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2/11 EIA Civic Engagement Weekly Volunteer Opportunities

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Student position open on the HOPE Board of Trustees, Apply by 2/18
HOPE seeks to reduce the effects of poverty in Addison County. While the delivery of essential services (food, fuel, housing) is their main focus, HOPE also strives to provide residents with the tools and resources necessary to meet their own needs. HOPE is currently seeking one Middlebury College student to serve on their Board of Trustees, ideally for a two year term. Board members meet once a month (generally the last Wednesday each month from 3:30 – 4:30 p.m.) and serve on one Board committee. Through serving as a HOPE board member the student will gain insight into non-profit administration and practical experience around issues facing Vermont non-profits. To apply for this position please email Chair of the Board Becky Dayton, bhdayton@gmail.com. Applicants should send paragraph statement of why they are interested in the position along with a resume. First-year students encouraged to apply.

2/15 Chaperones needed for Addison Central Teen’s “House Bounce” dance
Looking for volunteers to chaperone our House Bounce dance on Friday, February 15 from 8 pm to 11 pm., with two volunteers shifts from 7:45 to 9:45 pm or 9:30 to 11:15 pm. House Bounce is a mixture of normal dance music for the first half of the dance, ending with dub-step and techno music. Three local teens will dj with the help of ACT’s board member Chuck Root (DJ Dizzle). Sign up for a shift by contacting Teen Center Co-Director Jutta Miska, jutta@addisonteens.com

Habitat for Humanity Spring Break Trip: February 15th application deadline
Middlebury College’s Habitat for Humanity will be headed to York, Pennsylvania in March to build, construct, and have a meaningful break experience! More detailed information regarding the trip and the application are located here.

2/12 College Defensive Driving Class [Required to drive campus vehicles!]
This program is required for anyone who wishes to rent a College passenger or 15-passenger vehicle. If you might want to use a campus vehicle for volunteering spring semester get prepared by taking this class! There is no cost for the class but a driving orientation (a 1 hour review on the road) is required for 15-passenger Vans and larger vehicles. Class time is about 2 Hrs.  REMINDER: A valid state license is required to take the class. Individuals wanting a 15-Passenger Van license must have 3 years of driving experience.  To sign up email Ed Sullivan, Sullivan@middlebury.edu. Upcoming class: Tuesday, February 12th noon – 2pm           


Interested in art, photography, or computer sciences? Like to help others?
The Boys and Girls Club of Greater Vergennes is looking for a few college volunteers to help with an upcoming Clay-Mation project. Students in grades 5-8 will be working to make a Clay-Mation short film, and will need help with photography, editing, designing—you name it! No formal experience necessary, only a willingness to help out and have fun. Transportation available, and added support as needed! For more information, please contact Nestor Martinez at nmartinez@middlebury.edu or at 802.443.3010.

Help a Middlebury College Community member: Finite Math Tutor needed
Volunteer to tutor an international Middlebury College staff member who is taking a community college course in Finite Math. The staff member would like to meet with a student weekly on campus for assistance with math concepts. Interested? Contact Ashley Calkins, jcalkins@middlebury.edu.

Bridport Central Elementary School: host an after-school club
Bridport Central School (only 10 miles away from Middlebury!) is seeking volunteers to lead an after school club for elementary school students one afternoon a week from 2:25-3:40 p.m. for 6 weeks this spring. You pick the topic – creative ideas welcome! Previous clubs have included card games, running, chess, jump rope, yoga, crafts, etc. Deadline is February 15. Consider involving your athletic team or student organization in planning a club together! Contact Ashley Calkins, jcalkins@middlebury.edu, for a short application and more information. Funds can be provided for transportation and club supplies.

Monkton World Language Program Info Session
Monday, February 18th 6:30 p.m. Twilight 201
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. Read an information sheet about the program here. To learn more attend the information session or contact Jennifer Stanley,  jstanley@wildblue.net.

Page One Information Session
Wednesday, February 13 7:00 pm, Ross B11
Do you love reading, children, and volunteering?  Come check out student organization Page One for a great volunteer opportunity in local schools! Questions? Contact pageone@middlebury.edu.

MiddView Trip Leader application still open Apply now at go/lead
Move in early to campus. Participate in leader training at the beautiful Common Ground Center. Lead a group of incoming first-year students on an outdoor trip, Vermont Explorations, or Community Engagement trip (Social Justice! Food Security! Youth Programs!). Return to campus before classes start. What a great opportunity – apply today.

