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Student Org Profile: Community Friends

Community Friends mentors are matched with children from the greater Addison County community. Mentor-mentee pairs meet for approximately two hours each week and explore campus, grab snacks in the dining hall, play games, attend organization-wide events that Community Friends hosts, like caramel apple-decorating and pool parties; and more! A really special part of Community Friends is getting to know a child closely, and learn their interests and what activities are fun for them to do. Community Friends matches have the potential to last all four years that students are at Middlebury, so there is a really unique and wonderful bond that forms when pairs are matched for a while and get to know each other well. For students, learning about the area surrounding Middlebury from a child’s perspective can be very interesting and informative. For kids, it is fun to have a big person to spend time and talk with who is a little different from family members or teachers. For both mentors and mentees, Community Friends is an opportunity to build a friendship in a new and different way while having a fun time!

Through Community Friends, I have had the opportunity to get to know my mentee over the course of my four years at Middlebury. My mentee was five years old when we started meeting, and now when she is eight I feel like I have really had the chance to see her grow and develop different interests. My mentee and I love to do arts and crafts and explore outside, but sometimes match time is just a really nice opportunity to engage in conversation. There is something incredibly special about getting to hear about the world from a child’s perspective, and I have learned so much from my mentee. She shares with me thoughts about school, play, and more that have impacted the way that I think! I am grateful for my own experience with Community Friends, and feel so happy when I learn about other mentor-mentee pairs who have positive experiences as well.
Eleanor Fisk ’17

2017-2018 SCB Coordinator Application

Are you interested in joining the CCE as a student staff member? SCB is hiring a coordinator for the 2017 – 2018 Academic Year. Chaired by two co-coordinators, the Service Cluster Board is an umbrella organization founded in 2009 to improve the efficiency and efficacy of service groups on campus. SCB coordinators manage the finances and leadership development of SCB leaders and serve as a liaison between student leaders and Student Activities. SCB coordinators work four paid office hours per week in the CCE and run monthly meetings for SCB leaders. Students from any class year and experience level can apply.

Duties of the position include:

  • Managing the leadership development and finances of 17 service groups
  • Advising the Flex Fund by screening service project proposals and approving monetary allocations
  • Working closely with group leaders, Center for Community Engagement staff, and students who are interested in service
  • Orchestrating and conducting yearly trainings, monthly meetings, and audits
  • Proposing a budget annually on behalf of the 17 service groups before the Finance Committee

It is requested that coordinators serve through Spring 2018, at a minimum.

Apply here: SCB-Coordinator-Application-2017-2018

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the SCB Coordinators at scboard@middlebury.edu

Please submit the following page and your resume to scboard@middlebury.edu by Monday, April 10th at 10pm.

Friends of John Graham Shelter Senior Reflection by Maya Peers Nitzberg

My work with JGS over the last two and a half years has been integral to my Middlebury experience. I have savored the weekly trips off-campus and the relationships I have built with people who aren’t 18-22, and whose lives and worldviews and goals don’t necessarily look the same as mine. Furthermore, thanks to my internship at JGS during the summer of 2014, I have some knowledge of the Housing Services network in Addison County and where Middlebury (town and College) fits in. Without a connection to the greater community, my four years in Vermont would have been far less meaningful.

Over the last four years, I have grown my branch of FOJGS from myself and an occasional friend, to an enthusiastic group of volunteers. Directing a group of volunteers and building an official school organization has surely been a learning and growing experience. My summer at JGS was devoted to the residents; as a JGS staff member, my mind was always towards was always concerned with how best to support residents, as the entered, stayed for months or even years, and moved on and out. As a student volunteer and volunteer coordinator, I had to attend to the needs of the students and to the concerns of the College, as well as of the shelter and its residents. Directing and expanding FOJGS has given me an expanded view of the possibilities and challenges engendered by social service work.

-Maya Peers Nitzberg ‘16.5

Student Org Profile: Brother to Brother

Brother to Brother is a male mentoring organization that gives middle school boys a chance to engage with college students in a group setting. We hold monthly events with a wide range of activities, all with the ultimate goal of fostering healthy concepts of masculinity.
 
