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.

You can register for each program here or contact us to set up a meeting with one of our staff. We can help you decide which program is right for you.

Volunteer Budget Coach Program

United Way, in partnership with Women’s Business Development Council, is seeking volunteers to serve as budget coaches by providing financial education and tools to working families in central and northeastern Connecticut. Training for this program will be held in November 2014 and sessions will be implemented during spring 2015. Volunteers are trained and work one-on-one with program participant(s) to set and meet attainable financial goals. Volunteer times are set based on the volunteers and clients availabilities. Basic volunteers requirements include:

  • Complete CCE online application and the United Way forms
  • Be a good listener
  • Commit to monthly meeting with program participant(s)
  • Support participant(s) between meetings
  • Financial background is not required
  • Bilingual volunteers strongly encouraged to apply

(Register Here)

Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA)

Assist individuals and families with annual incomes up to $53K to get ahead financially, pay down debt and work toward saving for the future. Students volunteers are trained and certified by the IRS and work one-on-one with residents in order to prepare federal and state income tax returns at no cost and determined qualification for tax credits and refund. Other ways on how the volunteers can assist is by managing appointments, helping filers learn about ways to save and stretch their refunds, and providing translations for filers and other volunteers.

The time commitment is a one four-hour session per week from mid-January until mid-April. Training is provided. (Register Here)

Connecticut Community For Addiction Recovery

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.

Volunteer opportunities are available during one or more of the following times:

Monday 9:45-10:45am- Job searching, resume building, interview workshop. Tuesday 5:00-7:00pm- Telephone recovery support Tuesdays-Thursdays 9:45-10:45am- Open creative workshop Friday 9:45-10:45am- Job searching, resume building, interview workshop. (Register Here)

High Chase (formerly Lyon Manor)

High Chase is a group home in Willington, CT where about 30 residents live. The individulas 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.

Volunteer opportunities are available during one or more of the following times:

Tuesdays from 7pm-9:30pm. (Register Here)

The following programs are full for the semester

St. Joseph Living Center

St. Joseph Living Center has an extensive recreational department that works with residents to keep them physically and mentally active. The residents love when students come to visit so they can share their stories and work along side them on projects. *Note: In order to volunteer at St. Joseph you must attend a training session and get a PPD shot.

Volunteer opportunities are available during one or more of the following times:

Monday through Friday 9:30-11:30am with additional times on Wednesdays and Thursdays 2:00-4:00pm. (Registration is closed for the semester)

Regency Heights

Regency Heights is a residential community that provides short and long term care to its patients. Volunteers aid in the therapeutic recreation department, especially for those with dementia or Alzheimer’s. Students can aid in giving them constant interaction and stimulus. The goal is to help all resident’s feel welcome to the institution and involve them in the multitude of activities the recreation department has to offer. Residents in the facility are relatively younger than regular nursing and rehabilitation center -under 60 years old. *Note: Volunteers will need to complete a Health form, verify their status with the Connecticut Sex offender list and attend an orientation. Volunteers may be asked to be screened for Tuberculosis (PPD Test).

Volunteer opportunities are available during one or more of the following times:

Mondays 1pm-3pm and 6pm-8pm; Tuesdays 10am-12pm & 6pm-8pm; Wednesdays 6pm-8pm; Thursdays and Fridays 10am-12pm, 1pm-3pm, and 6pm-8pm; Saturdays and Sundays 1pm-3pm and 6pm-8pm. (Registration is closed for this semester)

Petey Greene Prisoner Assistance  Program at Brooklyn Correctional Institution

Eastern volunteers assist with the inmate rehabilitation process by tutoring male inmates to take their GED exam.

Volunteer opportunities are available during one or more of the following times:

Tuesdays 9:00am-12:00pm **Registration is closed for this semester**

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 this MUP (medically under-served population) 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.

Volunteer opportunities are available during one or more of the following times:

Tuesdays 4:45pm-5:45pm **Registration is closed for this semester**

No Freeze Hospitality Center

Each year the Windham Region No Freeze Hospitality Center, Inc. welcomes students who are seeking volunteer opportunities at our shelter. Below is a list of current volunteer opportunities based on the needs of the shelter. We realize that each of you bring your own special talents and interests to the shelter, and if you would like to volunteer doing something that is not listed, please let those at No Freeze know through us, the CCE. Activities can be held at the shelter, in the community or on campus.

Established opportunities include Staff and Guest Support, Office Support, Facilities Support, Program Support through Fund Raising, and Grassroots Activism.To find out more about the center and it’s opportunities visit

Volunteer opportunities are available during one or more of the following times:

Starting in October on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 7:00-10:45pm and Sundays 1:00-5:00pm. **Registration is closed for the semester**

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