For Community Partners

Annual Events

Midd Action Fair
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For more than twenty years Middlebury College has kicked off the new academic year by hosting the MiddAction Fair, an event where community partners are invited on campus to meet directly with students to promote awareness and collaboratoin. The Fair attracts dozens of community organizations and hundreds of Middlebury College students.
 
This year's event took place on Tuesday, September 19, 2017 from 6:00-7:30 p.m. in Wilson Hall in McCullough. For more information, email James Thornton, Center for Community Engagement AmeriCorps VISTA member.
Relay for Life
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Relay for Life is a benefit walk that takes place every spring to raise money for the American Cancer Society. A tradition in Middlebury since 2004, this event is a popular one on campus and with the wider Addison County community, raising tens and often hundreds of thousands of dollars for ACS per year.
MiddView Community Engagement Orientation Trips
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Every fall and winter MiddView organizes more than 65 orientation trips for more than 550 incoming first year students over their first weekend on campus. Center for Community Engagement partners with MiddView for ten of those trips, sending students all over the state to get first-hand experience helping meet community-identified needs. 
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service
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In 1994, Congress designated the federal holiday commemorating Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birth (the third Monday every January) to be a national day of service, currently the only federal holiday with this designation.
Martin Luther King Jr. Day is an opportunity to reflect on what the legacy of MLK means in our current historical moment. Dr. King refused to accept racial and economic injustice, oppression, or violence and spent his life fighting for change through community action and nonviolent protest. In that spirit, the Center for Community Engagement supports students, faculty, and staff through connections to local opportunities for service and activism that honor the legacy of Dr. King. To learn more about this event, click here.

 

United Way Days of Caring
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Each September, the United Way of Addison County hosts its Days of Caring, two days where community members can assist nearby health and human service agencies. The first day is a weekday where local businesses are encouraged to give their employees the day off to contribute. The second day, on a weekend, is a great day for Middlebury students to reach out and pitch in.
Public Service Leadership Awards
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The Public Service Leadership Awards are part of an annual spring event where the College community convenes to recognize Middlebury undergraduates who have distinguished themselves through their leadership. Center for Community Engagement solicits nominations from all across the College and Addison County for six Public Service Leadership Awards as well as:
  • The Dana Morosini Reeve ‘84 Memorial Public Service Award, given to the student who best exemplifies Dana’s spirit and determination as she tirelessly and selflessly devoted her life to caring for her husband Christopher Reeve and, through the Christopher Reeve Foundation, to her work as an advocate for all those with spinal cord injuries
  • The John M. McCardell Jr. Public Service Award, given to the student who best exemplifies efforts that bring Middlebury, both the College and the Town, more closely together for a public benefit. In this way, we honor the values to which John had been so strongly committed during his tenure as president and celebrate others who continue the tradition of this very important work
  • The Bonnie McCardell Public Service Award, given to a student for actions in support of youth and who best exemplifies outreach in one of the following areas: (1) youth and family services, (2) literacy, and (3) the special needs that arise during the critical middle and early high school years

The PSLAs were inaugurated in 1994 through the support of Patrick Durkin '79. In 2011 the PSLAs and the Student Government Association Awards were folded into the format of the Dean of the College Student Leadership Awards. In total the DOC SLAs present 27 different honors to College undergraduates and organizations.