Connecticut College has strong working relationships with a wide range of local and regional organizations. We collaborate with these organizations to address community challenges and advance the common good.

Through Community Partnerships, you have the opportunity to learn and work with professionals and activists from more than 50 community organizations.

Interested in becoming a Connecticut College community partner? Contact Community Partnerships at 860-439-2458.

Partners directory

Arts, culture and public spaces |Economics, development and social justice | Education | Community Partnerships ProgramsEnvironment and science | Health and wellness | History and government |Psychology, early childhood and human development | National Resources

Arts, culture and public spaces

Garde Arts Center 
Strives to instill multicultural appreciation and understanding by uniting residents of a geographically, ethnically and economically diverse region through artistic performances.

Holleran Center for Community Action and Public Policy 
One of the College's five interdisciplinary centers, the Center trains students to be community leaders and supports students' efforts to shape public policy for a positive community impact. Freshmen are eligible.

Hygienic Art Inc.
One of New London's well-known non-profit art galleries. Our students work primarily as gallery sitters. Sitters may bring laptops, books, CD's, and well-behaved friends, children or dogs.

New London Public Library 
Provides free access to a diversity of ideas and information through a variety of library materials, services and experience. Connecticut College students perform a variety of jobs.

Writers Block Ink
Arms young voices with the power of pen and prose, reinforcing teamwork, accountability and responsibility, igniting social change on the page and stage. Students from The Block (ages 11-19) create original plays with a strong emphasis on spoken word poetry and performance that address personal and social challenges on the community stage.

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Economics, development and social justice

Eastern CT Housing Opportunities (ECHO) 
Strategically acquires properties to build / renovate housing within target neighborhoods.

Flavours of Life 
A community-based brick & mortar store on the banks of the Thames River in historic downtown New London, Connecticut. Products are sourced from recognized fair trade organizations. 

Habitat for Humanity 
An international non-profit, non-denominational Christian housing organization that welcomes all people to join together to build simple, decent, affordable houses in partnership with those who lack adequate shelter. Connecticut College students join teams of community volunteers to assist in the building process.

New London Housing Authority 
Students complete a variety of office-based projects in the accounting, maintenance and leasing / property management departments.

New London Main Street 
An organization dedicated to revitalizing New London’s downtown area. Students are requested for the positions of volunteer coordinator and trolley coordinator. 

New London Office of Development & Planning 
A municipal department in the City of New London in which students complete research and assist with the development and planning of the Waterfront Park. Students also help to develop the fair housing program.

Shiloh Family Life Center 
A local development organization that offers housing, counseling services, individual development accounts, recreational activities and mentoring to families and individuals in New London.

Renaissance City Development Association 
A non-profit organization established to increase the tax base of New London and expand economic opportunity. Internships include research projects related to all aspects of the corporation's development projects. 

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Higher Edge College Access Program
The College Access Program aims to make higher education a reality for New London’s youth by providing one-on-one counseling through the college admission process. Beyond that, we continue supporting students until they walk across the stage with a college degree in hand.

This is a regional education cooperative providing services to public schools. Connecticut College students work in their after-school programs located at Harbor Elementary School in New London. They tutor, mentor, assist with group work, and lead sports programs.

Literacy Volunteers of Eastern CT
Creating community strength through English literacy and American culture, this organization offers ESL classes, tutoring, testing, referrals and conversation groups for ESL individuals.

New London Adult Education
The program provides a wide range of adult education including English as A Second Language, High School Equivalency classes, and alternative high school education. Connecticut College students assist in classrooms, teach, tutor, and organize special events.

Office of Youth Affairs 
This youth development agency is looking for 1-2 play troupe helpers, chaperones for field trips and volunteers for the teens off the hook program. The agency also needs volunteers for the RAD program.

New London Schools

Bennie Dover Jackson Middle School
This is New London's public middle school. Connecticut College students act as teacher's aides during the school day.

ISSAC (Interdistrict School for Arts & Communication) is a public regional magnet school for middle school students. Connecticut College students assist as classroom aides, help run the after-school program and teach science lessons.

Jennings Elementary
Jennings School is a public preK-5 school with a bilingual program (Spanish/English). During the school-day students are teacher's aides or act as tutors as part of the America Reads Program. During the after-school program (VOYAGER), volunteers act as tutors.

New London High School
New London High School is the only high school in the city. It has an affilatied Science and Technology Magnet High School right next door.

Nathan Hale Arts Magnet School
Nathan Hale is one of six public elementary schools in New London. College students have the opportunity to act as tutors or teacher's aides.

Regional Multicultural Magnet School
The school is an elementary magnet school for children of New London and ten surrounding school districts. Connecticut College students teach in classrooms, act as teacher’s aides, tutor, and assist with special projects.

