Office of Volunteers for Community Service
OVCS, the Office of Volunteers for Community Service, is dedicated to educating the next generation of active citizens. OVCS partners with organizations in New London to provide mutually beneficial community-learning experiences for our students.
As a student intern or volunteer with OVCS, you will be engaged with issues of diversity, social justice and community activism. We encourage you to view New London as your host community and as your home. Read our newsletters and magazines to learn more about us.
Why you should become involved through OVCS
- Everyone else does! OVCS connects more than 500 Connecticut College students annually to the New London community. Seventy percent of the class of 2013 participated in community learning activities.
- Connect to your courses. Eleven academic departments regularly offer courses that involve a community-learning component.
- Explore. OVCS staff, faculty and students partner with over 50 community partners to offer a variety of opportunities for students to explore and develop their interests.
- Engage and learn while you earn. OVCS offers the most work-study positions on campus.
OVCS enhances the student experience through community learning and civic engagement. Discover what opportunities are right for you; then call or come visit us to discuss your options.
Connecticut College Orientation 2013: Community Learning Day
On August 24th, as part of orientation for new students, the Class of 2017 visited sites around New London to lend a hand at community organizations. In the process, students got to know each other and the vibrant, diverse city they now call home. Students volunteered at the Homeless Hospitality Center, the Winthrop Science and Math Magnet School, the Gemma Moran Labor Food Center, Ocean Beach, Fiddleheads food co-op, F.R.E.S.H. community gardens, Community Meals, Riverside Park and the Jennings Elementary School.