UConn Community Outreach Call for Action 
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Week of 1/26/15

Spring 2015 Involvement Fair 

Wednesday, January 28th, 2pm - 7pm | Gampel

Please stop by and join us for the Spring 2015 Involvement Fair! We will have several tables for open Community Outreach opportunities. Please note: If there are any changes with the Involvement Fair due to the weather, it will be posted on http://getinvolved.uconn.edu. If the University is closed on Wednesday, the fair will be cancelled.


Apply Now - Spring Weekend Alternative Break

Applications are available online for our Spring Weekend Alternative Break Trips and are due Wednesday, February 18th at noon. See a list of the trips with descriptions and submit an application online.


Challenges in Responding to Ebola

Monday, February 2nd, 11:15am - 12:15pm | 438 Oak Hall

The Ebola outbreak in West Africa is the largest on record, having claimed thousands of lives. The epidemic increased exponentially months after national governments and international agencies were made aware of the outbreak in March 2014. Why have West African governments and the international community struggled in responding to Ebola? This presentation will provide an overview of the outbreak to date, the responses by local, national, and international actors, and the obstacles faced when trying to contain a disease epidemic and care for those infected. It will also feature preliminary results from an experiment conducted in the U.S. to understand American attitudes during the Ebola outbreak. Download the flyer for more info.


From Apple to Nike: Making Globalization Work for All

Tuesday, February 3, 2015, 4pm | Konover Auditorium Dodd Center

Richard M. Locke is the Howard R. Swearer Director of the Watson Institute for International Studies and a professor of political science and public and international affairs at Brown University. Locke was named a 2005 Faculty Pioneer in Academic Leadership by The Aspen Institute and awarded the MIT Class of 1960 Teaching Innovation Award in 2007 and the Jamieson Prize for Excellence in Teaching in June 2008. He currently chairs the Apple Academic Advisory Board, a group of independent academics who are working with Apple to improve labor conditions among the company's suppliers. Co-Sponsored by The Human Rights Institute, UConn School of Business, and the Thomas J. Dodd Center.


Covenant Soup Kitchen Plunge for Hunger 2015

Saturday, February 7th, 12pm | Lauter Park Willimantic, CT

The plunge benefits the Covenant Soup Kitchen, which has been serving the community's food needs for over 33 years through the meals program and the emergency food pantry. This fiscal year we expect to serve more than 150,000 meals to those in need. Download the flyer to learn more.


UConn IDEA Grant Accepting Applications

Is there a creative endeavor you want to engage in, or an original research project you would like to conduct? Do you have an idea for a product you would like to develop, an entrepreneurial venture you want to launch, or a service initiative you would like to implement? This is your chance to flex your creative muscles, innovate, and explore.UConn undergraduate students in all majors at all campuses and can apply for a UConn IDEA Grant of up to $4,000 per student to fund self-designed work on a topic, project, problem, artistic product or performance, or other entrepreneurial or creative idea of their choice. Students may apply individually or as part of a small group. The UConn IDEA Grant is an opportunity for creativity, innovation, original research, and service. The project should be personally meaningful, relevant, and engaging. The project does not need to be tied to a student's major or minor, but it should be guided by a student's academic goals and future plans.

More information on the Program, including the project development course and the experiences of UConn IDEA Grant recipients, can be found on our  UConn IDEA Grant Experience page.


Volunteers Needed: Recovery Community Center

Volunteers are needed to work with people in drug and alcohol recovery at our Recovery Community Center located at 713 Main Street in Willimantic (we also have centers in Hartford and Bridgeport). Volunteers do not need to be in recovery, as  CCAR is a great place to learn about what recovery is all about. Students can assist us in numerous ways, such as by making supportive phone calls to people in recovery, running the front desk of our center, facilitating groups or making presentations to people in recovery. We offer training and supervision to ensure that volunteers succeed and feel good about their work.Contact Conrad at Conrad@ccar.us.


Alternative Spring Break Trip to Philadelphia with Cru

Cru at UConn, a Christian club on campus, is organizing an alternative spring break trip to Philadelphia, PA and volunteering with "The Philadelphia Project." Although both organizations are Christian-based, there are many people interested in coming who might not be, and everyone is very welcome to join us regardless of religious background! We will be having an informational meeting Wednesday, January 21st, 8-8:45 pm in the Student Union (Room number will be announced by email, so please email chelsea.mcgarry@uconn.edu for more information). Please join us at the meeting to learn more about the trip, and meet others who might be going too! Download the flyer for more information.


