Author Archives: Megan Brakeley

Hospice Volunteer Training – Begins 9/15

Share your compassionate self through Hospice Volunteer Service. Training takes place each Thursday for 10 weeks, beginning 9/15.

From Priscilla:

Attached is a poster for our upcoming 30 hour hospice volunteer training class that will meet on Thursdays, 5:30-8:30pm, September 15 – November 17, at the Hospice Volunteer Services offices in the Marble Works.  Any student interested in becoming a patient care volunteer, or simply wants to learn more about this opportunity, should contact me directly. 

We really like to have at least a couple students in the fall community training.  Once finished, the student will be certified to be a patient care volunteer with those in our community facing the end of life (in their homes and care facilities).  This is a great opportunity for students to learn about end of life, modern hospice and palliative care, and meet people who are in the trenches, doing hospice work.  And they’ll get to know some wonderful community members in the class. 

Reach out to Priscilla Baker, to learn more.

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Welcome, Erin, Katie, and Emma!

Greetings from the staff at the Center for Community Engagement! As we look ahead to the start of the fall semester, we’re delighted to share several announcements and welcome new staff.

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Front row: Tiffany Sargent (CCE Director), Megan Brakeley (CCE Assistant Director), Emma McDonald (SerVermont VISTA), Kristen Mullins (LiM Program Coordinator)

Back row: Erin Bodin (CCE Interim Associate Director), Ashley Laux (CCE Associate Director), Liz Cleveland (CCE Program Administrator), and Katie Carpenter (VCC AmeriCorps VISTA)

First off, we have moved! We’re now located at 20 Old Chapel Road, between Parton Health Center and Axinn. All are welcome to drop by and check out our new home!

Our name has also shifted: we are excited to now be the Center for Community Engagement. You may notice we’re shifting from CE to CCE.

We’re also truly delighted to welcome three new staff to our team: Erin Bodin, Katie Carpenter, and Emma McDonald.

Erin joins us as Interim Associate Director as Ashley is on parental leave. Erin graduated from Saint Michael’s College in 2006. During her time in college she found herself spending most of her free time in the MOVE office (CCE equivalent), particularly interested in supporting the international extended service opportunities. After graduation, Erin explored and worked both in Vermont and abroad, and found herself back in the MOVE office as their assistant director of community service from 2009-2012. Since that time, she received her MFA in Creative Writing and trained as a birth doula. Erin lives with her husband and little toddler on family farm land in Chittenden, Vermont and she is thrilled to be back in community engagement work– she looks forward to meeting you this fall!

Katie will be one of this year’s two new AmeriCorps VISTAs in Middlebury’s Center for Community Engagement. Her role for the next year will be supporting student organizations affiliated with CCE. Katie’s AmeriCorps assignment is through Vermont Campus Compact, which aims to increase college aspiration, access and retention, and the position imagines that fairly broadly, since encouraging kids to see college as a potential path can happen at almost any age.  She’s excited to get started!

Emma is from Baltimore, MD and graduated in May of 2016 from Middlebury College with a degree in Religion. Some highlights from her undergraduate experience include learning German and living in the German House, working as a student staff member for the Language in Motion program at the Center for Community Engagement, working as a peer writing tutor and freshman seminar mentor, and writing her senior thesis on Catholic moral theology and assisted reproductive technologies.

As a SerVermont AmeriCorps VISTA, Emma is collaborating with students and the Center for Community Engagement to build capacity in Middlebury’s anti-poverty initiatives, especially the Privilege & Poverty academic cluster. Her work will focus on studying and enhancing community partnerships to facilitate Middlebury’s improved understanding of and engagement with needs and opportunities identified by the community. She is excited to be back at Middlebury in this new role!

Kristen’s role will be expanding as Megan will be a Posse mentor for Chicago 5. Kristen will now be supporting Juntos and (in partnership with Chellis House) Brother to Brother and Sister to Sister.

Please drop by our  new home to say hi– we’re so delighted to work with you this year.


Work as a CCE AmeriCorps*VISTA member – 2 positions soon to be posted!

Interested in staying in Addison County after graduation? Join our team!

The Center for Community Engagement will be supporting 2 AmeriCorps*VISTA members for the 2017/2018 year:

Do you love working with and for kids? Are you committed to providing meaningful opportunities for mentorship? Interested in social justice work at the youth development level? Come join the Center for Community Engagement as a Vermont Campus Compact AmeriCorps*VISTA member to work as our Mentoring & Youth Programs Coordinator. Gain experience, work in Addison County, and hone your understanding of work that supports positive outcomes for local youth. Current Middlebury seniors: apply for this 1-year position on MOJO (link coming soon!).

