UConn Alumni

UConn Cares 2021 - Goes Virtual

April 2021 

It's that time again for one of our most beloved initiatives - UConn Cares. While it may look a little different this year, we're proud to still bring you opportunities to give back in your local community, your UConn Community, and beyond. Now more than ever it is important to give back, and there's no better way than with UConn Cares.

Here's how to participate:

  • Find your favorite opportunity (or opportunities!) below, and click the register button. Once you register, the details on how to participate will be sent to you in a confirmation email. (Please note: these opportunities are not actual events; you can participate from home on your own time.)
  • Don't forget to take a picture in your UConn Cares t-shirt or doing your volunteer activity and post it on social media with #UConnCares2021 - let's show everyone how Huskies give back!

Please ensure that you follow all federal and local government COVID-19 guidelines and protocols.



Opportunities to Partcipate In:



Send a Thank You to a UConn Health Hero

Now more than ever before, those working on the front lines deserve as much recognition as possible. Share well wishes with fellow Huskies working on the front lines at UConn Health by writing them a note with words of encouragement.
The first 300 registrants for this activity will be sent a heart-shaped card & paw print stickers to decorate and send back to UConn Health.
UConn Health is located in Farmington, CT, but you can participate from anywhere!

Share a Smile with Those in Nursing Homes

Bring a smile to the face of a senior living in a nursing home during this difficult time. Whether you write a long heartfelt note or short and sweet message, you're sure to make an impact - all from the comfort of your own home. 
You can be creative and draw a picture, or keep it short and sweet with a few heartfelt words. Either way, you'll be making a difference!
Love for our Elders is based out of Cleveland, OH, but you can participate from anywhere!

Make a Quilt for Hole in the Wall Gang Camp

Every year, Hole in the Wall Gang Camp gifts every camper with a handmade quilted blanket and pillowcase. With your help, the tradition can continue! Become a "Bandit Quilter" and put your quilting skills to the test.
Any size quilt is accepted, but it must be made with new fabric and no larger than a twin size mattress.
Hole in the Wall Gang Camp is located in Ashford, CT, but you can participate from anywhere!

Lend a Paw to our Four-Legged Friends

Support shelter pets by creating toys to make them feel a little more at home. From cat wands to tug toys to no-sew pet beds, there's something for every DIY skill level to create. 
Best Friends Animal Society has locations throughout the country, and you can participate from anywhere!



Create a Care Package for The Open Hearth  

Support The Open Hearth Men's Homeless Shelter by putting together a care package of supplies. From basic necessities like toothbrushes and deodorant to back-to-work supplies like a notebook and tie, you can make the world of difference.  
The Open Hearth is located in Hartford, CT, but you can participate from anywhere!

Make a Mask for Those in Need

Get crafty & creative by making your very own mask to help those in need. Gather some of your favorite fabric designs and follow along with these step-by-step tutorials to create a mask (or masks) to donate to those who need them. 
This United Way division represents Central & Northeastern CT, but you can participate from anywhere!



Donate Food to your Local Food Bank

Gather non-perishable food items and supplies to donate to your local food bank. These difficult times have put a strain on many communities, so the donation of these items would make a great impact on your local community. 

Create Your Own Opportunity

Want to participate in a project you don't see here? Don't worry, you can still be a part of UConn Cares! Let us know what you'll be doing by clicking the button below.
You can participate from anywhere!





Questions & Additional Information

If you require a special accommodation to participate in this event or have questions, please contact Kristen Luger, Alumni Relations Coordinator, via email or call the Office of Alumni Relations toll-free at (888) 822-5861.