Call To Action

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Community Events and Speakers

FALL Clean-up October 26, 2019 @ 10:00 am

UR Community Cares, Inc. is an innovative digital platform that links Community Members with Volunteers, based on the services they need: Yard work, Housework, and/or Companion. As a nation, we are preparing for the crisis that will occur in the next 5-10 years with this population who are unable to physically care for themselves in their homes and have limited ability to perform activities of daily life. We perform background checks to ensure safety and we’re fully ensured. We are a virtual portal, everyone signs up online and continued scheduling is performed on our website which allows for convenience from any town in CT.

We have Community Members in Connecticut signed up because they need help keeping up with their yard work and housework due to being elderly or disabled. We are looking for UConn Volunteers to help our Community Members, the students will be performing various yard work/housework activities. UR Community needs you. This is also a great opportunity for Community Service hours.

Deadline to sign up: October 23, 2019

To sign up, visit: www.urcommunitycares.com

For more information regarding this opportunity, please contact Michelle Puzzo at michellepuzzo@urcommunitycares.com

FALL clean up flyer

Community Engagement Opportunities

Mansfield Be Well Wellness Fair Volunteer opportunity

The Fair runs from 2pm – 6pm, with set-up starting at 12:00pm at Mansfield Community Center Gymnasium

Instructions for Volunteers at Registration Table

  1. Ask them to print their names clearly on the sign-up sheet
  2. Ask if they are a Be Well Rewards member. If they are or want to be tell them they need to sign in at the Be Well table to get credit for attending the fair.
  3. Hand each person a floor map and explain that they should get initials from each vendor they visit and if they get 12 they can place the map in the box on the exit table for a chance to win a grand prize. Remind them to put their name on it!
  4. Hand each person a lottery ticket and tell them we will be pulling tickets every 15 minutes and announcing winners over the PA system
  5. Direct them to the Be Well table if necessary and appropriate vendors!

Volunteers at Be Well Table

  1. Ask if person is a Be Well member. If so have them sign in for attendance credit.
  2. If they are not a member, they can sign up with the “Please Sign me up for the 2020 rewards Program” sheet!
  3. Answer any questions about Be Well Rewards-general Q&A, what is program?, tell them to take HRAs’, check how many points participants have on computer in Access, etc.

 Instructions for Sign-in/Waiver Table at Biometric screening area

  1. Have them sign the waiver.
  2. Give everyone a multi-screening form and let them know this is for their personal records and for them to keep.
  3. Give them a medical verification form if they want to get credit for Be Well rewards.
  4. Direct participant to nurse as available and remind them to get their BMI checked after seeing the nurse and to drop off completed forms at the Be Well table if applicable.

Instructions for Nurses

  1. Do screening in this order: cholesterol, glucose, blood pressure and oximeter
  2. Sign off on participant multi-screening form. This is for pt to keep
  3. Sign off on medical verification form if pt requests. This is for Be Well employee rewards program
  4. Hand out supporting information sheets if pt numbers are out of normal ranges
  5. Direct pt to BMI table for weigh-in

Instructions for sign-in at Flu Table

  1. Have participant fill out appropriate paperwork.
  2. Give medical verification form if needed for Be Well rewards and inform participant to drop completed form off at the Be Well table.
  3. Direct to next available shot administrator.

Instructions for Vendor Liaison

  1. Using floor map as a guide, secure vendor name tag to appropriate table.
  2. As vendors walk in greet them, give them a floor map, vendor parking tag to put on their vehicle dashboard and inform them of the designated parking area.
  3. Thank each vendor for coming to the fair.
  4. As vendors are setting up, walk around and ask if they want a bottle of water or need help with anything.
  5. Ask each vendor for a business card so they will be entered into a raffle. Remind vendors that the drawing for the prize will be done at the end of the fair and give a friendly reminder that vendors should stay until the end as participants will come in waves until 5:30pm.
  6. Hand each vendor a thank you note and thank them again for supporting the fair.

Exit Table/Door Prizes Instructions

  1. Every 15 minutes a door prize will be awarded.
  2. When person comes to redeem door prize, verify winning ticket, then ask for participant’s name, place of employment and record what prize they won on separate sheet.
  3. As all participants leave thank them for coming to the fair and make sure they take a lunchbox/apples/etc.
  4. During slow time please stuff Be Well lunch box giveaways with yellow recipe cards.

Contact Jessica at TracyJA@mansfieldct.org to sign up.


