Community Service and Civic Engagement

The mission of the Office of Community Service and Civic Engagement is to build strong, sustainable partnerships with the Hartford community, and to strengthen service, community commitment, and civic responsibility as central to Trinity’s institutional mission as well as to the experience of each member of the Trinity College community.  The Office realizes this mission through the creation of an array of civic and service programs that engage students, faculty, staff, and alumni. 

Your ability to get involved and make a difference at Trinity is limited only by your imagination.  For example, if you’re interested in working with children or those with intellectual disabilities, there are several programs from which to choose, including the Vision Academic Mentoring Program (VAMP) at the Hartford Magnet Middle School, Connectikids, Kennelley Mentoring Program, the Boys and Girls Club, or our chapter of Best Buddies.   

If you are interested in housing or fighting hunger, Trinity has an active Habitat for Humanity chapter, as well as projects with various homeless shelters in the city through the Connecticut Public Interest Research Group (ConnPIRG) Hunger and Homelessness campaign. For those interested in human rights and political activism, there are opportunities to get involved with Amnesty International, Young Democrats and Young Republicans, the Antiwar Coalition, Activists for Southeast Asia, Darfur Coalition, and Stop the (ICE) Raids.   

You can also work on environmental issues with Green Campus or through the Global Warming Solutions division of ConnPIRG.  And if there is not a project that matches your particular interest, the Office will work to connect you with one of the hundreds of organizations that exist in the city or assist you in starting your own project or partnership. 

Through these and other programs, the Office of Community Service and Civic Engagement plays a primary role in preparing future civic leaders.  The Office believes that an involved national people--citizens--are this society’s most important component.  Thus, being a citizen is an active existence transcending mere national identity, and the Office therefore maintains that citizenship goes far beyond altruism or philanthropy.  Although communities may be helped through a greater sense of civic responsibility on the part of students, the point of community service and civic engagement is to convey that community involvement is a requisite component of citizenship and in the best interests of everyone involved.  Because of this philosophy and ethic, the students involved with the Office will graduate from Trinity truly prepared to be the leaders of tomorrow. 

We look forward to having you join us.


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