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MiddAction Weekly Volunteer Opportunities

Get your hands dirty: help paint at Beeman Elementary School
Staying on campus during spring break? Want to spend your time in a meaningful way helping out your community? Beeman Elementary is looking for volunteers to help paint their cafeteria on Saturday, March 24th. Please e-mail for more information if you are interested in helping!

Monkton Central School: Volunteers needed to help with accelerated math 6th graders
Volunteers are needed 1-2 times per week to work with pre-algebra level sixth graders on math activities between 9:15 – 10:25 a.m. Monday through Thursday. Interested? Contact Kate Geyler, 6th grade teacher, Monkton Central School, Need transportation? You could apply to the SCB Flex Fund to get gas mileage reimbursement or to fund a college vehicle (college driver’s license necessary).

Register a Relay for Life Team!
Help raise money for cancer research by registering for Relay for Life! Grab your friends, start a team, and have an awesome time at our event on May 4, 2012! Visit go/relay.

Film your story for VT Energy Independence Day!
March 21st is VT Energy Independence Day. Grab a camera and film your story, interview a neighbor, visit an energy project, talk with a town energy committee. Let’s show the world what one small state can do. This is a story of our State making a bold break from the past, transitioning to a sustainable energy future, and strengthening economy, community, and environment in the bargain. More information at:

Apply to participate in the Hesselbein Global Academy:
Funding provided for attendance

Join 50 top student leaders from across the world to learn how to be effective, ethical, and innovative leaders. Participants will work alongside distinguished mentors who will share their expertise and provide advanced leadership training. Students will emerge from the academy with the skills and experience to excel as global leaders. Deadline April 30.
Apply online at
Contact Quan Pham,, for questions.

¿Habla Español?
Get engaged: Support a Middlebury Union High School Student who needs a Spanish tutor one or more days a week. The student is available from 1:30 – 2:15 Monday through Friday, tutoring would take place in the high school Learning Lab. Contact Jim Burnett, Learning Lab Coordinator,, 802.382.1165.

Volunteer with Nutrition Outreach and Mentoring (NOM)
This week the Teen Center is hosting community supper at the Congregational Church in town. On Wednesday (today!) we will be preparing dessert for the event with the teens! Think crisp: apple or peach! Either way it is going to be delicious. And we are going to bake several at the teen center. Meet us at 4:30 on Wednesday at the Teen Center In addition, your help would be greatly appreciated to cook, serve, and clean at community supper on Friday! We will meet at the Congregational Church at 3 and the event will probably last until 7. You are always welcome to come any time you are available within this time frame. Friends are welcome to help as well. Questions? Email

On Wednesday (today!) we are going to Beeman Elementary! After much analysis of each class’s drawings, skits, stories, and puppet shows from last week, this week we will reveal each class’s winning vegetable. Want to help plan the curriculum? Let’s meet over breakfast tomorrow morning in Proctor Lounge at 8! More importantly, there will be two time frames in which you can actually be in the classroom with students on Wednesday (transportation provided). One car will leave at 8 am and be back to campus by noon. The other will leave just after noon and be back by 3:30. Please e-mail if you would like to carpool to Beeman! If you have your own car, you are more than welcome to go for any length of time that you are available! The kids are pumped. This is going to be an exciting surprise for them!

Need money for service? Apply to the Service Cluster Board Flex Fund to finance your initiatives!
Whether it is transportation expenses or ingredients to cook meals at the community lunch program, we want to help you serve others. Click on “Service Cluster Board Flex Fund” here to find our application. Email for more information.

Questions?If you have questions about any of these volunteer opportunities or want to learn more ways to get involved in the local community, contact Ashley Calkins, Community Engagement Coordinator,, 802.443.3099

American Cancer Society Daffodil Days: Order by March 2

With Daffodil Days, an ACS annual fundraiser, YOU can make a difference!

Welcome spring & support the American Cancer Society by purchasing daffodils!

Order your bouquets by 4:00 pm on Monday, March 2! To order daffodils by credit card for yourself, a friend or colleague, a cancer survivor, or to make a donation without ordering flowers, please use the Middlebury College Box Office web site via: go/boxoffice. You can also drop off cash or checks at the Box Office, located in McCullough. Please make checks payable to Middlebury College.

These beautiful spring flowers will brighten anyone’s day, and represent hope to many cancer patients.

To help the ACS further its research, education, advocacy, and service programs, you can order:
– Individual Bouquet of 10 daffodils: $10.00 each
– Gift of Hope (a vase of daffodils given to a cancer patient or survivor through ACS): minimum $25.00
– Boyd Teddy Bear with a bouquet of 10 daffodils: $25.00
– Bear Hugs for Hope (a Boyd Teddy bear given to a child impacted by cancer): minimum $25.00
– Potted daffodil bulbs (3 multi-stem bulbs per pot): $15.00
– Boxes of 50 bouquets (500 daffodils): $500.00
Orders must be placed by 4:00 pm on Mon., March 2. Flowers will arrive at the Middlebury College Box Office in McCullough ready for pick-up during the week of March 19th. ACS selects recipients for Gifts of Hope and Bear Hugs for Hope and will deliver to patients.

MiddAction: Volunteer Opportunities

Charter House Homeless Shelter Training Session
Thursday, January 12th 5:00 – 6:00 p.m.

The Charter House homeless shelter provides shelter for the homeless in Middlebury and is completely staffed by volunteers. Volunteers are needed around the clock, for shifts of 2 to 4 hours. Scheduling is flexible. Attend this training session and sign-up to volunteer. Questions? Contact Yuan Lim,

Town Hall Theater: seeking a social media guru

Town Hall Theater in downtown Middlebury is looking for someone to design and maintain a social media strategy that will promote events at the theater. Must have a thorough understanding of Facebook, Twitter, and anything else that has been invented since this message was posted. 3 hours per week. If interested, contact Douglas Anderson at

Middlebury vs. Plattsburgh Men’s Ice Hockey Game, 1/13: Want to go?
If you are planning on watching Middlebury take on Plattsburgh the first Friday of J-Term, consider doing so with CFES! CFES (College for Every Student) is looking for volunteers to have small group discussion before the game with Plattsburgh High School students about the benefit of extracurricular activities in high school and college. Pizza will be served. Afterwards, head over to the game with the teens! For more information, or to get involved, contact Amanda Powers ’12 at

Swimming Partner Needed
A community member is seeking a swimming partner and college student friend. This individual is an enthusiastic young woman with a cognitive delay as a result of chronic heart problems. Interested? Email Emma Lennon, Mentoring and Youth Programs Coordinator,

Performing Opportunity: Wednesday, Jan. 18

Leicester Central School’s Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration: People are needed to support the celebration by leading activities and/or performances either for Pre-K through 2nd graders or 3rd – 6th graders on the theme of MLK and social justice . The options are endless! Get creative: poetry reading or musical performers welcome. To sign-up or for more information email Ashley Calkins,

Sign up to volunteer at the Face Off Against Breast Cancer Hockey Tournament 1/21 and 1/22
Volunteers are needed for many different tasks including running the clock, announcing games, baking food and working in the penalty box. To learn more and sign up for a shift visit here. Questions? Call Anne Chabot at 388-0234 or email

Questions? If you have questions about any of these volunteer opportunities or want to learn more ways to get involved in the local community, contact Ashley Calkins, Community Engagement Coordinator,, 802.443.3099