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Welcome to Global Connections. We are a community-based, non-profit organization affiliated with the United Way of Centre County and the Pennsylvania State University. Our mission is to promote intercultural understanding and build a strong, inclusive community through service, education, advocacy and partnerships.

News and Events

Turkish Henna

Henna Night: An Invitation to Celebrate A Turkish Wedding Ritual

The henna night, or Kina Gecesi in Turkish, is a deep-rooted wedding ritual in Turkish culture. On behalf of the bride-to-be, Global Connections extends this invitation to all local women in the community. Please join us for this traditional celebration and enjoy a festive night of Turkish food, henna art, music, and dance!

  • What: Turkish Henna Night
  • When: Saturday, July 1, 7:00 – 10:00 pm
  • Where: Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Centre County. 780 Waupelani Drive, State College, PA 16801

Space is limited to the first 50 guests. R.S.V.P. by June 30. Donations for the event are welcome!


All Volunteers Invited: Let’s Say “Thank You” with Blueberries!

Global Connections invites all volunteers to a summer potluck picnic at a local blueberry farm! Blueberry picking will follow the picnic, and the first quart is on the house. We want to use this opportunity to say “Thank You” to our volunteers for your great support and invaluable help in the past year.

Please bring your own containers to carry berries. Remember to bring food ato share, as well as a picnic blanket or chair to sit on.

  • What: Summer Picnic & Blueberry Picking
  • When: Tuesday, July 11 from 5:00 pm until dark
  • Where: Mountainhome Farm, 605 Sengle Lane, Julian, PA 16844

Come to meet your fellow volunteers and allow us to thank you in person! R.S.V.P. by July 7. If you need or can provide a ride to the farm, please let us know.


Call for Donations (deadline extended to July 31)

Global Connections is collecting “Everything but the Kitchen Sink“—our first on-line benefit auction to advance our mission of promoting intercultural understanding.

We’re now accepting donations from vehicles to furniture to artwork to sporting goods beginning May 15, 2017, through July 31, 2017.

Click on “Learn More” for details about how you can help Global Connections and free up some room.

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Are you the missing piece? Apply today!

We are hiring!

We are looking for an enthusiastic and energetic Event Coordinator to produce memorable events and provide outstanding experiences for both volunteers and participants.

If you have a passion for event planning, enjoy working with people from all over the world and have related experience, please join us. Click on “Learn More” for details.


Zimmerman Conversation Partners Group 2013 We offer a variety of programs throughout the academic year. These programs are both fun and purposeful, and they help people create and develop strong relationships that can last a lifetime.


DSC_1313_smallFormal events throughout the academic year include Cultural Luncheons, poetry readings, an international festival for children, a Women’s International Night, and an International Women’s Day celebration.


There are many ways you can support Global Connections and the work we do. We are always looking for great volunteers, and we appreciate both donations and sponsorships for the programs and events we offer.