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Thousands of alumni, parents and friends around the world donate their time and talent to Washington University. Their work as volunteers builds alumni ties and supports students—and plays a critical role in sustaining and strengthening the Washington University mission.

The following at-a-glance list highlights many (but by no means all) volunteer opportunities for alumni and friends. If you aren't sure which opportunity is just right for you, contact the Alumni Association to discuss your interests and explore potential opportunities to get involved.

Alumni & Parents Admission Program (APAP)

When you become a member of the Alumni & Parents Admission Program (APAP), you will join alumni with bachelor’s degrees and parents of current undergraduates who assist with the undergraduate admissions process. APAP members help the university recruit, interview and enroll talented students from all over the world. Call the APAP office at (800) 935-4826 or (314) 935-4826.
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Black Alumni Council

The mission of the Black Alumni Council is to support the professional and personal development of Washington University Black alumni, to assist the university with the recruitment and retention of African American students and to enhance the university’s continued growth and development as an exemplary institution.  For more information or to get involved, email Black Alumni Council or call (314) 935-7378.
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Career Mentoring

You have many opportunities to share your insights with other graduates and with current students seeking career assistance:

  • Invite an undergraduate student to shadow you during Spring Break through the Alumni Career Externship (ACE) Program.
  • If you wish to permit students to locate you through the Alumni Directory, please update your profile.
  • Alumni in St. Louis have many opportunities to get involved with our current students. One of the most valuable things you can provide our students is the chance to network. Our students are eager to hear about your first-hand, real-world work experience, and who better to share insights than successful Washington University alumni! Please email Kathy Budde or call (314) 935-7379 for more information about our programs.
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The Eliot Society

The William Greenleaf Eliot Society’s members are leaders in supporting the Annual Fund, which provides the university’s critical margin of excellence in teaching, research and service to community and society. Eliot Society members together represent the most generous and committed supporters of Washington University. Across the country, Eliot Society volunteers help the Society achieve its goal of strengthening the university. They are vital to the university’s continued success. Committee volunteers are current Eliot Society members. For information on getting involved, email Candice Hoffman or call (314) 935-4646.
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Loyalty Society

The Washington University Loyalty Society was established to provide much-deserved recognition to donors the university counts on each year. Alumni, current students, residents, and fellows who make a gift of any amount for two or more consecutive years are automatically inducted, and you remain a member each year you renew your gift to the university. Whether you are new to the Loyalty Society or have been a donor for many years, your support demonstrates your continued dedication to Washington University and its mission of teaching, research, and service to society. For more information, email Margaret Schnering or call (314) 935-5055.

Home Plate Program

If you live in St. Louis, consider joining the Home Plate program and host a Washington U. student. Founded and run by Risa Zwerling Wrighton, the wife of Chancellor Mark S. Wrighton, the Home Plate program matches students with a host family for home-cooked meals and enjoyable dinnertime conversation.
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Regional Alumni Clubs

The backbone of the Regional Clubs program is a corps of dedicated volunteers. Washington University Clubs are organized geographically both in the United States and abroad. So no matter where you live, you’re likely to find a Club near you. Whether you give your time as a Club officer, host an event in your home, or volunteer at an event, you are helping to extend and maintain the Washington University community.  For information on how to get involved with your local Regional Club in the United States, email the Alumni Association or call (314) 935-5212.  For information about getting involved with an International Club where you live or visit, email Tami Holder.
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Regional Cabinets

Washington University Regional Cabinets help provide leadership for Washington University and its organizations in key cities across the country, and assist in the execution of national programs and campaigns. Twenty-one regional cabinets coordinate regional committees’ work and initiatives that advance the university’s mission. Fundraising is one of the activities that strengthens alumni, parents’ and friends’ connections to the university. For information on how to get involved, email Keith Fortmann or call (314) 935-4349.  Learn more about the activities in your community.
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Reunion Committees

Are you about to celebrate your undergraduate reunion?  Join your classmates and get involved with what we hope will be your most memorable reunion yet! For more information about joining a committee, email the Reunion Office or call (314) 935-6503.

If you would like to help plan Reunions at the School of Law, the School of Medicine or the Graduate School of Business, please contact the individuals listed below:

School of Law
(314) 935-5246
(314) 935-9694
(314) 935-3687

Young Alumni Programs

If you are a young alumnus who is 35 or under and would like to help us plan events in your city, email the Alumni Association or call (314) 935-5212.
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Other Opportunities

You will also discover many opportunities to volunteer for your own school by visiting its web site.


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