Call To Action

What is Call to Action?

Call to Action (CTA) is UConn Community Outreach’s e-bulletin developed to publicize campus/community-based events and other relevant opportunities. If you are interested in publicizing a related opportunity, please complete our online form.

Fall 2021 opportunities are updated frequently. In-person and virtual options offered.

Community Events and Speakers

Careers in Advocacy (Virtual Event – 10/4, 6PM)

Careers in Advocacy - VIRTUAL EVENT

Careers for the Common Good is hosting the Careers in Advocacy panel to provide a space for undergraduate students who are interested in pursuing careers in nonprofits & advocacy. Students will hear how professionals in local and national non-profits navigated their careers in nonprofit and advocacy work. There will also be a live Q&A session where students will have the opportunity to ask their own questions. This panel is in response to the growing advocacy efforts on UConn's campus in recent years, such as the March to End Victim Blaming and the Climate Strike. This is a great opportunity for students to learn about how to turn their advocacy efforts into a career.



Event date: Monday, October 4th | 6:00 - 7:30 PM

Register here:

If you have questions or concerns, please contact Alexis Cortes at


Community Engagement Opportunities

Volunteer Recruitment for the Vintage Car Motor Festival

Volunteer Recruitment for the Vintage Car Motor Festival

We are looking for volunteers who would like to help us with our September 25th Klingberg Vintage Motorcar Series event. Volunteers will receive free admission to the event and a Klingberg Vintage Motorcar t-shirt. Remember that ALL of the proceeds of this event will go to help children and families who have experienced trauma.
Here are the tasks that we need to fill. We have filled in the hours we will need each task done, and you can sign up for several tasks if you would like. We also welcome you to bring a friend, and you may request the opportunity to work together. Volunteers must be aged 16 or older.

  • Set up for the Event – Most of the setup will happen the morning of the event and will include setting up tents, hanging and placing signs and banners, moving portable tables and chairs, helping set up activities and games, hanging flags. Hours: 6:00am – 8:30am
  • Spectator Parking – These volunteers will direct people to park their cars. Spectator parking will be located on campus, and so it will be important for people to be parking in the correct areas and be greeted with a smile. Hours: 8 am – 10:00 am
  • Front Gate Greeter – This role will greet cars and spectators at the front and direct them to the proper location. Hours: 7 am – 10:30 am
  • Activities – We will have several activities for children and adults that will need helpers. We will be serving coffee. We are also looking for people who like to encourage children and adults to play. Hours: 8 am – 11 am
  • Event clean-up – We need folks to help put back the tents, signs, tables, chairs, banners, flags, and games. Many hands make light work, especially at the end of a successful event. Hours: 10:30 am-noon

Close date: 09/24/2021

Please contact Paola Marcelin at if you are interested in learning more. You can view the flyer here.


Celebrate Mansfield Seeking Volunteers

Celebrate Mansfield Seeking Volunteers

There is still time to register as volunteers for the 18th Annual Celebrate Mansfield Festival on Saturday, October 2, 2021 from 2:00 PM to 8:00 PM (rain date: Oct. 9)!

This year, we are seeking help with the following times & tasks:

  • Set-up (11:30 AM – 2:00 PM)
  • Low Waste (12:00 PM – 8:00 PM)
  • Booth break-down (5:30 PM – 7:00 PM)
  • Clean-up (7:30 – 9:00 PM)

Registration is simple – just complete the attached form and return it to this email before the deadline of September 24.

Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions about the Festival or the volunteer opportunities. Final health & safety information will be sent to volunteer organizations with the event logistics.

Thank you very much! I hope you will consider joining us at this exciting, community event!

You can register for the event using this form:

CMF 2021_Volunteer Registration Form

Close date: 09/30/2021

Please contact Denise Kegler at if you are interested in learning more.


Form Intergenerational Connections Through the Tea @ 3 Program! — VIRTUAL OPPORTUNITY

Form Intergenerational Connections Through the Tea @ 3 Program! -- VIRTUAL OPPORTUNITY

As a participant in the Tea @ 3 program, you will be matched with a partner from a different generation for a weekly phone call. You will be shipped a month's supply of tea, a mug cozy, and conversation starters for you and your partner. Additionally, you will get the opportunity to participate in 3 virtual community-wide events.
The Tea @ 3 program aims to improve connections and understanding between generations, reduce loneliness, and reduce ageism. Through your conversations with a partner from a different generation, you will join a community dedicated to forming intergenerational connections!