Become a Reading Buddy!
Bridport Central School seeks Reading Buddy volunteers who can commit to one hour each week reading one-on-one with a preschool student and completing a literacy related activity sometime Mondays-Thursdays between 9:00-2:30. If you are interested or would like more information please contact Beth Bearor, Preschool Teacher, bbearor@addisoncentralsu.org.

Mandarin and Spanish Speakers: Volunteer Interpreter position open
Fluent volunteer interpreters (Chinese/ Mandarin/Spanish) needed to support the Addison Central Supervisory Union’s (ACSU) Family Wellness Program (FWP). While the FWP is interested in all aspects of family health and wellness, emotional-behavioral health is a strong area of focus; work is confidential in nature and may involve working collaboratively with such partnering agencies as the Addison County Parent/Child Center, connecting families to useful supports. Time commitment will vary based on family needs, but should not entail more than one-two hours/week over the course of several weeks. Interested? Contact ACSU Family Wellness Coordinator, Ulti Danforth, udanforth@addisoncentralsu.org, (802) 382-1767. If you would like to pursue this volunteer opportunity and need access to college vehicles for transportation, contact Ashley Calkins, jcalkins@middlebury.edu.

2013 Vermont Chili Festival Volunteers Needed
March 9, 2013 1:30 – 4:00 p.m. Downtown Middlebury
Sign up for volunteer shifts here

Volunteer for a shift at the 2013 Vermont Chili Festival doing tasks such as token collection, hot chocolate sales, and event set up. This event includes activities for all ages and award-winning chili, located all on the streets of historic downtown Middlebury. As a thank you for offering your time you will receive a volunteer hat and one button for admission.

Middlebury Studio School: Children’s Pottery Class Helpers needed
Volunteers with some art experience are needed to help with children’s pottery classes at the not-for-profit Middlebury Studio School either from 3:30-4:30 or 3:30- 5pm on Mondays, Wednesdays or Thursdays. Interested? Contact Barb, ewaldewald@aol.com.

Mentors needed! Make a difference!
Middlebury Union High School is launching its mentoring program. Pairing high school freshmen with college students, the program will be the first of its kind in Vermont! Pairs will meet weekly to do a variety of activities based on shared interests—go to a hockey game, explore town! Endless possibilities await. No formal experience necessary, transportation available if needed. Training and strong support will be provided for all mentors. To find out more, please contact Nestor Martinez at nmartinez@middlebury.edu or at 802.443.3010.

Have a passion for food? Join NOM
NOM (Nutrition, Outreach, and Mentoring) is seeking more willing volunteers to plan and participate in group activities. In the past, NOM has led cooking nights at the local teen center, and nutrition workshops at local schools. Have an interest in local food and or whole, healthy eating? Come share your passions with others, and with the community at large. Plenty of opportunities available, funding provided for programming! For more information, please contact Nestor Martinez at nmartinez@middlebury.edu or at 802.443.3010.

 

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

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.

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

2/13 Staff Council Meeting

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Dear Staff Colleagues,

Staff Council welcomes you to our next scheduled meeting on Wednesday, February 13 @ 9:00 am in the Crest Room.  I hope you will join us for our  meeting as well as our guest speaker series.  This month our speaker is the Dean of the College and Associate Professor of Psychology Shirley Collado.

As you may have noticed, there are designated boxes around Campus that are filling up with shelf-stable food items as part of the Staff Council food drive.  This is a challenging time of year for food shelves in Vermont because demand is high and fresh food from local sources is largely unavailable so they rely heavily on drives like these. Thank you for your generosity so far!  With only a few weeks left, we would ask that you consider buying a few extra items the next time you are at the grocery store and drop them off at one of the boxes on campus.

Staff Council would like to also thank the volunteers in the many locations across campus who have volunteered their time to collect and transport the items to the food shelf.  THANK-YOU.

MIDDLEBURY COLLEGE STAFF COUNCIL
Agenda
Wednesday, February 13, 2013
9:00 am to 10:30 am
Crest Room

Attendees: Staff Council Representatives, Human Resource, Staff

9:00 a.m. Open meeting and introductions

9:05 a.m. Guest Speaker

  • Shirley Collado, Dean of the College, Associate Professor of Psychology

9:35a.m. Approval of minutes

  • January 2013 Meeting

9:45 a.m. Committee Reports

  • Community Council
  • HR-6
  • Publicity and Events Committee
  • Safety and Environment Committee
  • Election Committee
  • Staff Development Committee
  • Compensation Committee
  • Web Prioritization Committee

10:00 a.m. Old Business

10:15 a.m. New Business

10:30 a.m. Adjournment

Staff Council regular meetings are open to all Middlebury College staff members. Staff members should let their supervisors know if there is a particular meeting they wish to attend. Supervisors will seek to find a positive balance between addressing operational needs and support staff requests to attend these meetings.

