Author Archives: Megan Brakeley

Community Friends seeks area participants

Community Friends, now in its 57th year, pairs children who attend Addison County schools (ages 6-12) with Middlebury College students in one-on-one mentoring relationships. Big brother and big sister pairs are matched based on factors like shared gender identity, interests, age, and transportation availability.

Optionally, mentees and mentors can select to be a part of Manos Unidas, a new wing of Community Friends in partnership with Juntos, a Middlebury College migrant farmworker-student solidarity organization. Manos Unidas matches children and mentors who identify as Latinx and/or Hispanic and would like to engage in mentoring relationships that celebrate and explore shared culture and identity.

All Community Friends and Manos Unidas pairs meet weekly during the academic year to spend time on campus. They might also go for a walk on the TAM, swim in the college pool, or share a meal. All participants also have the opportunity to attend monthly group events, like our annual pool party, an ice-cream making event, and an outdoor field day.

To sign up your child, please complete the Mentee Referral Form available at www.go.middlebury.edu/cf or speak with your child’s school guidance counselor about being referred. Please direct questions to Megan Brakeley at the Center for Community Engagement, mbrakeley@middlebury.edu or the student organization email: comfriends@middlebury.edu.

Please note: it may take a month or more to find the right match. At this time, we have an abundance of female-identifying mentors and no male mentors.

Connect with Community Members – Drop-in fun!

Welcome back for Winter Term, students!

Have interest in connecting with community members of all ages and abilities? Join CSAC, the Counseling Service of Addison County, in some of their open programming. Check out these drop-in opportunities to get to know our vibrant community– and have a lot of fun!

Mondays-

12:00 to 1:00 at 109 Catamount Park- MONDAY FUNDAY!

Bring a brown bag lunch, participate in games, conversation as well as arts and crafts.

Craft donations items are welcome! Bring an idea, a good friend and create something fun with good company!

 

Tuesdays –

11-12 at 109 Catamount Park, Sing-a-long!

Come join us for song and dance on Tuesdays at CSAC- bring an instrument and enthusiasm! Join us for an hour of singing and dancing!

 

Wednesdays – 

1-2 at The Rec Department on Creek Road, Open Gym!

This is a group of peers who enjoy games such as Frisbee, basketball and other indoor activities. Bring a game, a friend and a bottled water to stay hydrated!

3:15-4:30 at 109 Catamount Park, Reading Group

Multi-Level group of individuals that meet up and share a reading adventure together- everyone is a reader in this group! Join for a quick word game or stay for a chapter reading of the current book, WONDER, by Raquel J. Palacio

 

*Note: Catamount Park is off of Exchange Street in Middlebury. You can take the Tri-town Shuttle Bus (fare free) from Merchant’s row (across from Sabai Sabai) to get there.

Have questions or want to get involved? Contact Megan Brakeley at the CCE or Heather Goodale, Community Associates Service Coordinator at CSAC.

 

Seeking Community Friends Mentee Referrals

comm-friendsCommunity Friends, now in its 56th year, pairs Addison County kids ages 6-12 with Middlebury College students in one-to-one mentoring relationships. Pairs are matched based on factors like interests, age, and transportation availability. Then, they meet weekly during the academic year to spend time on campus, do arts and crafts, play sports, and more!

The student organization also sponsors monthly events that pairs can attend together, like a pool party and “Skate with the Panthers.” If you think your child might enjoy having a big brother or big sister, you can talk to their school guidance counselor about being referred, or complete the form yourself available at go/cf. Please note: it may take a month or two to find the right match.

Please contact Megan Brakeley, Center for Community Engagement Assistant Director for more information or with your completed referral form.

Updates from the Center for Community Engagement

Please note, we have moved! We’re now located at 20 Old Chapel Road, between Parton Health Center and Axinn. All are welcome to drop by and check out our new home.

Our name has also shifted: we are excited to now be the Center for Community Engagement. You may notice we’re shifting from CE to CCE.

We’re also truly delighted to welcome three new staff to our team: Erin Bodin, Katie Carpenter, and Emma McDonald.

Read more updates and about our new staff on our blog:  http://sites.middlebury.edu/middcommunityengagement/2016/08/29/welcome-erin-katie-and-emma/

Hospice Volunteer Training – Begins 9/15

Share your compassionate self through Hospice Volunteer Service. Training takes place each Thursday for 10 weeks, beginning 9/15.

From Priscilla:

Attached is a poster for our upcoming 30 hour hospice volunteer training class that will meet on Thursdays, 5:30-8:30pm, September 15 – November 17, at the Hospice Volunteer Services offices in the Marble Works.  Any student interested in becoming a patient care volunteer, or simply wants to learn more about this opportunity, should contact me directly. 

