Community Outreach

Days of Service

Serving your community is an integral component of leadership development. Leadership involves a demonstration of active participation and engagement in your community, and a desire to make a positive change. The Department of Student Activities sponsors five annual community service projects on/around the UConn Hartford campus: A21 Walk, Hands on Hartford Food Drive, Stuff a Cruiser Toy Drive, HuskyTHON, and Service and Volunteer fair.

Stop Human Trafficking
A21 Walk – Walk Against Human Trafficking
Saturday, October 15, 2016 4:30PM – 6:00PM
Connecticut Veteran Memorial, West Hartford, CTUConn Hartford will be hosting a walk with A21 with the support of a new forming A21 club on campus. A21 is an international non-profit that raises money in hopes to end Human Trafficking. The money raised by the walk will help: create prevention through awareness and education, protection for victims of human trafficking by funding restoration programs, aid in the prosecution of human traffickers, and create partnerships with those who want to fight for freedom together. This walk will help raise awareness and provide students a broader perspective on both a national and international problem.

Hands on Hartford Food Drive
Hands on Hartford Food Drive
October 17 - 21, 2016, Drive Ends: October 21, 2016 at 12:00PM
UConn Hartford Undergraduate Building, West Hartford, CTUConn – Hartford will collect, and even compete, to collect cans and non-perishable, in-demand, food items for a local food pantry, Hands on Hartford. Students will also help to organize donations into Hands on Hartford’s pantry. The food drive will provide educational material, on posted flyers and active discussions, surrounding food insecurity and the need for pantries that are in demand, not just by our local community, but on a global scale. The drive will forge a partnership between the University and Hands on Hartford, as the goal is to raise donations annually. This event will promote civic engagement, develop students’ citizenship skills, forge community partnerships and integrate service learning and volunteering.

Stuff a Cruiser
Stuff a Cruiser Toy Drive
December 5 – 9, 2016, Drive Ends: December 9, 2016 at 12:00PM
UConn Hartford Undergraduate Building, West Hartford, CTUConn - Hartford will host a “Stuff a Cruiser” toy drive, with campus police support, the week before finals starts. The campus students, faculty, and staff will work together to collect donations of toys for the children involved in the Boys and Girls Club of Hartford. At the end of the week the goal would be to have raised enough donations to “stuff” an entire cruiser. Students are also invited to hand out presents to the children the donations are going to.

HuskyTHON, a year long fundraising effort at the University of Connecticut that raises funds for Connecticut Children's Medical Center. We celebrate the year with an eighteen hour dance marathon over the course of a weekend on Feb. 20, 2016. (Sean Flynn/UConn Photo)
Saturday, March 4, 2017
UConn Storrs Campus, Storrs, CTMiracle Network Dance Marathon is a movement of Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, a non-profit organization that raises funds and awareness for more than 170 pediatric hospitals. We are the only children’s charity committed to having 100% of the funds raised stay local to support local kids. Since inception, Miracle Network Dance Marathon has raised more than $135 million for kids across North America, ensuring that no child or family fights pediatric illness or injury alone. Last year UConn’s HuskyTHON raised $716,394.58 for Connecticut Children's Medical Center. Through involvement with HuskyTHON students will also have the opportunity to participate with Storrs students in raising additional money for the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals such as the ZombieTHON.

Service & Volunteer Fair
Service & Volunteer Fair
Each year, UConn Hartford Community Outreach hosts a campus-wide Service and Volunteer Fair to connect students with local non-profits and community based organizations. All agencies attending the Fair will have positions available for student interns or volunteers. A diverse range of organizations will be present, and will represent a wide variety of focus areas including education inequality, environmental sustainability, immigration, elder care, homelessness and poverty, prison reform, and youth mentoring.