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Center for Community Engagement

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The Center for Community Engagement provides resources to build a culture of civic responsibility and engaged learning at Eastern. The Center creates sustainable and effective relationships with community partners that benefit the local community, provide students with valuable life and employability skills, and support faculty in developing high-impact curricular practices. Opportunities are available in tutoring and mentoring in area schools, juvenile and adult rehabilitation, programs focused on cultural awareness, hunger and homelessness, animal rehabilitation, and health and wellness.

The Center for Community Engagement will be following all of the guidelines put in place by the University regarding social distancing, masks and precautions to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. All volunteers are required by community partners to be vaccinated for COVID-19 and all volunteers must wear a mask at all times. Some programs will continue to be virtual but many programs will return to in-person volunteering and transportation will be provided to some sites. Students can view available programs on E-Web under Center for Community Engagement.

The Center:

  • Assists Eastern students in volunteer placements based on their schedules and interests
  • Provides Eastern students with training, orientation and reflection activities to improve their skills and make them effective volunteers
  • Empowers students to be proactive and develop their personal volunteer interests
  • Works with faculty to incorporate service-learning into their courses
  • Engages with community partners to ensure that programs meet their needs and provide students with a meaningful experience 

Visit us at our Victorian house at 333 Prospect Street!

Associate Director
Lana O'Connor
(860) 465-4426
Special Events Coordinator
Lexie Mastroianni
(860) 465-5158
Center for Community Engagement
333 Prospect Street, Willimantic, CT 06226
(860) 465-0090
Mailing: 83 Windham Street, Willimantic, CT 06226
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Community Beyond the Classroom

Students posing for photo in front of podium
Students tending plants
Students posing with gardening equipment
Students working outdoors
Children holding signs
Students working on project
Students posing in front of small pumpkin/gourd
Student teaching children
Exterior view of the Center for Community Engagement house