The Center for Community Engagement advises and supports 17 student organizations and continuing initiatives. We’re excited you’re here!
Explore the organizations below for an introduction to each group. You’ll find contact information for each group’s student leaders.
Community Engagement Organization Board (CEOB)
Our student organizations and continuing initiatives are collectively known as the Community Engagement Organization Board (CEOB), and each member organization of the cluster is supported by the Community Engagement Organization Board (CEOB), a peer-advised council. The CEOB functions as a support platform that provides training, oversight, and funding.
Each year, CEOB hosts a retreat for student organization leaders as well as monthly workshops for program development. Topics include budget planning, leadership transitions, and member recruitment. CEOB also administers the Flex Fund, which grants funding to student-designed community service projects.
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 and develop 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 guidance department. Contact MiddCAM.
Community Friends is a campus-based one-on-one mentoring program that matches over 130 college student mentor volunteers with local youth.
DREAM (Directing through Recreation, Education, Adventure, and Mentoring) is a Vermont-based mentoring organization that seeks to close the opportunity gap and empower youth ages 5-18 who live in affordable housing neighborhoods. Each Friday, DREAM mentors spend time engaging with the youth in fun activities, such as apple-picking, hiking, and making ceramics. Within the larger group mentoring model, the organization’s leaders work with mentors to establish individual mentor-mentee pairs.
Learn more about the DREAM organization and apply to be a DREAM Mentor. Contact DREAM.
First Generation Investors
First Generation Investors is a national organization that teaches high school students in underserved communities the power of investing and brings classroom lessons to life by providing students with real money to invest.
“In solidarity with local migrant workers, Juntos strives towards a community in which all workers can lead a dignified life.”
The Compañeros programs works with migrant workers to help them acquire English skills and tools that promote independence. Through weekly visits, students and migrant workers share experiences and form meaningful relationships. JUNTOS promotes awareness about immigration issues on campus and nationwide, while also building a sustained movement for just living and working conditions. Juntos also hosts meaningful events on- and off-campus to build a stronger bond between migrant workers and Midd students.
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.
“MAlt trips are such impactful ways to spend one’s free time from college because they introduce and seek to counter the injustices that pervade our society. The premise of MAlt is not just to enter a community, allow it to impact the voyeur, and have the individual leave; instead, MAlt really does focus on the intersection of growth through education and action against societal wrongs.” -Zeke Hodkin ‘22
Middlebury Civics in Action
Middlebury Civics in Action (CIA) gets students to actively engage with various forms of government and civics, especially regarding the legislative process and procedure. Members become self-driven, politically active global citizens who are aware of local community issues and develop their advocacy, communication, and research skills.
Middlebury First Responders
MFR is a student organization for student first responders and students who are interested in emergency services. They aim to provide support, mentorship, and training to student first responders including EMTs and Firefighters.
“Engaging with the Middlebury community through the local ambulance service has made Middlebury feel more like a home to me and has given me a whole group of awesome role models to whom I look up. My experiences have also helped me decide what I would like to do after Middlebury and provided me with awesome learning opportunities!” -Giulia Caterina Napoli ‘20
Contact MFR leaders.
Middlebury Music Outreach
Middlebury Music Outreach (MMO) promotes individual and community wellness through both virtual and in-person, music-based volunteer outreach, connecting student musicians with our community partners: EastView Retirement Community and Project Independence Elderly Services.
Email us at email@example.com if you’re interested in performing or helping in any capacity!
Midd Volunteers engage students as volunteers in the Middlebury community. They plan weekly volunteer worksites and hold annual events, such as trick-or-treating for canned goods on Halloween.
Contact Midd Volunteers.
MiddVote is a nonpartisan student organization that aims to mobilize students to be active participants in our democracy.
“My time volunteering with MiddVotes has taught me just how confusing the voter registration process is and has given me the opportunity to help my fellow students navigate their registrations and absentee ballot applications.” -Nora Bayley ‘21
See Democracy Initiatives for more details.
Nutrition Outreach and Mentoring (NOM)
Nutrition Outreach and Mentoring aims to create community and connect people through food and food education. Our student-run group organizes volunteering events and classes with the purpose of teaching youth in local schools 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.
Page 1 Literacy Project
Page 1 Literacy Project aims to foster a love of learning in local elementary school students through weekly book clubs and events in collaboration with other student organizations. As mentors and program leaders, Page 1 volunteers take an active role in promoting literacy in all of its forms.
Go to go/pageone to contact us and to RSVP to our biweekly open meetings!
To read more from Page 1, check out this recent CCE blog post.
Sibling to Sibling
Sibling to Sibling is a group mentoring organization that aims to support middle school-aged teens in the area. Middlebury students host monthly events for our middle school participants during the academic year. In the past, monthly events have included Zumba, game night, scavenger hunts, laser tag, and pizza baking. Most events culminate in a thoughtful discussion moderated by the college mentors. These discussions take place in an informal and comfortable environment and discuss common issues in the lives of middle schoolers, including school, body image, peer pressure, and relationships.
The Sibling to Sibling Summit is the highlight of the year, and it is on the basis of the Summit that many teens keep returning to the monthly events. It gives a chance for the teens to spend an entire day bonding with other teens from the local community, in addition to learning new skills and talents in workshops and sharing their experiences and challenges of middle school.
Contact Sibling to Sibling.
Special Olympics Club
To connect college students and individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities through sports and activities to build friendships and cultivate a community of respect and inclusion.
“Through sports, this club has enabled college students and individuals with intellectual disabilities to cultivate a community of respect and inclusion.” -Ellie Greenberg ‘20
Contact the Special Olympics Club.
The Yellow House Community Club
The Yellow House Community Club aims to provide Middlebury College students with the opportunity to volunteer at the Yellow House Community right here in Midd. Through volunteering, students connect the college community with the greater Middlebury community and learn how to support a group of active young adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities in leading interdependent and fulfilling lives. Previous experience working with people with intellectual or developmental disabilities is not required!
Contact Yellow House Community Club at firstname.lastname@example.org.
To read more about YHCC, check out this recent CCE blog post.