Community Connections

Community Connections

Welcome to Community Connections, our UMass Lowell platform where faculty can post needs they have to Community Partners, and Community Partners can post needs they have to faculty!  Also on this site, Community Partners & Faculty can post idea to student in the UMass Lowell DifferenceMaker Program.

When completing the form or "post a project" to your left, use the below guide to determine what type of project you are posting.

Service-Learning Projects: Select this for a project that will be connected to a course and help the community. 

DifferenceMaker Idea: Select this for a project being proposed to students (and/or faculty) as a social entrepreneurial idea. Other: For a project that may be connected to practicum, co-op or internship.

More Information on Service-Learning

Service-Learning is "a credit-bearing, educational experience in which students participate in an organized service activity that meets identified community needs and reflect on the service activity in such a way as to gain further understanding of course content, a broader appreciation of the discipline, and an enhanced sense of civic responsibility.” (Bringle & Hatcher, 1995). 

For contact information and more about Service-Learning and how you can be involved, please visit Service Learning.

More Information on DifferenceMaker - Reverse Pitch Contest

The DifferenceMaker program at UMass Lowell invites you to participate in our Reverse Pitch event, where you and your community organization, pitches a Pressing Problem to groups of interested and motivated UMass Lowell students who can then help solve these problems using social entrepreneurial ideas. Our students care about the local community; they are encouraged and willing to work on projects that matter to the community; let their creative minds and passionate hearts tackle the challenges that are facing our community.

Submit your Problem Statement by Nov. 1, 2013

All Problem Statements will be reviewed by the DifferenceMaker staff, and feedback will be provided. Acceptance notification and invitation to present will be emailed by Nov. 8, 2013.

The Reverse Pitch Event will be held on Nov. 19, 2013 from 4:30 – 6 p.m., at UMass Lowell.

Each presenter will give a 3-5 minute pitch to students regarding the Problem they would like help solving, followed by an open session were students can discuss more details directly at each presenter's table display. Invited presenters are encourage to bring additional poster or support material to their table display.

The goal of this event is to match teams of students with each organizations' problem in order to develop project teams that tackle each problem. Project teams will be encouraged to enter and compete for funding in the Spring 2014 DifferenceMaker Idea Challenge.

Problem Statement samples:

  • The issue of childhood obesity: The overweight and obesity rate for both 4th and 7th grade students in Lowell, Ma. is over 39%. What type of intervention must be implemented to improve the quality of life of children.
  • The issue of inadequate health insurance coverage and inaccessibility to necessary resources: Families of physically disabled patients are required to pay a high monthly fee through insurance in order to get the adequate equipment. Also, a lot of people do not have healthcare and cannot access equipment without buying it. How can we help?
  • The issue of employment opportunities for homeless families: Homeless families face many challenges in the effort to find employment that  support the stabilization and movement of their family (e.g., transportation, communication, social pressures and image). Your help is needed in finding ways to address some aspect of this problem. 

For more information visit DifferenceMaker