Winthrop STEM Elementary Magnet School
Winthrop School is a public pre-K-5 school where college students are teacher's aides or act as tutors as part of the America Reads Program.

Community Partnerships Programs

America Reads Challenge Program
ARC is a national literacy program that promotes reading at grade level. Connecticut College students are matched with classrooms at Jennings and Winthrop Elementary Schools as well as Bennie Dover Jackson Middle School. Volunteers provide one-to-one tutoring and teach small groups during targeted reading periods.

ESL (English as a Second Language)
College students work with Connecticut College staff whose second language is English and who wish to improve their English communication skills.

Kids, Books, & Athletics (KBA

This OVCS program strives to better health with physical activity and augment literacy through reading. Connecticut College volunteers teach children simple exercises and then read books with them in small groups.


The R.E.A.Ch (Recreational & Educational Achievement for Children) Mentor Program is an innovative award-winning after-school program geared towards the educational, professional and personal development of New London sixth, seventh and eighth-grade students.

In this program, Students Implementing Support Through Education and Recreation (SISTER), Connecticut College women mentor female middle-school students who complete educational & recreational activities, develop library skills, promote self-esteem, healthy choices and positive conflict resolution. 

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Environment and science

ARBO Project
A Connecticut College student-designed and developed environmental education program in the Arboretum. Connecticut College students lead groups of children, youth, or adults on tours through the Arboretum while engaging in a hands-on educational activity.

Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center 
Located in Mystic, CT, the Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center is a combination wildlife sanctuary, natural history museum, and educational facility highlighting the habitats of southeastern Connecticut. Our mission is to inspire and nurture appreciation and scientific understanding of the natural world and foster a personal environmental ethic.

FRESH New London
FRESH is a small non-profit organization dedicated to building a sustainable, accessible, and healthy local food system. We engage all members of the New London County community through our five-acre vegetable farm, urban community garden, farmshare program, mobile farmers’ market, and outreach initiatives.

Mystic Aquarium
Connecticut's number-one tourist attraction offers many displays, education programs and research programs. Connecticut College students work in the animal care and research division, assist in research projects and teach the public.

New London Parks Conservancy
A public-private partnership dedicated to park restoration, preservation, beautification, maintenance, usage and the safety of New London’s park system.

Save Ocean Beach, Inc.
An organization dedicated to the preservation and restoration of Ocean Beach Park. Connecticut College students participate in special projects in groups to plant trees, restore the grounds, do clean-ups, etc.

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Health and wellness

Alliance for Living
Provides services to people affected by HIV/AIDS and their families. Connecticut College students help to provide non-medical services to patients, such as serving meals and providing transportation.

American Cancer Society
Provides education about cancer, treatment options, and health information. Students assist in educational programs, organizing special events, and clerical work.

American Red Cross
Connecticut College students assist in the organization and implementation of blood drives and relief services. Students also receive certifications and training, particularly from the Hartford branch.

Beacon Hospice
Specializes in providing the highest level of patient care for people at the end-of-life and for their families. Beacon Hospice addresses the experience of death, another natural, normal process. Beacon Hospice continues to expand its service area throughout New England, with offices in Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Connecticut.

Beech Brook Farm Equine Rescue
Saves equines from neglect and abusive situations and provides them with a loving home for life while also providing beneficial equestrian experiences for special needs youth/adults, at-risk youth, general youth and adults.  

Beechwood Rehabilitation and Nursing Center
A nursing home, rehabilitation center, and sub-acute care facility. Connecticut College students assist staff and clients with letter writing, reading mail, leading activities and games, leading current event discussions, and organizing music and art activities.

Community Health Center of New London
A community health agency providing medical, dental, and mental health services. Connecticut College students organize children's activities, assist physicians, organize client flow, and provide general center assistance.

Community Partnerships
A Lawrence & Memorial Hospital-affiliated organization that is committed to improving overall health and quality of life in the region. Students assist with event-planning, organizing outreach to faith communities, and advocate the establishment of better health programming.

Covenant Shelter
Provides shelter to homeless individuals and families. Students assist in the maintenance of the shelter, provide tutorial services to residents, and serve as mentors for children in grades 1 through 9.

Gemma Moran / United Way Labor Food Center
Provides free food to those in need throughout New London county. Volunteers sort, pick up, and deliver food, as well as provide clerical assistance to the center.

High Hopes Therapeutic Riding, Inc.
Therapeutic riding center and international instructor training site accredited by the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International (PATH Intl.) since 1979. They have served people with physical, emotional and developmental disabilities for more than a quarter of a century. 

Jewish Federation of Eastern CT
Committed to promoting and enhancing Jewish life. The Federation seeks to maximize the human and financial resources needed to provide social, cultural, educational, health and human service programs to Jews suffering hardship. Connecticut College students pay visits to the elderly.