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Middlebury seniors: please apply on MOJO by 5/17.

We also welcome external candidates. If you are not a current student and would like to apply, please send a cover letter, resume, and contact information for two references to Megan Brakeley.



The SerVermont AmeriCorps VISTA member will work as our Poverty Initiatives Coordinator. Join CCE to weave together co-curricular poverty-related programs and mobilize students to help alleviate poverty in our local community. Work to build Middlebury College’s Privilege & Poverty Academic Cluster, combining curricular & co-curricular opportunities with community partners to address issues of poverty. Current Middlebury seniors: apply for the Poverty Initiatives Coordinator Position on MOJO (position will be posted on MOJO by 3/17).


Middlebury seniors: please apply on MOJO by 5/17.

We also welcome external candidates. If you are not a current student and would like to apply, please send a cover letter, resume, and contact information for two references to Tiffany Sargent.

Community Friends mentoring seeks more mentees

Community Friends is looking for more mentees! If you have a child between the ages of 6 and 12 who is interested in getting a “big sister” or “big brother,” sign them up at go/cf. Matches meet one-on-one for two hours each week and can spend time getting to know each other, doing arts and crafts, sharing a meal, participating in monthly group events, and exploring campus and beyond! Email with any questions.

Page One Literacy Events for Families

Page One Literacy invites all area families to join them for these two fall events:

Robert Frost Walk

Where: Robert Frost Interpretive Trail, Ripton

When: October 18th  – 1-3 pm

Bring the family and join Middlebury College students for a Robert Frost poetry walk! Explore the beautiful Robert Frost Interpretive trail, a 1.2 mile loop with poetry stops along the way. There will be snacks and games!

Please RSVP and direct questions to

In case of rain, the location will be moved to the Kirk Alumni Center at Middlebury College.

(Check out to check if event has been moved to the rain location.)


Page One Halloween Party

Where: Swift House Inn (25 Stewart Lane, Middlebury, VT, 05753)

When: October 25th, 11:30 am-1:30 pm

Bring the family for Page One Literacy’s annual Halloween Party! Page One Literacy is a Middlebury College student organization that strives to promote a love for reading and learning amongst elementary school students in our local community. Come play games, decorate cookies, read spooky stories, and celebrate Halloween! Costumes are encouraged! Lunch will be served.

Please RSVP and direct all questions to

HOPE Seeks Student Board Members


HOPE (Helping Overcome Poverty’s Effects) is seeking 1-2 Middlebury College students to serve as members on their Board of Trustees. HOPE’s vision is that all people in Addison County have access to the tools and resources necessary to meet their own basic needs. HOPE’s services include a food shelf, counseling, self-empowerment programs, and more. HOPE is located at 282 Boardman Street, accessible from campus via the ACTR bus.

Through this position student trustees will gain new perspectives about community needs in Addison County, learn about the operations of a non-profit, and make a positive impact in our local community. Student trustees will be expected to attend monthly meetings in addition to other projects. Interested? Submit the HOPE Student Trustee Application  to Executive Director Jeanne Montross, and be in touch with Jeanne if you have any questions! You may submit the answers to the application questions in a Microsoft Word Document.

Become a certified hospice patient care volunteer

From Priscilla Baker at Hospice Volunteer Service:


This unique form of service requires a special kind of training as well as skill sets that focus on being with those who are at the end of life.  While this kind of volunteering can be challenging and even nudge us out of our comfort zones, we believe it is a profound privilege to be with our community members and their families as they face the end of life.  If you are at a time in your life in which you are able to make a commitment to this meaningful service, we invite you to register for our next volunteer training class.

Thursday evenings, 6:00-9:00pm, Sept. 17 through Nov. 19, 2015

During our 10 weeks together you will learn about the concept of modern-day hospice and palliative care, how this care is provided to patients in Addison County, how to be fully present and attentive when sitting with patients, specific information about topics such as patient care, dementia, family dynamics, bereavement – and much more.  You will meet and learn from the Addison County Home Health & Hospice (ACHHH) hospice & palliative care team including the coordinator, hospice nurses, social worker and chaplain, as well as specialists in dementia and bereavement.  We also explore personal thoughts, feelings and experiences about dying and death, in order to prepare volunteers for being with those who are dying.

This 30 hour training is funded by the generosity of our community donors who appreciate that trainees, upon completion of this class, will volunteer their time and skills with hospice and palliative care patients in Addison County.  You need only purchase your training manual for $25, provided at the first class meeting.   Assistance is available for those who need help covering the cost of the training manual.

If you are interested in participating, please call Priscilla soon to set up a time to meet and chat before the training class begins (Thursday, 9/17/15): 802-388-4111

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