culturally diverse students. Her research is built on many years working with Middlebury College students in various cross-cultural settings, and this J-Term Evangelista is teaching a course titled “Political Violence, Memory, and Cultural Representations”. The lecture is Wednesday, January 8, 4:30 p.m. in the Robert A. Jones ’59 House conference room.
William & Mary is hosting their Active Citizens Conference this February. Workshop sessions include “Defining the Outcomes: How Learning-Focused Service Enhances Active Citizenship” and “How Does Social Change Happen? An Exploration of Theories for the Every-Day Activist and Educator”. The conference is held Friday, February 15 through Saturday, February 16. Note that students are encouraged to apply for a Community Engagement mini-grant to subsidize the cost of their attendance!
In a similar vein to the above, Valaparaiso University is hosting the annual IMPACT conference at the end of February. As per their website, IMPACT is a long-standing annual conference “focused on the civic engagement of college students in community service, service-learning, community-based research, advocacy and other forms of social action.” It features networking blocks, an opportunities fair, and over ninety workshops! The conference is held Thursday, Febuary 27 to Sunday, March 2. Note that students are encouraged to apply for a Community Engagement mini-grant to subsidize the cost of their attendance!
The Sustainable Living Expo is an annual day-long exposition promoting sustainable living in the Champlain Valley on March 29 at Middlebury Union High School. The Expo hosts hundreds of exhibits, presentations and workshops, and they’re expecting more than a thousand visitors this year! They’re looking for volunteers for everything from setting up Friday night, greeting people at the front table, assisting exhibitors, monitoring workshops, directing traffic, and supervising little ones in the children’s playroom. All volunteers will get first-hand experience at event planning, meet new people, have fun, and get a free Expo t-shirt. If you would like to be an Expo volunteer, email email@example.com.
If you have questions about any of these volunteer opportunities or you want to learn even more opportunities to get involved with the communities above, contact Ashley Calkins, Associate Director of Community Engagement, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Summer 2014 Paid Internships
If you would like to take action to make a difference in the fight against poverty and develop important life skills, gain experience working across difference, and advance your own career exploration process, consider applying for the national Shepherd Internship Program. Information is also available on our own Privilege & Poverty program website. These internships are available to students whose institutions are a part of the Shepherd Higher Education Consortium on Poverty (SHECP). It is a diverse group, including HBCU, faith-based, public, private, and work institutions (click on Member Institutions to view). A cohort of students from a variety of colleges and universities live together, providing a core group with whom to learn, explore, and grow. Interns receive a stipend, funding to support some travel/living expenses, housing—and participate in opening and closing conferences, in addition to the internship experience.
INFO SESSIONS: Wed., Jan. 8th at 4:15 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. in the conference room of 118 South Main Street.
Application Deadline: Tuesday, January 15th (11:59 p.m.). MUST apply through both MOJO (search Shepherd, poverty) and the Shepherd Internship Program online application.
Paid internships are available in several fields of service including: Art, Business Administration, Case Mgt., Community Organizing, Dance, Domestic Violence, Economic Dev., Education, Environmental, Financial Literacy, Food Security & Educ., Healthcare, Homelessness, Housing Access, Immigration/Refugee Services, Job Placement, Law, Migrant Services, Policy Reform, Prison Release, Residential Camps, Teaching, Women’s Advocacy, and Youth Outreach.
About twenty Midd students have participated over the last ten years! Learn more through the website links above and by coming to an Info Session.
Staying local over winter break? Volunteer at the Charter House!
The Charter House winter housing facility serves as an emergency home staffed 24/7 by trained volunteers who provide a warm, welcoming environment for families in stress. Volunteers are needed to take shifts over winter break! Contact James McMillan (email@example.com) to sign up.
Community Friends Feature of the Week
Do you enjoy dancing, playing, reading stories, drawing, and identify as a woman of color? Community Friends, a campus-based one-on-one mentoring program that matches Middlebury students with Addison County children ages six to twelve, is seeking a big sister for a five-year old child of color, whose parents would like to see her spend time with a female student of color in order to help their child in a predominately White school district. If you are creative and responsible, you could easily be a role model for this young girl just by meeting with her for two hours each week. Flexible meeting times on your own schedule; only requirement is enthusiasm and willingness to build a meaningful, consistent relationship. For more information about our program and/or how to apply to be this or another child’s mentor, please visit our website (go/cf) or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org .
Mentor needed! [2-3 hours per week commitment]
The Vermont Center for Child, Youth, and Families, an outpatient psychiatric clinic and research center affiliated with the UVM College of Medicine and Fletcher Allen Health Care, is looking for a female, college student to serve as a mentor for one of a patient in Middlebury. She is 16 years old, athletic, funny, and kind. Besides being a companion and role model, we are also hoping the mentor will participate in a mindful activity with her, such as yoga or tai chi. It would probably require about a 2-3 hour weekly time commitment. It would not be necessary to have a vehicle. An excellent opportunity for anyone interested in psychiatry, psychology, counseling or social work! Interested? Contact Merelise Ametti, 207-399-8417 or Merelise.Ametti@med.uvm.edu.
Five-year-olds playing violin: Volunteers needed for J-Term/Spring Semester
Mary Hogan Elementary School is in second year providing violin instruction for kindergarten students and needs volunteers to help out! String/violin experience helpful but not mandatory. The classes will be held Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays from 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. and volunteers could come on a day that matches their schedule! Interested? Contact Mary Gill, email@example.com.
Lunch: Environmental Law, Vermont Law School Scholarship Opportunity
Thursday, December 5 11:15a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Franklin Environmental Center at Hillcrest 1st floor lounge
Are you interested in possibly pursuing an environmental law degree at some point after graduation? Join a lunch/info session/career conversation this Thursday to learn more about a full scholarship opportunity for Midd alumni to attend Vermont Law School. RSVP to Janet Wiseman, firstname.lastname@example.org. Topics will include Melissa Scanlan’s career path, social entrepreneurship, Vermont Law School offerings, and the VLS/Middlebury scholarship opportunity. Bring your questions and topics of interest. Following lunch at 12:30p in The Orchard, Franklin Environmental Center 103, Melissa Scanlan will give an ES Colloquium talk entitled, Social Entrepreneurs: Be the Change You Want to See.
Apply to the Flex Fund to finance your initiatives!
Whether it is transportation expenses, games to play with Porter Hospital residents, or turkeys to cook at the local shelter, we want to help you serve others. Visit here to find the SCB Flex Fund application. Email email@example.com for more information.
Questions? If you have questions about any of these volunteer opportunities or want to learn more ways to get involved in the local community, contact Ashley Calkins, Associate Director, Community Engagement, firstname.lastname@example.org, 802.443.3099.