Author Archives: J. Ashley Laux

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 edickerson@middlebury.edu with questions. 

NESCAC Votes Summit

Over 30 students, staff, faculty, and administrators from eight New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) convened at Bread Loaf Campus for a weekend summit as part of the NESCAC Votes initiative. NESCAC Votes aims to tackle the issue of low college student voter turnout by advancing nonpartisan civic learning and voter participation on each of the 11 campuses. NESCAC campuses set a collective goal to increase the student voter turnout rate by at least 11 points across the 11 campuses in the 2020 general election, from an average of 53% to 64%.   

Ashley Laux in Middlebury College’s Center for Community Engagement and Andrew Lardie in Bowdoin College’s McKeen Center for the Common Good along with the ALL IN Democracy Challenge coordinated a series of conference calls this fall for stakeholders across NESCAC campuses. They also co-coordinated the summit, which was designed to deepen relationships and share knowledge about electoral engagement across institutions. Tiffany Sargent, director of the Center for Community Engagement welcomed attendees at Bread Loaf. Tiffany said, “it is wonderful to join our NESCAC colleagues to share knowledge and best practices in support of civic action. Providing students with encouragement and opportunity to engage in democratic practices is fundamental to our shared liberal arts identity and helps foster the kinds of lifelong habits to which we all aspire.”

Campus teams spent 24 hours together building democratic action plans and sharing strategies for deepening civic learning on campuses with a focus on the 2020 presidential election. After returning from Bread Loaf, schools will finalize their action plans and submit to the ALL IN Campus Democracy Challenge in December 2019. Jennifer Domagal-Goldman, executive director of the ALL IN Campus Democracy Challenge, says initiatives like NESCAC Votes “focus collective energy on adopting data-driven practices and institutionalizing campus efforts to help students develop the skills needed to be active and informed participants in our democracy.” According to MiddVote student organization leader Nora Bayley ’21, the peer-to-peer components of the Summit were a highlight. Bayley shares, “I learned so much from our peers at the other NESCAC schools and came away with lots of exciting ideas for how to build up to the 2020 election.”

See more coverage of the summit at VT Digger .

 

Participate in the Spring 2019 Relay for Life

Posting on behalf of the Relay for Life student organization

Join the annual Relay For Life of Middlebury on April 28th from noon – 6:00 p.m. on Battell Beach (behind Battell Residence Hall) for an afternoon with games, live entertainment, food, and most importantly, to raise money for the American Cancer Society! We encourage people to make a fundraising page in advance and will also be collecting donations and registration fees ($10 per person) at the event. The $10 fee includes food, games, and entertainment, with some activities (bounce house, carnival games) requiring tickets that can be purchased for an additional cost. Faculty and staff member’s families and children are encouraged to attend as well! Questions? Contact Alli Martin and Beth Neal, relayforlife@middlebury.edu.

Announcing the 2019 Middlebury College Public Service Leadership Awards

We are pleased to announce the Middlebury College 26th Annual Public Service Leadership Awards. Public service takes shape in many different ways—through volunteering, activism, scholarship, social innovation, and advocacy—and these awards recognize our student body’s contributions to Middlebury College, the surrounding community, and beyond. We appreciate your collaborations with students to problem-solve, research, and strive to build stronger communities.

We hope you will consider nominating a Middlebury College student for an award. For more information and to nominate a student, please click here. The deadline for nominations is April 11, 2019.

Questions?  Please contact Ashley Laux, Program Director, Center for Community Engagement at (802) 443-3099 or alaux@middlebury.edu.  

Friday 3/1 Rescheduled MLK Afternoon of Action

Addison County parents and youth (pre K-6th), you’re invited to the rescheduled MLK Afternoon of Action on Friday, March 1st from 3:30-5:00pm at the Ilsley Library. Come to Ilsley Library Meeting Room and listen to books about previous and current civil rights movements and participate in arts and crafts activities with Middlebury College students. See you there!

Hosted by the Center for Community Engagement. Questions? Contact Sarah Litwiller, slitwiller@middlebury.edu.

Election Day: Van shuttle to Middlebury polling location and #VoteTogether Celebration

Middlebury College Center for Community Engagement (CCE) and the student initiative MiddVote would like to share the following non-partisan resources with you in the lead-up to Election Day, November 6th, 2018:

  • The CCE and MiddVote are hosting a van shuttle to Middlebury’s polling location at the Town Offices on the hour, every hour between 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. on November 6th for Middlebury voters looking for a quick and easy way to get downtown and vote on Election Day! Meet at Adirondack Circle and the shuttle take you to the Town Offices and back again after voting.
  • More information about voting in Middlebury here, the polls are open 7:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. More information about registering to vote and voting in Vermont can be found here. Registration is available during all normal business hours of your town or city clerk’s office on days preceeding the election and during polling hours on Election Day.
  • The CCE and MiddVOTE are hosting a community event from 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. on November 6th at College Park (across from Shafer’s Deli). Our #VoteTogether event will celebrate civic pride and encourage greater participation in the upcoming midterm election. Stop by to enjoy free hot chocolate, free pizza, face painting for children and more. This event is part of #VoteTogether, a national initiative to bring together families, friends and neighbors in celebration of civic engagement and the act of voting. 

Relay for Life 5k Color Run on Sunday 10/7

Faculty and staff members and their families are warmly invited to participate in the student organization Relay for Life’s second annual 5k Color Run. The run will take place this Sunday 10/7 from 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Stop by Ross Dining Hall, pay your participation fee ($15), pick up your T-shirt, and run/walk at your pace with your family! This month is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, so we encourage folks to wear pink. Looking forward to seeing everyone there. Meet at Ross Dining Hall; run loop around campus. Questions? Contact relayforlife@middlebury.edu.