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How to help

Alumni can assist with student recruitment, career mentoring, alumni-affiliated organizations and special events. Volunteering for VCU Alumni and your alma mater is a great way to give back to VCU and to be involved in the exciting changes happening at the university. Email alumni@vcu.edu to learn more about these and other volunteer opportunities that match your interests.

Be an ambassador

Alumni are needed to help the Office of Undergraduate Admissions at various college fairs throughout Virginia and in other states. VCU alumni make excellent representatives at these events because you can speak from personal experience. You graduated and are a success story. Students and parents want to hear from you. Learn more about how you can help.

Mentor a student

Are you looking to serve as a career resource? It’s as easy as sharing a job lead, serving as a networking connection or offering an insider’s perspective into your field or organization. 

The VCU Alumni African-American Alumni Council's Mentoring Circle connects current African-American undergraduate students with alumni with shared professional interests. Alumni are invited to meet students who would benefit from having an e-mentor/mentor to help open doors to internships, apprenticeships or employment opportunities. The program also includes a "mocktail" event to provide students with helpful tips on how to land a job through networking.

‌The School of Business's VCU BizConnect offers two ways to engage. CONNECT is a yearlong mentoring program where you'll be matched with a student who is interested in your career path. EXPLORE is a way for you to meet with students on a 1:1 basis where they’ll ask you questions about your career and life.

The Nursing Connector Program provides opportunities for alumni from the School of Nursing and the St. Philip School of Nursing to serve in a nurturing role for second-year nursing students. Alumni play a supportive role to students by contacting them at least once every two weeks to offer words of encouragement during stressful times or to provide a friendly voice celebrating accomplishments or everyday successes.

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Connect with alumni-affiliated organizations

VCU Alumni sponsors, encourages and partners with many organizations that provide opportunities for professional development, networking, volunteering and friendship-building. Get involved by joining one of our chapters associated with VCU schools, departments, athletic organizations, social and fraternal organizations and other special-interest groups. Learn more about how you can get involved.

Volunteer at special events

Special events vary from school to school but opportunities exist in assisting with dinners, galas, awards recognition programs, golf tournaments, regional events and seminars. Let us know you want to help. 

Make a gift

Give back to your alma mater by supporting the Make It Real Campaign for VCU. Alumni support of this fundraising campaign, the largest in the university’s history, will help transform people’s lives, our campus, our community, our commonwealth, our nation and our world. Every gift, no matter the amount, has the potential to change lives.