Avery Point students, faculty, and staff participate in a variety of projects to help the local and global communities of which they are a part. Visit the UConn Public Engagement and Outreach page.
Husky Ambassadors contribute hundreds of hours by giving tours to prospective students and their families and through community service on and off-campus, such as open houses, UConn Makes a Difference, and Alternative Breaks. Ambassadors meet twice a month to discuss campus updates and new service opportunities and celebrate these accomplishments annually at the Avery Point student clubs banquet in the spring.
UConn Makes a Difference
The UMAD club is a student-run organization for community service events. Each event makes a difference in the lives of others in the Avery Point community. Every month, we volunteer at the local Share and Care Soup Kitchen in Groton, as well as participate in a monthly Saturday service event. The community service event locations have included nursing homes, horse rescues, homeless shelters, and miscellaneous construction projects.
Alternative Breaks and Immersion programs are service-learning experiences designed to heighten participants’ awareness of critical social issues, enhance their individual growth, and prepare them for lifelong social action. Each weekend or week-long trip integrates service, reflection, and education and focuses on topics as varied as poverty, hunger, housing, health care, coastal environmental awareness, and disaster relief. Trips are offered throughout the year to local and national destinations. Watch the Avery Point Alternative Break from Fall 2014 Here!
Read Across America
The Avery Point campus also sponsors Read Across America, a project of the National Education Association, to help motivate children and young teens to read through community events. Avery Point will host students from the public schools in Groton in a day of reading activities and Dr. Seuss fun!
The Community Outreach Office is sponsoring an Involvement Fair on September 10, 2017 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. This event will showcase off-campus agencies and campus clubs for students, staff, and faculty. The goal is to advance student learning by engaging our students in community service in their local college community.
The Avery Point EcoHusky Club is a student environmental organization open to all undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, and staff. We are focused on improving the environment, and our goal is to enhance sustainability on the Avery Point campus and surrounding community through our actions, and by gathering information and educating the campus community on a wide range of environmental issues.
Avery Point EcoHusky Club Mission Statement:
“The Avery Point Eco-Husky Club is a student-run organization whose mission is to promote and advocate environmental awareness and sustainability at the Avery Point campus of the University of Connecticut.”
Membership is open to all students (both undergraduate and graduate), staff, and faculty.
Groton Public Schools has an active mentoring program for school children and Avery Point is an active participant. A number of staff and students spend time with local children to provide a sympathetic ear and companionship. The Community Foundation of Eastern Connecticut has provided a grant for Avery Point students in the Student Support Services (SSS) program to work with Groton Public Schools students.
Health, Education and Safety Program
The HES (Health, Education and Safety) Program is a collaboration between the City of Groton Police Department, the University of Connecticut School of Nursing, Catherine Kolnaski Magnet School, Groton Human Services, the Visiting Nurses Association of Southeastern Connecticut, and the Bay Management Company to provide services to promote the health and well-being of the residents of the Branford Manor apartments in the City of Groton. HES provides community engagement opportunities for the University of Connecticut, both for the school of nursing (SON) and the Avery Point (AP) regional campus students, for experiential learning, a key component of the Avery Point strategic plan. Avery Point students collect food and provide mentoring to Branford Manor residents as a way of giving back to the community in which they live, while increasing their understanding of the social issues within that community.