 

Apply for the Habitat for Humanity Spring Break Trip!

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Asheville Habitat trip March 2012 4The application for the Middlebury College chapter of Habitat for Humanity’s Spring Break trip is now available! Here is a message from Habitat:

“We will be traveling to York, Pennsylvania at the end of March. Get ready to build, make new friends, and have a marvelous time. The leaders for the trip will be Adam Schiff and Katharine Reineman (both ’15).  More detailed information regarding the trip is available in the Habitat Spring Break 2013 Trip Application. The application will be due by 5:00 on Friday, February 15 by e-mail to Katharine (kreineman@middlebury.edu). Any questions–just ask Adam (aschiff@middlebury.edu) or Katharine (kreineman@middlebury.edu).”

EIA Civic Engagement 1/28 Volunteer Service Opportunities

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MiddView Trip Leader Application Due Wednesday (1/30): Apply now at go/lead
Move in early to campus. Participate in leader training at the beautiful Common Ground Center. Lead a group of incoming first-year students on an outdoor trip, Vermont Explorations, or Community Engagement trip (Social Justice! Food Security! Youth Programs!). Return to campus before classes start. What a great opportunity – apply today.

Want to learn how to design your own service project? Come to our Service Cluster Board Workshop
Today
(1/28) 5:15 p.m. Ross B11
SCB is pleased to present a workshop for students interested in organizing their own service project or initiative in the Middlebury community and beyond! Come with your ideas and with your questions about navigating the process of creating a service project, applying for funding, and building a strong, sustainable volunteer base. Questions? Contact scboard@middlebury.edu.

 Attend an Addison County Farm-To-School Salon over February Break
Wednesday, Feb. 6, 5-8 p.m. Alternative Education Building, MUHS
RSVP: Lea at lea@acornvt.org or 382-0401
Farm-to-School organizations are popping up around the state—how can we in Addison County work together so we’re not reinventing the wheel? How can we encourage more people to get involved in Farm-to-School here and reap the benefits for themselves and their communities? This salon will serve as an initial conversation between all interested parties on the status of regional farm-to-school programs and useful collaborations going forward. Come with questions, ideas and resources, and meet new people passionate about this topic. Salons are free, but please bring a potluck dish to share. Space is limited—RSVP early!

 Become a Reading Buddy!
Bridport Central School seeks Reading Buddy volunteers who can commit to one hour each week reading one-on-one with a preschool student and completing a literacy related activity. Seven volunteers are needed on Tuesdays from 9:45-10:45 and five volunteers are needed on Thursdays from 12:15-1:15. If you are interested or would like more information please contact Beth Bearor, Preschool Teacher, by e-mail at bbearor@addisoncentralsu.org or by phone Monday-Thursday at 758-2331.

Want to make MONEY driving home to Boston and/or back for Feb Break? Help out a MAlt trip and get paid doing it!
Needed:
A student to drive MAlt participants to Boston on the January 2nd and back to Middlebury on the January 9th. Even if you can only drive one direction we are interested! You will be paid $10/hr, $0.40/mile (for gas), and the love of all MAlt participants. Email czelle@middlebury.edu if you are interested. THANK YOU!

2013 Vermont Chili Festival Volunteers Needed
March 9, 2013 1:30 – 4:00 p.m. Downtown Middlebury
Sign up for volunteer shifts here

Volunteer for a shift at the 2013 Vermont Chili Festival doing tasks such as token collection, hot chocolate sales, and event set up. This event includes activities for all ages and award-winning chili, located all on the streets of historic downtown Middlebury. As a thank you for offering your time you will receive a volunteer hat and one button for admission.

Middlebury Studio School: Children’s Pottery Class Helpers needed
Volunteers with some art experience are needed to help with children’s pottery classes at the not-for-profit Middlebury Studio School either from 3:30-4:30 or 3:30- 5pm on Mondays, Wednesdays or Thursdays. Interested? Contact Barb, ewaldewald@aol.com.

