Nov
25

Community Engagement Opportunities: Thanksgiving Week!

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Staying on campus but looking to put the “giving” in Thanksgiving this upcoming 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 Thanksgiving break! Contact James McMillan (jmcmillan@middlebury.edu) to sign up.

Clothing Donations Needed for Addison Central Teens (ACT)
ACT is hosting the annual clothing swap & shop on Wednesday 12/4 and Thursday 12/5 at MUHS from 11:30 am to 3 pm for students only and from 3 pm to 7 pm for the public. They are seeking donations of clothing, especiallything, especially female and male outerwear, like warm winter jackets/coats and scarves or men’s suit jackets. As always jewelery, ties and fun hand bags are favorite items. This year they are also looking for holiday items or gift items teens can purchase as presents for their family. You can drop off items at the teen center until 12/3 from 3 to 6 pm and this Saturday, 11/23 from 10 to 3 pm. Questions? Contact Jutta Miska, jutta@addisonteens.com.

Apply to participate in Habitat for Humanity’s February Break Trip to Pongoteague, Virginia
This will be our fourth year in a row working with our community partners in Pungoteague. Every year this trip is filled with good food, good laughs, time at the beach (!), and of course, a whole lot of house-building. The leaders for this year’s trip will be Huy Nguyen (’16) and Sarah Scott (’17). More detailed information regarding the trip is available on the application itself. To apply, you can find the application on Habitat’s Middlink page under “documents” (go/middlink -> login with your midd id -> go to “Organizations” and click on Habitat -> click on “documents” on the left-hand bar). Applications are due Sunday Dec. 1st by email to Huy and Sarah (hnguyen@middlebury.edu and sscott@middlebury.edu). Please feel free to contact them with any questions as well.

Put your math skills to work in the local community! 
Volunteers are needed to tutor a high school students in math at the Middlebury Union High School Learning Lab. The Learning Lab has a high demand for extra assistance with homework and studying and could use drop-in volunteers to help with various coursework in various math classes. Volunteers are specifically needed Monday – Friday during any of these shifts: 11:30 a.m. -12:15 p.m., 12:50-1:30 p.m., 1:35-2:15 p.m., 2:15-2:55 p.m., 3:00-4:00 p.m. Interested? Contact Ben Krahn,bkrahn@addisoncentralsu.org.

United Way is seeking Middlebury College students to serve as Community Impact Volunteers, participating in a community grant process as part of an impact team in the areas of Health, Education or Financial Stability. This is a wonderful opportunity to learn about the operations of local agencies, review grants, and build relationships with community members. Volunteers are ambassadors for United Way of Addison County and read each grant application in their assigned impact area (Health, Education or Financial Stability), develop a list of questions to discuss at site visits, visit agencies, participate in the team scoring process and recommend a funding amount for the board of directors to approve.  The work takes place from approximately January 13th through the last week of March (United Way can accommodate your absence over February Break and Spring Break). Volunteers are expected to be interested in the community, non-profit sector, applying agencies and the United Way grant process.  Confidentiality and professionalism are musts. Enthusiasm, curiosity, and a sense of humor are valued highly! Interested students should contact United Way of Addison County Executive Director Kate McGowan (kmcgowan@middlebury.eduby Wednesday, December 4th for more details.

Global Engagement Summit
April 16-20, 2014 at Northwestern University
The Global Engagement Summit (GES) builds the capacity of the next generation of change-makers through our annual summit, yearlong programming, and staff curriculum. By identifying talented, young individuals, providing skills training and connecting driven students with innovative thought leaders, GES empowers them to produce responsible and sustainable solutions to shared global problems. Apply here. If you are accepted to the Summit and need funding support, apply for a Cross-Cultural Community Service Fund Grant!

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 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.edu, 802.443.3099.



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