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!
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
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 email@example.com with questions.
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.”
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, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
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 email@example.com.
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, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.