The GVSU Alumni Association volunteers for WGVU for many reasons. As alumni of Grand Valley State University, we try to help & support all of the University’s endeavors. Additionally, we enjoy meeting and networking with other alumni who are volunteering and take great pride in being able to promote GVSU & the Alumni Association on the University’s very own media outlet. We have been volunteering for WGVU TV and radio membership drives for over 15 years now and have volunteered for the WGVU Auction as well.
The GVSU Alumni Volunteer program helps in a number of different efforts. In addition to providing volunteer support to GVSU and its students (through providing career advice/mentoring, guest lecturing in classes/to organizations, assisting with admissions efforts, staffing alumni and university events), we are actively involved in community service. Some projects we have been involved with in past include Habitat for Humanity (alumni builds); Relay for Life (fundraising walk for American Cancer Society - top fundraising team at GVSU per participant 2 years running!); Feeding America (helping sort and distribute food for food banks); and also a host of other organizations during Make a Difference Day and Community Outreach Week (a full week of service projects throughout the country). We’ve helped local organizations such as the Renucci House at DeVos Children’s Hospital, Blandford Nature Center, Friends of Grand Rapids Parks, Love Inc., Salvation Army (canned food drives), Cesar Chavez March, Degage Ministries, Mel Trotter Ministries, John Ball Zoo Society, Land Conservancy of West Michigan, Camp Blodgett and God’s Kitchen among others. We also have regional alumni groups who plan a host of service projects in their respective areas.
All graduates of GVSU are members of the Alumni Association, now over 77,000 members strong. The Alumni Volunteer Program boasted over 1,100 volunteers last fiscal year. For more information on the Alumni Volunteer Program and upcoming opportunities, visit www.gvsu.edu/alumni/volunteer
Lastly, we can’t help but mention that it is neat to get your 15 minutes of fame and see yourself on TV!