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We are proud to announce that Kate Hamilton ‘15.5 (pictured left) and Maddie Orcutt ’16 (pictured right) are two of this year’s winners of the competitive Truman Fellowship! They have demonstrated their strong commitment to public service and are being recognized for their leadership potential, passion, and intellect. Congratulations, Kate and Maddie!


“…I think that I’ve always been interested in the concept of community. I’ve spent a lot of my time at Middlebury in the Community Engagement office, from volunteering in Burlington to leading a MAlt trip during my sophomore year to seeking out resources from the Flex Fund to pursue more self-designed service opportunities… When I think of the types of people that energize and insire me, I think of a lot of the faces in Community Engagement. Community Engagement is a space overflowing with passion and great ideas, and it’s been a great incubator for me as I think about careers in the common good.” -Maddie Orcutt ’16



Apply for 2015-2016 Americorps VISTA position! (5/3)

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The Community Engagement office is looking for a full-time 2015-2016 SerVermont Americorps*VISTA member to join our team!
The Program:
The SerVermont AmeriCorps*VISTA Program is a statewide national service program in its third year. VISTA Members are placed at community-based organizations and state and municipal agencies whose mission and VISTA assignments cover focus areas including Veterans, Economic Development, Healthy Futures, and Education. Each VISTA makes a year-long, full-time commitment to serve on a specific project at a host site and  receive a modest living allowance that is linked to the poverty level in their community, as well as professional development training throughout the year.
The Position
We seek a VISTA member for a one-year position from August 2015 – August 2016 to work with the Community Engagement team to weave together co-curricular poverty-related programs in a more cohesive and intentional manner, while also deepening our collaboration with participating community partners. We aim to (a.) engage more Middlebury College students & faculty, (b.) focus on building a more solid infrastructure that will strategically increase our capacity to help meet local needs, deepen the impact of our efforts, identify opportunities for growth and development, and establish a sustainable program, (c.) to provide support, as needed, to participating P&P faculty members.
The Poverty Initiatives Coordinator will organize events and activities that will mobilize others in service to low-income families and individuals and work with organizations on projects aimed to help alleviate poverty (e.g., through mentoring initiatives, ELL and translation services, financial literacy efforts, and more).
The Benefits:
-A modest living allowance: $973 per month
– $300/month rent assistance
– 10 days of personal leave, 10 days of medical leave
– Childcare subsidies are available for members who qualify.
– Relocation allowance: Up to $550 stipend if member relocates 50 miles or more to serve in addition to up to $1,000 in mileage reimbursement from your home of record.
– After successfully completing your service year you can choose to receive either: An education award: $5,730 that can be applied to student loans or future education. This amount is taxed and must be used in 7 years OR a stipend: $1,500 cash, which accrues at $125 per month and is taxed.
– For one year after service, members receive non-competitive eligibility for federal jobs meaning they can apply for without competing against the general public (as long as they meet basic requirements for the job).
-Must be a United States citizen, United States National or Legal Permanent Resident of the United States.
– Must pass a criminal background check by CNCS. CNCS investigates for past sexual offenses and violent crimes. Minor offenses, unless directly relevant to service, will not bar someone from service.
– Must have a bachelor’s degree or three years of related volunteer/job experience
Qualified and interested? See the full job posting and apply on MOJO. Cover Letter and Resume due on MOJO on May 3, 2015
Questions? Contact Ashley Laux, alaux@middlebury.edu

Addison County Shepherd Internships (apps due 3/1)


There are 5 amazing paid Addison County Shepherd Internships for this summer!

  • Charter House CoalitionCoordinate the Farm-to-Tabland Community Meals programs, integrating community garden fresh produce into to meal programs, food shelves, and low-income neighborhoods (free room, most meals)
  • Boys and Girls Club of VergennesWork with low-income youth in trailer parks on meal programs, summer learning, drug/alcohol prevention, & arts/life skills activities, and research Addison County poverty via interviews
  • John Graham Homeless ShelterHelp to provide shelter and hope to Addison County’s homeless population and help launch community mentor system
  • Open Door ClinicSupport healthcare, public health, and access and provision of services to special populations, including Vermont migrant farm workers via Spanish fluency
  • WomenSafeProvide crisis intervention, info, and support to abused women and children via 24-hour hotline, especially low-income persons in need of emergency/transitional housing.

Students apply through MOJO; the application deadline is at 11:59 p.m. on Sun., Mar. 1, 2015. Search words include “poverty” and “Addison County.” Community Engagement is listed as the employer, though this individual sites will do their own selecting.

International students are encouraged to apply as Middlebury College pays their stipend. All returning undergraduate students may apply.

Questions? Contact Tiffany Sargent at tiffanys@middlebury.edu

CCI Career Conversation with Wayne Meisel (2/24)


What: “How to be an Activist: Finding the Link Between Service, Faith, and Self,” a talk with Wayne Meisel, national leader in civic engagement initiatives and currently director of the Center for Faith and Service at McCormick Theological Seminary in Chicago.

*lunch will be provided 

When: Tuesday, February. 24, 2015: 12:15-1:30 PM

Where: Adirondack House, Library

Cook dinner for the Charter House!


Are you looking for a fun new activity to do with your friends? Why not try something that isn’t only fun, but also a great way to give back to your community? Cooking dinner for guests staying in the warming shelter at the Charter House is a wonderful way to spend time with friends while also benefitting others. Although you are welcome to simply cook the meal, you are encouraged to drop it off yourselves and enjoy dinner with the guests of the shelter. 

Go to go/charterhousedinner to sign up and for more information! 

Questions? Contact Lydia Gordon ’15 lgordon@middlebury.edu