“I have been with Brother to Brother for three years. BTB has given me the opportunity to be a kid again as well as reflect on some of the challenges that male-identified middle schoolers face on a daily basis. Each of our events consist of a fun activity, like rock climbing, Quidditch, or pizza baking, as well a reflection/discussion portion that touches on some aspect of masculinity. One of my favorite events this fall was called the Egg Olympics. The event was just as goofy as the name sounds. We held a series of egg-themed competitions (egg drop, egg toss, egg relay, etc) and there was super high level of energy among both mentors and mentees. Then, after a pizza dinner at the Grille, we gathered for a thoughtful discussion about romantic relationships– in middle school, college, and beyond. To me, the night really embodied what Brother to Brother is all about– having fun, making connections, and learning from one another.”
– Kyle Dickey ’17

Student Org Profile: FTK

For the Kids (FTK) is a Middlebury College student service organization that raises money for our local Children’s Miracle Network Hospital, the UVM Children’s Hospital, in Burlington, VT. We are a part of a nationwide movement of over 300 schools to support local Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. Our culminating fundraising event of the year, the Middlebury Dance Marathon, was held this past Friday from 4-10 pm in the McCullough Social Space. This year we hosted over 150 students, volunteers, CMNH Champions, and hospital staff for a night of live student performances, local food, and, of course, dancing! At the end of night, we were excited to announce that we have raised nearly $20,000 for the children’s hospital! All of the money raised will go directly to the hospital to provide child-life care, research, and medical equipment for the children and families it serves.

Student Org Profile: DREAM

 

DREAM is a mentoring organization that pairs college students with youth from affordable housing neighborhoods. DREAM aims to empower children to lead healthy, productive lives through weekly gatherings with fun and rewarding activities.

During my first semester on campus, I was interested in community involvement and mentoring, and was lucky enough to find DREAM (Directing through Recreation, Education, Adventure, and Mentoring). DREAM is a group mentoring organization for kids living in affordable housing developments around Middlebury, and centers around weekly programming each Friday with activities such as tie-dye, sledding, science demos, field days, and more. As a part of DREAM, I’ve had the opportunity to enjoy the summer camp vibe of these fun Fridays, as well as the chance to develop long term mentoring relationships with kids of a variety of ages in the Middlebury community. Getting to know these kids has become a weekly treat, and watching them mature and grow over the past year and a half has been one of the most rewarding parts of my time at school.

-Sadie Dutton ’19.

Community Partner Feature – Wild Roots Farm VT

Jon Turner, of Wild Roots Farm in Bristol, is coming to campus on Friday, Feb. 24 to host a workshop called Fundamentals of Design: Permaculture and Regenerative Agriculture

Friday, Feb. 24

4:30-6:30pm

Axinn 219

90% of mistakes can be prevented with an efficient design. This workshop will give you an understanding of different ways to view the landscape and how the site can influence a successful design. We will discuss permaculture principles and how to apply them to this process, while also providing case studies of the effectiveness of ecological design.

*Wild Roots Farm VT 2017 Regeneration Workshop Series*
Learn more about Wild Roots Farm VT here: https://www.facebook.com/WildRootsFarmVermont/
Cultivating Mushrooms: Substrates & Soil
March 11
Hands on
Resilient Farm Systems: Mindfulness in the Field
April 8
Designing and Building the Forest Garden
May 13- 14
Hands on
Improving Your Soil: Biologically Charged Garden Beds
June 10
Storing Carbon/ Utilizing Nutrients: Waste as a Resource
July 8
Hands on
Pollinator Habitat & Forage Strips
August 12
Pasture Management & Livestock Integration
September 9
*Public Gatherings*
Veterans Regeneration Benefit
May 26
-proceeds will go to a local project
Know Your Farmer Market Day
July 8
-sample local food and meet the farmers who helped produce it
2nd Annual Harvest Potluck and Hoedown
September 30
-food, music and lots of family