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HOPE Holiday Shop 2020

Serving Addison County since 1965, H.O.P.E (Helping Overcome Poverty’s Effects) is a local  non-profit organization located right here in Middlebury, Vermont. It runs one of the largest food shelves and retail stores in the county, where all of its donations aid the organization’s poverty relief work. And this year, even with coronavirus hovering over us, H.O.P.E did not let that stop their work in fulfilling their mission. Instead, they modified their procedures to ensure safety and continued onwards with their efforts.

Like many other aspects of our lives and the world, the annual HOPE Holiday Shop saw changes and challenges due to the pandemic. Regardless of the limitations set, the program achieved its core purpose in helping families who could not otherwise afford to purchase new gifts provide something a little special for children this holiday season. 

Usually in past years, the Center for Community Engagement coordinated with HOPE to provide campus support by organizing gift drives and raising donations. This year, unfortunately, that was unfeasible and the event looked a little different. Pre COVID-19, the program allowed families to enter its Holiday Shop at 282 Boardman St. and to browse gifts on-the-spot. Conversely, this holiday season HOPE took the operation virtually online by offering donors two ways to contribute: one by letting donors select their choice of gift by virtually shopping online for HOPE to purchase on their behalf and the other option by directly making earmarked donations. 

“The shop has historically been set up like an actual little store, It is beautifully decorated and very festive!” -Kate Selby. A photo of the HOPE Holiday Shop from previous years.

Although HOPE was able to amass gifts from these donations and bring in festive spirits like previous years, Kate Selby, coordinator of the HOPE Holiday Shop, commented on the challenge of how without the ability to run toy drives, these virtual donations might not have been as satisfying as donating actual items. Selby further shared how hard it was for HOPE to not see families come into the shop, roam around, and make their own gift selections. Even when faced with this challenge, Selby noted the highlight of her work as “a wonderful feeling to bring a bright spot to our families in need.”

The Center for Community Engagement’s AmeriCorps members, Tenzin Dorjee and Jilly dos Santos, who volunteered at the HOPE Holiday Shop this past December both reflected on their contribution during a time when human connection has tremendously changed. Tenzin Dorjee, the campus coordinator for the HOPE Holiday Shop, shared how human care and holiday love was still present in the air in spite of the no in-person typical Holiday Shop. “From packing a couple of the gifts to handing it to families through the window and saying ‘Happy Holidays, enjoy!’ it was touching” Tenzin says.  

Volunteer Tenzin Dorjee preparing wrapping papers to place in gift bundles.

Firsthand experience volunteering behind the program also showed both Tenzin and Jilly the difficulties involved. As gifts continued to be packed and distributed, the inventory slowly began seeing drops. Kate Selby mentioned inventory for the shop has always been hard. This year, particularly, gifts towards the end of its stock were bundled or substituted based not only on families ranked gift preferences but also what was left on the shelves. With the gift forms families completed, Jilly shared how she needed to make some assumptions based on the forms and got a sense of the child based on gift selections made by parents. She told this story of how “one father wrote detailed notes by each category that were both very helpful and honestly nearly made me tear up because it was so clear how much he cared about having his daughter’s present feel personal.” 

With the holiday season passed us, these changes and challenges the HOPE Holiday Shop encountered this year have only strengthened the organization’s work. Although Kate believes “it will be better to get back to “normal” as soon as possible, she says, “if things need to remain remote next season, we will be ready!”

Join Morgan Stanley for 2022 Summer Analyst Recruiting Kick-Off

Morgan Stanley is excited to announce the kick-off of their 2022 Summer Analyst Virtual Recruiting Season. Current sophomores and freshmen are invited to join the Leaders & Learning Virtual Series, where you will learn more about Morgan Stanley, its people and culture.

By registering for these events, you will also receive access to the Morgan Stanley Recruiting Hub, the online portal that will help you navigate the upcoming MS recruiting season.

Please register for these events via the link below. You will receive an email in advance of each virtual session with login details as well as information on accessing the Recruiting Hub.

LEADERS & LEARNING SERIESClick Here to register for the series by Wednesday, February 3.

Morgan Stanley Presents Carla Harris, Vice Chairman
Monday, February 8 │ 5:00 P.M. – 6:00 P.M. EDT

Morgan Stanley Presents Tom Nides, Vice Chairman
Wednesday, February 17 │ 5:00 P.M. – 6:00 P.M. EDT

Morgan Stanley as a Business
February │ Date & Time to be confirmed

MORGAN STANLEY RECRUITING HUB

We are excited to announce the launch of Morgan Stanley’s Recruiting Hub. In addition to the Leaders & Learning Series, this online portal will host information on upcoming events, session replays, recruiting resources, application details, and more. Your login details will be provided in conjunction with event details following your registration.

To learn more, please visit morganstanley.com/people-opportunities.

Questions? Email mscampusrecruiting@morganstanley.com.
Morgan Stanley is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversifying its workforce (M/F/Disability/Vet).

