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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:

  • 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
Community Engagement 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
students holding up drawings
student posing for photo with child holding on to swingset
students sitting at table to promote breast cancer awareness
student brushing a horse
students posing for photo in front of neon Rooted in Power sign and green backdrop
students posing with promotional flyers
children holding small pots for planting
student and child holding paper bags decorated as puppets
student playing Connect Four with a senior citizen
group of students posing for a photo

Community Beyond the Classroom

Students posing for photo behind shopping carts for food drive
student posing for photo in front of a large decorated rock
student posing for photo with senior citizen
children posing wearing face paint
student posing for selfie photo
student posing for photo in front of large letters spelling TEACH
student posing for photo in front of Windham Region No Freeze Shelter
students feeding farm animals
student posing for photo with masquerade masks