Work Study Jobs at the Office of Community Service

The Office of Community Service is hiring work-study and non-work study students for a diverse array of positions, including positions in local nonprofits. We will be at the Job Fair on September 9th from 11am-2pm with more information about the application process.


logoHiring: Social Media/Administrative Assistant

At St. Vincent DePaul

—Work Study Eligible—

St. Vincent DePaul Middletown’s programs include a Soup Kitchen, the Amazing Grace Food Pantry, supportive housing and financial assistance for rent, utilities and other emergency needs. This position will provide administrative support to the Executive Director and the Development Coordinator.

We are seeking a student to help us “tell our story.” We would like someone with good writing skills and experience with social media (Email newsletters, website, Facebook, Twitter). As a human services agency, we rely on donations to fund many of our programs and social media is one way that we reach out to our donor base and to new potential donors.

We are located above the Soup Kitchen at 617 Main St. in Middletown. Looking for someone to work 6-10 hours a week. Hours are flexible, Monday-Friday, between 8:00 am and 5:00 p.m.

Contact: Cathy Crimmins Lechowicz, CCP Director


Hiring: Van Drivers

For the Office of Community Service

—Non-Work Study Eligible— 

The Office of Community Service coordinates student volunteer opportunities with 21 partner organizations and projects. Student van drivers are responsible for transporting students to and from volunteer and service-learning opportunities.  The driver will need to:

  • Drive a seven or eight passenger vehicle to transport students
  • Obey all traffic laws
  • Maintain regular schedule at OCS
  • Be at least 20 years of age and have a valid U.S. driver’s license for at least 2 years
  • Pass driving test at Transportation Department, contact the Manager – Joe Martocci at 860-685-3788

Hours per week: will vary depending on availability and schedule
Hours needed: any time between 7am and 9pm, Monday – Friday; some weekend hours available
Contact: Cathy Crimmins Lechowicz, CCP Director


Hiring: Outreach Worker at the Amazing Grace Food Pantry

—Work Study Eligible—

Students working on this project are directly responsible to the director of St. Vincent de Paul Middletown.  When “on duty” at the food pantry, Outreach workers are dedicated to reaching out to shoppers to help facilitate a solution for problems the individual or family may be encountering with social service issues in their lives.   This includes, but is not limited to, food stamps (CHS/SNAP), health care including prescriptions/CHC/appointments, rental/housing, DSS/DCF/WIC, energy assistance (season dependent), tax assistance (season dependent).

Student must be available at two days a week during the following times: Monday, Wednesday, Friday or Saturday from 12:30 – 4pm. Students need to be committed and compassionate.

Contact: Cathy Crimmins Lechowicz, CCP Director


Hiring: Office Assistant at the North End Action Team

—Work Study Eligible—

NEAT seeks a student to assist with office work, neighborhood outreach and grant writing for approximately 10 hours a week.  NEAT is a grassroots neighborhood group that advocates for Middletown’s North End.

Depending on the applicant’s strengths and experiences, the student would help with the following: calling members of the neighborhood, canvassing the neighborhood, researching and writing grants, and general office work.  Students must enjoy working with people, have strong conversational and phone skills, possess organizational thinking and absolutely must be able to work independently.  Student work primarily out of the NEAT office located at 654 Main Street.  This is a great opportunity to experience how a small non-profit focused on community organizing truly operates.

Student must have work study and be a sophomore, junior or senior to apply.  

Contact: Cathy Crimmins Lechowicz, CCP Director


Hiring: Classroom Workers for Even Start

—Work Study Eligible—

Even Start is a Family Learning Program that provides Adult Education, Early Childhood Education (ages six weeks to three years) and Parenting classes for low-income families in which one parent is in need of a high school diploma or instruction in English as a Second Language. The program is located at 398 Main Street.

Classroom workers will assist teachers and paraprofessionals in all aspects of the Early Childhood Program: talking, reading, singing, and playing with children, activity set up and clean up. (No diaper changing). There are also some opportunities for interaction with parents. Interested students must be able to work well with others and have an interest in and enjoyment of children.

