Community Engagement Opportunities: Week of 12/6

Filed Under (Community Service Opportunities) by on December 2, 2013

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 ( 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 .

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

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,

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, 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 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,, 802.443.3099.

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