A Global Perspective on the Evolution of Employment in the World of Covid-19 – A GoinGlobal Virtual Event on Thursday, 2/4/21

When: Thursday, February 4 at 4:00 PM EST.
RSVP: In Handshake.

Join Mary Anne Thompson, GoinGlobal Founder and President, for timely insights from GoinGlobal’s worldwide local experts offering a global perspective on the evolution of employment in the world of Covid-19. Mary Anne will provide a quick overview of GoinGlobal’s features, share COVID research findings, and take questions at the end of the presentation.

Topics will include:

  • The future of work
  • Areas of job promise
  • Emerging jobs
  • Virtual networking and job interviewing tips
  • Working from home

GoinGlobal is a leading career and employment resource for finding jobs and internships at home and abroad, including an excellent source for study abroad pre-departure information. GoinGlobal features expert career advice for more than 120 locations at home and abroad. Local specialists develop the copyrighted content which includes country and city career guides, corporate profiles for 450,000 local and multinational companies throughout 193 countries, more than 16-million job and internship listings, and a customized H1B visa search engine that identifies American companies seeking foreign talent for their U.S. operations.

Mark Your Calendars! Join Panelists to Discuss the State of Global Security and Great Power Relations -1/27 @ 6:30 PM EST

As the relative power of the United States’ global competitors increases, key aspects of global security rest increasingly on the capacity of great powers—China, the EU, India, Japan, Russia, and the United States— to cooperate in tackling some of the world’s most pressing challenges. Among these are climate change, cyber security, illicit trafficking, pandemics, proliferation, and terrorism. Because of their transnational nature, collaboration amongst great powers is essential to address these challenges; yet cooperation is hardly guaranteed. Can adversarial relationships be set aside, frayed alliances restored, and old arrangements re-purposed to achieve the broader common good?

On January 27, at 6:30 p.m. EST, the Center for Careers and Internships and Middlebury in DC, in collaboration with the Middlebury Professional Network and the Rohatyn Center for Global Affairs, will host Live From DC: Global Security and Great Power Relations, a discussion among professionals who have a variety of vantage points on these and other transnational security issues and possible solutions.

This discussion will be conducted via Zoom webinar, connecting the professional guests with students from both the Middlebury and Monterey campuses, as well as, alumni and parents of the Middlebury community. The panelists include:

  • Host: Mark Williams, Director, Rohatyn Center for Global Affairs, Middlebury College
  • Stewart M. Patrick P’24, Senior Fellow, Council on Foreign Relations
  • David Wisner ’04, Deputy Director for Press & Strategic Communications for Near Eastern Affairs Bureau, State Department
  • Stone Conroy ’10, Manager, Geopolitical Analysis & Intelligence, United Airlines

Join Panelists to Discuss the State of Global Security and Great Power Relations -1/27 @ 6:30 PM EST

As the relative power of the United States’ global competitors increases, key aspects of global security rest increasingly on the capacity of great powers—China, the EU, India, Japan, Russia, and the United States— to cooperate in tackling some of the world’s most pressing challenges. Among these are climate change, cyber security, illicit trafficking, pandemics, proliferation, and terrorism. Because of their transnational nature, collaboration amongst great powers is essential to address these challenges; yet cooperation is hardly guaranteed. Can adversarial relationships be set aside, frayed alliances restored, and old arrangements re-purposed to achieve the broader common good?

On January 27, at 6:30 p.m. EST, the Center for Careers and Internships and Middlebury in DC, in collaboration with the Middlebury Professional Network and the Rohatyn Center for Global Affairs, will host Live From DC: Global Security and Great Power Relations, a discussion among professionals who have a variety of vantage points on these and other transnational security issues and possible solutions.

This discussion will be conducted via Zoom webinar, connecting the professional guests with students from both the Middlebury and Monterey campuses, as well as, alumni and parents of the Middlebury community. The panelists include:

  • Host: Mark Williams, Director, Rohatyn Center for Global Affairs, Middlebury College
  • Stewart M. Patrick P’24, Senior Fellow, Council on Foreign Relations
  • David Wisner ’04, Deputy Director for Press & Strategic Communications for Near Eastern Affairs Bureau, State Department
  • Stone Conroy ’10, Manager, Geopolitical Analysis & Intelligence, United Airlines

Abstracts for the COVID Information Commons Student Paper Challenge due Feb 15!

Undergraduates are invited to participate in the COVID Information Commons Student Paper Challenge! This is a great opportunity for undergraduate students to leverage the NSF-funded COVID Information Commons (CIC) research and collaboration hub to learn about COVID research and develop a paper with their own insights. Undergraduate students from around the world and of all […]

Data Science for Social Good Summer Projects – Fellow Applications Due Jan 31!

Following the success of the 2019 and 2020 Data Science for Social Good initiative, the University of Warwick is organising the 2021 DSSGx UK summer projects in partnership with the Ludwigs Maximilian University Munich and supported by The Alan Turing Institute.  The program will run over 12 weeks from 7 June to 27 August 2021, and […]