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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

Community Service Days

Community Service Days are short, one-time service opportunities that take place in the outlying UConn community. They are an excellent way to explore community service and to fulfill service hour requirements. You can even reserve service events for your club or organization. To view our spring semester schedule, visit  our website.

Natural Disaster Relief Efforts

Information on how to assist with the relief efforts for disasters across the globe such as Hurricane Harvey, Puerto Rico, Mexico, or flooding in Southeast Asia, can be found on the Community Outreach Relief Efforts webpage.

Jumpstart Positions- Now Recruiting!

Jumpstart is a national early education organization that recruits and trains college students to work with children in preschool classrooms. Inspire young children to learn, serve in a local community, collaborate with others in a team, and build professional skills all while having fun! Join our Corps of 80 students on the UConn Storrs campus!All members will receive training prior to classroom service and receive an education award of $1,212 upon completion of 300 hours of service. Transportation to and from preschool centers is provided.
Help us close the achievement gap by equipping our preschoolers with the language and literacy skills they will need for success in kindergarten and beyond. Join us to work toward the day every child in America enters kindergarten prepared to succeed.

For more information, visit our website at http://communityoutreach.uconn.edu/jumpstart/.
To apply, visit https://application.jstart.org/!

Job Requirements:

  • Ability to verbally communicate with peers, Jumpstart staff, children and classroom teachers
  • Ability to commit to 300 hours of service over the course of the academic year (September – May)
  • Time management skills (approximately 10-12 hours of service per week)
  • Ability to demonstrate effective reading and writing skills
  • Enthusiastic and positive attitude toward helping others
  • Willingness to undergo a criminal history check
  • Recent tuberculosis (TB) test required for classroom service

Application submitted online at https://application.jstart.org/.

Community Events and Speakers

Christian Picciolini – Life After Hate – February 27th

Christian Picciolini is an Emmy Award-winning director and producer, a published author, TEDx speaker, global peace advocate, and a reformed white supremacist. His work and life purpose bear witness to a deep-seated desire to atone for his grisly past, and an urgency to transform the hurts and wounds he inflicted into vehicles for profound healing. Christian tenaciously works to use the redemption he has been offered to make the world a better, more peace-filled place. The event will take place on February 27th, from 7pm at the Student Union Theater. A UConn student ID is required for entry. 

Careers for the Common Good Career Fair

Looking to make an impact in the world? Attend the Careers for the Common Good Career Fair and explore employment, internship, and service opportunities with more than 80 non-profits, social enterprises, benefit corporations, and public-sector institutions. All undergraduate and graduate students welcome! In preparation for the Career Fair, attend the Navigating the Careers for the Common Good Career Fair event on February 19, 2018 from 4:30pm - 5:30pm in Oak 401. Hear advice from Hartford’s Goodwill Career Center Coordinator on how to prepare for the fair and leave a positive impression on employers. Don’t miss this opportunity to put your best foot forward. Visit our website for more information. 

Community Engagement Opportunities

Environmental and Climate Justice Teach In – February 24

Join this day long teach-in with 305CT and Sierra Club where experts and activists will be exploring some of the toughest questions facing the climate movement. The event will take place from 12pm to 6pm on February 24th at Elmwood Community Center in West Hartford. More information can be found here

Scrapbooking Fundraiser for Diabetic Patients – March 24

Generations Family Health Center is hosting a scrapbooking/crafting social to benefit diabetic patients. The event will feature crafts, door prizes, and more. The event will occur in Willimantic. a $40 fee is required. Please RSVP to the event by March 10th.

Windham Early Childhood Center Tshirt Design Contest

The Windham Early Childhood Center is celebrating their 25th anniversary! They are seeking tshirt designs from community members to appear on their commemorative tshirt. Submissions are due by February 21st. For rules and application materials, please visit ecc.windhamps.org 

E.O. Smith TOEFL Course – Feb 21 thru May 9

We will run a TOEFL course at E.O. Smith beginning in February through Continuing Education. It is for high intermediate/advanced ESL students planning to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), which is accepted by many English-speaking academic and professional institutions. There are 11 meetings from Feb. 21 to May 9, 2018 on WEDNESDAYS 2:45 PM --5:30 PM. Cost for course is $90.More information can be found here.

Avenue of Dreams Volunteers Needed for Kids in Foster Care – March 24th

The Avenue of Dreams is an annual prom giveaway event for kids that are in foster care or that have been adopted. It is an opportunity for them to receive free prom and formal attire, have the portrait taken, and attend motivational workshops. We are still looking for dressing room attendants, as well as fairy glam mothers and shining knights. Breakfast and lunch will be provided to all volunteers. Click here for more information. 

Internships and Scholarships

UConn Idea Grant 

Applications for UConn IDEA Grant academic year funding are now open. Funding of up to $4000 per student is available to support student-designed projects including community service initiatives, artistic and creative endeavors, entrepreneurial ventures and prototype development, and original research projects. Undergraduates in all majors at all UConn campuses can apply. The application deadline is Monday, March 12, 2018. More information on the IDEA Grant program can be found at ugradresearch.uconn.edu/IDEA   

100 Years of Women Scholarship Fund

The 100 Years of Women Scholarship Fund was established in 1992 to honor a current matriculated UConn student who, as a role model or advocate, has advanced the role and contributions of women in society. More information can be found here. The application is due February 28th and can be found here. 

Connecticut Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation Fellowship

Summer Fellowship Program was created to leverage core competencies of UConn faculty and students, draw on the knowledge of community business leaders and stakeholders, and support entrepreneurs in the process of developing the infrastructure and partnerships needed to launch their businesses. The goal of the Summer Fellowship program is to help aspiring entrepreneurs move out of the conceptual stage of venture development, and into the marketplace. More information can be found here

Summer Garden Internship

Redeemer Ministry Corps, sponsored by the Sisters of the Redeemer, is currently launching a new short-term volunteer opportunity for any students interested in environmental care.  It’s a 3-week Summer Garden Internship where volunteers serve at Redeemer Valley Garden in Huntingdon Valley, PA, live in community and share meals and prayer together.  Applications are due April 1st. More details can be found here and on our website.

$500 OutdoorStack Scholarship

UConn students interested in outdoor activities such as hiking, camping, skiing, or hunting are eligible to apply for this scholarship. More information on the details of this scholarship can be found here.

Job Opportunities

Service to Improve Community Health 2018-2019 AmeriCorps Program

The Community Health Center Association of Connecticut (CHCACT) will host Service to Improve Community Health (STICH) AmeriCorps Members statewide to expand access to primary and preventative health care.This position is a full-time, 10-month commitment to national public service, which is compensated through a living allowance and Segal Education Award upon completion of 1,700 hours of service- among other benefits. More information can be found here

Children’s Corps – Class of 2018

The Children’s Corps is a program of Fostering Change for Children.  Our mission at FCFC is to help children and families by creating positive solutions to challenges within the child welfare system. We are currently recruiting graduating students and alumni to apply for the Children’s Corps Class of 2018! This opportunity is open to anyone who will have a BA or MA by June 2018 and may be especially pertinent for those with a Social Work, Psychology, Social Justice, and other related concentrations. There are two separate application deadlines: January 28th and March 11th. Please click here and visit our website for additional information. 

Connecticut Women’s Education and Legal Fund – Spring Internships

The Connecticut Women’s Education and Legal Fund has four spring internships available. Consider applying for the following positions: Legal Education Intern; Legal and Policy Intern; Research and Evaluation Intern; and Communications Intern.