Community Friends is a one-on-one mentoring program that matches Middlebury College students with children ages 6-12 in Addison County. 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. Mentors meet with their matches for at least two hours per week. Matches can have fun exploring campus, crafting, attending sports events, eating in the dining halls, and much more! 

Manos Unidas is a partnership between Community Friends and Juntos, a migrant-student solidarity group, that matches children and mentors who identify as Latinx or Hispanic in mentoring relationships that 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 be a Manos Unidas mentor, please designate that option on the Community Friends application. Matches meet at least once a week for two hours, and are invited to Community Friends and Manos Unidas specific events that are hosted throughout the semester. 

The Fall priority deadline for Middlebury students to become Community Friends Mentors was September 30th, 2018. Feel free to still apply here (be sure you're signed in with your Middlebury account to access the form). However, note that you will likely not be contacted about your application until the Spring semester. With questions, please contact

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

What does a typical Community Friends match look like?

The new mentor application priority deadline was September 30, 2018. We will be opening the application again for the Spring semester in early 2019. 

You can still apply here! (Be sure you're signed into your Middlebury account to be able to access the application form.) However, note that your application will likely not be processed until early 2019.

With any questions, please reach out to the Community Friends Student Coordinator, Kira Waldman,

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.

To learn more and make a referral to our Manos Unidas branch of Community Friends, use our Manos Unidas Info and Mentee Referral Form. It's in Spanish. 

Return all forms to Kailee Brickner-McDonald by email or post mail at the following address:

Community Friends, Attn: Kailee Brickner-McDonald

20 Old Chapel Road

Middlebury College

Middlebury, VT 05753

Priority deadline for referral forms for Fall 2018 was October 12th. If you submit a form after the 12th, it may take until early 2019 to process your mentee application. 

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 our Lead Student Coordinator (