Eastern and UConn to Volunteer at Windham Day of Caring

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WILLIMANTIC, CT (09/27/2018) On Sept. 29 from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., upwards of 200 college students from Eastern Connecticut State University and the University of Connecticut will collaborate with United Way to volunteer for the "Day of Caring." This event is a way of giving back to the community while also teaching students about the positive impact they can have on the lives of local residents.

"Day of Caring" is a year-long global United Way program that encourages volunteerism. Eastern and UCONN have partnered with United Way for the past three years, participating in the Windham Day of Caring. Organizations that students volunteer for include the Garden Club of Windham, Willimantic Whitewater Partnership, Ashford School, Grow Windham, Habitat for Humanity, the Mill Museum and others.

This year's Windham Day of Caring is a large-scale community clean up. Activities will include gardening, painting, cleaning and raking. Students will also make "literacy kits" consisting of a book and an activity to make reading more engaging for children and their families. The kits will be passed out to students in the Windham school system.

At 9 a.m., student volunteers will be dispatched to the following sites for volunteer projects:

625 Jackson St., Willimantic - Grow Windham - Thread City Garden

627 Main St., Willimantic - Garden Club

980 Main St., Willimantic - Abundant Life Church

866 Main St., Willimantic - WAIM Halloween Display

866 Main St., Willimantic - WAIM Dock Clean Up

Eagleville Dam, Coventry - Willimantic Whitewater Partnership

28 Bridge St., Willimantic - Willimantic Whitewater Partnership

Normandy Ave., Willimantic - Willimantic Housing Authority

440 Westford Rd., Ashford - Ashford Schools

205 Ivan Hill St., Willimantic - Habitat for Humanity

411 Main St., Willimantic - Windham Textile Museum

55 Bridge St., Willimantic - CT Railroad Museum

861 Main St., Willimantic - Horizons/Kerri Art Gallery

Eastern's Center of Community Engagement at Eastern and Community Outreach at UCONN provide opportunities for students to volunteer in the local community. Interested students and community partners can learn more about these programs at www.easternct.edu/cce or www.communityoutreach.uconn.edu.