Student Presentation Opportunity: Champlain Valley Agency on Aging
Champlain Valley Agency on Aging is seeking passionate students to share a 60-minute presentation with 30-40 elderly community members on the 3rd Tuesdays of each month from 11a.m. – noon in the Middlebury Municipal Building (a short walk from campus!). In the past presentations have ranged from slideshows of international trips, a brass quartet, discussions with Senator Sanders. Specifically they are interested in having students come share knowledge of their home country, its traditions, cultures, etc. Students can participate in the meal and dialogue after their presentation! Interested? Contact Ashley Calkins, jcalkins@middlebury.edu.

 Native Spanish speaker? Interested in education?
Consider being a mentor for a local Spanish-speaking boy or girl! Community Friends, a campus-based mentoring program that matches Middlebury College students with children of Addison County ages six to twelve, is seeking willing volunteers of Latino ethnicity to be a mentor for either a local Spanish-speaking girl or boy. Take him or her to a hockey game, talk about the world while taking a walk! The possibilities are endless! You could be an important part of these children’s lives by simply meeting up and being yourself on a regular basis! Flexible meeting times, no car required, and alternate ways of transportation are available at no cost. For more information about the program, or to apply to be either one of these or another child’s mentor, please visit our website (go/cf), get in contact with a student coordinator or contact Nestor Martinez ’10 (nmartinez@middlebury.edu).

Still looking for mentors!
Middlebury Union High School is launching its mentoring program. Pairing high school freshmen with college students, the program will be the first of its kind in Vermont! Pairs will meet weekly to do a variety of activities based on shared interests—go to a hockey game, explore town! Endless possibilities await. No formal experience necessary, transportation available if needed. Training and strong support will be provided for all mentors. To find out more, please contact Nestor Martinez at nmartinez@middlebury.edu or at 802.443.3010.

Have a passion for food? Join NOM!
NOM (Nutrition, Outreach, and Mentoring) is seeking more willing volunteers to plan and participate in group activities. In the past, NOM has led cooking nights at the local teen center, and nutrition workshops at local schools. Have an interest in local food and or whole, healthy eating? Come share your passions with others, and with the community at large. Plenty of opportunities available, funding provided for programming! For more information, please contact Nestor Martinez at nmartinez@middlebury.edu or at 802.443.3010.

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.

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

1/25 Kids’ Night Out sponsored by Middlebury Alternative Break Trips

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Kids Night Out: Rhythms from Around the World
Friday, January 25th 7:00 – 9:30 p.m.
Adirondack House’s Coltrane Lounge (534 College Street)

Please help support our Middlebury Alternative Break Trip as we raise money for our trip, Women’s Empowerment in the Dominican Republic. Working through the Mariposa DR foundation, we are committed to helping children, specifically young women, gain access to quality education and a comfortable environment where they can develop a strong sense of self. We will work to develop English programs and sustainability initiatives within the community.

Kids’ Night Out will include: African Dance Workshop, Face Painting, Games, Kid Friendly Movie, Healthy Nut-Free Snacks (List of snacks will be available at the door)

Ages four and up!
Cost: $20 for the first child, $10 for each additional sibling
IMPORTANT: Parents are required to sign a general release form in order for their children to participate (provided on-site). Parents must be the ones to drop off and pick up their children.

Note: This is a great opportunity for parents interested in attending Majora Carter’s keynote lecture during the Second Annual Social Entrepreneurship Symposium while simultaneously knowing your kids are safe and having a great time!

To sign up for this event please email iestefaniagonzalez@middlebury.edu. You must sign up in advance!

1/21 Weekly Volunteer Opportunities

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

Share your love for Middlebury!
Looking for two current undergrads to attend an informal session for local high school students applying to college Tuesday January 22nd 2013 (tomorrow!) between 11:00 and 11:45 AM. Students will be visiting campus alongside fellow Middlebury alum and teacher Lindsay Rudaya  as part of their junior / senior high school class and are looking to get information on Middlebury, from everything to its food, classes, professors, etc. Come share your enthusiasm for Middlebury and your passion with these students. If you’re interested or to find out more, please contact Nestor Martinez at nmartinez@middlebury.edu or at 802.443.3010.

 Charter House Homeless Shelter Volunteer Info Session
Sunday, January 27 at 5:15 p.m. in Gifford Classroom
The Charter House winter housing facility that serves as an emergency home staffed 24/7 by trained volunteers who provide a warm, welcoming environment for families in stress. Attend this training to learn more about volunteering at the Charter House over J-Term and Spring Semester. Contact Charlotte Zelle, czelle@middlebury.edu if you have any questions.

