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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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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

Student Leaders

Community Service
Social Work

Muneed Butt '25

Muneed is a regular volunteer for Eastern’s Center for Community Engagement. “It is fulfilling to volunteer and see the smiles on the faces of those impacted by simply putting in a few hours a week. I’ve always wanted to help people in small ways and by doing so, little by little, it will hopefully create a dent in this world one day.”

Carly Perron
Community Volunteer

Carly Perron '18

Carly was a student leader for Eastern’s Center for Community Engagement (CCE). “I wanted to work for the CCE because of my passion for the mission that the center works to achieve. 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.”

Sean Hurley
Community Leader

Sean Hurley '19

Sean served as a student leader overseeing the Windham Middle School after-school and health and wellness programs. “I had a class that required service hours for the community, so I decided to volunteer at the Windham Middle School after-school program. After one semester of volunteering, I was hooked. I enjoyed my experiences and the kids so much that I wanted to work for the Center for Community Engagement.”