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Register today for Relay for Life!

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The 10th annual Middlebury College Relay for Life is coming up this year on April 26th-27th. Picture yourself walking around a track, surrounded by hundreds of family and friends, encouraging each other to make another lap as you celebrate those who’ve fought cancer, remember loved ones lost, and fight back against a disease that has taken too much from too many. All of us have been touched by cancer, all of us should be there on April 26th. The money raised through Relay For Life events support the American Cancer Society’s lifesaving work, like Hope Lodge facilities, which offer cancer patients a free place to stay, comfort, and support when they have to travel far from home for treatment. Too many people, including possibly someone you or I know, will be diagnosed with cancer this year. A Relay For Life event is our opportunity to inspire hope by raising funds and awareness to help those facing the disease. Register your team NOW online here.

Middlebury College Staff and Faculty Ski Day at Rikert Nordic Center and the Snow Bowl

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March 16 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Join fellow staff, faculty and their families at the Snow Bowl and Rikert Nordic Center for a day of skiing and snowboarding! Hot chocolate and cookies provided. No advance sign-up necessary.
Snow Bowl Alpine Skiing and Snowboarding: First 50 people can purchase lift tickets for only $10!
Otherwise discounted prices are as follows:
Lift tickets age 6+: $20
Lift tickets under 6: $10
Rentals for 15+: $20
Rentals for 14 under: $13
Lessons $45/instructor hour

Rikert Nordic Skiing:
Day ticket $8:00
Rentals – Skate or Classic:  $10.00

Sponsored by Staff Council and Faculty Council. Questions? Contact scouncil@middlebury.edu

Daffodil Days Are Here!

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Welcome spring and support the American Cancer Society by purchasing daffodils!

Order your bouquets at go/boxoffice by Tuesday, March 5th!

These beautiful spring flowers will brighten anyone’s day, and represent hope to many cancer patients.  With Daffodil Days, an ACS annual fundraiser, you can make a difference!  Order daffodils to help the ACS further its research, education, advocacy, and service programs.

Gifts of Hope and Bear Hugs for Hope will be delivered to patients directly by ACS. To order daffodils for yourself, a friend or colleague, a cancer survivor you can order online with a credit card at the Box Office. An email will be sent out about when flowers will arrive at the Box Office in McCullough the week of March 18th. Faculty and Staff on-campus orders will be delivered to offices upon arrival; on the Box Office order form please list your campus address under “Shipping Address.”

Apply for the Spring Middlebury Alternative Break Trip!

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Interested in cross-cultural experiences, education, human rights, or community service? Student service initiative Friends for Burma will be leading a Middlebury Alternative Break (MAlt) trip to do in-depth work with the Burmese refugee community in Burlington. Students will stay with Burmese families and do educational projects including teaching English, cooking, citizenship lessons, and activities with the kids.

Application: Spring 2013 Mini-MAlt Participant Application
Application Due Monday, March 4th via email to Forest Jarvis, fjarvis@middlebury.edu. Selected participants will be notified by Friday, March 8th
Trip dates: March 23 – 26.
Participant Fee: $25
*MAlt is supported by funds through the MAlt student organization budget
Questions? Contact Forest Jarvis MAlt participants and Burmese community 2

2/25 EIA Civic Engagement Weekly Volunteer Opportunities

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EIA Civic Engagement
Weekly Volunteer Service Opportunities

Nutrition Outreach and Mentoring (NOM) Info Session
Tonight Monday, February 25th 7:30 p.m. LaForce 121
NOM is aimed at creating community and connecting people through food and food education. Come have some homemade cookies and hear about what NOM is going to be up to this semester. We’ll have a brainstorm session about possible new directions for our Bridport elementary after school program as well as other opportunities for NOM to branch out! Bring any ideas for ways you might want to engage the community surrounding food education and/or mentoring and your enthusiasm for healthy food! If you can’t make it but still want to be involved, send an email to Carly Westling, nom.midd@gmail.com.