Native Spanish speaker? Interested in education?
Consider being a mentor for a local Spanish-speaking boy or girl! Community Friends, a campus-based mentoring program that matches Middlebury College students with children of Addison County ages six to twelve, is seeking willing volunteers of Latino ethnicity to be a mentor for either a local Spanish-speaking girl or boy. Take him or her to a hockey game, talk about the world while taking a walk! The possibilities are endless! You could be an important part of these children’s lives by simply meeting up and being yourself on a regular basis! Flexible meeting times, no car required, and alternate ways of transportation are available at no cost. For more information about the program, or to apply to be either one of these or another child’s mentor, please visit our website (go/cf), get in contact with a student coordinator or contact Nestor Martinez ’10 (nmartinez@middlebury.edu).

Relay for Life Kick-Off 1/23 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Relay for Life will be having their first KICK-OFF of the year this Wednesday January 23rd in Crossroads Cafe! Come by to register for the big event, which will be held April 26th. There will be a free ICE CREAM BAR and lots of fun Relay committee members to talk to. If you or anyone you love has ever been affected by cancer, you know the importance of keeping up the fight. Join us! Questions? Contact relayforlife@middlebury.edu or visit go/relay.

January 24: College Defensive Driving Class [Required to drive campus vehicles!]
This program is required for anyone who wishes to rent a College passenger or 15-passenger vehicle. If you might want to use a campus vehicle for volunteering in J-Term and spring semester get prepared by taking this class! There is no cost for the class but a driving orientation (a 1 hour review on the road) is required for 15-passenger Vans and larger vehicles. Class time is about 2 Hrs.  REMINDER: A valid state license is required to take the class. Individuals wanting a 15-Passenger Van license must have 3 years of driving experience.  To sign up email Ed Sullivan, Sullivan@middlebury.edu. Upcoming class: January 24 3:30p.m. (LaForce 121).

Still looking for mentors!
Middlebury Union High School is launching its mentoring program. Pairing high school freshmen with college students, the program will be the first of its kind in Vermont! Pairs will meet weekly to do a variety of activities based on shared interests—go to a hockey game, explore town! Endless possibilities await. No formal experience necessary, transportation available if needed. Training and strong support will be provided for all mentors. To find out more, please contact Nestor Martinez at nmartinez@middlebury.edu or at 802.443.3010.

Spring-Semester + Summer Orientation Trips Internship: Apply today
Work with the College’s first-year orientation team to help plan and deliver MiddView (Middlebury Volunteer Initiatives, Explorations, and the Wilderness) trips. The trips are an integral part of our orientation efforts, and include three day, two night off-campus opportunities to engage in some aspect of Vermont’s cultural, community or outdoor landscapes. There are two positions available, one focusing primarily on the outdoor adventure-themed trips and one on community engagement and Vermont Explorations trips. Commitments commence in J-Term, with an average of 5-10 hours per week through the spring term. The position will then be extended through the summer, during which the typical workweek will be 37.5 hours. View the full position description and apply here.

Have a passion for food? Join NOM!
NOM (Nutrition, Outreach, and Mentoring) is seeking more willing volunteers to plan and participate in group activities. In the past, NOM has led cooking nights at the local teen center, and nutrition workshops at local schools. Have an interest in local food and or whole, healthy eating? Come share your passions with others, and with the community at large. Plenty of opportunities available, funding provided for programming! For more information, please contact Nestor Martinez at nmartinez@middlebury.edu or at 802.443.3010.

Sign up: Ski and Ride for HOPE
Sunday, February 24, 2013 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Rikert Nordic Center &  Middlebury College Snow Bowl
A fundraiser bringing skiers, x-country skiers and boarders together to raise money for HOPE, Helping Overcome Poverty’s Effects. For more information, registration & sponsor form go to www.hope-vt.org

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.

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

1/9 Staff Council Meeting Announcement

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Please join us on Wednesday, January 9 for our regular staff council meeting.

Staff Council regular meetings are open to all Middlebury College staff members. Staff members should let their supervisors know if there is a particular meeting they wish to attend. Supervisors will seek to find a positive balance between addressing operational needs and support staff requests to attend these meetings.

Wednesday, January 9, 2013 9:00 – 10:30 a.m.
Axinn 220

Agenda
9:00 a.m. Open meeting and introductions and approval of Dec. 2012 Meeting minutes

9:10 a.m. Committee Reports

9:30 a.m. Old Business

9:50 a.m. New Business

10:00 a.m. Guest Speaker: Vice President for Planning and Assessment Susan Baldridge will join us to talk about the strategic plan and the annual planning process!

10:30 a.m. Adjournment