If you’ve landed on this page, you might be hoping to learn more about what it means to be a Reunion volunteer. Thanks for your interest!
Reunion volunteers are communicators; they keep classmates informed and engaged. They are committee ambassadors, sharing Middlebury information and class-specific goals.
Reunion volunteers also encourage participation in Reunion Weekend and promote annual giving by helping alumni understand how important their gifts are to current students and the continued success of Middlebury.
Reunion volunteers get classmates excited about Reunion, plan one or two class-specific Reunion Weekend activities, collaborate with Middlebury staff on events like Reunion Convocation or mini-Reunions (in-person on online) before Reunion Weekend, and encourage annual giving from classmates.
Reunion chairs/Reunion leads do all of that and they help the Annual Giving staff coordinate with the rest of the committee, rally and motivate committee activity around our major campaigns, and ensure that 100 percent of the Reunion Committee makes a gift to honor the occasion.
The monthly time commitment for Reunion volunteers varies. Our current annual calendar is available here (for Reunion and non-Reunion volunteers).
Some Reunion volunteers will be involved in planning class events (one or two), writing Convocation comments, or organizing social Zooms. Those time commitments will vary, but the busiest time for event planning is in late winter and early spring. Most Reunion events need to be finalized in February so Alumni and Parent Programs (APP) staff can focus on coordination with other campus offices to execute event plans.
We have three major “all hands on deck” initiatives for all alumni each year, with smaller efforts around December 31 and in April, when we host some “micro campaigns.” Individual Reunion classes might also have a class-specific challenge to inspire giving and donor participation. In a month when we are launching a major fundraising campaign, we ask volunteers to read our preparatory material and reach out to classmates in support of our initiatives (for example, the annual MiddWinter Challenge). Reunion volunteers could expect to devote 2-plus hours of time in a campaign month.
In a month without a campaign, we ask Reunion volunteers to read our monthly update email (the High Five for Volunteers), attend a leadership webinar if one is offered, and share any noteworthy news with classmates to keep connections alive. Once Reunion registration opens, we ask that Reunion volunteers register early and encourage classmates to do the same.
Many committees meet on Zoom monthly or every other month to be sure that the entire committee is informed about planning and progress toward goals. Those schedules are coordinated by each class and its Reunion liaisons.
Will You Join Us?
Please be in touch with your liaison to ask any questions about being a Reunion volunteer. We would love to welcome you onto your class’s Reunion Committee!
Alumni and Families
700 Exchange St.
Middlebury, VT 05753