Programs for Adults

Below is a list of programs in which Eastern students have the opportunity to learn from and contribute to the education and well-being of adults.

Collegiate Health Services Corps at First Baptist Church

Guests of the First Baptist Church are generally homeless and/or very low income earners with mental illness and substance abuse problems. They often cannot or do not access health care for many reasons. This program aims to fill these gaps in health literacy by providing medically under-served populations with health education demonstrations during their dinner period. Specifically, volunteers are promoting the concepts of wellness and disease prevention for the clients and their families. The clients are also shown how to access care in their local medical system. Student undergo a five hour training prior to begin the program and are allocated one hour per week for curriculum planning. The program meets on Tuesdays from 4:45- 5:45 PM. REGISTER HERE

Connecticut Food Bank’s Mobile Pantry

Connecticut Food Bank’s Mobile Pantry is located at the First Congregational Church of Willimantic. The Mobile Food Pantry Program is an outreach program designed to bring food directly to neighborhoods where low income people lack access to food assistance programs or supplement the efforts of existing food assistance programs that cannot provide enough food to meet the growing need. Eastern volunteers assist with food distribution at the First Congregational Church’s parking lot, located at 199 Valley Street, on the 4th Tuesday of each month from 12:45 – 2:45 PM (September 22nd, October 27th and November 24th). The group will depart from the CCE House at 12:30 PM. The site is located within walking distance from campus. REGISTER HERE

Connecticut Community for Addiction Recovery (CCAR)

The Connecticut Community Center for Addiction and 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. Available volunteer shifts are on Monday and Friday from 10:00 -11:00 AM. *Note: In order to volunteer at CCAR, volunteers must attend a training session and complete a background check. Training sessions will be offered on September 21st and 25th during the program times. REGISTER HERE

Covenant Soup Kitchen

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. The Covenant Soup Kitchen is located at walking distance from campus. The CCE will sponsor a volunteer shift at the Covenant Soup Kitchen from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM. Other volunteer opportunities may be available from 9:00AM to 3:00 PM Monday through Friday. REGISTER HERE

High Chase (formerly Lyon Manor)

High Chase is a group home in Willington, CT where about 30 residents live. The individuals living there have either mental, emotional, or intellectual disabilities and most are very high functioning. Volunteers from Eastern visit once a week to play games, make crafts, and simply hang out with the residents. This program is coordinated and led by the student organization People Helping People (PHP). On Wednesdays at 7:00pm, a Eastern van will bring students from the Eastern clock tower to the program and will return at 9:30pm. REGISTER HERE

No Freeze Hospitality Center

Each year 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 guest. Volunteer opportunities are available during one or more of the following times: Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 7:00-10:30 PM and on Sunday from 1:00pm-5:00 PM. 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. REGISTER HERE

Petey Greene Prisoner Assistance Program at Brooklyn Correctional Institution

Eastern volunteers assist with the inmate rehabilitation process by tutoring male inmates and improve academic achievement. Volunteers must be available on Mondays 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM. The program will hold a mandatory orientation on Monday, September 14th and a mandatory training on Monday, September 21st. The first tutoring session is expected to be on Monday, September 28th. REGISTER HERE

St. Joseph Living Center

St. Joseph Living Center has an extensive recreational department that works with senior citizen residents to keep them physically and mentally active. The residents love when students come to visit so they can share their stories, work along side them on arts & crafts and socializing. *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. *REGISTRATION COMING SOON*

Vanderman Place (formerly Regency Heights)

Vanderman Place is an age 65+ residential community that provides short and long term care to its residents. Volunteers aid in the therapeutic recreation department, especially for those with dementia or Alzheimer’s. Students can aid in giving them constant interaction and stimuli. The goal is to help all residents feel welcome and involve them in the multitude of activities. *Note: In order to volunteer at Vanderman, you must attend a training session, complete a background check, get a PPD test and the flu vaccine. *REGISTRATION COMING SOON*

Windham Special Olympics Swim Team

Windham Special Olympics train teens and adults with special needs in swimming. Volunteers assist swim coaches with their team practices. Volunteers will be paired up one-on-one with the athletes. Volunteers need to be able to swim. The programs have coaches in the water as well and on the deck at all times. Lifeguards will be on site throughout the entire program. The program meets on Tuesday 7:00-8:00 PM and is expected to begin on Tuesday, October 14th. The activities are held at Windham High School which is located walking distance from Eastern, across High Street. Transportation will not be provided. REGISTER HERE

Windham Area Interfaith Ministry

Windham Area Interfaith Ministry (WAIM) uplifts and unites the community by providing caring services and resources to meet the needs of the community.They provide clothing, furniture, appliances, linens, career clothing and emergency financial assistance to over 8,000 people each year from Windham and twelve surrounding towns. Volunteers will be assigned responsibilities in coordination and supervision by WAIM’s Volunteer Coordinator. These responsibilities could include assisting the staff with various duties, client check-ins, sorting clothing and donated items. Students interested in the position must interview with WAIM’s Volunteer Coordinator. Interviews are held Tuesday through Friday from 9:00–10:00 AM at WAIM. Volunteer opportunities are available during one or more of the following times: 9:00 AM–Noon on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday and Saturday. Transportation will not be provided on Saturdays. REGISTER HERE


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