Ledge Light Health District
Focuses on public health and demographic research and community health education. Ledge Light tackles a diverse array of subject-matters including: Asthma, Breast Health, Cardiovascular Health, Stroke Awareness, Communicable Diseases, Lyme Disease, and HIV/AIDS, among others.

New London Community Meal Center
Provides free, healthy meals to New London residents who cannot afford it. Connecticut College students participate in preparing, serving, and cleaning up after lunch and dinner. Lunch is served five days per week and dinner is served six days per week.

New London Homeless Hospitality Center 
Provides a place of safety and welcome to our homeless neighbors. 

New London Senior Center
The Senior Center is the focal point where older persons, as groups or individuals, can get together for services and activities. The primary role of the Center is to meet the needs by linking participants with resources offered by various provider groups.

Planned Parenthood
A health care and educational organization that provides services to men and women. Volunteers assist with educational services, prepare client charts, file lab results, and assist with the function of reception areas.

Safe Futures 
Provides services to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. Students assist with group work and special projects, provide childcare, and tutor women and children. Volunteers also help with the center’s transitional housing units.

Sound Community Services
Sound Community Services, Inc. (SCSI) is a private, not-for-profit organization dedicated to educating and assisting individuals with behavioral health needs to achieve independence and integrate into the larger community. 

The Arc of New London County
Provides services to people with disabilities. Connecticut College students participate during evenings and on Saturdays to assist with community outings and recreational activities. Volunteers also serve as Special Olympics coaches.

United Cerebral Palsy Association of Greater SE CT
Provides information, advocacy, and direct services to people with cerebral palsy and other disabilities. Connecticut College students are involved in fundraising, recreational outings, and one-on-one contact with patients.

VCA New London Animal Hospital
Provides a range of medical services for small animals. Along with assisting staff and volunteering at the animal pound, Connecticut College students shadow vet surgeries and help to perform check-ups.

Visiting Nurse Association
Visiting nurses travel to homebound patients in Groton, East Lyme, and Stonington to provide educational support and medical services. Connecticut College students assist with flu clinics and community health education. 

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History and government

Commission on Human Rights
Their mission is to eliminate discrimination through civil and human rights law enforcement and to establish equal opportunity and justice for all persons within the state through advocacy and education.

Hempstead House Museum / Antiquarian & Landmarks Soc.
This museum of the 18th century Hempstead Houses needs volunteers for tour guides (paid summer position), special event set-up, research, inventory work, hearth cooking and garden maintenance.

Mystic Seaport
Internships are available to research the history of New London in the areas of slavery, abolitionism, and, more specifically, the Amistad. Students are encouraged to create a team-taught course; re. New London History.

New London County Historical Society 
Founded in 1870, the New London County Historical Society is the oldest historical organization in eastern Connecticut. 

New London Landmarks
An establishment which stresses the importance of both preservation and education. CC students research New London architecture and help with fundraising, events, and general office duties.

New London Maritime Society
This is a museum dedicated to promoting and preserving N.L.'s maritime history and heritage. CC students act as interpreters, guides, and behind-the-scenes research and collections personnel.

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Psychology, early childhood and human development

Boys & Girls Club of SE CT
This is a positive youth development program that promotes and enhances competence, usefulness, belonging and influence. Connecticut College students are needed to help with special events, youth work, mentoring and administrative support.

Child and Family Agency
The program assists youths on probation and those who demonstrate special needs. Child and Family Agency tries to reduce repeat referrals by promoting positive involvement with the community. Connecticut College students assist with counseling, vocational training, educational and recreational activities.

The Center: A Drop-In Learning Center
The mission of the Drop-In Community Learning and Resource Center is to support and nurture the lifelong learning of youth and their families.

Connecticut College Children's Program
The Connecticut College Children's Program is a lab school that offers an environment reflective of exemplary and best practices. It is staffed by professionals, including physical, occupational and speech therapists. The school is play-based and inclusive of children with disabilities. Opportunities exist for faculty and student research, independent study and observation. Connecticut College students participate in all aspects of teaching young children and working with parents.

Connecticut College Women's Center
This on-campus organization provides support services to Connecticut College women and also assembles discussion-groups pertaining to contemporary women's issues.

Department of Children and Families (DCF)
One intern position is available for two 8-hour days. In order to preserve families, this organization protects, improves and supports family well-being. Junior and senior students are preferred.

Riverfront Children's Center
The center fosters self-esteem in children whose parents are working or in school, and cares for them in a safe, stimulating environment. The students read to the children, and lead activities in art, music, creative movement, science and cooking.

TVCCA Early Care and Education / New London Head Start
TVCCA is a pre-school center where students assist teachers with educational activities.

Waterford Country School
Waterford Country School is a residential school for adolescents with significant emotional and behavioral issues. Students tutor in classrooms, assist with group work and lead recreational activities.

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National Resources


Campus Compact

Corporation for National and Community Service