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

CO Student Leader Openings

Apply Now! Community Outreach Student Leader applications are now open! Applications are due by November 19th. For more information on the open positions and to access the application go to: 

Community Events and Speakers

Community Engagement Opportunities

Gift donations needed for Three Kings' Day Celebration 
The Family Liaisons of Windham Public Schools is coordinating a Three Kings' Day Celebration on January 5, 2019. In order for this event to be a continued success, they are looking to local and statewide organizations for support. This event will include food, music and gifts for children of all ages. We are specifically looking for donations of gifts for children ages 1 to 15.
If you are interested in supporting our event in any capacity, please contact Teresa Diaz at 860-465-2453 for more information.
We thank you in advance for your support! Any donation is greatly appreciated and will be used to bring smiles to the faces of the children and families of this community.

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 ( for more details

Windham Arts Gallery Moderator - Volunteers Needed

Windham Arts is looking for volunteers to help staff the East Brook Mall Art Gallery during it's viewing hours.

The Art Gallery will be open November, December, & January in the old Radio Shack space. The mall did a wonderful job cleaning up the space and making it look like a real art gallery. Each week, the art in the space will rotate through a local artist and a local school's artwork. In the old Home Goods Kitchen store will be an Arts Emporium for local vendors. The goal of that space is to create entrepreneurial opportunities for artists to showcase and sell their handcrafted items, as well as create a unique holiday gift shopping experience for the local community. If interested, you can check out the details of it all at and

We are looking to cover Thursdays, Friday, & Saturdays 12-8pm and Sundays 12-5pm. All the volunteer has to do is give basic information, point any deeper questions next door to the Emporium, and make sure no one walks out with any of the art. It's a pretty simple gig 🙂

Summary Details:
Location: East Brook Mall Art Gallery in Mansfield
Dates: November 15th - January 27th
Times: Thursday, Friday, Saturday 12-8pm; Sundays 12-5pm
Organization: Windham Arts
Contact Info: Stephanie Henderson; 860-455-3105;


For the holidays, local social service agencies and Windham area schools send us referrals for families of limited income who are often experiencing a crisis.  In short, it is impossible for them to provide a holiday meal or gifts for their children.  We match those families with people like you who wish to “adopt” them. Click the link for guidelines and the application below.

Encounters: The Conference

Encounters: The Conference is a participatory event around the power of dialogue. Participants will explore various dialogic models and learn how they can bring such practices to their own settings. In particular, the conference will demonstrate a new, collaboratively-developed dialogue model, created in Connecticut that communities can run anywhere and everywhere. Attendees will experience one of four Encounters in the morning, learn how to create and run dialogues in our How-to Workshop, and take part in a broader, concluding conversation about public dialogue with experts from around the country. For more information, please visit: 

Date: November 17, 2018

Time: 8:30AM-5:30PM

Location: UConn Hartford, Hartford Times Building, 10 S Prospect St, Hartford, CT, 06103

Cost: FREE

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

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: 

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 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


WEBelieve stands for Women Everywhere Believe, inspired by the vision of a day when all women will believe in their power to change the world. A groundbreaking initiative created by young women of color to empower the next generation. It is the fastest growing leadership pipeline nationwide centering the voices of women & girls of color. This spring we are further expanding our organization by 30 colleges & universities so that women can start their own chapter on their college campus! Below you can find the application so please remind the students to sign up for the opportunity by filling it out! Check out here for more info and the application:

2019 Willimantic Welfare Bureau Fund grant

The 2019 Willimantic Welfare Bureau Fund grant application is now available on our website. The application deadline is 5 PM on Friday, December 14, 2018.

Willimantic Welfare Bureau Fund grants are intended to promote the general welfare of the poor and needy living in the town of Windham, and to promote their self-sufficiency through education and employment. Priority is given to programs that:

  • promote individual and family economic security;
  • increase food security and access to nutritious food;
  • decrease homelessness through programs that promote diversion and intervention.

Go to for more information and to access the application. Note: We estimate approximately $25,000 total will be available for 2019 grants. The typical grant size averages $5,000.

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 UConn IDEA Grant program and how to apply!

- Tuesday, 10/9, 4-5pm, Rowe 213
- Wednesday, 10/10, 4-5pm, Oak 201
- Thursday, 11/1, 4-5pm, Rowe 213
- Friday, 11/2, 12:30-1:30pm, ITE 336
- Wednesday, 11/28, 4-5pm, Oak 201

Application Deadlines:
Summer 2019: Monday, 12/17/18
2019-20 Academic Year: Monday, 3/11/19

More Information on the UConn IDEA Grant program can be found at

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

UConn Co-op Legacy Fellowship Information Sessions

The UConn Co-op Legacy Fellowship program awards funding up to $5000 to support summer projects that represent the legacy of the UConn Co-op’s commitment to public engagement, innovation, and social impact, including:

• Research projects
• Social entrepreneurship
• Service initiatives
• Creative endeavors

The program is open to UConn undergraduates in all majors who will graduate no earlier than May 2020. Attend one of the upcoming information sessions to learn more about the UConn Co-op Legacy Fellowship program and the application process.

Thursday, 10/18/18, 4-5pm, Rowe 420
Tuesday, 10/30/18, 4-5pm, Rowe 420

Summer 2019 Application Deadline: Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Additional information is available on the Co-op Legacy Fellowship Program website -

Katal Center for Health, Justice, and Equity is seeking passionate and hardworking people to be Katal’s interns for Fall 2018 in our Hartford, CT office; New York City, NY office; and Albany, NY office. If you are committed to fighting for health, equity, and justice, or if you love to learn, problem solve, and enjoy being part of a team, please consider applying! For positions details and information to apply, please see flyer:

Internships Available at CREA

Internships are available at CREA, a progressive social economic research and education center located in Hartford. Each semester there are 2-3 positions available to students interested in any of the following areas:

- Grant Writing

- Nutrition

- Public Health

- Social Economics

- Corporate Responsibility

- Systemic Analysis

- Sustainability

At the present time, we are specifically looking for a student willing and able to do grant writing for a project on sustainable communities (economic, social and environmental sustainability) focusing on the metro Harford region including Hartford and two tiers of cities and towns around Hartford. The initial proposal is written but needs to be adapted for specific grant applications. Some research as to possible funders has also been completed and would be available to the intern.

Each internship requires a 4-6 hour commitment weekly. We are willing to work around a student’s schedule.

To find out more about CREA, check out our website at

If you are interested or have questions please contact us at (860)527-0455 (main number) or 860-916-3539 (Dr. Rosenbaum’s cell phone) or email us at We will get back to you as soon as possible.

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

Field Coordinator for School of Social Work


CT Food Justice VISTA Project

Interested in food justice? Do you believe that all people deserve access to healthy, affordable food? Then consider joining the team! There are a variety of food justice related positions in Connecticut which provide excellent professional development and networking opportunities. Find a list of available positions here. Please contact Liz Gustafson, if you have questions.


Program Facilitators - Girl Scouts of Connecticut

The Girl Scouts of Connecticut are seeking Program Facilitators. The Program Facilitator is accountable for implementing community based programming to girls in grades K – 12.

For more information, please contact: Melissa Crespo, Girl Schouts of Connecticut, Community Outreach Program Manager at 203-762-5557. Please see job description below: