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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

1/7 Weekly Volunteer Opportunities

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

United Way Community Impact Volunteers Needed
United Way is seeking three Middlebury College students to serve as Community Impact Volunteers, participating in a community grant process as part of an impact team in the areas of Health, Education or Financial Stability. This is a wonderful opportunity to gain experience reviewing grants, learn about non-profit administration, and build relationships with local community members. Deadline to sign-up is Tuesday, January 8th. Click here to learn more.

Calculus I tutor needed
A volunteer is needed to tutor a high school student for in Calculus I at the Middlebury Union High School Learning Lab. The student is available between 3:00 – 4:00 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday and could meet 1-2 times per week based on your schedule. Interested? Contact Tammi Beattie, tbeattie@addisoncentralsu.org.

Shepherd Poverty Internship Info Session
Thursday, 1/10 4:30 – 5:30 p.m. and Friday 1/11 2:30 p.m. EIA, Adirondack House Rm. 218
Shepherd Poverty Internship Program Info Session: Learn about the exciting (paid) Shepherd Internship Program, uniting students (including up to 5 from Middlebury) from nearly 20 member institutions with agencies that work to benefit disadvantaged communities and members of society. Learn first-hand about the multiple dimensions of poverty in the U.S., while working in an agency focusing on either education, healthcare, legal services, housing, hunger, social and economic needs, or community-building efforts. Nearly 20 Midd students have participated since 2005! Questions? Contact Tiffany Sargent, tiffanys@middlebury.edu.

January 9th: 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 9th 9-11a.m. (Mitchell Green Lounge).

Interested in getting involved in the local community? Have a passion you’d like to share with another? Consider being a mentor!

Community Friends, a one-on-one based mentoring program that pairs college students with local children ages 6-12, is particularly looking for more male volunteers to be paired with a local boy! Play a sport together, go to a hockey game, eat in the dining hall! The possibilities are endless. No requirements aside from showing up and being yourself. Funding and help with transportation available. With questions or to find out more, email Nestor Martinez, Mentoring and Youth Programs Coordinator: nmartinez@middlebury.edu.

Elder Care Volunteer Opportunity
Living Well Community Care Home seeks a volunteer to help develop a simple Apple Mac Desktop user manual to help residents navigate different parts of the computer and explore programs like iPhoto as well as incorporating unique needs of residents (visuals, bold print, large type, etc.). The student will learn how to communicate technical knowledge to elderly people who face visual, cognitive, and physical challenges. This will be a great opportunity for students to learn more about the aging process and how to educate someone about concepts and ideas at a very basic level. Interested? Contact Sudeshna Trivedi, Volunteer Development Coordinator, sudeshna.trivedi@gmail.com.

Have an interest in education, and want to explore it further? Enjoy working with others?
Consider being a mentor for a local high school teenager! Middlebury Union High School is ready to kick off its mentoring program, which aims to pair Middlebury College students with local high school student. Be a resource for youth by providing support to graduate and helping them build their own post-graduation plans. No formal requirements! Be part of a program that will be the first of its kind in the state of Vermont! For questions or more information, please contact Nestor Martinez at 802.443.3010 or at nmartinez@middlebury.edu.

Local VITA volunteers needed
You can make a difference. Receive training and then provide important help assisting low income people prepare their tax returns and receive valuable benefits for which they may qualify!
Addison Community Action is a branch of the Champlain Valley Office of Economic Opportunity (CVOEO) providing a variety of free services to help meet the needs of low income people throughout Addison County. The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program, helps low income households prepare their tax forms from February 1st – April 15th. In order to be a volunteer, you must become IRS certified by passing a test which the IRS provides. The level of training determines the level of tax preparation that you will be able to do when preparing returns at the sites. There is a test for each level that will make you “IRS Certified” to prepare taxes. We also require you to take training in the state tax law and practice with the software. In addition, there is an online training tool for federal tax only. Students are required to complete 40 hours of tax preparation throughout the filing season. Ideally, all 40 of these hours will be spent working directly with clients to prepare their tax return. Students may also be asked to review each other’s work. We know of taxpayers using their refunds to pay for car repairs, security deposits, to stabilize their housing, pay off credit card debt, open savings accounts (we offer this on site), and to purchase savings bonds (we also offer this on site). Interested?! Contact Ashley Calkins, Civic Engagement, Center for Education in Action, jcalkins@middlebury.edu.

Henry Sheldon Museum Volunteers
The Henry Sheldon Museum is seeking volunteers to serve as Education Program Assistants. Volunteers would help prepare educational materials, help with special events, and present Museum programs to students in grades K-12. Volunteers should have some sewing, crafting and computer skills. For more information contact Associate Director Mary Manley, (802)388-2117, mmanley@HenrySheldonMuseum.org.

Support the Middlebury Alternative Break Trip Fundraisers!

MAlt Grille Delivery: Sunday-Thursday during J-Term 9:00 p.m. to Midnight, CALL (802)443-5014
MAlt Puerto Rico Battle of the Bands: Friday, January 11, 2013 9-11pm Crossroads Cafe
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

Ashley Calkins ‘06
Community Engagement Coordinator
Center for Education in Action: Careers, Fellowships, Civic Engagement
Middlebury College | Middlebury, VT 05753
802.443.3099 | go.middlebury.edu/eia

United Way Community Impact Team Opportunity (sign-up by 1/8!)

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Dear Students,

United Way is seeking three Middlebury College students to serve as Community Impact Volunteers, participating in a community grant process as part of an impact team in the areas of Health, Education or Financial Stability. This is a wonderful opportunity to gain experience reviewing grants, learn about non-profit administration, and build relationships with local community members. Deadline to sign-up is Tuesday, January 8th.

Volunteers are ambassadors for United Way of Addison County and read each grant application in their assigned impact area (Health, Education or Financial Stability), develop a list of questions to discuss at site visits, visit agencies, participate in the team scoring process and recommend a funding amount for the board of directors to approve. Evaluation may include drafting suggestions for improved grant presentation, performance or business practices.

Orientation/training is provided (approx. 2 hours), each grant takes approximately 1 hour to read, site visit planning sessions generally are two 2 hour meetings, each site visit is approximately 1 to 1 ½ hours, evaluation and recommendation process usually takes two 2 hour meetings as well. The work takes place from approximately January 14th through the last week of March (United Way can accommodate your absence over February Break and Spring Break). Volunteers are expected to be interested in the community, non-profit sector, applying agencies and the United Way grant process. Confidentiality and professionalism are musts. Enthusiasm, curiosity, and a sense of humor are valued highly!

Interested students should contact United Way of Addison County Executive Director Kate McGowan (kmcgowan@middlebury.edu) or Community Engagement Coordinator Ashley Calkins (jcalkins@middlebury.edu), by Tuesday, January 8th for more details.

12/12 Staff Council Meeting Agenda

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Please join us on Wednesday, December 12 for our regular staff council meeting. At 10:05 am, we will welcome the Environmental Council representatives, including Jack Byrne, Chair of the Environmental Council who will give us an overview of the work of three of the subcommittees: Food/Dining, Carbon Neutrality, and Greening of Athletics.

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.

Agenda
Wednesday, December 12, 2012 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. Approval of minutes: November 2012 Meeting

9:10 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

9:30 a.m. Old Business: Staff Council Survey

9:50 a.m. New Business

10:05 a.m. Guest Speaker: Environmental Council representatives, including Jack Byrne, Chair of Environmental Council

10:30 a.m. Adjournment