Community Engagement Opportunities: Week of November 4

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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,

Build this weekend with Habitat for Humanity and VSO!
This Saturday (11/9) join VSO and Habitat for Humanity at the Habitat worksite in Cornwall, VT. Habitat is a non-profit organization that provides affordable housing for families in the community. Volunteers will help with the construction process; tasks may include hammering and/or working with power tools. No construction experience is needed. We plan to meet at ADK around 8:45am and work from 9am-noon. If you are interested, please RSVP to Habitat at or VSO at

NOM Nutrition Outreach Mentoring Meeting: TODAY 
11/3 8:15 – 9:00 p.m. 118 South Main Street
Come to the weekly NOM: Nutrition Outreach and Mentoring meeting. We’ll be discussing volunteer opportunities in the community. Nutrition Outreach Mentoring (NOM) is a student organization aimed at creating community and connecting people through food and food education. Just show up or with questions.

Interested in international and global affairs? Have great ideas to share with campus? Visit go/5000
The Rohatyn Student Advisory Board (RSAB), is now accepting proposals for its first annual student-led conference competition. RSAB will be awarding up to $5000 in funding for the winning proposal. While there is no set requirements for proposals, RSAB ask that topics and themes be international and global in scope. Note the deadline: November 7th, 2013.  RSAB is Rohatyn Center for Global Affair’s affiliated student group. Questions? For more information about the competition, please visit RSAB here. If you have questions, please contact Nestor Martinez, Program and Outreach Fellow, at 802.443.5652 or at

J-Term Course Highlight
Still deciding which J-Term course to take? Check out HIST 1023 Unnatural Border. In this course we will explore how the U.S.-Mexico border transformed from a “line in the sand” to a place of increasing physical presence. Using both primary and secondary texts, documentaries, and news articles, we will learn why federal agencies created an unnatural border and how it has affected immigration and the environment in the borderlands. This course counts as elective credit towards the History major. NOR, SOC (M. Mendoza, a visiting winter term instructor). Mary E. Mendoza , ’06, is a doctoral candidate at the University of California, Davis. She has a Master’s Degree from American University, 2010; and a Master’s Degree from the University of California, Davis (2012).

MiddView Trips Student Paid Internship application open! 
Check out the posting here: 2014 MiddView Trips Interns. The position will start part-time in January/Spring Term and then ramp up to a full-time summer internship. Questions? Contact

Nature Conservancy Volunteer Work Days: Williams Woods Natural Area
Participate in the last workdays of the season at Williams Woods Tuesday, November 5 and Thursday, November 7 from 9:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. The Nature Conservancy will provide all the equipment and training necessary. We will be removing invasive buckthorn and honeysuckle using both physical removal and herbicide techniques in an effort to maintain the health of this rare and beautiful forest. If you’d like to join email Becky Cushing,  becky.cushing@TNC.ORG, and let me know which day. Becky will send more details and directions to the site.

Community Friends Feature of the Week
Like playing soccer or basketball? 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 brother for an eight-year old boy. He loves sports, swimming and drawing. If you are responsible, have a good sense of humor and like being active, you could easily be a role model for this young boy just by meeting with him 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 .

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. Visithere to find the SCB Flex Fund application. Email 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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