Programs for Adults
Below is a list of programs in which Eastern students have the opportunity to learn from and contribute to the education and well-being of adults. For most programs you will find a short orientation video and at the bottom of this section you will find links to the CCE PowerPoint and quiz for completing your registration. Thank you!
- Please read the program information and watch the video, if available.
- Review the CCE PowerPoint at the bottom of this section – use the pop-out option in the right corner of the pdf. Close when you are done to return to this page.
- Take the CCE quiz – click on the link below the PowerPoint and you will transfer to the Eastern Surveys page to complete the quiz. Click at the bottom when “done” to exit. You are all done, welcome aboard!
Beckish Senior Center
Beckish Senior Center is the hub for senior services in Columbia, CT. The center is a place where Columbia and Connecticut senior citizens can socialize and participate in a variety of activities such as games, art workshops, physical fitness sessions and meal-on-wheels lunches. The Center for Community Engagement (CCE) will be leading sessions on how to use computers and iPads. The session will include a combination of short computer lessons and one-on-one tutorials with the college students. The program will run Monday from 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm.
Collegiate Health Service Corps at First Baptist Church
Guests of the First Baptist Church food program are generally homeless and/or very low income earners with mental illness and substance abuse problems. They often cannot or do not access health care for many reasons. This program aims to fill these gaps in health literacy by providing medically under-served populations with health education demonstrations during their dinner period. Specifically, volunteers are promoting the concepts of wellness and disease prevention for the clients and their families. The clients are also shown how to access care in their local medical system. Student undergo a five hour training prior to begin the program and are allocated one hour per week for curriculum planning. This program is coordinated by Eastern Area Health Education Center and students will participate in service-learning activities supervised by their coordinator. The program meets on Tuesdays from 4:45 – 5:45 pm.
Connecticut Community for Addiction Recovery (CCAR)
The Connecticut Community Center for Addiction and Recovery strives to “put a positive face on recovery” by connecting Eastern students to local residents who are recovering from a life altering drug and/or alcohol addiction. Students have the opportunity to assist CCAR members in applying for jobs, building their resume, practicing interviewing skills, etc. Additionally, students will be able to lead workshops that apply to his or her major. Available volunteer shifts are available Monday, Wednesday, and Friday 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm.
*Note: In order to volunteer at CCAR, volunteers must attend a training session and complete a background check. Training is provided to volunteers before they begin attending the program.
Covenant Soup Kitchen
The Covenant Soup Kitchen’s mission is to address the physical, mental, emotional, spiritual and cultural needs of those that come through their doors by providing not only food, but an environment of care, love, support and safety. Volunteers assist in greeting clients, preparing and distributing meals and attending to the needs of the clients. The CCE will sponsor two volunteer shifts at the Covenant Soup Kitchen on Monday from 10:00 am – 12:00 pm and from 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm. Other volunteer opportunities may be available from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm Monday through Friday.
No Freeze Hospitality Center
The Windham Region No Freeze Hospitality Center, Inc. is an agency dedicated to providing a safe and warm overnight space for individuals experiencing homelessness during winter months. In addition, No Freeze connects adults experiencing homelessness to local and regional services. Volunteers assist staff with sign-in protocols, distribution of showering supplies and bedding. Volunteers take a great part in socializing with guests, making them feel welcome, playing games, assisting guests on the computer and filling out forms. Volunteers are welcome to bring their personal interests and talents to engage with the guests. Volunteer opportunities are available during one or more of the following times: Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 7:00 pm – 10:45 pm and Sunday from 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm. In addition, volunteers can develop projects to advocate in our community about issues affecting the homeless persons. Activities can be held at the shelter, in the community or on campus. This program runs through mid-April.
St. Joseph Senior Living Center
St. Joseph Living Center has an extensive recreational department that works with senior citizen residents to keep them physically and mentally active. The residents love when students come to visit so they can share their stories, socialize, and work with them on arts and crafts. *Note: In order to volunteer at St. Joseph, you must attend a training session, complete a background check, get a PPD test and the flu vaccine.
Vanderman Place is an age 65+ residential community that provides short and long term care to its residents. Volunteers aid in the therapeutic recreation department, especially for those with dementia or Alzheimer’s. Students can aid in giving them constant interaction and stimuli. The goal is to help all residents feel welcome and involve them in the multitude of activities. This program meets Monday from 1:00 – 3:00 pm and Tuesdays from 10:00 am – 12:00 pm.
Windham Special Olympics Swim Team
Windham Special Olympics train teens and adults with special needs in swimming. Volunteers assist swim coaches with their team practices. Volunteers will be paired up one-on-one with the athletes. Volunteers need to be able to swim. The programs have coaches in the water as well and on the deck at all times. Lifeguards will be on site throughout the entire program. The program meets on Tuesday 6:30 – 7:30 pm and a training will be held in the Student Center date and time TBD. The activities are held at Windham High School which is located walking distance from Eastern, across High Street. Transportation will not be provided.
Petey Greene Prisoner Assistance Program
For Eastern Criminology Majors Only
Eastern volunteers assist with the inmate rehabilitation process by tutoring male inmates to improve academic achievement. Volunteers shifts are available at McDougall-Walker Correctional Center in Suffield, Connecticut. Schedule TBD. Transportation provided by CCE. The program will hold an additional separate mandatory orientation and training.
CCE Powerpoint- review information before taking the quiz below.