 Summer Internship Highlight: Addison County Poverty Internships
10 week paid  internships with the Open Door Clinic, John Graham Homeless Shelter, Addison County Council Against Domestic and Sexual Violence
Info Session: Wed. 2/27 4:30p.m. Center for Education in Action (Adirondack House)
Application Deadline: March 11
Apply on MOJO: Go/mojo, more information listed here

Open Door Clinic Seeking Volunteer Medical Interpreters
As a free medical clinic serving uninsured and underinsured low income individuals in Addison County, we provide essential medical care to individuals of many backgrounds. Approximately 30% of our patients are Limited English Proficiency (LEP) patients requiring assistance of medical interpreters to facilitate communication and thus insure high quality medical care. Although we have access to telephonic interpretation, we rely most heavily on volunteer medical interpreters available for in-person interpretation at clinics and referral appointments. The Open Door Clinic is located close to campus at Porter Hospital! Learn more about applying to be a Volunteer Medical Interpreter here.

Volunteer to be a 2013 Salamander Escort
Otter Creek Audubon Society will provide salamander escort coverage once again this spring at the Morgan Road site in Salisbury. On an ideal evening, wet and warm, this site can experience a thousand or more amphibians of seven species crossing from their wooded wintering sites to vernal pools where they breed. We will alert our 2013 email list between Monday, March 25th and Sunday, April 14th on nights when volunteer support is needed between 8:30 p.m. – 1:00 a.m. Volunteers arrive or leave when they wish, gathering data for an hour, possibly two. Please contact Warren King, orkinglet@together.net to sign on to the 2013 salamander volunteer email list.

Conference Opportunity: INSPIRE2013, presented by the Bonner Foundation and Siena College Academic Community Engagement
April 5-7, 2013 Siena College near Albany, NY
Inspire is a student-led conference that brings together over 300 people from the Northeast and across the country to engage in training and dialogue around Community Engagement and pedagogy through workshops, networking and national partner presentations. This conference will feature 4 elective workshops blocks and 5 tracks that will explore best practices and strategies in community engagement. More information here. EIA Civic Engagement has funding to support conference attendance (transportation, meals, lodging, registration fee) for four students. To learn more contact Ashley Calkins, jcalkins@middlebury.edu.

Page One
Page One is still looking for volunteers to lead reading programs with fun activities for local elementary school students! Email pageone@middlebury.edu to learn more and sign-up to volunteer from 2:30 – 3:30 on Tuesdays (adventure stories!) or Thursdays (classic fables!) at Salisbury Elementary School.

Monkton World Language Program: Volunteers needed
The Monkton Central School World Language Program has been in existence for about 10 years with great success. It introduces children from kindergarten through sixth grade to a different language and culture, an experience which, hopefully, will be continued during middle and high school. Middlebury College students teach various languages six times during the semester in an elementary classroom. If you are interested in teaching a language at Monkton, email coordinator Jennifer Stanley,  jstanley@wildblue.net.

Apply to the Flex Fund to finance your initiatives!
Whether it is transportation expenses, pumpkins to carve with Porter hospital residents, or turkeys to cook at the local shelter, we want to help you serve others. Visit go/funding to find our application under Civic Engagement Funding. Email scboard@middlebury.edu for more information.

“Like” EIA Civic Engagement’s Facebook page here to receive opportunities and updates!

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, Community Engagement Coordinator, jcalkins@middlebury.edu, 802.443.3099

Apply: Paid Addison County Poverty Internships

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Addison County Poverty Internships offer meaningful opportunities to spend summer fighting poverty in Vermont. This year the paid internships will take place at the John Graham Homeless Shelter, the Addison County Council Against Domestic and Sexual Violence, and the Open Door Clinic.

John Graham Homeless Shelter: The John W. Graham Emergency Shelter has provided food, shelter and hope to homeless individuals and families for thirty-one years. The Shelter offers its services 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to individuals and families with children. Many are the hardest to house including survivors of abuse, violence and rape; people with disabilities; people in recovery; and people suffering with mental illness. The John Graham Shelter summer intern will be a key team player in providing food, shelter and hope to Addison County’s homeless population, with a special emphasis on helping the Shelter to manage its community mentor program.

Addison County Council Against Domestic and Sexual Violence: ACCADSV is a collaborative group of Addison County agencies that work together to prevent domestic and sexual violence through education and closing gaps amongst providers. Our mission is to promote and enhance the safety and well-being of all members of the Addison County Community. The intern will work with community agencies by serving on the Education Committee that plans programs and events to educate community members about issues of domestic and sexual violence. The intern will also have the opportunity to take WomenSafe training and participate in DV Solutions community programs.

