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

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. *REGISTRATION COMING SOON*

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 sponsored 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 individulas living there have either mental, emotional, or intellectual disabilities and most are very high functioning. Volunteers from Eastern visit oncea week to play games, make crafts, and simply hang out with the residents. *REGISTRATION COMING SOON*

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. To find out more about the center and it’s opportunities visit *REGISTRATION COMING SOON*

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 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 13th and a mandatory training on Monday, September 20th. The first tutoring session will be on Monday, September 27th. REGISTER HERE

Public Health Ambassadors

CHSC- Public Health Ambassadors – various sites in Willimantic, CT. Public Health Ambassadors are responsible for educating the community on health education.  They fulfill the needs of the community by studying the population, addressing their specific needs, and then creating lesson plans around those particular health concerns.  Volunteers will complete a total of 10 service hours and program site options will work from elementary school children to adults. *REGISTRATION COMING SOON*

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, get a PPD shot, and the flu vaccine. *REGISTRATION COMING SOON*

Vanderman Place (formerly Regency Heights)

Vanderman Place (formerly 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). *REGISTRATION COMING SOON*

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.  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

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. *REGISTRATION COMING SOON*

Windham Special Olympics Swim Team

Volunteers assist the Special Olympics swim team coaches and their team practices. Volunteers will be paired up one-on-one with athletes. Volunteers need to be able to swim with the athletes. 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 Windham High School is located at walking distance from Eastern, across High Street. Transportation will not be provided. *REGISTRATION COMING SOON*

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 arrange tasks with the organization’s volunteer coordinator, but could also assist with client check-in’s, assist the program director and case managers, sort clothing and donation items. Students interested in the position must interview with an agency representative. Interviews are held Tuesday through Friday from 9:00 – 10:00 AM. Volunteer opportunities are available during one or more of the following times: 9 AM – Noon on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday and Saturday. *REGISTRATION COMING SOON*

Windham Middle School Family Liaison Programs

Windham Middle School Family Liaison Programs in Willimantic, CT works cooperatively with students, adult family members, school staff and community partners to remove barriers that prevent students from learning. Liaisons function as intermediaries and advocates, providing students with proactive preventative services which promote success; socially, behaviorally, and academically, through deliberate and effective targeted family interactions. Hours are flexible and can be arranged throughout the semester from 8AM – 6PM. Responsibilities include preparing event flyers, assisting with the parenting room, assisting in developing and implementing ideas on how to engage parents in-school activities, assisting with After-School Programs for middle school programs. The volunteer requirements include: good computer skills, own laptop preferred, Spanish skills preferred but not required. *REGISTRATION COMING SOON*

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