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VOLUNTEERING: UB alumni get involved every day by volunteering their time and sharing their talents. Are you looking for a way to volunteer? Information on the many ways for you to lend a hand, both in Western New York and outside the area, is below.

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Where to Volunteer? When to Volunteer?

Western New York Volunteering

Career Conversations Buffalo

  • What it is: Career Conversations Buffalo brings students together with alumni for network-building. Though not a career fair, important connections may be made for future employment opportunities. Alumni are also given an opportunity to meet and network with each other. This program is a collaboration with UB Career Services.
  • What volunteers do: Meet and mingle with students (typically upperclassmen), advise them about your own profession, help with resume review, career options and interviewing tips.
  • When: Once a year, usually during the spring semester, for about three hours. Check out the Volunteer Calendar for upcoming dates.
  • Questions? Contact the UB Office of Alumni Relations.

Freshman Move-in

  • What it is: On move-in day, we help incoming students start their UB experience off right by providing loading and unloading assistance and hospitality! Held in the Ellicott Complex on the North Campus.
  • What volunteers do: Hand out water, drive golf carts, answer questions from nervous students and parents, transport luggage and more. It’s really too much fun to call work!
  • When: Once a year, on a Thursday in August, for a two-hour shift during the day. Check out the Volunteer Calendar for upcoming dates.
  • Questions? Contact the UB Office of Alumni Relations.

Hump Day Hangout After Hours

  • What it is: Hump Day Hangouts began as a lunchtime event, and now also take place in the early evening, or “After Hours.” These events are held in the Student Union on the North Campus.
  • What volunteers do: Review and critique resumes; offer advice and tips about your field of work.
  • When: Always on a Wednesday (Hump Day), typically held twice a semester for about two hours. Check out the Volunteer Calendar for upcoming dates.
  • Questions? Contact the UB Office of Alumni Relations

Majors & Careers Night

  • What it is: An event focused on students who are undecided about their major and/or career choices. Geared toward freshmen and sophomores who are undecided. Held in the Student Union on the North Campus.
  • What volunteers do: Discuss the path you took toward achieving your current position, what you studied (i.e., major) to get where you are today.
  • When: Once every fall semester. Check out the Volunteer Calendar for upcoming dates.
  • Questions? Contact the UB Office of Alumni Relations.

Oozefest Mud Volleyball Tournament

  • What it is: Oozefest, one of the largest collegiate mud volleyball tournaments in the country, is also one of UB's most endearing (and enduring) traditions! Run by our student affiliate, the UB Student Alumni Association, Oozefest began in 1985 as a way for students to blow off some steam prior to exams!
  • What volunteers do: Pre-event opportunities, such as team captain meeting prep and team registration; as well as day-of opportunities, such as team check-in, food tent assistance and refereeing.
  • When: The tournament is held on a Saturday toward the end of the spring semester on the North Campus. Pre-event volunteer meetings will be scheduled on an as-needed basis. Check out the Volunteer Calendar for upcoming dates.
  • Questions? Contact the UB Office of Alumni Relations.
 

Parent Orientation

  • What it is: An information fair for parents who are attending orientation with their freshman. Held in conjunction with student orientation sessions in the Student Union on the North Campus.
  • What volunteers do: Meet and greet parents of the incoming freshman class, sharing information about the UB Alumni Association, the university and Western New York.
  • When: Multiple sessions are held throughout the summer on Tuesday and Friday mornings; volunteer based on your availability for a one-hour shift. Check out the Volunteer Calendar for upcoming dates.
  • Questions? Contact the UB Office of Alumni Relations.

REALM

  • What it is:  The Real Experience and Leadership Mentoring program (REALM) is a one-day leadership shadowing experience designed to pair UB students one-on-one with professionals to observe and learn how leadership is used in the context of daily interactions and operations.
     
  • What volunteers do: Volunteers demonstrate for students the skills and experiences that helped them achieve their positions and how they use leadership skills on an everyday basis.
     
  • When: Once or twice a year.
     
  • Questions? Contact the Center for Student Leadership & Community Engagement.

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UB Alumni Association Board Committee

  • What it is: The UB Alumni Association is led by a board of directors, which has a number of volunteer committees to help set the direction of the university's alumni relations.
     
  • What volunteers do: Volunteers may help plan signature events, help grow membership or provide input on communication methods.
     
  • When: Varies, depending on committee.
     
  • Questions? Contact the UB Office of Alumni Relations.