Open Door Clinic: Open Door Clinic (ODC) is a free medical clinic based in Middlebury, VT, providing healthcare to low income, uninsured and underinsured Addison County adults. This full-time, 10 week internship experience will provide the intern with a unique perspective on healthcare, public health, and provision of services to marginalized and low-income communities. A particular focus of the internship will be on supporting the healthcare needs of Limited English Proficiency (LEP) patients, especially Addison County’s Latino Farmworker population, through medical interpretation, document translation, and building culturally and linguistically appropriate local healthcare infrastructure.

How do I apply?
Find our more information and apply through MOJO! Log in here, search for “Addison County Poverty Internships,” and follow the instructions to submit a cover letter, resume, and unofficial transcript (can be unofficial). Applications are due on March 11, 2013. Interviews will be held in mid-March and successful applicants will be notified before spring break.

What if I have questions?
Attend the information session:
Wednesday, February 27, 2013 at 4:30 p.m.
Center for Education in Action (EIA) Library in Adirondack House
OR Contact Ashley Calkins, jcalkins@middlebury.edu.

Interns will earn $9.20 per hour, 35 hours per week. Students can choose to reside on campus for $100 per week, meal plan included.

Additional Poverty Internship Opportunity on MOJO (with funding opportunities available!)
Middlebury Community Care Coalition, Inc. (MCCC) – Farm-to-Plate Intern: MCCC is a volunteer, non-profit providing basic food and housing for local residents who need assistance. Community Lunch and Community Supper together provide over 18,000 meals each year, and with the participation of the Nash farm, as well as church, student and community organizations. The intern will gain firsthand experience in how food, housing and other poverty challenges of low-income families in Addison County are being supported, will learn operational and management aspects of a volunteer-based non-profit organization, and will gain experience in supporting the needs of members of our community who are housing or food insecure.

Open Door Clinic Spanish-English Medical Interpreters

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The Open Door Clinic is seeking Volunteer Medical Interpreters. Read below for more information and a volunteer application. 

Dear Potential Volunteer:

Thank you for your interest in volunteering at Open Door Clinic.

As a free medical clinic serving uninsured and underinsured low income individuals in Addison County, we provide essential medical care to individuals of many backgrounds. Approximately 30% of our patients are Limited English Proficiency (LEP) patients requiring assistance of medical interpreters to facilitate communication and thus insure high quality medical care. Although we have access to telephonic interpretation, we rely most heavily on volunteer medical interpreters available for in-person interpretation at clinics and referral appointments.

Please review the attachments below
 information before submitting a medical interpreter volunteer application.

Volunteer Medical Interpreter Position Description
Interpreter External Language Evaluation Form
Interpreter Application cover letter and instructions
Interpreter Language Skills Self Assessment Form

Because of the responsibility that interpreters have for insuring accurate understanding of medical conditions, procedures, and treatments, we require a relatively stringent screening process for potential volunteer interpreters. We are glad to train new interpreters in interpretation techniques and practices, but we require fluency in English and the target language before we can accept these new interpreter volunteers for training.

Please return the following application materials to Open Door Clinic by March 15, 2013:
• Medical Interpreter Volunteer Application
• Language Skills Self Assessment Form
• Names and contact information for two personal/professional references, ideally individuals who can comment on your experience in cross-cultural and/or other settings applicable to volunteer work as a medical interpreter
• Please have two individuals familiar with your non-native language skills submit language evaluation forms directly to Open Door Clinic using the enclosed postage prepaid envelopes. If you have formally studied this language within the past five years, at least one of these language evaluations should be from a language instructor.

After receipt of your application materials, an Open Door Clinic staff member will contact interpreter candidates to schedule a 20-30 minute phone interview conducted in English and/or your target language. There will be an April 6th training at UVM for interested applicants. Please do not hesitate to contact Kay with questions about Open Door Clinic, medical interpretation and/or medical interpreter application, screening, and training.

Thank you again for your support of our community and assistance in ensuring quality healthcare for all.


Kay A. Freedy
Outreach Coordinator