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How volunteering for JMU can benefit YOU!
- Professional skills: Volunteering in the right role can provide you with an opportunity to improve your professional skills in a friendly setting.
- Professional development: Some employers may acknowledge the Office of Alumni Relations' online training and annual leadership conference (Alumni Volunteer Weekend) as professional development opportunities.
- Resume builder: Volunteerism is a great asset in an employee. By listing your volunteerism and involvement with JMU on your resume, it demonstrates your time management abilities as well as your willingness to give back to the community.
- Networking: Volunteering connects you not only with other alumni, but with community and university officials who are always willing to help build your professional and personl networking base.
- Fun: Volunteering allows you to have some fun outside of the daily grind. Volunteering for JMU should be a fun experience in which both the university and volunteer get something rewarding.
Opportunities for Alumni Volunteers
- Sign up to volunteer at a Madison event through JMU LOVE, which provides alumni with Madison-based, certified volunteer opportunities that extend the JMU experience for graduates, benefit the university and strengthen ties between alumni and students.
- Be a mentor for current students and sign up with ProNet, from Career & Academic Planning.
- Serve as an alumni representative with the JMU Office of Admissions. Check out the full list of upcoming college fairs and volunteer to participate.
- Get involved with your local alumni group or start a new chapter in your area.
- Volunteer for annual events at JMU (reunions, homecoming, senior week). Contact Stephanie Whitson for more information: firstname.lastname@example.org, 540-568-8821
- Attend the annual JMU Alumni Association Madison Alumni Conference (MAC)
Why your fellow alumni volunteer
"Being involved as a chapter volunteer allows me to give back to the community as well as to JMU, meet new amazing people who share a strong love for the JMU vision/experience, and keep that very special JMU spirit alive inside of me despite having graduated eight years ago," Kelly Warren('00).
"The opportunity to stay connected to the University and an organization that shaped my experience at JMU," Jake Miller ('06, '07M).
"Knowing that you help make a difference in the JMU community by spreading Purple love and keeping the community connected and giving back," Dani Antol ('07).
"It's awesome to be able to unite JMUers and promote JMU pride. It's also great to just be able to share stories and our JMU connection," Martha Buchta ('01).
"Engaging with other Dukes, while giving back to our community and helping other Dukes get settled in our area/find jobs," Brent Shelkey ('96).
"Knowing that I'm doing my part to strengthen the JMU family and help lay building blocks to make the University a better place for future generations," Will Tragert ('04).
"Seeing a little bit of the JMU magic, if only for an hour or two at a meeting or event," Mike Jones ('94).
"The opportunity to serve my fellow alum so that they can simply relish in being an alumnus. I love that most of our activities are free and no annual dues or membership is required because we're accessible," Rob Parrott('99).
Contact Alan Maynard, Chapter Coordinator, for more information and opportunities for involvement. Or, submit a volunteer sign-up form.
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