Student Service Organizations

The Center for Community Engagement advises and supports 17 student organizations and continuing initiatives. Click on the organizations below for an introduction to each group, or to find contact information for each group's student leaders.

Signature Programs

Butch's Team

Butch's team is a group of students who act as community friends to Butch by visiting him on a weekly basis as well as organizing special events in his honor. Butch has cerebral palsy and lives at the Helen Porter Nursing Home. 

Butch’s friends practice physical therapy exercises with him, provide trips to campus and other parts of town, take Butch for walks or simply talk and hang out with him. Butch has been an integral part of the Middlebury Community for over 50 years and continues to inspire all those around him.

Over the years, Butch's relationship with the College has received significant national attention, including the ESPN Emmy Award winning feature and CBS' Eye to Eye with Katie Couric.

For more information contact Tiffany Sargent in the Center for Community Engagement.

Community Friends

Community Friends is a campus-based mentoring program that matches over 80 college student mentor volunteers with local youth.

Please see Community Friends' full site for more details or to apply, or contact Community Friends' leaders.

Middlebury Alternative Breaks (MAlt)

MAlt is Middlebury’s alternative break program. Each year, students design and plan six trips during February Break to national and international destinations, and one Vermont-based trip during Fall and Spring Breaks. The goal of the trips is to provide students with opportunities to learn from and work with local people and agencies to improve communities at home and abroad.

“Without MAlt, I would've never thought of traveling to the U.S/Mexican border and learning firsthand what it's like to be an undocumented immigrant. I was with ten amazing students that were equally as passionate about immigration issues. MAlt gave us the tools we needed to create change and raise awareness back at Middlebury.” ~Elsa Alvarado ’18, 2015 MAlt trip participant, 2016 MAlt trip leader

“My involvement with MAlt has led to some of the most transformative experiences I've had at Middlebury. Participating in the education-themed trip to South Carolina my freshman year allowed me to learn about inequalities in education and see first-hand how they were manifested in the community I had the opportunity to serve and learn from in a way that wouldn't have been possible in just the classroom. My experiences with MAlt have helped to change my worldview and I will continue to work on incorporating this knowledge into my life even after I leave Middlebury.” ~Hayley Howard ‘ 17, MAlt 2014 Trip participant, 2015 Trip leader, current Executive Board Member

Please see MAlt's full site for more details or contact MAlt's leaders.

Other Student Organizations

Charter House Coalition

Charter House Coalition is a volunteer-based, community supported service organization that provides shelter, transitional housing, free meals and a friendly face to families and individuals in the Middlebury area who need assistance.

Contact CHC's leaders.

College Access Mentors (MiddCAM)

Middlebury College Access Mentors (MiddCAM) is a one-on-one mentorship program that pairs Middlebury College student mentors with high school juniors who are primarily first-generation and/or low-income college applicants. Mentors help guide their mentees through the college application process by helping them coordinate standardized testing, come up with a college list, editing essays and personal statements, and providing information about the college experience. Mentors are provided with training and support by the group's administrators, Center for Community Engagement, and the Middlebury Union High School college counseling staff.

Contact MiddCAM's leaders.

DREAM

DREAM (Directing through Recreation, Education, Adventure, and Mentoring) is a Vermont-wide group mentoring organization that builds communities of families and college students in order to empower children from affordable housing neighborhoods so that they may recognize their options, make informed decisions, and achieve their dreams. As a community service group we mentor kids ages 4-15 in Middlebury. We plan Friday activities as a group, from apple-picking and ice-skating to outdoor games and more. Additionally, we work with our mentors to establish individual mentor-mentee pairs. We are always expanding our program and are currently looking for new mentors, especially male mentors, so join us for a Friday and get to know our wonderful DREAMers!

Learn more about the DREAM organization and apply to be a DREAM mentor.

Contact DREAM's leaders at Middlebury.

For the Kids (FTK)

For The Kids works throughout the year to raise awareness about childhood illness and fundraise for the families of the Fletcher Allen Children's Hospital in Burlington.

Contact FTK's leaders.

Friends of John Graham

The John Graham Housing and Services was established in July of 1980 to address Addison County’s need for emergency short-term housing. JGS provides a safe, clean place for individuals and families to stay, as well as case management and outreach services.

