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Social responsibility is a core value at Eastern. Students are encouraged to contribute to the local community as soon as they arrive on campus, and they respond by generously sharing their time and talents in many ways.  The Center for Community Engagement (CCE) is the focal point for coordinating community service on campus.  Service projects are also sponsored by student clubs, athletic teams and resident halls.  In addition, “service learning” courses connect classroom learning to related community needs.

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1,500

volunteers

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$700,000

value to community

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28,000

hours

Community Service

Community Programs

Students volunteer at the local soup kitchen, in local after-school programs, at senior centers, and with many other social agencies and nonprofits. Learn More
Special Events

Special Events

Volunteer at local events ranging from the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life to the Special Olympics Swim Meet, from the Penguin Plunge to the annual Walk for Warmth. Learn More
Service Learning Courses

Service Learning Courses

More than 100 courses over time — tied to majors and serving the local hospital, the local community garden, the Hole in the Wall Gang Camp, and other causes. Learn More
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Service Expo/Awards

Each spring, the CCE hosts a Service Expo to showcase the contributions of Eastern students, capped off by an award reception at the end of the day.

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For more information:
(860) 465-0090
cce@easternct.edu

Student Leaders

Adilsa Encarnacao ’18
Center for Community Engagement

Adilsa Encarnacao ’18

Social Work major Adilsa Encarnacao ’18 was a student leader in Eastern’s Center for Community Engagement. "Not only is the work rewarding and impactful, I was also able to be part of a family where we all shared the same passion for serving the community. As a future social worker, the CCE allowed me to get hands-on experience with many different populations and age groups.”

Amanda Peterson ’18
Center for Community Engagement

Amanda Peterson ’18

Communication major Amanda Peterson ’18 is a student leader with Eastern’s Center for Community Engagement. "Serving the community has always been something important to me because I see the difference it makes first hand,” she said. “There are so many things students gain from the opportunities that the CCE provides — networking, professional development, amazing friends, a possible career path. The list is endless.”

Carly Perron ’18
Center for Community Engagement

Carly Perron ’18

Carly Perron ’18, a History and Social Science major, is a student leader with Eastern’s Center for Community Engagement. "I wanted to work for the CCE because of my passion for their mission. Here at the CCE, there is a never-ending push to better the Willimantic community and the greater community of Connecticut. I could not pass up the opportunity to take part in that."