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Finding Community and Connection: Yellow House

Eight individuals stand in front of a yellow van, smiling at the camera. They have yellow paint splattered on their blue Yellow House t shirts.
Mady and friends painting a van for the demo derby at field days sponsored by G Stone motors.

The following reflection has been thoughtfully composed by Madelyn Lander ‘23 who participated in a 2020 summer internship with the Yellow House Community in Middlebury. Madelyn is working to create the Yellow House Community Club, a community engagement organization focused on connecting Middlebury College students to the residents of Yellow House Community through planned collaborative activities and dialogues about disability inclusion. To find information about joining Yellow House Community Club, you can email Madelyn Lander at mlander@middlebury.edu. Updates about upcoming Yellow House Community Club meetings and events can be found in the Center for Community Engagement’s weekly newsletter. Like Mady, if you have an idea or inspiration for a community engagement project, you can reach out to the Center for Community Engagement for support through advising, grant funding, outreach, or community partner connections. 

When classes ended this past spring I didn’t have to travel very far after campus closed. I packed everything out of my dorm room and into my car before driving about half a mile from my dorm to a small apartment on Weybridge Street, right next to two college owned houses my friends had lived in the year before. My internship at the Yellow House Community (YHC) right here in Midd started in seven days and I had no idea what to expect.

The first few weeks flew by and I suddenly found myself in July with the first few weeks under my belt. Every day was different, and every week I discovered a new part of our community here in Midd that I had never known existed before. With Yellow House I traveled to farms in the area, volunteering with Yellow House residents to give back to the community which supports us, went on more hikes than I could count, and spent hours in the kitchen making lunches and helping to prep dinners with everyone. The essence of my work at YHC was to assist the daily support staff in the fulfilment of the program’s mission: to provide adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities with safe, residential family households, meaningful vocation, and the support to continue developing skills, interests, and relationships, but as I completed my midsummer reflection for the CCE I realized that it didn’t feel as serious as it sounded when I wrote it out. Essentially what I did everyday was wake up, spend seven hours with people whom I was forming strong and deep friendships with, explore the local area, and go home each night feeling fulfilled.

Through this experience this summer with YHC I learned that community connection is founded in the interdependence we all require to survive. None of us exist in isolation, and for the work we are doing to be meaningful it must honor this truth, whether that connection be within your workspace, or a broader network. Through this experience I not only learned about residential care for adults with disabilities, but also discovered what it feels like to work in a space where everyone wants to see everyone else succeed.

Thank you to everyone at CCE, as well as Yellow House, for this experience which has shaped me and will continue to affect the choices I make about my own future and the type of life I want to live. I hope that I can continue to live my life in connection with others, and inspire others to do the same, casting off the isolating idea of individuality that permeates many college campuses.

Activate Your Handshake Profile – Week 6

Your To Do for Week Six:

This week of Handshake’s #NoFailFall, log into Handshake and see what virtual events you can attend.

Navigate to the events page using the top menu bar, then use the “Virtual” filter.

Register for an event that interests you, and don’t forget to sign up for 1:1 and group sessions with employers in advance to save your spot.

A Workforce Recruitment Program Recruiter will be interviewing Middlebury students this fall!

Are you a student or recent graduate with a disability seeking an internship or job?

The Workforce Recruitment Program (WRP) is for students and recent graduates with disabilities and serves as a primary pipeline for bringing new talent into the Federal Government. Applying is an excellent way to:

  • find an internship or permanent position at federal agencies
  • explore careers in the federal service
  • gain interviewing experience

For more information, contact Tim Mosehauer at Kitchel House, 152 College Street. tmosehau@middlebury.edu or 802.443.5105.

Join the Workforce Recruitment Program Info Session on Thursday, 9/30 at 4:30 PM

If you are a U.S. citizen with a disability and are interested in working in the government for a summer internship or permanent position, consider registering with the Workforce Recruitment Program. A recruiter with the program will be conducting informational interviews this fall with all students who register. This is a great way to find an internship or job at federal agencies, explore careers in the federal service, and gain interviewing experience.

Join us to learn more about this program, how to register, and what documents you need to complete your application. 1:30 (PT)/4:30 (ET).

Seeking a summer internship or full-time employment following graduation? Apply for the Workforce Recruitment Program (WRP)!

The WRP helps qualified students and recent graduates with disabilities obtain internships and permanent positions with the federal and private employers across the U.S.

What is WRP?

To learn more, contact Tim Mosehauer (tmosehau@middlebury.edu) or 802-443-5105 – in Kitchel House 201.

Opportunities for STEM Students Interested in Research Internships and Graduate Study

Check out these great opportunities for STEM undergraduates interested in graduate school and research internships! These programs are sponsored by the Oak Ridge National Laboratory: Apply for the DOE-WDTS SULI and CCI internship programs at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. The application closes October 6 at 5:00 PM EST.  Register here for the upcoming virtual GRAD Lab (September 24-25) to learn […]

Looking for part-time work in town? Come to the local job fair on Monday, 9/27 from 4:30-6:30 pm

Middlebury employers are looking for AWESOME. Are YOU Awesome?


Join Middlebury businesses in the McCullough tent on Monday, 9/27 from 4:30-6:30 PM for a local job fair.

Middlebury businesses will share opportunities for local employment.

Join us and enter to win $100 in Middlebury Money!

No RSVP Required.

Blakemore Foundation Fellowships Support Asian Language Study–Applications Due Dec. 30, 2021

The Blakemore Foundation is now accepting applications at https://blakemorefoundation.communityforce.com for its 2022 Blakemore Freeman Fellowships for an academic year of advanced language study in East and Southeast Asia.  The application deadline is December 30, 2021.   These fellowships are awarded to graduating seniors, college graduates, graduate students and young/mid-career professionals who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents of the United States, […]