Middlebury College encourages civic engagement as a way of life

MIDDLEBURY — Students and staff at Middlebury College take great pride in their volunteer initiatives and work hard to maintain a habit of civic engagement. Their volunteer programs (run through the Center for Education in Action, or EIA) have received national and state recognition for the work they do to foster a sense of civic responsibility and stewardship among the student body.
Tiffany Nourse Sargent, director of civic engagement at Middlebury College, works with the many student volunteers as well as local organizations to keep these relationships strong.
“It is such a joy to work with our students and community partners, helping to make connections that enrich our community in such meaningful ways,” she said.
According to EIA’s tally, more than 1,500 Middlebury College students volunteer annually, which is more than half of the student body. Collectively they contribute more than 65,000 hours of service.
Listed below are some of the many ways that Middlebury College volunteers spend those hours:
•  Butch’s Team.
•  The Community at Charter House.
•  Community Friends Mentoring.
•  Distinguished Men of Color Mentoring.
•  DREAM Mentoring.
•  Friends of Burma.
•  Friends of John Graham Emergency Shelter.
•  Habitat for Humanity International.
•  Juntos Migrant Outreach.
•  MAlt (Middlebury Alternative Break Trips).
•  Nutrition Outreach and Mentoring (NOM).
•  Page 1 Literacy.
•  Relay For Life.
•  Sister to Sister.
•  Somali-Bantu ESL Tutoring.
•  Sprout.
•  Volunteer Services Organization.
•  Xiao Pengyou, which matches adopted Asian children with mentors of Asian backgrounds.

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