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National AmeriCorps Week

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Interested in serving diverse communities across the country in a variety of essential roles? Join Community Engagement and CCI during National AmeriCorps Week for an AmeriCorps Panel on Tuesday, March 8th from 12:30-1:20 pm @ the 118 South Main St. Conference Rm. Hear from several current and former AmeriCorps members about the ins and outs of AmeriCorps, including benefits and how to apply. Check out the event on Facebook!

Lunch provided! Please RSVP by Friday, March 4, 2016 to Elle Bacon,

Alicia Roderigue is the AmeriCorp Team Leader for the City of Burlington’s Community and Economic Development Office. She is responsible for providing support to team members at their service sites, facilitating bi-weekly team meetings, and leading topical discussions related to issues surrounding social justice, diversity, and marginalized populations. Alicia also serves as the program liaison between more than fifteen non-profit organizations and City Departments and CEDO.


Eimilie Bishop serves as a AmeriCorps State Member at the Vermont Center for Crime Victim Services as an Outreach Coordinator. She advocates for restorative justice indicatives in crime victim services. She also does outreach services to victims of crime with disabilities or have limited English proficiency.


Elle Bacon serves as the AmeriCorps*VISTA at Middlebury College’s Community Engagement Office. Elle works on continuing initiatives related the Privilege & Poverty Academic Cluster, as well as annual Community Engagement events. She strives to mobilize and educate students through service in areas of poverty alleviation.


Benji Thurber is the Communications and Technology Manager at Mobius. Benji graduated from Middlebury College in 2008, and received his Bachelor’s degree in English and American Literature. Benji joined Mobius as an AmeriCorps VISTA member (through the Vermont Youth Tomorrow program) in 2009, and helped recruit new mentors, promote public awareness of the mentoring cause, and expanded the Mentor Discount Card program for mentor pairs in Chittenden County.  Benji transitioned to a staff position with the organization in 2011, and worked collaboratively with mentoring programs and funders across the state to expand the organization into Vermont’s Mentoring Partnership.  In his current position as Communications and Technology Manager, he manages communications and marketing for the organization, and works with mentoring agency staff to expand public awareness efforts across the state. He is also the administrator for the Vermont Mentoring Database, an online system that allows mentoring agencies to store program information on the Mobius website, apply for grants, and manage information and outcome data for their mentoring matches.

September is National Hunger Action Month!

Each year during the month of September, food banks across the country challenge their communities to take action against food insecurity.

Approximately one in seven households in the United States are food insecure due to the combination of structural inequalities that segregate our communities by income, race, social and education access. Because of these inequalities, access to healthy, affordable food is often not a constant reality. How can our communities work to eliminate these barriers? In what ways can we become better advocates for our communities? Through service and awareness of our community’s food access needs, we put a face to an issue that affects 18 million households nationwide. Together, we can build supportive structures that build accessibility for all rather than restrict growth, perpetuate stereotypes and diminish human dignity.

Check out the videos and links below to get active in Addison County and on campus!



Get involved on campus by checking out the following groups:

Nutrition Outreach and Mentoring (NOM)

Charter House Coalition

Middlebury College Organic Farm (MCOF)

Middlebury Foods



For more information on food insecurity check out the links below:

Vermont Food Bank

Feeding America