Volunteers help to shape the University of Rochester in a variety of ways. Over the past year, our volunteers have hosted events, advocated for philanthropic support of the University and its Medical Center, served on leadership committees, and much more. Below are just a few examples of how the work of our volunteers helps make the University ever better. Explore these volunteer opportunities–and more–on our volunteer website

Meliora Weekend

Our signature annual tradition – combining family weekend, reunions, and homecoming – includes hundreds of events, thousands of attendees, and countless opportunities for volunteers to make an impact. Reunion volunteers play important roles, through thoughtfully planned events, in bringing their classmates back to the University of Rochester to reconnect, rediscover, and reminisce.

Simon's Women's Alliance

Alumnae of the Simon Business School formed the Simon Women’s Alliance to support one another, provide a network for alumnae and students, and raise scholarship funds for female students at the Simon Business School. In November 2017, the group worked to expand the annual Simon Women’s Conference, offering a full day of professional development, networking, and empowering women.

Young Alumni Council Escape Room Event

San Francisco-area young alumni put their heads together to “escape” from one of the Bay Area’s most popular escape room venues. The activities and a post-event gathering for drinks and snacks were organized by members of the San Francisco Young Alumni Council.

Clothesline Festival at the Memorial Art Gallery

An annual celebration of local and regional New York State art, the Clothesline Festival at the Memorial Art Gallery relied on the talents of more than 450 volunteers this past year to coordinate two days of live entertainment, favorite food vendors, creative workshops, and special events.

Welcome Celebrations

This past year, alumni and parents in 18 cities across the world hosted events to welcome incoming students and families to the University community. Providing the opportunity for our newest Yellowjackets to connect with one another and students, the success of these annual Welcome Celebrations relies on the generosity of alumni and parent volunteers.

Supporting the Wilmot Cancer Institute

The Wilmot Warrior Walk is a vibrant community event that takes place at Highland Park in September each year. The success of this event is due in large part to an incredible group of tireless volunteers who come together each year to raise awareness and funds for the Judy Dimarzo Cancer Survivorship Program and cancer research at the Wilmot Cancer Institute.

Student Giving

Every year, students help shape the University of Rochester’s future by giving back to the most meaningful part of their University experience. Through volunteer groups like the Senior Class Council and Senior Giving Committee, students educate their classmates on the importance of philanthropy. This year, the Class of 2018 supported more than 185 areas within the University resulting in 57% of the senior class participating in their Senior Giving Campaign!

Philanthropy Ambassadors

Emphasizing the importance of donor and volunteer support within their communities, these volunteers share personal connections, providing opportunities to demonstrate the importance of philanthropy in achieving the University of Rochester’s mission.

George Eastman Circle Councils

George Eastman Circle Leadership Councils are led by volunteers who actively strengthen the Circle’s presence throughout our Regional Networks and speak to the power of philanthropy in action. With the launch of two additional councils in Rochester and Los Angeles, there are now more than 90 Council members promoting annual giving to the University and its Medical Center. By working collectively to engage and steward potential and current members, the Councils are examples of the philanthropy and leadership that makes the University of Rochester ever better.

Day of Giving

More than 3,000 donors came together on the University’s fourth annual Day of Giving on May 1to raise more than $2 million dollars in 24 hours. Volunteer outreach was vital to this year’s success, with more than 350 volunteers sharing their stories of charitable impact on social media outlets, amplifying the impact of the day to friends, family, and fellow University community members. Supporting departments, programs, and initiatives across the University and its Medical Center, the Day of Giving ensures the University’s continued impact on countless lives and the world. The University of Rochester is a proud, inspired community of leaders, thinkers, and change-makers. Thanks to you, our past is rich with firsts. And thanks to you, our future will be too.

Gwen M. Greene Center for Career Education and Connections Industry Road Trips

Connecting undergraduates to alumni through industry-specific road trips helps students connect the knowledge they’ve gained in the classroom to real-life experience. Offered through the Greene Center, each trip asks alumni to host students at their organization while giving students the opportunity to network and understand the dynamics of a particular sector. Last year, 39 alumni hosted 72 students through industry road trips.

Regional Networks

Officially launched in 2016, the University of Rochester Regional Networks connect our alumni, parents, and friends through events, communications and personal outreach. More than 180 volunteers across the world are leading the charge, as members of the first Network Leadership Cabinets, dedicated to bringing the University of Rochester to your doorstep. 

Diversity Advisory Council

The Diversity Advisory Council provides leadership and guidance on University initiatives to foster diversity, inclusiveness, and representation among our alumni community. The Council recognizes the importance of the multiple intersecting identities of our diverse alumni, and works to ensure that all alumni see themselves represented within the variety of our programs and initiatives.


Class of 2016 Instagram Takeover

To keep classmates connected to each other and the University, rotating members of the Class of 2016 “take over” their Instagram account each week to share a glimpse into post-campus life. Nearly 50 members of the Class of 2016 have shared how they live, work, and play in their cities and the Class of 2017 will follow suit and launch their own “takeover” this fall.

New York Metro Women

Founded and led by volunteers, the New York Metro Women’s group has amassed more than 700 members on LinkedIn. The group’s steering committee organizes events and programming that brings together alumnae across generations, fostering solidarity among all University of Rochester women in the New York metro area.

Horizons Advisory Council

Horizons at Warner, hosted on the University of Rochester’s River Campus, is a summer enrichment program for 150 low-income, K-8 students from the Rochester City School District. Aided by the generous support and guidance of volunteers on the program’s Advisory Council, Horizons prevents summer decline in school performance, develops social and interpersonal skills, and encourages participation in extracurricular activities to build confidence.

Reunion at Eastman School of Music

The incredible connections forged as students motivated volunteers from the class of 1978 to gather together with fellow Wind Ensemble Tour alumni and conductor emeritus Donald Hunsberger for a performance and dinner. Their personal outreach and enthusiasm will create a vibrant and celebratory event as part of Meliora Weekend 2018.

School of Medicine and Dentistry Alumni Council

Representing all School of Medicine and Dentistry alumni, the Alumni Council provides support to the School in its mission of education, research, community outreach, and patient care. The Alumni Council enhances relationships among alumni, medical, and graduate students, offers professional development and expertise to students, graduates and faculty, and proudly promotes the prestige of the school and its alumni.

Regional Facebook Pages

Online communities make it easier than ever for alumni, parents, and friends to connect with their Regional Networks. Social volunteers share news on local events and activities, recruit for the latest volunteer opportunities, and help raise money for University programs. This expansive Facebook presence keeps the University of Rochester within reach for individuals across the country and around the world. Find a Regional Network group near you »

Global Day of Service

Global Day of Service invites University of Rochester alumni, parents, and friends to make a difference in their local communities through a variety of service opportunities. Led by Rochester volunteers, dozens of participants were recruited to more than 16 service sites across the country for the 2017 inaugural initiative. Through creating and coordinating their own projects, volunteer leaders spark change in their own backyards and continue a University tradition of giving back.

Alumni Board

In October of 2017, a group of alumni leaders formed the University of Rochester Alumni Board with the purpose of engaging all alumni in a lifelong connection with one another and with the University. This group, comprised of individuals from a variety of schools, class years, and backgrounds, serves as a voice for the more than 110,000 graduates that make up our global network.

Ain Center for Entrepreneurship

The Ain Center for Entrepreneurship supports the growth of entrepreneurial thinking, in part, through the expertise of alumni who have experienced both success and failure. Mentorship opportunities exist through both a Student Incubator at High Tech Rochester and a National Science Foundation I-Corps Site.