Arts and Crafts 

Beginning October 1, this would be an activity teaching simple Arts & Crafts to the elderly. You can get ideas off of Pinterest and I will supply the materials needed. The class would be day or evening, which ever works best for you but must be same day and time each week. Thursday evenings are out as they play bingo and you don't mess with that! There are usually only about 4 or 5 members in the group. This would be good for one - two volunteers. 

*Available until 11/04/19

Please contact Eileen Doughty, the Program Manager at 860-429-9933 or email edoughty@ehmchm.org


Computer Literacy Education 

Juniper Hill Senior Center, located in Storrs, is looking for a total of 4 participants to assist in educating a few of their residents in basic computer literacy knowledge. These lessons may consist of demonstrating  how to use google, open and navigate through a web browser and how to send and receive emails, to name a few. A total of two sessions will be held, hosting around 6-12 seniors per session. Two participants are encouraged to teach each session. Participants are also welcome to provide 1:1 support to those that need a little extra help with delivering the content. This is a great opportunity for students to directly impact those within our local community.

Volunteers have been requested as soon as possible.

For more information or to sign up for one or all of these sessions, please contact Charlie Bennett or Eileen at 860-429-9933

Volunteer requests will remain open until 11/1/19


Wing of Freedom Animal Rescue

Location - Thompson Speedway - 205 E Thompson Rd, Thompson, CT 06277

We are a dog-only rescue based in eastern CT.  Our dogs are all in foster homes - we do not have a kennel.  We have rescued over 1400 dogs in a little over 5 years. We actually have a presence on campus - we are a featured rescue each year for the Volleyball Dog Pound Challenge, we were recently featured as the rescue for donations at a Women's soccer game, and we have provided support for the Athletic Council Mental health week by bringing dogs in for students to visit with.  We also ran concession stands at the on-campus basketball games and graduation and this year will have 2 grills for the basketball games.

In addition to rescuing dogs (all the things that) we spend a great deal of time on fundraising.  We have to raise $200.00 for each dog we rescue to cover the costs over and above our adoption fee.

We have been lucky enough to be the non-profit that runs the concessions at Thompson Speedway.  This has been something we have been doing since May and with our current folks we could handle it all until the last weekend of the season.  They expect we will do 3 - 4 times the business of the next most busy event.  So we need a lot of people to cover the weekend.

What volunteers will be doing can be any of these

- Cook pizza and pretzels

- Pop and bag popcorn

- Cashier

- Serve drinks, hotdogs, nachos

- Support the grill cooks (set up hamburg and sausage containers)

- help in the area where chicken, fries and onion rings are made and sold

The sessions  are:

10/11 - 1:00PM - 9:00PM (Friday) - 15 people needed

10/12 - 8:30AM - 4:00PM (Saturday) - 13 people needed

10/12 - 4:00PM - 11:00PM (Saturday) - 23 people needed

10/13 - 9:00AM - 6:00PM (Sunday) - 9 people needed

Any help that can be provided would be wonderful and if we can figure it out, we would be glad to come to campus before finals and let volunteers have some puppy time. Please wear tan shorts or pants, shirts will be provided. Food will be provided.

Feel free to contact Kathy Williamson at 860-942-9871 with any additional information or to sign up for one of these sessions.


Run/ Walk for the Penguins- October 19, 2019

One of the most popular species at Mystic Aquarium, our African penguins are important ambassadors to their endangered counterparts in the wild. This event is a significant fundraiser for our efforts to protect endangered African penguins.
Volunteers are crucial to a successful race day, taking on various roles such as directing racers along the Walk Course and Run Course; staffing water stops along the course; assisting with our Education tables; and helping out with registration and T-shirt sales. It’s an early event, and typically volunteers are needed from about 6:45am to around noon.

All volunteers assisting with this event will receive a free T-shirt and 2 free passes to Mystic Aquarium-we have to make it worthwhile to get up early!

Please contact Kathy Freeman at kfreeman@mysticaquarium.org for more information regarding this event!

Run/ Walk for the Penguins, Flyer

Internships and Scholarships

Be the Change- Apply for a Change Grant! 

UConn undergraduates in all majors can apply for up to $2000 in funding to support projects that represent the legacy of the UConn Co-op’s commitment to public engagement, innovation, and social impact. 