Close date: 09/09/2021

Please contact Richa Balamurugan at if you are interested in learning more. You can view the flyer here.


Internships and Job Opportunities

UConn Fall Career Fairs (In-person + Virtual)

UConn Fall Career Fairs (In-person + Virtual)

Are you looking for a full-time job, internship, or co-op this semester? You're in luck! The Center for Career Development is hosting in-person and virtual career fairs this month. There will be over 200+ employers to speak to and opportunities to choose from -- don't miss out on these opportunities!

In-person Fair: Tuesday, September 21st from 11-3pm in Gampel Pavilion. Register here.
Virtual Fair: Tuesday, September 28th from 11-3pm via Handshake. Register here.


Integrated Refugee and Immigrant Services (IRIS) – Internship Opportunity

Integrated Refugee and Immigrant Services (IRIS)

Integrated Refugee and Immigrant Services (IRIS) is looking for a Health Department Intern for the 2021 Fall semester. IRIS has plans to resettle close to 500 Afghan refugees in CT within the next few months and is looking for a motivated and justice-oriented student to help with this important cause. Afghan students will be prioritized. Fluency in languages including Swahili, Farsi/Dari, Pashto, and Spanish are preferred.

Commitment: 3-month minimum

Number of interns per semester: 2-3 people

Hours/days/times: 10-30 hours per week depending on availability, flexible days and times (you can create your own schedule, but preferred availabilities are Tuesday mornings, Wednesdays, and Fridays for driving clients to adult and pediatric refugee clinics in the Hartford area if intern has a car).


● Follow up on referrals to specialists and other appointments as necessary.
● Show clients how to make medical appointments and come up with reminder systems.
● Secure and coordinate transportations to medical appointments and help clients find ways to get to their appointments independently.
● Attend Pediatric Refugee Clinic and Adult Refugee Clinic.
● Ensure that proper language interpretation and translation are provided as needed for
meetings with clients.
● Instruct clients on how to fill prescriptions at a pharmacy, including requesting refills.
● Make referrals to other specialized programs for clients depending on need.
● Resolve medical billing issues with collection agencies via phone.
● Monitor progress of client’s health and encourage regular contact with health care
● Provide additional community and cultural orientation as needed.

Requirements: Ideal candidates have experience with immigrants, demonstrate strong interpersonal and communication skills, and are comfortable meeting and assisting refugee and immigrant clients on their own. Most communications are conducted with the help of an interpreter. Interns must be able to interact and advocate on behalf of clients with schedulers while encouraging direct relationships with offices and medical professionals. Preference for individuals who are able to drive or can drive clients in their own car, but this is not required.

Apply here: 

Please contact if you have any questions about this role.


Scholarships and Grants

SHARE Award – Research Apprenticeship Program

SHARE Award - Research Apprenticeship Progam

The Social Sciences, Humanities, and Arts Research Experience (SHARE) Award is a research apprenticeship program designed especially for students in the earlier stages of their college careers. A SHARE project serves as an introduction to research in a chosen field and helps students develop the skills they will need for further research projects. SHARE awardees spend an average of 9 hours per week during the Spring 2022 semester working on a faculty project.

For more information please visit:

Deadline: 11:59 pm on Monday, October 18th
For more information, contact: Melissa Burkey, Office of Undergraduate Research (

Change Grant – Receive Funding to Support Community Service, Research, and More! 

Change Grant - Receive Funding to Support Community Service, Research, and More!

Applications are now open for the UConn Co-op Legacy Fellowship – Change Grants! UConn undergraduates in all majors can apply for up to $2000 in funding to support community service, research, advocacy, and social innovation projects that represent the legacy of the UConn Co-op and their commitment to public engagement, innovation, and social impact.

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.

For more information please visit:

Applications will be reviewed monthly starting October 2021. 
Fall Semester Deadlines: September 30, October 31, November 30
For more information, contact: Melissa Burkey, Office of Undergraduate Research (

Previous Events/Opportunities

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