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For Faculty: Academic Outreach Endowment (AOE) Grants of up to $4,000

Deadline: April 3rd

The Academic Outreach Endowment (AOE) was created by the generosity of a Middlebury alumna from the 1970s. This endowment, inspired by the very meaningful experience of the alumna’s thesis project, is used to provide support to faculty and students who wish to pursue community-connected projects and integrate “real world” issues within academic course work.

AOE grants are administered by Community Engagement and provide financial support to both faculty and students for pursuits that involve community-connected teaching, learning, and research. Examples of these kinds of approaches include project-based learning (when there is a direct community connection), community-based learning, participatory action research, service-learning, and more.

AOE grants help fund community-connected research, modify an existing course, or prepare a new course offering. The application is available to download at go/aoe.  If your idea meets the following criteria, then please consider applying for an Academic Outreach Endowment grant.

  • Involves collaboration with a community organization
  • Addresses one or more community-identified needs
  • Relates to a course that you will teach

AOE grants can be used to pay for the following examples of expenditures (you may think of other needs or ideas!):

  • the wages of a student T.A., to help oversee the logistics of a course-related community-connected project
  • associated travel costs for you, your students, the community partners, and/or other involved parties
  • refreshments or catering for a semester-end presentation of your students’ findings
  • materials or supplies needed to carry out the project
  • modest honorarium to be given to participating community partner(s) for time, collaboration, and expertise
  • publishing costs to print hard copies of report or project findings, etc.

If you have any questions regarding this RFP process, Contact Community Engagement Director Tiffany Sargent, tiffanys@middlebury.edu.

Hands on Henna Event 1/30

Faculty and staff members are invited to attend “Hands on Henna,” a student-led fundraiser to benefit the Middlebury Alternative Break Trips to San Miguel de Allende where students will volunteer over February Break. Attend yourself or bring your family to learn about henna and get a beautiful temporary henna design on your hand!

Saturday, January 30th 12:00 – 2:00 p.m.

Hillcrest Rm. 103

$5 – $10 suggested donation

Questions? Contact Mariam Khan,  mkhan@middlebury.edu

See the event flyer: HANDSONHENNA

Faculty/Staff Family Holiday Party @ Palmer House

This is being posted on behalf of residents of the Palmer House.

Join the student residents of Palmer House on Saturday, December 12th from 11 am – 1:30 pm for a Faculty/Staff Family holiday party! Our house theme this year is Youth Engagement, so we’re excited to show our space to children and families from the college. We will be decorating sugar cookies, coloring and making holiday crafts, listening to festive music, and getting to know each other!  Snacks and beverages will be provided. We hope to have you stop by to say hi!

Date: Saturday, December 12th

Time: 11:00 am – 1:30 pm

Location: Palmer House (access through Ridgeline Parking Lot)

 

Directions to Palmer House:

​Drive on College Street past ADK Circle as if you are heading to Cornwall. Take a left into Ridgeline Parking Lot (across from the right turn to BiHall). There are usually lots of open spaces if you take the first right turn when you enter the lot.  You will see the Mods — look for the red balloon on the pathway across from the Mod buildings and walk up the path. Take a right turn and walk over the small footbridge (keep following the red balloons!). Take the slight right turn (at the fork right past the footbridge) — Palmer House will be directly in front of you, and you can enter through our back patio. If you get lost, just look for the red balloons and they will lead you to our building.

Sign-Up to Participate in Relay for Life

Posted on behalf of Relay for Life

Relay for Life is an event that takes place annually on campus. This year the event is taking place on Saturday, April 30th, 2016 from 12:00 p.m. to 8:00p.m at the Battell Loop. Relay for Life celebrates cancer survivors, remembers those we have lost, and gives everyone the chance to fight back against cancer. Special activities, ceremonies, and entertainment make it a fun and moving experience.

In past years, we have had sports teams, social clubs, and social houses, staff and faculty members create  teams for the event, and we would love to see more faculty and staff join us this year! It’s a great experience to be a part of collectively and a great cause to endorse in unison.

If interested in creating a faculty and staff team, you can register at the following link, and let other faculty and staff know so that they can join your team:

http://main.acsevents.org/site/TR/RelayForLife/RFLCY15NE?pg=entry&fr_id=64862.