A small group of students travels to Vergennes at 5 pm every Wednesday and at 6 pm every Thursday. The Wednesday group provides whatever help may be required at the center, from homework help to a relaxing hour of arts and craft to ESL help. The Thursday group is involved in planning a menu and cooking a healthy, nutritious dinner for the residents.

Contact Friends of JGS's leaders:

Habitat for Humanity

As partners with the local Addison County Habitat chapter, we seek to address the need for simple, decent, affordable housing by working on the local building site, fundraising for the local Addison County chapter, assisting the chapter in its publicity and fundraising events, strengthening our partnership with the Exmore, VA and York, PA Habitat for Humanity affiliates over Feb and Spring break trips, and educating our peers at Middlebury about the crushing need for affordable housing around the world.

Contact Habitat's leaders.

Juntos

In solidarity with local farm workers, JUNTOS strives towards a community in which all workers can lead a dignified life.

The Compañeros and Vecinos programs works with farm workers to acquire English skills and tools that promote farm worker independence. Through weekly visits, students and farmworkers form meaningful relationships and share experiences. JUNTOS promotes awareness about immigration issues on campus and statewide while also building a sustained movement for just living and working conditions.

Contact Juntos' leaders.

Nutrition Outreach and Mentoring (NOM)

Nutrition Outreach and Mentoring is a new initiative at Middlebury College with the goal of creating community and connecting people through food and food education. Our student-run group organizes volunteering events and classes with the purpose of teaching people how to cook healthy food for themselves on a budget and to acquire the independence and knowledge that comes with this life skill. The aims of these initiatives are to establish healthy eating and cooking habits and to raise awareness about nutrition and current food issues.

Contact NOM's leaders.

Page 1 Literacy Project

Page 1 Literacy Project aims to foster a love of learning in local elementary school students through weekly programming and community events.  As mentors, organizers, and program leaders, Page 1 volunteers take an active role in promoting literacy in all of its forms.

Contact us at pageone@middlebury.edu or visit go/pageone for more information!

Relay for Life

Relay for Life is a 24-hour fundraising event that occurs every spring to fundraise money for the American Cancer Society. Join us now to CELEBRATE the lives of the survivors who are still battling cancer, REMEMBER those we have lost, and FIGHT BACK through promoting healthy lifestyles, providing information support, and funding cancer research!

Contact Relay's leaders.

Sister to Sister

Sister-to-Sister aims to support the middle school girls in the area. We interact individually with the girls in an informal and comfortable environment and discuss common issues in the girls’ lives, including school, body image, peer pressure and relationships. Many of the participating girls suffer from physical or mental disabilities or have difficult home lives. We act as a support system for the girls, and we have had participants return regularly for the monthly events. Monthly events have included log rolling, zumba, and game night.

The STS Summit is the highlight of the year, and it is on the basis of the Summit that many girls keep returning to the monthly events. It gives a chance for the girls to spend an entire day bonding with other girls from their school and the surrounding area, in addition to learning new skills and talents in workshops and sharing their experiences and difficulties of middle school. 

Contact Sister to Sister's leaders.

Volunteer Services Organization (VSO)

Volunteer Services Organization is a service group that helps students become active in various types of volunteer activities in the Middlebury Community.  VSO plans weekly volunteer worksites and holds annual events, such as Trick-or-Treating for canned goods on Halloween and raising money to buy traditional Thanksgiving meal items to donate to the local food shelf at Thanksgiving.

Contact VSO's leaders.

Xiao Pengyou

According to a January 2011 Children's Defense Fund report, only 1% of the children living in Vermont are Asian or Pacific Islander. The Middlebury College Xiao Pengyou Program aims to address questions of race and culture that may arise among local Asian adoptees in such an environment by pairing them with Asian mentors from the college. Through such pairings, we hope to help local Asian youth develop a sense of understanding and pride in their identity. "Xiao Pengyou" is Mandarin for "children"; our hope is to provide positive influences on children who share our identity and help them develop into bright and confident youth.

Contact Xiao Pengyou's leaders.

Service Cluster Board

Our student organizations and continuing initiatives are collectively known as the Service Cluster, and each member organization of the cluster is supported by the Service Cluster Board, a peer-advised council. The SCB functions as a support platform that provides training, oversight, and funding.
 
Each year, SCB hosts a retreat for student organization leaders as well as monthly workshops for program development. Topics include budget planning, leadership transitions, and member recruitment. SCB also administers the Flex Fund, which grants funding to student-designed community service projects.