Community Friends - 57 Years of Friendship!

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Community Friends matches Middlebury College Student Mentors with children who attend Addison County schools and are ages 6-12. The program was originally founded in 1960 by the Counseling Services of Addison County, and now runs as a Student Organization advised by the Center for Community Engagement.

Juntos is a migrant-student solidarity group at Middlebury College. Manos Unidas is a partnership between Community Friends and Juntos that matches children and mentors who identify as Latinx or Hispanic in mentoring relationships that also explore notions of culture and identity. Match time for these pairs can take place in English or in Spanish. If you are interested in applying to have your child matched with a Manos Unidas mentor, please designate that option on the Community Friends application below and answer the additional questions about language preference in the space provided.

Learn more about both programs, and find the applications by clicking on the Questions below:

What does a typical Community Friends match look like?

All Community Friends pairs attend an initial Match meeting, facilitated by a Community Friends Student Coordinator. During this meeting, the Student Coordinator explains ground rules for the program, shares waivers and permissions, and helps the mentor and mentee family get to know each other. Mentors are responsible for being in contact with mentee families to arrange for weekly meeting times, so it's important to establish the best way to communicate for all.

After the initial Match meeting, mentors and mentees usually meet once a week for about 2 hours, exploring opportunities to get to know each other and spend time on- and off-campus. Mentors and mentees might go on a hike on the Trail Around Middlebury, play pool in The Grille, shoot hoops in the gym, or do a craft project together. We try our best to pair Mentors and Mentees who share common interests!

We ask all Community Friends Mentors to commit to at least one full academic year (or its 3-semester equivalent) when they join the program.

Sign up to be a Community Friend Mentor

For Middlebury College students interested in being a mentor, please read the enclosed letter and complete this Mentor Application. Completed applications can be returned to Megan Brakeley by email or in hard copy at the CCE office (20 Old Chapel Road).

You can also reach out to the Community Friends Student Coordinators to learn more about the program and how you can be involved, comfriends@middlebury.edu.

Refer or Sign up a child to be a Community Friends mentee

To sign up your child or to make a referral, please complete our Mentee Referral Form and return it to Megan Brakeley by email or post mail at the following address:

Community Friends, Attn: Megan Brakeley

20 Old Chapel Road

Middlebury College

Middlebury, VT 05753

What happens after I submit my Mentor Application or a Mentee Referral?

Since Community Friends is a student-directed organization, Student Coordinators work closely with the staff adviser to match Mentors and Mentees. We conduct a screening process for all Mentors, which includes an interview, a background check, and three reference checks. Once Mentors are accepted to the program, Student Coordinators reach out to Mentee families to arrange a first Match Meeting. Please be aware that, depending on the time of year, this process can take anywhere from 1-3 weeks. If you have questions about your application or our timeline, please feel free to reach out to Megan Brakeley by email or by phone at 802.443.3010.