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

UConn Women and Philanthropy - Panel Discussion and Networking Event
Join us Friday, September 28th as we bring together a panel of strong and successful women in the region who will share their stories, contributions, and ideas about success. Event will be held at the UConn Avery Point campus.

Enjoy remarks by keynote speaker Fran Pastore, CEO of the Women's Development Council, followed by a panel discussion and networking.

1:00-3:15PM Panel Discussion, Student Center Auditorium
3:15-4:00PM Networking Social, Student Center
Please RSVP by September 21st. If you require an accommodation to participate or have any dietary needs, please let us know when you RSVP.
Click here for more information. For questions, please contact Marcy Jarzabek via email or (860) 462-3905. Thank you!

Community Events and Speakers

Willimantic 3rd Street Thursdays - Volunteers Needed

Every 3rd Thursday, May-September, Willimantic's 3rd Thursday Street Fest brings thousands of people together for free music and entertainment, plus vendors galore! This free community event is run by volunteer power, and is one of the largest volunteer-run street fests in the region. We strive to meet the interests of a diverse demographic throughout the region. We are in constant need of help to set up, break down and help during the event! 4-10, if possible. Food available for volunteers. Email for information on how to sign up.

Community Engagement Opportunities


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

Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation - Million Mile 

The Million Mile is a challenge held from September 1st to 30th. The goal is to collectively walk, run, bike and/or swim to raise funds for pediatric cancer research. The great thing about the Million Mile is that you can do it anywhere and work it into your schedule, while still being a great way for students to do something together. ALSF would love to have your team join the campaign, and together we can all help children battling cancer in some way! With just a few easy steps you can become a part of the Million Mile Mission! For more info, please visit


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:

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

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.