What can you do with a Change Grant?
• Engage in a service initiative that benefits the UConn community or the broader community
• Provide training, resources, or educational activities to fill unmet needs
• Conduct research that has the potential to benefit the UConn community or the broader community, address community needs, inform policy, or impact practice
• Engage in an artistic endeavor or creative intervention that addresses social issues
• Design and/or prototype a product, device, or service that fills an unmet need, impacts the lives of others, and/or addresses a social or environmental problem

Projects need to be student-designed and/or student-led. Applications are accepted from individuals and from small groups (no more than 3 people) who will be working collaboratively or co-leading an initiative.

2019-20 Application Deadlines:
• Monday, September 30, 2019
• Monday, February 10, 2019

More information on the Change Grant, program eligibility, and application process can be found at https://ugradresearch.uconn.edu/change.

For more information regarding this opportunity, please contact Melissa Berkery at melissa.berkery@uconn.edu

Job Opportunities

Information Sessions for Students Interested in Applying to be Orientation Leaders for 2020

First session: 9/23/2019 @ 5:30 pm

We are having 13 Information Sessions for students who are interested in applying to be Orientation leaders. We only recruit for Orientation leaders in the fall because training for the position begins in the spring. Students must attend an Information Session to learn about the job and to pick up an application. Each Information Session occurs at a different time and in a different location. We would like to advertise this opportunity now because we only advertise for the Orientation Leader positions in the fall. The staff for the 2020 Orientation program will be selected before finals in December.

Deadline to apply: October 3, 2019

Please contact Maria Sedotti at maria.sedotti@uconn.edu regarding future session(s) information and details.

Orientation leader flyer


Community Based Program Facilitator (Part- time)

The Program Facilitator is accountable for implementing community based programming to girls in grades K – 12.  She/he will deliver community based programming in Hartford, Manchester, New Britain, Waterbury, New Haven, Bridgeport, Danbury, Norwalk or New London as requested to ensure that Girl Scout program opportunities are provided to under served communities. S/he is responsible for providing quality Girl Scout program experiences according to established guidelines. We are open to working with students who are approved for work study or who are working on completing other programs as long as they align with our girl scout program objectives. This position starts around October, ranges from 3-20 hours a week, afternoon availability required.

MAJOR ACCOUNTABILITIES

  • Completes GS101 Training modules online and clearly understands the Girl Scouts Leadership Experience
  • Delivers community based program to girls in under served communities to meet the council’s Plan of Achievement goals, objectives and initiatives, including membership goals.
  • Maintains new and established collaborative relationships with community organizations, schools, agencies and businesses in order to support and enhance community based program opportunities.
  • Works cooperatively with program partners, volunteers, and council staff.
  • Maintains accurate records pertaining to attendance, incidents, surveys, and other data as required.
  • Promotes additional council Girl Scout opportunities beyond community based program.
  • Implements product sales program in community based programming.
  • As necessary, assists Community Based Program Specialists in preparing and packaging program materials to deliver community based program curriculum
  • Embraces and enhances a culture that values diversity and reflects the council’s commitment to diversity and inclusion.
  • Supports and promotes all aspects of Girl Scouting, by serving as a spokesperson for the movement and a voice on girl issues.
  • Other duties as assigned.

EDUCATION AND/OR WORK EXPERIENCE:

  • High School Diploma preferred or equivalent experience.
  • Bilingual preferred (English plus one other; Spanish a plus)
  • Experience working with youth.
  • Ability to work independently and in a group setting as needed.
  • Ability to work with a diverse group of staff, volunteers, and girls.
  • Ability to work well with internal and external customers.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills.
  • Knowledge of, or ability to learn, current girl issues and GSUSA programming.
  • College students in the following fields: Sociology, Psychology, Social work, Education or other related field

ADDITIONAL JOB REQUIREMENTS AND PHYSICAL DEMANDS:

  • Become a registered member and maintain membership in GSUSA.
  • Represent GSOFCT in professional Girl Scout attire.
  • Regional travel required from assigned service center to program sites.
  • Valid Connecticut driver’s license.
  • Reliable transportation with proof of liability coverage of personal vehicle.
  • Physical ability to lift, carry, push, pull or move objects up to 25 lbs.
  • Sit or stand for long periods of time.
  • Ability to maneuver around an event setting, including set up, facilitation and cleanup.
  • Ability to maintain a flexible schedule.

WORK ENVIRONMENT

Work in community settings such as schools and community centers. Occasional work in an office environment.

For further information, please contact Elizabeth Carey at 203-239-2922 x3321 or by email at ECarey@gsofct.org