We thank you for all you do, and hope to see you at Relay!

Final Reminder: Please support HOPE’s Giving Tree program

We are still seeking 35+ individuals or groups to sign-up for the Giving Trees program. Please consider signing up to support this important community initiative.

 

The holiday season is almost upon us! Help sponsor a local child through H.O.P.E’s annual Holiday Gift Shop! Here’s how to participate:

  • Sign up by visiting go/givingtree. You can sign up any time between now and November 25th.
  • Choose an age range and gender of a potential child. You will then receive an “e-tree” from the CE office regarding further instructions and pertinent details about your gift.
  • You can sponsor a “tree” by yourself, with a friend, as a department or in another type of group collaboration!
  • We ask that you consider spending a minimum amount of $25 per tree. We strongly encourage you to team up with friends and co-workers to maximize the fun and impact of each Giving Tree!
  • Do NOT wrap gifts.
  • Gifts must be brought to Community Engagement at 118 South Main Street by & Thurs., December 2nd and 3rd between 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

If you have any questions, please e-mail Elle Bacon, ebacon@middlebury.edu. Thank you for your continued support of this amazing program. H.O.P.E. counts tremendously on Middlebury College’s consistent and generous participation. Take care and thank you for your support and participation!

Reminder: Sign up this week to support HOPE’s Holiday Gift Shop

Season’s Greetings Middlebury Faculty and Staff!

The holiday season is almost upon us! Help sponsor a local child through H.O.P.E’s annual Holiday Gift Shop! Here’s how to participate:

  • Sign up by visiting go/givingtree. You can sign up any time between now and November 25th.
  • Choose an age range and gender of a potential child. You will then receive an “e-tree” from the CE office regarding further instructions and pertinent details about your gift.
  • You can sponsor a “tree” by yourself, with a friend, as a department or in another type of group collaboration!
  • We ask that you consider spending a minimum amount of $25 per tree. We strongly encourage you to team up with friends and co-workers to maximize the fun and impact of each Giving Tree!
  • Do NOT wrap gifts.
  • Gifts must be brought to Community Engagement at 118 South Main Street by & Thurs., December 2nd and 3rd between 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

If you have any questions, please e-mail Elle Bacon, ebacon@middlebury.edu. Thank you for your continued support of this amazing program. H.O.P.E. counts tremendously on Middlebury College’s consistent and generous participation. Take care and thank you for your support and participation!

Local Volunteer Opportunities: Tax preparation

Community Engagement would like to share these two local volunteer needs with faculty and staff members!

Addison Community Action/CVOEO is looking for volunteers to assist in preparing basic Federal and State income taxes for low-income families and individuals. Training is provided through the IRS VITA program through online self- study and testing. Volunteers will assist Debbie with greeting clients, completing intake sheet/review sheet and preparing basic returns. Tax assistance starts February 1 through April 15, Monday-Thursday. Office space is provided. Please call Debbie at 802-388-2285 or e-mail, dgoodri@cvoeo.org.

United Way of Addison County needs volunteers for the upcoming Fast Tax Program offered at the United Way of Addison County! This program allows tax filers with annual income of $60,000 or less to file their own personal tax returns online for free. Volunteers do not offer tax advice, but simply sit with filers while they prepare their own tax returns, answering questions about the website and the general filing process. This is a volunteer position with flexible scheduling, approximately 4 to 8 hours per week, beginning in January 2015 and ending April 15, 2016. Supervised training will be provided on site at the United Way of Addison County. Volunteer positions require studying, testing, and passing the IRS Volunteer Standards of Conduct Training (studying takes one to two hours, and the open book, multiple choice exam usually only takes a few minutes). We also train our volunteers through the IRS Link and Learn online training program. Training typically takes between 10-20 hours and can be completed at home at your own pace. It is an excellent way for you to learn more about filing your own personal income tax return as well as helping to empower others in our community—while saving money!

Interested volunteers should call the United Way of Addison County at 802-388-7189 and ask for Lizzy Reed, Volunteer Center Coordinator. Lizzy can also be contacted via email at lizzy@unitedwayaddisoncounty.org. Thank you!

 

If anyone needs tax assistance themselves please call the United Way of Addison County or CVOEO to learn more about receiving assistance through these programs.