Call To Action

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

Featured Opportunities

MLK Day of Service - January 21st 

Join Community Outreach in celebrating the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr during this MLK Day of Service! This day of service is a great opportunity to bring people together and strengthen our sense of community, while also reflecting on the relevance of King's work today. The day will include on campus and off campus service opportunities, where participants have the opportunity to build literacy kits for children, volunteer at local food shelters, and reflect on the significance of this day! Lunch will be provided. Please register here. 

Apply to be a Husky WOW Leader by February 15th

We’re looking for students who are passionate about UConn, and will be great role models for incoming students. We want all of our first-year students to feel connected to campus and learn about all of the great stuff we’ve got going on here! WOW Leaders are responsible for helping first-year students acclimate to campus, share their Husky Spirit, build a network of peers, and have FUN! Click here for more information and to apply.

Community Events and Speakers

Community Engagement Opportunities

Coach/Mentor Girls in 3rd-8th Grade: Inspire & Empower!
Girls on the Run Greater Hartford needs passionate people just like YOU to join our team of Coach/Mentors in a transformational after school program for girls in 3rd-8th grades.

GOTRGH creatively integrates running into character development lessons that inspire girls to love who they are, have healthy relationships, and make a difference in their community.

Join one of our 25 Hartford/New Haven County teams this Spring from late February to early May. All we ask is 90 minutes of your day in the afternoon hours once or twice a week to build a lifetime of healthy habits for girls.

George Hersey Robertson in Coventry, CT meets T/Th from 3:30-5:00pm and needs 3 volunteers!

Find out more at www.gotrgreaterhartford.org/coach and join in the fun!

Questions? Email kaila.toce@girlsontherun.org or call 860-808-4821


Volunteers needed for Youth Count
Join Us In Ending Youth Homelessness. Volunteers are needed for a Youth Count on January 23-29. The Youth Count is an annual count of homeless and unstably housed youth in the state of Connecticut during one week in January following the annual Point-In-Time Count. The Connecticut Coalition to End Homelessness (CCEH) facilitates the count alongside the Youth Engagement Team Initiatives and hundreds of volunteers across the state. To sign up as a volunteer, please click here. For more information, please contact, Avery Lenhart at averyplus2@sbcglobal.net; 860-450-1346  or  Julie Menard at 860-429-9638

Mentor Middle School Students in STEM

Volunteer Mentors provide our students a valuable real-world connection between their school work and the STEM topics covered in STARBASE and STARBASE 2.0 activities. STARBASE CT is a Dept. of Defense funded STEM education program that works with middle school age students to explore STEM topics in a creative, fun, and safe space to encourage risk taking while working to establish sound rational logic based on data given to solve a given problem. Programs are usually after school in a Hartford school (3:00-5:00 range). There are programs at a variety of schools Tuesday through Friday. Contact Ted Garner (tgarner@starbase-ct.com) for more details

Avenue of Dreams - Volunteers needed!
We are seeking volunteers on March 9th for The Avenue of Dreams, a prom giveaway event for foster and adopted youth. It is an opportunity for them to receive free prom dresses, shoes, accessories, tuxedos, attend workshops, and have their hair and makeup done. We have a raffle and gift bags. There is so much involved in this event between dressing rooms, shoe attendants, fairy glam mothers, shining knights etc. The more help, the merrier. It truly is a great day for all of those involved.
If you are interested in participating, please contact Catherine Rose at  catherine.rose@cafafct.org

Volunteer Opportunities at Children in Placement 

CARES-- Commit, Achieve, Respect, Empower and Sponsor is a new program proposed by CIP to address gaps in the system that can be easily removed and reinforced with proper support. This is a low cost, volunteer driven program that addresses what’s most important- the children and their families.  This program will encourage interagency coordination and working cooperatively to better serve both youth and families navigate what is often a confusing and trying court system. For more information on becoming a volunteer, please visit: https://www.childreninplacement.org/volunteer/ 


Volunteer Mapping Trails for Joshua's Trust and UConn Geography Department

Joshua's Trust is partnering with the UConn Geography Department to have trail mapping and maintenance done on many properties in the UConn area. If you are interested in running or walking trails with a camera to map the trails, please contact Andy Ballantine at john-andrew.ballantine@uconn.edu. Hours can be flexible to meet your availability.


Connecting through Literacy: Incarcerated Parents, their Children and Caregivers (CLICC) - Seeking Volunteers 

We use reading books and mentoring to increase communications and strengthen bonds between children and their parents in prison. And we need your help! CLICC continues to expand across Connecticut and has a few families enrolled from the greater Storrs/northeastern Connecticut area. We currently are working with parents in 6 Connecticut state prisons.

* We need to recruit volunteers to be trained as CLICC mentors to meet individually with these children, once a week for a period of one year.

* We also are looking for volunteers to be trained as CLICC mentors to meet in prisons once a week with the parents. These might be one to one meetings or with a group of parents.

If you are interested, please email Joy Haenlein at jhaenlein@gmail.com

Internships and Scholarships

UConn IDEA Grant Information Sessions

The UConn IDEA Grant program awards funding of up to $4000 per student to support self-designed projects including:

• Artistic & creative endeavors
• Community service initiatives
• Entrepreneurial ventures & prototype development
• Research projects
• Innovative, student-driven projects

Undergraduates in all majors at all UConn campuses can apply. Applications accepted from individuals and small groups working collaboratively on a project.

Attend one of the upcoming information sessions to learn more about the program.
• Thurs., 1/24, 4:00pm, McHugh 108
• Thurs., 2/7, 4:00pm, McHugh 108
• Fri., 2/8, 12:30pm, Rowe 132

Application Deadline:
2019-20 Academic Year: Mon., 3/11/19

More Information on the UConn IDEA Grant program can be found at http://ugradresearch.uconn.edu/IDEA.

Can’t attend an information session? Schedule an advising appointment with program coordinator Melissa Berkey (melissa.berkey@uconn.edu) to learn more about the IDEA Grant and to discuss your project ideas.


National Multiple Sclerosis Society Development & Communications Intern

The development and communications intern will support the Walk MS development team in achieving overall recruitment and sponsorship goals. This role will assist with a wide range of projects as well as gain hands on experience during event preparation, set-up day-of, and break down. To find the application and job description, click here.

Job Opportunities

Operations Contractor/Consultant - Katal 

Katal is seeking a contractor/consultant to assist with operational support. Katal is a community organization working to build leadership and organizing capacity, and end mass incarceration and the war on drugs. Details about Katal can be found on our website: www.katalcenter.org.

Katal is seeking a consultant to work with us on operations related activites.

  • PURPOSE: For operations support -- specifically assisting with administrative, finance, legal, compliance, and HR related tasks
  • TIME - 10 - 15 hours a week, sometimes more, sometimes less
  • FEES:  - $30/hr (open to negotiating with folks who have veteran experience + exceptional history)
  • DURATION OF CONTRACT: 60 - 90 days
  • TIMELINE TO APPLY: We are looking to bring a consultant on immediately.
  • LOCATION: Most work can be done remotely, but must be able to be in our Brooklyn office once every two weeks.

TO APPLY: Please send a one-page note about your experience info@katalcenter.org, with "Operations Consultant" in the subject heading. We are reviewing proposals immediately.