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Get Involved

Community engagement benefits Eastern students and the community and lasts a lifetime. Eastern students contribute to the community in many ways, and they don’t need to take a special course to volunteer with the Center for Community Engagement.

Community Programs are weekly events where a student commits to going to the same site each week on a specific day and time. These programs provide the volunteer with an in-depth understanding of the work of the organization or school, and volunteers develop bonds with other volunteers and program participants. The CCE offers more than ninety different sessions weekly to fit your schedule.  

Special Events are one-time events created around a specific issue or need in the community. There are many opportunities throughout the year to participate in a special event.  

Service-Learning is a teaching and learning strategy that 1. Integrates meaningful community service with instruction and reflection to enrich the learning experience, 2. Teaches civic responsibility and 3. Strengthens communities. Many Eastern faculty offer courses that incorporate projects to benefit students and the community. Students are able to apply what they learn in the classroom to real life experiences. The CCE tracks student hours and sends an end of semester report to faculty with hours completed.  Service learning opportunities at Eastern have included:

  • Business plan design for Willimantic small businesses
  • Website analysis of user interface
  • Graphic design of posters, brochures for area nonprofits
  • Tutoring and mentoring in area schools
  • Assistance with programs addressing hunger and homelessness
  • Engagement with elderly, disabled and individuals in recovery
  • Deeper understanding of the local Latinx community

 

Students must pre-register for all CCE programs on eWEB.