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September is National Hunger Action Month!

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Each year during the month of September, food banks across the country challenge their communities to take action against food insecurity.

Approximately one in seven households in the United States are food insecure due to the combination of structural inequalities that segregate our communities by income, race, social and education access. Because of these inequalities, access to healthy, affordable food is often not a constant reality. How can our communities work to eliminate these barriers? In what ways can we become better advocates for our communities? Through service and awareness of our community’s food access needs, we put a face to an issue that affects 18 million households nationwide. Together, we can build supportive structures that build accessibility for all rather than restrict growth, perpetuate stereotypes and diminish human dignity.

Check out the videos and links below to get active in Addison County and on campus!

 

 

Get involved on campus by checking out the following groups:

Nutrition Outreach and Mentoring (NOM)

Charter House Coalition

Middlebury College Organic Farm (MCOF)

Middlebury Foods

FoodWorks

 

For more information on food insecurity check out the links below:

Vermont Food Bank

Feeding America

Welcome, Megan and Elle!

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This summer we’ve welcomed two new staff members in CE – Megan Brakeley (on the right) our new Assistant Director, and Elle Bacon (on the left), our SerVermont Americorps Vista member for 2015-2016.

We’re so excited to have them both in the office!

Megan grew up in Birmingham, AL, Philadelphia, and Pittsburgh, PA. After graduating from Middlebury in 2006 with a degree in Spanish and a minor in Environmental Studies, she worked as a farmer and youth educator in a number of locations (Adirondacks, Oregon, Southern VT) and roles (Spanish and ES teacher, Associate Academic Dean, farm owner/operator, ski instructor). She is excited to be joining CE after earning a Master of Environmental Management from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, where she worked on connecting youth education, food systems, water resource management, and spatial analysis.

Megan is working with CE to advise youth programs and mentoring and to manage Communications for the office. She looks forward to working with students to continue to develop youth and mentoring programs, as well as students’ own capacities to be effective and compassionate—and have fun– in the work they do!

 

Elle is from Wilmington, DE, but just recently followed her parents to Hartford, CT. In May of 2015, she graduated from the College of Wooster with a degree in Religious Studies, and a minor in Sociology. Her most cherished moments as a student include being an integral member of a volunteer-based intentional living community, learning to play rugby while in Scotland during the fall of 2012, and completing her senior thesis, which discusses issues around health care.

Elle is collaborating with students and the CE office to enhance already existing service-learning programs, such as Privilege & Poverty, and identifying service opportunities between students, faculty, and the community. Elle is excited to become a part of the Middlebury community and to help generate interest in issues of poverty alleviation.

Welcome First-Years to Campus; Sign on to CCG!

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Below is a letter you should have received welcoming you, 1st years, to campus! In addition, if you are interested in hearing about events and opportunities around social impact,  I would encourage you to sign up on our MOJO database for the CCG (Careers in the Common Good) listserve. [You can do this when you […]

Addison County Home Health & Hopsice seeks a student Trustee

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The Addison County Home Health & Hospice Board of Directors invites students to consider being a trustee for one year. Located just north of town on Route 7, our mission is to treat patients in the comfort of their home, whether they are returning from the hospital or needing physical therapy to return to self-sufficiency or to receive end of life care with dignity and comfort at home in the presence of loved ones. The agency has a large clinical staff as well as occupational and physical therapists. ACHH&H and Hospice Volunteer Services (HVS) work very closely together.

The person chosen will gain firsthand knowledge about how critically needed health care is provided to hundreds of clients and family throughout Addison County. By attending monthly board meetings and individual meetings with the board chair this person will gain valuable knowledge about the responsibilities and kinds of decisions trustees make.  Meetings with the executive director and members of his leadership team and accompanying staff as they visit clients and families in their homes will add direct experience. A preference will be given to that student who has expressed an interest in the health care professions. To learn more go to www.achhh.org and to www.hospicevs.org. Please contact Chuck Burdick ’63, Board Chair, to learn more. Email cburdick@shoreham.net or call 462-3599.

What Would A Sanders’ Presidency Look Like?

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While most of the media understandably remains fixated on the horse-race aspect of the presidential contest (“Bernie’s surging!”), a few intrepid journalists are daring to think the unthinkable: what if Bernie actually won the election? What would a Sanders presidency look like? This is an important question, not least because how one answers it goes […]

Student Org Profile: Service Cluster Board

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Our student organizations and continuing initiatives are collectively known as the Service Cluster, and each member organization of the cluster is supported by the Service Cluster Board, a peer-advised council. The SCB functions as a support platform that provides training, oversight, and funding.
 
Each year, SCB hosts a retreat for student organization leaders as well as monthly workshops for program development. Topics include budget planning, leadership transitions, and member recruitment. SCB also administers the Flex Fund, which grants funding to student-designed community service projects.

Budgets and ledgers and emails, oh my! A week in the Community Engagement Office as a co-coordinator of the Service Cluster Board (SCB) is focused on making sure student service organizations on campus have the resources they need to do quality community service. Together my co-coordinator, Huy Nguyen, and I peer-advise the 17 student service orgs on campus and help troubleshoot problems ranging from budget snafoos to annual leadership transitions. An average day in SCB revolves around communicating with student leaders, auditing org budgets, and planning regular leadership meetings for org leaders to develop their skills ambassadors for service on campus – there’s never a dull moment! I love working with SCB, because it allows me to collaborate with a variety of student service leaders. Like a spark plug that never tires, every student org leader I interact with is thinking of new and creative programming for their organization that goes beyond the confines of previous events. This energy motivates me to ensure that any student interested in service on campus is able to get involved and continue to foster the strong partnerships with communities in Middlebury, in Addison County, and further afield.

-Maeve Moynihan ’17

Trust Me: We All Liked President Carter Then Too But…

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By now, most of you have likely heard of Jimmy Carter’s recent announcement that he has cancer which has spread to his liver and to his brain. Carter, who is 90 years old, is undergoing radiation and other therapy with an uncertain prognosis. However, he wryly noted in this press conference, hosted at the Carter […]