Hours are flexible, the program needs assistance: Monday to Friday from 9am-12:30pm.

Contact: Cathy Crimmins Lechowicz, CCP Director


Hiring: Social Media Assistant for Middlesex United Way

—Work Study Eligible—

The mission of Middlesex United Way is to mobilize the caring power of communities to strengthen lives and help people. Middlesex United Way seeks a work-study student to enhance the organization’s social media efforts.

The applicant will lead a project to assess correlation between social media engagement and donor/volunteer engagement. The applicant will work with staff to design the study, manage data collection, and make recommendations for ongoing social media efforts based on his/her findings. In addition, the applicant will work on other projects assigned. Possible projects include building the organization’s loyal donor program, and other communications tasks such as writing, editing, and proof reading.

Contact: Cathy Crimmins Lechowicz, CCP Director


Hiring: Tutors

For the Office of Community Service


—Only Federal Work Study Eligible—

The Office of Community Service coordinates 10 student- lead tutoring programs in Middletown. To apply for positions within these programs, you will complete the OCS Registration process first on our website, and then reach out to Program Coordinators to ask about working in their program. To be eligible, you must receive federal work-study.


Contact Kathy
Tutor 4th & 5th grade students with their homework assignments and help with special enrichment activities Tuesday and/or Thursday from 3:15 — 5:15 Bielefield or Snow Elementary School Monday and/or Wednesday  3:15 — 5:15 Macdonough Elementary School

Cross Street

Contact: Daniella

The program runs Monday – Thursday 4:15 – 6 at the Cross Street Church. Ten Wesleyan students meet individually twice a week with younger students. The kids range in age from 7 – 14, and their tutors help them do their homework and focus in on any specific difficulties the kid is having in school.

Green Street Teaching and Learning Center

Contact Anna & Kamilah
The After School Program is open to area students in grades 1 – 8 from 3-6pm, with specific focus on the arts, math and science.  Assist as a homework helper in the after school program from 5pm – 6pm. 

Individual Tutoring

Contact Ali
Get matched with a child/adult to fit your schedule and interests, completely flexible, all ages and subjects available, commitment is at least one hour a week.

Scholars in Action

Contact: Rebecca

Tutors will participate in the development of enrichment at Keigwin Middle School (6th grade) and Woodrow Wilson Middle School (7th and 8th grade). Wesleyan students will provide tutoring and mentorship to students.

Traverse Square After School Program

This program runs Monday – Thursday from 4 – 6pm, with occasional Fridays. Each day tutors help kids with homework and then play games, do arts and crafts, and work on projects. Tutors are asked to commit at least one day per week.


Contact: Samuel ( WesESL runs during the school day and tutors assist children grades K-5 at Macdonough Elementary School with their English as a Learned Language lessons. Schedules vary based on tutor availability. Tutors choose at least one weekly shift.

WesReads/WesWrites and WesMath

Contact Nairi & Maya
These are daytime tutoring programs that match Wesleyan students with Macdonough Elementary School students. Tutors choose at least one weekly shift to provide assistance to small groups in higher-level math or reading. 

Woodrow Wilson Education Program

Contact Dan, Lucy & Micaela
This intervention program serves 7th and 8th graders at Woodrow Wilson Middle School who are failing subjects and are at the risk of retention. Tutors assist with homework, help them organize their materials and assignments, and serve as a general support for changing academic performance.

YMCA Andre’s All Stars

Contact Sarah ( The YMCA, thanks to a grant from NBA player Andre Drummond, hosts an after-school program for middle school youth. The program has a sports component and a tutoring component. Wesleyan students interested in tutoring, mentorship and/or athletics are encouraged to join.



Jennifer Roach is the Civic Engagement Fellow in Allbritton for the academic year 2015-2016. She is a recent Wesleyan alumni, class of 2014. Since graduating, she has moved to Hartford to continue developing Summer of Solutions Hartford, an urban farming internship program she worked on during her time at Wesleyan.