Volunteers Needed - SHIFT Scoliosis

Since its inception in 2012, SHIFT has blossomed and grown rapidly from a small awareness initiative to an organization that is reaching thousands of people through its education, awareness and outreach programs. Today, SHIFT has a large and growing network of supporters which includes children, adults, teachers, doctors, companies, and advocacy leaders from the United States and other countries that support our mission. We are motivated to make social change and bring together different people and organizations to benefit as many people as possible. SHIFT has several programs and services that engage people in a multitude of ways and reach a variety of population segments. Download the flyer with a list of volunteer opportunities.  


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Consider Applying for the Children's Corps

Interested in working to improve the lives of children and families involved in the child welfare system? Consider applying for the Children's Corp. Additional information and applications are available on their website www.fosteringchangeforchildren.org. Deadlines for application are 1/23/15 and 2/27/15.

Interested in a career in social services? 

Bonnie Brae, a school, home and a safe haven for boys and young men in crisis is currently looking for a Childcare Counselor. Check out their website at www.bonnie-brae.org for more information on the organization and employment opportunities.


Teach for America Application Deadline - January 30th

The final deadline for Teach for America application submission is January 30th at 11:59. Applications can be accessed at www.teachforamerica.org/apply. Questions? Contact Neal Stewart, a TFA Representative and UConn Class of 2012 Alum at neal.stewart@teachforamerica.org.


Real Food, Real Change: An AmeriCorps Program Panel

Thinking about Omnivores Dilemma? Interested in the food movement here in Connecticut?

Do you like working with youth ages 4 -18? FoodCorps and Food Justice Youth Corps are two AmeriCorps programs working towards a more secure and just food system in CT. Join us on Thursday, February 12 from 4:00 - 5:30 in The Class of 1947, Babbidge Library to learn more about our programs and find out how you can be hired for a full time position in 2015. Download the flyer.


SAVE THE DATE - Careers for the Common Good Fair! 

Wednesday, February 18th, 12pm - 3pm | Student Union Ballroom
More information to come!


Careers for the Common Good is a collaboration of the Center for Career Development, the Office of Community Outreach, and the Human Rights Institute.  

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2015 Summer Tutor Counselor Intern Program- Now Accepting Applications

Make a huge difference in the lives of deserving young scholars in Western Mass.  June 13th to July 31st, 2015  on Northfield Mount Hermon Campus. Help first generation, low income  students succeed in high school and beyond. These are great summer positions for college students and recent graduates who are interested in pursuing careers in education, social justice, counseling or higher education. Tutor, mentor, lead recreational activities, supervise in dorms, teach an elective, plan events, lead college and cultural trips and provide intensive college preparation services. Applications are being accepted now on a rolling basis. Early applications will get priority screening. Room and board, training and support provided. Some funding possible for most interns. Follow this link to learn more about the program and to apply.


Institute on Philanthropy and Voluntary Service

Live, learn, intern and serve this summer Washington, DC! Join the Institute on Philanthropy and Voluntary Service for the Summer of 2015 and gain valuable internship experience with nonprofits, hands on service experience, and much more all while living in the heart of DC. Application and more information can be found at www.DCinternships.org/IPVSSummer 2015 ~ Two program options: 4-week or 8-week. Priority Application Deadline: February 10.


100 Years of Women Scholarship Award

The University of Connecticut's Women's Center is pleased to announce the granting of the 100 Years of Women Scholarship Award. The 100 Years of Women Scholarship Fund was established in 1992 to honor a high school senior planning to enroll in the University of Connecticut, or current matriculated UConn undergraduate or graduate students who, as a role model or advocate, has advanced the role and contributions of women in society.  The scholarship award ranges from $250 to $1,000. The following eligibility criteria have been established as guidelines in the selection process. The applicant must:

  1. demonstrate a commitment to women's issues through service to their community or school;
  2. be a current matriculated UConn undergraduate or graduate student who will be enrolled for the entire Fall 2015/Spring 2016 academic year, or be a high school senior planning to enroll at UConn;
  3. be in need of financial assistance; and
  4. demonstrate high academic performance.

Applications forms can be downloaded from the Women's Center website (http://womenscenter.uconn.edu/about/100years.php).  The scholarship application link is at the bottom of the page.  For more information, please call the Women's Center at (860) 486-4738, or the Office of Student Financial Aid Services at (860) 486-2819.

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The opportunities and events in Community Outreach's Call for Action do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the Office of Community Outreach, its staff or the University of Connecticut. Unless otherwise noted, these opportunities are not organized by, nor endorsed by, the University of Connecticut, and all readers are encouraged to research each option thoroughly before participating. This information is being provided as a public service.