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Local Volunteer Opportunities: Tax preparation

Community Engagement would like to share these two local volunteer needs with faculty and staff members!

Addison Community Action/CVOEO is looking for volunteers to assist in preparing basic Federal and State income taxes for low-income families and individuals. Training is provided through the IRS VITA program through online self- study and testing. Volunteers will assist Debbie with greeting clients, completing intake sheet/review sheet and preparing basic returns. Tax assistance starts February 1 through April 15, Monday-Thursday. Office space is provided. Please call Debbie at 802-388-2285 or e-mail, dgoodri@cvoeo.org.

United Way of Addison County needs volunteers for the upcoming Fast Tax Program offered at the United Way of Addison County! This program allows tax filers with annual income of $60,000 or less to file their own personal tax returns online for free. Volunteers do not offer tax advice, but simply sit with filers while they prepare their own tax returns, answering questions about the website and the general filing process. This is a volunteer position with flexible scheduling, approximately 4 to 8 hours per week, beginning in January 2015 and ending April 15, 2016. Supervised training will be provided on site at the United Way of Addison County. Volunteer positions require studying, testing, and passing the IRS Volunteer Standards of Conduct Training (studying takes one to two hours, and the open book, multiple choice exam usually only takes a few minutes). We also train our volunteers through the IRS Link and Learn online training program. Training typically takes between 10-20 hours and can be completed at home at your own pace. It is an excellent way for you to learn more about filing your own personal income tax return as well as helping to empower others in our community—while saving money!

Interested volunteers should call the United Way of Addison County at 802-388-7189 and ask for Lizzy Reed, Volunteer Center Coordinator. Lizzy can also be contacted via email at lizzy@unitedwayaddisoncounty.org. Thank you!

 

If anyone needs tax assistance themselves please call the United Way of Addison County or CVOEO to learn more about receiving assistance through these programs.

Sponsor a local child through H.O.P.E’s annual Holiday Gift Shop!

Season’s Greetings Middlebury Faculty and Staff!

The holiday season is almost upon us! Help sponsor a local child through H.O.P.E’s annual Holiday Gift Shop! Here’s how to participate:

  • Sign up by visiting go/givingtree. You can sign up any time between November 9th  and November 25th.
  • Choose an age range and gender of a potential child. You will then receive an “e-tree” from the CE office regarding further instructions and pertinent details about your gift.
  • You can sponsor a “tree” by yourself, with a friend, as a department or in another type of group collaboration!
  • We ask that you consider spending a minimum amount of $25 per tree. We strongly encourage you to team up with friends and co-workers to maximize the fun and impact of each Giving Tree!
  • Do NOT wrap gifts.
  • Gifts must be brought to Community Engagement at 118 South Main Street by & Thurs., December 2nd and 3rd between 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

If you have any questions, please e-mail Elle Bacon, ebacon@middlebury.edu. Thank you for your continued support of this amazing program. H.O.P.E. counts tremendously on Middlebury College’s consistent and generous participation. Take care and thank you for your support and participation!

 

Elle Bacon

SerVermont AmeriCorps VISTA

Community Engagement

118 South Main Street

Middlebury College Ɩ Middlebury, VT 05753

802.443.5113

Charter House seeks volunteers

Dear Faculty and Staff members,

Charter House’s Warming Shelter is looking for energized and reliable volunteers! The Charter House Warming Shelter for individuals and families opened Friday, October 16th. Volunteers for all day and night shifts are still in high need. Activities might include cooking/food preparation, engaging with community guests. If interested and want to sign up, please contact, Sam Kachmar, mskachmar@gmavt.net.

The Charter House Coalition is a local non-profit dedicated to providing housing and food to those in need.

MiddAction Fair: Monday 9/21 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.

Dear Faculty and Staff:

You are warmly invited to join the Community Engagement Office for the 2015 MiddAction Fair! Whether you’d like to explore opportunities to partner with community organizations regarding your teaching, your areas of research, or if you are new to the Middlebury community and want to get involved, please join us!

MiddAction Fair
When: Monday, September 21st, 6–7:30 p.m.
Where: Wilson Hall, McCullough Student Center

Meet representatives from more than 50 local non-profit organizations and student service groups offering a range of opportunities to help engage and broaden what it means to live in community here in Addison County.

The MiddAction Fair will provide you with the opportunity to become connected in local activism, volunteering, social justice, and service-learning activities in areas such as education, literacy, youth mentoring, environment, emergency services, public health, poverty, hunger, housing, and much more.

Any questions? Please feel free to contact, Elle Bacon, Community Engagement AmeriCorps VISTA, ebacon@middlebury.edu, 802.443.5113.

This event is open to students, faculty, and staff.

Apply today: Flex Fund Review Committee

Official Flex Fund Logo

The Service Cluster Board is accepting applications to serve on the 2015-2016 Flex Fund Review Committee!

 

Download the application here.

Application deadline: Tuesday, September 29th

Submit application via email to scboard@middlebury.edu. 

The Service Cluster Board Flex Fund provides funding for individuals, ad-hoc groups, teams, and official student organizations to carry out volunteer service. The Committee works with the SCB Co-Coordinators in order to review and approve applications grounded in service. Examples of previously funded initiatives are: transportation to teach a foreign language at Monkton Elementary, service trips during winter and spring breaks, and dinners at a local homeless shelter.

Responsibilities of SCB Flex Fund Review Committee Members include:

  1. Review funding requests from individual students, ad-hoc groups and student organizations for community service projects.
  2. Attend fall and spring trainings.
  3. Respond to funding requests via email within 24 hours.
  4. Attend Review Committee meetings during the semester.

Benefits of being an SCB Flex Fund Review Committee Member:

  1. Ability to help positively impact the community by empowering new service initiatives.
  2. Gain advising/program coordination experience by reviewing applications and programming.
  3. Gain budget management experience by balancing and dispersing funds from a $5,000 discretionary budget.

Criteria for Applicants:

  1. Passion for volunteer service.
  2. Ability to be responsive to applications within 24 to 48 hours.
  3. Ability to adhere to the Flex Fund philosophy and goals through sound decisions on funding initiatives.

Invitation: 9/21 MiddAction Fair

Dear Faculty and Staff:

You are warmly invited to join the Community Engagement Office for the 2015 MiddAction Fair! Whether you’d like to explore opportunities to partner with community organizations regarding your teaching, your areas of research, or if you are new to the Middlebury community and want to get involved, please join us!

MiddAction Fair
When: Monday, September 21st, 6–7:30 p.m.
Where: Wilson Hall, McCullough Student Center

Meet representatives from more than 50 local non-profit organizations and student service groups offering a range of opportunities to help engage and broaden what it means to live in community here in Addison County.

The MiddAction Fair will provide you with the opportunity to become connected in local activism, volunteering, social justice, and service-learning activities in areas such as education, literacy, youth mentoring, environment, emergency services, public health, poverty, hunger, housing, and much more.

Any questions? Please feel free to contact, Elle Bacon, Community Engagement AmeriCorps VISTA, ebacon@middlebury.edu, 802.443.5113.

This event is open to students, faculty, and staff.

1/19 Peace [with Justice] Walk

Submitted on behalf of the student Volunteer Service Organization

Peace [with Justice] Walk

Jan 19 | 7:15pm at Meet in the Library Atrium

In honor of Martin Luther King Jr. and in light of the recent events, we invite staff and faculty to join the Volunteer Service Organization in a Walk for Peace with Justice. The walk precedes the concert in Mead Chape​l. Questions? Contact vso@middlebury.edu.