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

Give and Go is an annual move out program that provides students with a space to donate their lightly used and unwanted items, rather than throwing them out. Over the years, Give and Go has diverted over 90,000 pounds of waste from landfills. Community Outreach works to ensure that high quality donations are sorted and distributed to a number of community partners across the state. We collect items such as clothing, food, school supplies, toiletries, furniture and more!

Volunteer:

Give and Go is a massive, campus-wide event. We rely on the support of hundreds of volunteers to make the program a success and to maximize the amount of donations we are able to receive. We offer a variety of roles, shift times and lengths so that everyone can find a time to volunteer. Please fill out this form to volunteer and support the effort!

Donate:

Give and Go will be collecting donations May 8th thru the 11th. We will have donation tents set up at various locations across campus. This year we will even be collecting at some off-campus locations. Visit our website to find the drop-off location nearest to you.

If you have questions about the event, or require accommodations, please email uconn.co.initiatives@gmail.com


 

The Office of Community Outreach and Special Olympics CT invite you to attend the 13th Annual Husky Classic! This event is a qualifying soccer tournament for local Special Olympics teams to move on to the state games!

Volunteers will be needed to help with set up, clean up, escorting teams, running activities, videography, and refereeing. Registration can be found here: https://forms.gle/PKKjz4xMqbYCdbhL9

Transportation to the depot fields will be provided continuously throughout the day.

Come enjoy a great event and de-stress before finals!

If you have any questions or are looking for more information contact: Danielle Rubin at uconn.co.olympics@gmail.com

If you require accommodations to participate in this program, please contact the Student Activities Office at (860) 486-3423 or programs@uconn.edu 48 hours prior to the event. UConn complies with all applicable federal and state laws regarding non-discrimination, equal opportunity, affirmative action, and providing reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities. Contact: Office of Institutional Equity; (860) 486-2943; equity@uconn.edu; http://www.equity.uconn.edu.

Community Events and Speakers

Community Engagement Opportunities

Spring Invasive Plant Cleanup - Volunteers wanted!

"Come join the fun. Join an enthusiastic group of volunteers to save some trees and native plants at the beautiful Haddam Meadows State Park. Come to one or both spring invasive plant cleanups . The dates are as follows:

Saturday, April 13, 9:00-12:00 noon- First Spring Invasive Plant Cleanup  (rain date April 20) Meet at the  bench to the left of the boat launch. We will remove oriental bittersweet and other invasives and pick up litter. Adult and youth, under 16 years of age accompanied by an adult, should dress for the weather, bring garden loppers or a saw, sunscreen and first aid supplies. Snacks will be provided.  Do not bring pets. Volunteers are needed with dump trucks and Haddam stickers.

Saturday, May 11, 9:00-12:00 noon-Second Spring Invasive Plant Cleanup 9:00-12:00 noon (rain date May 18) As above.

To volunteer, email Cherry Czuba at cherylczuba@comcast.net. The event is being organized by CT DEEP Adopt -A- Park Volunteers, Mary Lou Heger, David Stiles and Cherry Czuba


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

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/ 


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

Job Opportunities

Come Change the Life of A Camper - Volunteer At Camp Promise!

Do you still need something fun to do this summer? Are you energetic, creative, and enthusiastic? Do you like working with youth and being a part of a FUN team? Are you looking to gain experience in the health care field or working with people with special health care needs?

If YES, then Camp Promise-East is looking for YOU!

We are currently recruiting volunteers who are mature and responsible individuals, who like working hard and who are willing to learn.

Camp Promise-East is a one-week overnight camp that is provided free of charge for kids, teens, and adults with muscular dystrophy and select neuromuscular diseases. We believe all kids should get to experience the magic of camp, regardless of their medical needs or physical abilities and highly value our volunteers who help make this happen. Our schedule is jam packed with theme days, pranks, costumes, summer fun, and activities that are 100% wheelchair accessible.

Available Positions include:

One-on-one counselors to provide personal care and assist with daily activities.

Program staff (photographers, camp newspaper, computers, science, sports, drama, music, etc.)

Medical staff (licensed nurses, doctors, physical therapists, occupational therapists, respiratory therapists, etc.)

This is an ideal opportunity for individuals who are dedicated to giving back to their community and/or who are interested in a career in the healthcare field and are looking for experience working one-on-one with individuals with special healthcare needs. Many (but not ALL!) of our volunteers are pre-health students (e.g., medicine, nursing, physician assistants, PT/OT) or interested in social work or counseling, or graduate students/professionals in these fields.

While helpful, experience is not required as we provide all necessary training at our orientation session prior to camper arrival.

Our volunteers are 18+, come from diverse backgrounds and from all over the country, so whatever your skills may be, if you are committed to making camp the best week of our campers' year, we'd love to hear from you!

Camp Details:

Dates: July 14-20, 2019 (volunteers arrive July 1st)

Location: Amston, CT

Requirements: Be at least 18 years old, submit an application, complete an interview, and pass background and reference checks. Please visit the requirements page of our website for more information.

Application deadline: May 13, 2019

Website: www.camppromise.org

How to Apply:

Learn more about our application process and visit www.camppromise.org/apply to apply today.

Questions?

For more information, please contact Shannon Healey at Shannon@jettfoundation.org or 405-459-PIGS (7447).