You can find opportunities.
Community engagement is one of Middlebury's core values. In fact, Middlebury has been recognized as one of the foremost national leaders for community engagement in higher education. Locally and around the world, our office helps Middlebury students explore civic identity, develop essential life-long skills, and pursue projects in collaboration with communities, all while striving to contribute to the public good.
We can help.
We see engagement opportunities as more than "just" volunteering or "just" service. We're interested in the experiences that tie it all together: your education, your interests, and your compassion.
For example, as an Economics major with an interest in public health who spends time helping put on the weekly Community Suppers downtown, you might come away with a greater awareness about the difference between providing a nutritious meal and sharing a nutritious meal, noticing how the combination of eating a meal and building a social network not only reinforces basic biopsychosocial wellbeing for community members, it can also help alleviate some of the gut-wrenching financial decisions families make if they have to choose between food, rent, childcare, and healthcare.
That's only one example. On a MAlt trip you could find yourself learning about fracking in rural Pennsylvania or the relationship between gender and generational poverty in the Dominican Republic. By putting on an after-school program at Bridport Central School you could find insight about why college-positive public school environments are important in helping kids secure academic achievement.
Take a look at our Volunteer Opportunities Guide for a further selection of possibilities. Wherever your personal, professional, and academic interests lie, we can help you find the engagement experience that unites them.
Volunteering for the first time? Continuing with a cause you care about? Pursuing community-connected research?
To start finding engagement opportunities, sign up for our weekly e-newsletter and like us on Facebook for the latest news. Check out our brochure for new students to learn about our signature programs and the student organizations we advise. Read our quick fact sheet to get a sense of how broadly CE serves the Middlebury community. Then contact us to set up a time to visit our office and start a conversation.
We look forward to hearing from you!