We really like to have at least a couple students in the fall community training.  Once finished, the student will be certified to be a patient care volunteer with those in our community facing the end of life (in their homes and care facilities).  This is a great opportunity for students to learn about end of life, modern hospice and palliative care, and meet people who are in the trenches, doing hospice work.  And they’ll get to know some wonderful community members in the class. 

Reach out to Priscilla Baker, pbaker@hospicevs.org to learn more.

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Welcome, Erin, Katie, and Emma!

Greetings from the staff at the Center for Community Engagement! As we look ahead to the start of the fall semester, we’re delighted to share several announcements and welcome new staff.

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Front row: Tiffany Sargent (CCE Director), Megan Brakeley (CCE Assistant Director), Emma McDonald (SerVermont VISTA), Kristen Mullins (LiM Program Coordinator)

Back row: Erin Bodin (CCE Interim Associate Director), Ashley Laux (CCE Associate Director), Liz Cleveland (CCE Program Administrator), and Katie Carpenter (VCC AmeriCorps VISTA)

First off, we have moved! We’re now located at 20 Old Chapel Road, between Parton Health Center and Axinn. All are welcome to drop by and check out our new home!

Our name has also shifted: we are excited to now be the Center for Community Engagement. You may notice we’re shifting from CE to CCE.

We’re also truly delighted to welcome three new staff to our team: Erin Bodin, Katie Carpenter, and Emma McDonald.

Erin joins us as Interim Associate Director as Ashley is on parental leave. Erin graduated from Saint Michael’s College in 2006. During her time in college she found herself spending most of her free time in the MOVE office (CCE equivalent), particularly interested in supporting the international extended service opportunities. After graduation, Erin explored and worked both in Vermont and abroad, and found herself back in the MOVE office as their assistant director of community service from 2009-2012. Since that time, she received her MFA in Creative Writing and trained as a birth doula. Erin lives with her husband and little toddler on family farm land in Chittenden, Vermont and she is thrilled to be back in community engagement work– she looks forward to meeting you this fall!

Katie will be one of this year’s two new AmeriCorps VISTAs in Middlebury’s Center for Community Engagement. Her role for the next year will be supporting student organizations affiliated with CCE. Katie’s AmeriCorps assignment is through Vermont Campus Compact, which aims to increase college aspiration, access and retention, and the position imagines that fairly broadly, since encouraging kids to see college as a potential path can happen at almost any age.  She’s excited to get started!

Emma is from Baltimore, MD and graduated in May of 2016 from Middlebury College with a degree in Religion. Some highlights from her undergraduate experience include learning German and living in the German House, working as a student staff member for the Language in Motion program at the Center for Community Engagement, working as a peer writing tutor and freshman seminar mentor, and writing her senior thesis on Catholic moral theology and assisted reproductive technologies.

As a SerVermont AmeriCorps VISTA, Emma is collaborating with students and the Center for Community Engagement to build capacity in Middlebury’s anti-poverty initiatives, especially the Privilege & Poverty academic cluster. Her work will focus on studying and enhancing community partnerships to facilitate Middlebury’s improved understanding of and engagement with needs and opportunities identified by the community. She is excited to be back at Middlebury in this new role!

Kristen’s role will be expanding as Megan will be a Posse mentor for Chicago 5. Kristen will now be supporting Juntos and (in partnership with Chellis House) Brother to Brother and Sister to Sister.

Please drop by our  new home to say hi– we’re so delighted to work with you this year.

 

Work as a CCE AmeriCorps*VISTA member – 2 positions soon to be posted!

Interested in staying in Addison County after graduation? Join our team!

The Center for Community Engagement will be supporting 2 AmeriCorps*VISTA members for the 2017/2018 year:

Do you love working with and for kids? Are you committed to providing meaningful opportunities for mentorship? Interested in social justice work at the youth development level? Come join the Center for Community Engagement as a Vermont Campus Compact AmeriCorps*VISTA member to work as our Mentoring & Youth Programs Coordinator. Gain experience, work in Addison County, and hone your understanding of work that supports positive outcomes for local youth. Current Middlebury seniors: apply for this 1-year position on MOJO (link coming soon!).

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Middlebury seniors: please apply on MOJO by 5/17.

We also welcome external candidates. If you are not a current student and would like to apply, please send a cover letter, resume, and contact information for two references to Megan Brakeley.

 

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The SerVermont AmeriCorps VISTA member will work as our Poverty Initiatives Coordinator. Join CCE to weave together co-curricular poverty-related programs and mobilize students to help alleviate poverty in our local community. Work to build Middlebury College’s Privilege & Poverty Academic Cluster, combining curricular & co-curricular opportunities with community partners to address issues of poverty. Current Middlebury seniors: apply for the Poverty Initiatives Coordinator Position on MOJO (position will be posted on MOJO by 3/17).

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Middlebury seniors: please apply on MOJO by 5/17.

We also welcome external candidates. If you are not a current student and would like to apply, please send a cover letter, resume, and contact information for two references to Tiffany Sargent.