Programs & Events


Sidekicks began as a reasearch piece, but became something much larger. The goal is now to take carefully planned steps to solve the issue of homelessness in our community. It will take a lot of work, but we can do it together.

NB Herald article ...just the beginning!

"My name is John Carey and I’m a senior at CCSU in the Geography Department... the goal of this project was initially to define the problem and the goal has now become how we change this cycle of wretchedness. From changing the people to changing the political system much needs to be done. It starts with us and we will be the aid to change..." - John Carey '13

  • The Sidekicks Program meets each week at Community Central, and serves homeless individuals by providing information and support on their journey toward a better future. Social Work and Nursing students, as well as alum, work to learn as much as possible about the resources available to the homeless in our area so that they can direct people toward these services and help them navigate their options.

Contact us if you want to help! or 203-843-2121

Community Gardens

This spring, Community Central After-School program has been working with CCSU, Professor Kurt Love and intern, Jenny Naes on our own garden. The city is in the process of planting two very large Community Gardens. Ours is meant to be connected, but separate. We would love your help with planting, watering, weeding, advice. Whether you have a "green thumb" or not, we'd love to get more gardeners on board with these projects. Get in touch! or 203-843-2121

Connecting with New Britain Schools

Community Central is determined to maintain, nurture, and develop strong and lasting relationships with the New Britain Schools. It is important for us to keep up-to-date with their policies, needs, and goals in order for us to enure that the goals and outcomes of our programs and activities are aligned with those of the schools. We have projects on the horizen, but we ALWAYS want your help to come up with more! Let us know if you want to work with New Britain students and we'll work to make it happen! or 203-843-2121

VITA Program

Community Central has partered with Human Resources Association to offer VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) at our storefront location. Students from CCSU, regardless of his or her major, can volunteer to help people in New Britain who qualify for the assistance. This year, our students served close to 60 New Britain residents! Let us know if you'd like to learn how you can make a positive impact through VITA during the 2014 tax season! or 203-843-2121

Community Art

We are passionate about how public art promotes a collective sense of community connectedness and pride. We are constantly working on murals and mosaics in the New Britain community. If you have any interest in participaing, we are always looking for ideas, artists, and volunteers! Anyone can take part in making their community a more beautiful place; one project at a time.

To find out what we're doing now, or let us know about your idea, email us!

"Community Central is working with a select group of students who are designing, painting, and hanging a mural to represent New Britain. The design is a representation of New Britain's history and the city's sister cities around the world." -Ellie Meise-Munns '13

"ParaDYM" after-school program

The College for Every Student Program (CFES) from New Britain High School (NBHS) partnered with Community Central to start the CFES after-school program. Community Leaders and CCSU mentors. This year we will be incorporating the ParaDYM Prime digital youth media program! Students will learn 21st century skills using media literacy, production and gamification as the building blocks for exploring traditional academic, social and life skills. If you want to help mentor (or learn!), give us a call! or 203-843-2121

Nina's UMC Video! (NBHS '14)

Open- Mic Night

Open-Mic Night began in March, 2011. With help from a local spoken-word poet and a CCSU alum, it has become a monthly event. On the last Friday of the month poets, musicians, and comedians come to Community Central from 5pm-?? To perform their routines and eat homemade waffles. To get more info, give us a call! or 203-843-2121

"Tarik Clayton (The Poet Amin) organizes and hosts Open -Mic every last Friday of the Month at beautiful Community Central. A future goal is to have a poetry work shop after school program for the youth. Thank you Hannah Hurwitz, CCSU, and everyone else involved for letting me be part of it!!"

Community Central Mentoring

The Community Central Mentoring Program at Vance started in October of 2010 when Community Central opened its doors. It is the longest running program to date. Started by a Community Central original, Krista Kingsbury, the mentoring program has reached upwards of over one hundred students in its last three years!

Every semester we need dedicated volunteers from any degree program. We accept current students and alumni who have a wllingness to positively represent CCSU and the mentoring program. Want to mentor? Email us!

"The program is focused on meeting needs to those students who may need one on one attention outside of the classroom. By dedicating one hour a week to meet with the students at Vance Village we as a program have seen growth, change, and positive advances. We hope to continue this program for as long as Vance Village will have us." -Krista Kingsbury '12

Airbrush Class

Community Central has an air compressor with the capacity to power 30 airbrushes! Each Saturday we have informal classes from 2pm-4pm at Community Central. Local airbrush artists, AJ, comes to teach and advise participants. Let us know if you have any questions about how you can help make the class better (or just take advantage of the opportunity to learn how to operate an airbrush - so much fun)! or 203-843-2121


Be a part of something new and amazing on campus this year!

JUMPSTART IS NOW HIRING! Jumpstart is a national early education organization working toward the day every child in America enters kindergarten prepared to succeed. Jumpstart recruits committed and passionate college students to work with preschool-age children on reading, writing and social skills. Jumpstart Corps members serve 10-12 hours a week in local early childhood centers, partnered with a small group of children. For those eligible, you can earn your Federal Work-Study and a Segal AmeriCorps Education Award in the process, although Work-Study is not required! Those looking to volunteer with young children are encouraged to apply! Gain valuable skills and experience, earn Federal Work-Study, and make a difference in the life of a child! For more information and to apply, or contact Kyle Pilon at (860) 832-2268 or Come visit in Willard 112!

Dream Big Summer Program

The “Dream Big” Summer Program provided high school students and students transitioning into high school college preparatory and job readiness training. By merging traditional skill development methods with interactive workshops, recreational activities and enrichment modules in theater and media arts youth utilized hands-on practice to master skills like interviewing and team work management. Youth were exposed to 21st Century technology based career competencies needed to succeed in college and the workplace.

Nutrition and Exercise with STRIVE

CCSU Health Psychology students, Christa Green and Evelyn Franco are working together to bring nutritional and exercise information to the STRIVE students at the YWCA. STRIVE serves middle school girls through an after-school program that meets Monday-Friday. These students bring a very unique and structured program, working to spread the knowledge they have gained through school and life experience to the younger generation.

SmART Waste

Through Rotary we have created an afterschool program for New Britain high school students where they transform trash they collect in the neighborhood into art projects. Check out the pictures from recent clean-ups: FB Album

Contact: to get involved with the program, as well as other green initiatives. We are always looking for more Environmental Interns!

Competition for a Cause

In its second year, Simms Sonnet's annual Competition for a Cause is bringing CCSU and New Britain together. The winner of the competition will have collected the most food for the homeless before Thanksgiving. May the best team win!

Cafe Central