Author Archives: J. Ashley Laux

Faculty and Staff Families: Attend the Page One Halloween Party!

Page One Literacy is a Middlebury College student organization that seeks to foster a love of reading and learning in the Middlebury community. We do this by organizing various after school reading programs in local elementary schools, but we also occasionally have fun holiday events and our first one of the year is coming up! We will be having a Halloween-themed craft and reading party at the Swift House Inn (25 Steward Lane, Middlebury) on Sunday, October 26th from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. We would love it if you and your children would join us! Questions? Contact Anna Dennis ’17.5, .

Invitation to 9/16 MiddAction Fair

Dear Faculty and Staff:

You are warmly invited to join us for the annual MiddAction Fair. Whether you’d like to explore opportunities to partner with community organizations regarding your teaching or research, or if you are new to our Middlebury community and would like to make a more personal connection to your new “home,” we welcome you to join us! Details below.

MiddAction Fair
When: Tuesday, September 16, 6–7:30 p.m.
Where: Wilson Hall, McCullough

This is your chance to get involved: Meet representatives from more than 50 local non-profit organizations and student service groups with opportunities to get involved in the community.

The MiddAction Fair will provide you with the opportunity to engage directly 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.

Questions? Contact Quanteshia Tennyson, Community Engagement Poverty Initiatives Coordinator, , 802.443.5113

This event is open to students, faculty, staff, and the general public.

Faculty and Staff: Volunteers for Days of Caring

Dear Faculty and Staff:

RSVP and the United Way of Addison County is once again gearing up for its Annual Days of Caring event. Every year, they send out hundreds of community volunteers to complete dozens of projects at non-profits throughout Addison County.

This year, the event will be held on Thursday, September 25th and Saturday, September 27th, 2014.

Here are some examples of the projects that are currently available:

  • Bake muffins/ prepare lunch at local child care centers
  • Paint play structures
  • Build a hand railing and picnic tables
  • Mulch/prune/weed/rake gardens
  • Harvest fall crops
  • Dig a sand box/spruce up a playground
  • Rototill a baseball field
  • Plan, execute (and enjoy!) a pizza party
  • Take pictures of volunteers
  • Dust library stacks/process books/read shelves
  • Visit with a senior citizen
  • Sand and varnish children’s chairs and tables
  • Clear a nature trail
  • Erect a fence and repair stadium jumps
  • Help prepare for a silent auction/ file paperwork
  • Wash walls, wood work and/or windows
  • Remove invasive plants at State Parks
  • And MANY more!!

Staff members: Middlebury College offers paid time off for this event; therefore, staff members do not have to use CTO. However, please obtain your supervisor’s approval before registering for the event.

If you would like to participate, click on the following URL to register online.

Please submit your volunteer registration form online as soon as possible and feel free to contact RSVP staff at 388-7044 or if you have any questions.




51 Main Event: 4/2 Charter House Benefit planned by Middlebury College Students!

Student volunteers from Middlebury College are sponsoring a benefit auction and dinner at 51 Main on Wednesday, April 2, from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m.  Proceeds will go toward funding the operation of the Charter House Winter Shelter.  Stop by to enjoy a great meal, music, company and, most of all, to support the Charter House Coalition. A $10 suggested donation at the door will directly support CHC’s programs. Live music will be provided by Middlebury College musicians. A silent auction will include a $500 gift card to Edgewater Gallery, a $300 gift card to Stowe Mountain Resort, a gift from Lincoln Peak Vineyard, and a gift card to Green Peppers Restaurant. Questions? Contact James McMillan ’14,

Parents: Need a break after Winter Break?

Twelve Middlebury students are hosting a babysitting night to raise funds for their upcoming service-learning trip to the Dominican Republic.

Who: Children Ages 2+
What: Games, Crafts, and Other Fun
Where: Mitchell Green Lounge (on the second floor of the McCullough Student Center)
When: Saturday, January 11, Drop-off anytime after 5:30 p.m., pickup before 9:30 p.m.

The cost will be $20 for the first child and $15 for each additional child in your family. Payable by check made out to Middlebury College or cash. Please email by January 10 to reserve a spot.

Thank you for your support! We look forward to meeting your kiddos!

Middlebury Alternative Break trips are advised by Associate Director of Community Engagement Ashley Calkins, and this fundraiser has been approved by Student Activities.

Sponsor a local child with presents for the holidays: Giving Trees

Season’s Greetings Middlebury Faculty and Staff!

Help sponsor a local child whose family cannot afford to buy presents for the holiday season through the Giving Trees program, in collaboration with the local organization H.O.P.E (Helping Overcome Poverty’s Effects). Each Giving Tree lists gift ideas for an age-range and gender and this year HOPE will allow parents to choose out of the donated items in a “Holiday Shop” in order to best match gifts with their own children’s interests.

Here’s how to participate:

  • 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 $50 per tree – but please don’t let this discourage you from participating! 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.
  • You can pick up a tree (paper cut-out) from the Community Engagement office in 118 South Main on Friday, November 15; Monday, November 18; and Tuesday, November 19 between 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.!
  • Gifts must be brought back to the 118 South Main Street on Tuesday, November 26 between 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

If you have any questions, please e-mail Take care and have a great Thanksgiving break and upcoming Holiday Season!

Please note a few key changes to this year’s Giving Tree program, in collaboration with HOPE, (Helping Overcome Poverty’s Effects):

  • HOPE is creating a “Holiday Store” that will enable parents to come in and make their own selections. To accommodate this approach, the “Giving Trees” will still work as they have, in that you’ll have a child (boy or girl with corresponding ages), etc., but we won’t be matching specific gifts with specific children.
  • The store will open at HOPE for parents by Dec. 2, so we need to collect the gifts before Thanksgiving break (note highlighted dates)!
  • Finally, remember that Community Engagement moved this summer; we are now at 118 South Main St., on the corner of South Main and Storrs Ave., behind the Library!

As always, thank you for your support and participation.

Ashley Calkins ’06
Associate Director
Community Engagement
118 South Main Street