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Programs with Adults

Fall, 2021 Update

Because of the high risk of infection for our senior citizens with the COVID-19 virus, some CCE volunteer programs will be conducted virtually.  Please check eweb for the list of available programs. All volunteers are required by community partners to be vaccinated for COVID-19. Masks are required at all times.

The Windham Recovery Community Center, run by the Connecticut Community for Addiction 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. *NOTE: In order to volunteer at CCAR, all volunteers must attend a training session and complete a background check. Training is provided to volunteers before they begin attending the program.

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.

Douglas Manor Nursing and Rehabilitation Center specializes in short-term rehabilitation with the goal of getting residents back to the community as quickly as possible. As a family owned and operated facility, they provide exceptional caring in a patient-centered environment. Eastern students participate in a pen pal program with Douglas Manor residents, writing letters and sending care packages.

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. . 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 Living Center has an extensive recreational department that works with senior citizen residents to keep them physically and mentally active. Eastern students will participate in a virtual program each week with the residents. Volunteers will work with their student leader to create discussion prompts and will send care packages to the residents with activities. If health conditions allow, volunteers will attend a meet and greet with the residents at the beginning of the semester.  *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.

Windham Hospital is looking for students who are interested in going into the medical field. Volunteer opportunities are available in the following areas: ACU Unit Aide, Cardiac Rehab, Emergency Department, Information Desk, Oncology Department Family Health Center or Central Processing and Unit Volunteers. Spots are limited. An interview and background check are required for this program. Health Science and Bio Majors only!! No transportation is provided for this program as the Hospital is within walking distance of campus.

 

Click HERE to register for all volunteering opportunities.