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Admitted Connecticut College students prepare for the Paint the Town New London community learning project. Photo courtesy of Tim Cook/The Day

Connecticut College engages in community partnerships where students learn with community members, organizations increase their capacities, and the community progresses.

Admitted students volunteer with OVCS to Paint the Town New London 2012

The Office of Admission holds an annual Spring Open House for Admitted Students so they can achieve greater familiarity with campus resources as they prepare to make their college decision. In 2012, Admission collaborated with the College’s Office of Volunteers for Community Service (OVCS) to integrate a community learning component. OVCS partnered with the Upper Bank Think Tank’s initiative, Paint the Town New London 2012, and offered the potential students the opportunity to volunteer in the downtown beautification project and assist the community with preparations for the summer OpSail 2012 event.

Newly admitted students worked with local residents, business owners, current Connecticut College students and staff to beautify areas on Eugene O’Neill Drive, Bank and Water Streets, and to paint the exteriors of Muddy Waters Café, Roberts Audio and The Commoner. The project showcased a vibrant and dynamic aspect of the New London community. Some of the prospective students commented that the event helped them to decide that Connecticut College, New London, is the place they want to be for the next four years.

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. View the video. 

OVCS and Service-Learning in the News

Weiss, Bettina. "Riverside Park, New London Playground Dedicated to Victim of Sandy Hook Shooting." Her Campus Conn Coll, Nov. 15, 2013. 

"College partners with New London middle school to launch extended learning time program". Connecticut College Current News 14 March 2013

"College named to President’s Community Service Honor Roll". Connecticut College Current News 11 April 2012

"New London students' after-school hours enriched". The Day [New London] 11 March 2013

"Three honored with 2012 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Service Awards". Connecticut College Current News 30 Jan 2012

Edgecomb, Kathleen."Sisters in Support." The Day [New London] 20 May 2010

DiMauro, Mike."Innovation, volunteerism alive and well in New London." The Day [New London] 13 May 2010

"Three honored with Connecticut College's Martin Luther King Service Awards". The Day [New London] 2 Feb 2010

National & Community News

Various publications which chronicle important news in the New London community and national movements which affect us locally.

U.S. Education Secretary Urges Service Leaders to Help Remake American Education

Thompson, Suzanne."Bring on the Community Gardens". The Day [New London] 24 June 2010

OVCS Contact Information:



College Center at Crozier-Williams
Box 5323
270 Mohegan Avenue
New London, CT 06320-4196


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