Community Engagement Opportunities: Week of October 28

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Nutrition Outreach Mentoring Interest Meeting: TODAY 10/28 at 7:45pm

Nutrition Outreach Mentoring (NOM) is a student organization aimed at creating community and connecting people through food and food education.  The group organizes classes that seek to teach young people and those in transitional periods in their lives how to cook for themselves on a budget and acquire the independence and knowledge that comes with it.  The aim, through “food mentoring,” is to establish healthy eating/ cooking habits, and, for both mentors and participants, raise awareness around nutrition, current food issues, and their local communities. Come to 118 South Main St. on Monday, October 28th at 7:45pm for some healthy snacks and more information on how to get involved in NOM!  For more information please emailcommunityengagement@middlebury.edu.

American Red Cross Volunteer Recruitment Meeting

TODAY 10/28 6:30 pm Middlebury Fire Station, 5 Seymour St.
For the American Red Cross, volunteers make up over 90% of the organization’s work force and are key to fulfilling our humanitarian mission. At present, in Addison County, we have only a handful of volunteers. The help extended to neighbors in our communities, whether it is in the wake of a house fire down the street or large-scale disaster response, is possible due to this corps of dedicated and compassionate volunteers. Meet with Red Cross Deputy Chief Response Officer Bruce Pollock to learn more about volunteering in Addison County. Becoming a Red Cross volunteer does not require any specialized experience, training will be provided. Questions? Contact Debbie Lee at 802-773-9159 or debbie.lee@redcross.org.Privilege & Poverty Information Session:  Paid Summer Internships and J Term Introductory Course
Come learn more about the Privilege & Poverty initiative, its’ flagship paid summer internship programs with local and national sites, and this year’s introductory course offering, Spirit of Change: Shifting the Paradigm from Poverty to Prosperity (prep for J Term course registration). Two info sessions on Tuesday, 10/29 at 12:30 p.m. and at4:30 p.m. in the Conference Room at 118 South Main Street. Light snacks provided!

After-School Homework Help Needed
Platt Memorial Library in Shoreham is looking for two dynamic volunteers to help at the library. One would be to provide one-on-one computer help for our primarily senior population of beginning computer users. Basic computer usage, internet searches, and office suite applications are the bulk of what would be needed. The second volunteer would be to provide after-school homework help for elementary school children who regularly need help with math or English worksheets. The library can be flexible with scheduling! Contact Abby Adams, Library, platt@shoreham.net. If you are interested in this opportunity but need transportation contact Ashley Calkins,jcalkins@middlebury.edu, to learn about using a college vehicle.

Trick-or-Treat for canned goods with the Volunteer Services Organization (VSO)
VSO will be trick-or-treating for canned goods this Halloween (October 31) to help HOPE (Helping Overcome Poverty’s Effects) stack up their food shelves for the winter. We will all meet at 5:00 p.m. ADK dressed in our costumes and drive into town. If you would like to participate. Please RSVP by emailing VSO (vso@middlebury.edu) with your name and cell phone number.

In this last week of October, Let’s SCARE AWAY Breast Cancer (and ALL other Cancers) by signing up for Relay For Life of Middlebury College!
For every five people that sign up for Relay For Life, there will be a drawing for 1 Breast Cancer Awareness prize! AND For every Team Captain that starts a team (1 per team!), you will receive a prize! AND For every Team that signs up 3 new participants, you will earn a VIP Contest entry! You have until MIDNIGHT on October 31st!Website: RelayForLife.org/middleburycollege

D8 Concert to Benefit WomenSafe
October 30, 2013 7:00 p.m. Mead Chapel
Come see the Dissipated Eight perform in support of WomenSafe, an organization dedicated to aiding women and children who have experienced domestic, physical or sexual violence. Bring a buck or two if it moves you, and otherwise come enjoy some sweet music.

Put your skills to work in the community: Latin tutors needed
Volunteers are needed to tutor a high school student in Latin 4 at the Middlebury Union High School Learning Lab. The students have flexible afternoon schedules and could meet during the week based on your schedule. Interested? Contact Tammi Beattie,tbeattie@addisoncentralsu.org.

Morning Reading Volunteers Needed
The Mary Hogan Elementary School Librarian Julie Altemose contacted us with this specific volunteer need: Volunteers are needed to read with students in the library weekdays from 7:50 – 8:15 a.m. Julie shares, “We have kids that aren’t reading at home and are missing recess time because of that.” Volunteers could pick the morning they come to the library based on their schedules. Interested? Contact Julie Altemose,jaltemose@addisoncentralsu.org.

Addison County Farm to School meeting
Wed. 11/6 4:00 – 5:30 p.m. Addison County Regional Planning Commission on Seminary Street.
Get involved with the Farm to School work in Addison County! Suzanne Young, local food educator, will be conducting a FREE taste test workshop for the last hour of the meeting. Learn more about taste-tasting volunteer opportunities at local schools through this workshop. RSVP to Emily Hoyler, ehoyler@middlebury.edu.

Apply to the Flex Fund to finance your initiatives!
Whether it is transportation expenses, pumpkins to carve 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 scboard@middlebury.edu 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, jcalkins@middlebury.edu802.443.3099

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