UB Mentor Network

  • What it is: The UB Mentor Network connects alumni with students to share their advice and expertise.
     
  • What volunteers do: Advise UB students and recent graduates, offering their perspective on career choice, internships, job searching, continuing education and professional advancement.
     
  • When: At the convenience of both the mentor and mentee. As a mentor volunteer, you set the parameters for your involvement in the program. Join the UB Mentor Program on LinkedIn or visit the UB Mentor Website.
     
  • Questions? Visit the UB Mentor website or contact Kristi Fields in Career Services.

UB Schmoozin'

  • What it is: UB Schmoozin' events are small-group get-togethers for alumni and students. They are typically held on or near campus. Discussions are geared toward making great connections, but in a slightly more casual way than at Career Conversations.
  • What volunteers do: Meet and mingle with students, share information and answer questions about your profession.
  • When: Twice a semester for two hours. Check out the Volunteer Calendar for upcoming dates.
  • Questions? Contact the UB Office of Alumni Relations.

WE Lead

  • What it is: Women Empowered to Lead (WE Lead) is a series of programs for students that focuses on the unique aspects of leadership as it relates to women. It is designed to bring awareness about these unique challenges and skills and celebrate the success of great women leaders.
     
  • What volunteers do: This opportunity is for female volunteers only, who meet and interact with students during an event (such as a luncheon) and give them a feel for networking, introduce them to different careers and the pathways that may take them there.
     
  • When: Held annually in March.
     
  • Questions? Contact the Office of Alumni Relations.

Outside Western New York Volunteering

Chicago

Alumni Ambassadors

  • What it is: Alumni Ambassadors help to recruit the best and brightest students to UB! This program is a collaboration with the UB Office of Admissions.
  • What volunteers do: Attend college fairs, call or meet with potential students, share knowledge of UB.
  • When: The level of interaction depends on where you live, and the amount of time you have to contribute. Events are held throughout the year and are coordinated by Stephanie Lichtenthal in the UB Admissions Office.
  • Questions? Contact  Stephanie Lichtenthal from UB Admissions.

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Career Conversations New York City

  • What it is: These events bring students together with alumni for network-building. Though not a career fair, important connections may be made for future employment opportunities. Alumni are also given an opportunity to meet and network with each other. This program is a collaboration with UB Career Services.
  • What volunteers do: Meet and mingle with students (typically seniors preparing to graduate), advise them about your own profession, help with resume preparation and interviewing tips.
  • When: Once a year, usually in January during the semester break, for about three hours. Check out the Volunteer Calendar for upcoming dates.
  • Questions? Contact the UB Office of Alumni Relations.

REALM NYC

  • What it is:  The Real Experience and Leadership Mentoring program (REALM) is a one-day leadership shadowing experience designed to pair UB students one-on-one with professionals to observe and learn how leadership is used in the context of daily interactions and operations.
     
  • What volunteers do: Volunteers demonstrate for students the skills and experiences that helped them achieve their positions and how they use leadership skills on an everyday basis.
     
  • When: Once or twice a year.
     
  • Questions? Contact the Center for Student Leadership & Community Engagement.

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UB Alumni Association Board Committee

  • What it is: The UB Alumni Association is led by a board of directors, which has a number of volunteer committees to help set the direction of the university's alumni relations.
     
  • What volunteers do: Volunteers may help plan signature events, help grow membership or provide input on communication methods.
     
  • When: Varies, depending on committee.
     
  • Questions? Contact the UB Office of Alumni Relations.

Chicago

UB Alumni Association Regional Chapters

  • What it is: The chapter program brings a little bit of UB to your hometown! Chapters draw UB alumni together for networking, catching up on university developments, meeting UB dignitaries or cheering on the UB Bulls.
  • What volunteers do: Help to generate ideas for programs and events, work with UB staff to help communicate with fellow alumni in your area.
  • When: Chapter events are planned with the assistance of a liaison from the Office of Alumni Relations.
  • Questions? Contact the UB Office of Alumni Relations.

UB Mentor Network

  • What it is: The UB Mentor Network connects alumni with students to share their advice and expertise.
  • What volunteers do: Advise UB students and recent graduates, offering their perspective on career choice, internships, job searching, continuing education and professional advancement.
  • When: At the convenience of both the mentor and mentee. As a mentor volunteer, you set the parameters for your involvement in the program. Join the UB Mentor Program on LinkedIn or visit the UB Mentor Website.
  • Questions? Visit the UB Mentor website or contact Kristi Fields in Career Services.

 

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