Author Archives: J. Ashley Laux

Middlebury Volunteer Tutors Available to Support K-12 Youth in Staff and Faculty Families

Middlebury Volunteer Tutors is a network of Middlebury College students looking to support Middlebury College and MIIS staff and faculty with tutoring services for children K–12. Midd V.T. arose during the COVID-19 pandemic in response to a direct request from staff and faculty and was an expression of solidarity and gratitude for the deep care staff and faculty members have always given to the students. It is volunteer-based and we coordinate pairings between the Middlebury College students and children based on selected subject areas, skills and schedules. 

Go to our website found at the link go/MIDDVT and submit the request form for a tutor. You can also access the form through this link.

Middlebury Volunteer Tutors

Middlebury Volunteer Tutors is a network of Middlebury College students looking to support staff and faculty with volunteer tutors for children K-12. Midd V.T. arose during the COVID-19 pandemic in response to a direct request from staff/faculty and was an expression of solidarity and gratitude for the deep care staff/faculty members have always given to the students. It is volunteerbased and we coordinate pairings between the Middlebury College students and children based on selected subject areas/skills. Visit go/middvt to learn more and fill out the application for your child to be matched with a volunteer tutor. Questions? Contact Center for Community Engagement advisor Tenzin Dorjee,

Community Friends mentoring program for children ages 6-12

Community Friends is a one-on-one mentoring program that matches Middlebury College students with children ages 6-12 in Addison County.  The program was started in 1960 and is currently in its 61st year of operation. After getting matched with a student, mentees begin to meet regularly one-on-one with their mentor for about two hours each week. The mentor and mentee coordinate the timing of that meeting, based on mutual availability. 

In non-pandemic times, mentors and mentees often play games, construct crafts, and attend group events. This fall, mentoring will happen virtually due to Covid-19 restrictions.

Parents, teachers, guidance counselors and other service providers can fill out the mentee referral form here to start the application process. For questions or inquiries about Community Friends, please contact Lead Student Coordinator Maddie at, or Mentoring and Outreach AmeriCorps VISTA member Tenzin Dorjee,, 802.443.5082.

Tiffany Nourse Sargent ’79 Retires, Leaving Strong Community Engagement Legacy

Please visit this post on the Center for Community Engagement blog as we celebrate some of Tiffany’s major career accomplishments, announce the new Public Leadership Award created in her honor, and share reflections from colleagues and from Tiffany herself during this time of transition.

United Way of Addison County Emerging Leaders Program

Shared on behalf of United Way of Addison County

Come watch the Super Bowl this Sunday with the Emerging Leaders of Addison County on the 13 ft screen at the Marquis Theater and learn about the VT Brew Arena Football team coming to Middlebury! Kick off is at 6:30 PM. Come early as the kitchen will be open and participate in the Pool. We will be offering two different Super Bowl pools for you to participate in.  Both will offer great prizes for you, which includes drinks, passes and more!

Please RSVP on Eventbrite to this event as there is a space limit. (don’t worry….it is free to attend!) Contact Linnea at the United Way of Addison County for more information:  

2020 Decennial Census is Coming

Sharing this information for faculty and staff on behalf of the Middlebury Complete Count Committee:
Every ten years, the U.S. Constitution requires an enumeration of
all persons in the United States, commonly referred to as The
Census. The count produced by this effort will help determine how
more than $675 billion will be distributed to states and localities
annually for the next ten years through more than 65 federal
programs. These programs include special education funding,
school lunch programs, meals on wheels, fuel assistance,
Medicare, housing rehabilitation, community economic
development and revitalization block grants, early childhood
education and cooperative extension offices.
Vermont relies on federal money for roughly one-third of its
annual budget. George Washington University’s GW Institute of
Public Policy estimates that, in 2016 alone, nearly $2.5 billion in
funding flowed to Vermont via 55 large federal spending
programs. The potential impact of a Census under-count,
therefore, can be significant.

April 1, 2020 is Census Day
This year, for the first time, you will have three options for
participating in the Census: online, by telephone, or with a
traditional, short-form written response. Look for your invitation to
respond in the mail or at your door.
It is critical that everyone
participate and that all household members be counted. The 2020
Decennial Census will be available online in mid-March.
Please do your part to make sure that Middlebury and all of
Addison County counts!
For more information, check out the
2020 Decennial Census page
on the Town of Middlebury website!

HOPE Holiday Shop

Each year HOPE (Helping Overcome Poverty’s Effects) hosts a Holiday Shop that helps families who could not otherwise purchase new gifts provide something special for their children  for Christmas. At the shop, families pick out an outfit, two toys, art supplies, and two books for each child. In 2018, the Holiday Shop helped nearly 600 children have a happier holiday.

Sign up here, either individually or with others, to bring in a gift ($25 suggested value, suggestions provided in the sign-up form). Then, bring your unwrapped gifts to the Center for Community Engagement (20 Old Chapel Road – the DKE House next to Axinn) Monday-Friday between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. by Tuesday, December 10th. Be sure to sign in when  delivering your gifts so we know who has delivered gifts and their estimated value. Contact Ellie Dickerson at with questions.