Launched in January 2021, the Alumni Cares volunteer program provides opportunities for alumni and friends of the University of Windsor to give back to their communities in a meaningful and engaging way. Through volunteerism, local and global community outreach and acts of good will, the program seeks to build campus and community partnerships by collaborating to help those in need and supporting the mission of enriching the lives of students and alumni.
Alumni Cares Volunteer Opportunities
UWSA Campus Food Pantry Drive N' Drop
As part of its Alumni Cares program and the Alumni Association is hosting a food drive to benefit the UWSA Campus Food Pantry from Monday, November 27 through Friday, December 1. The Drive encourages faculty, staff and the campus community to collect donations at their offices and includes an in-person Drive N’ Drop on Giving Tuesday, November 28.
The Drive ’N’ Drop will provide an opportunity for members of campus and greater Windsor-Essex community to contribute non-perishable food or personal care items on Tuesday, November 28 in the Vanier Circle. Volunteers from the Alumni Association and UWSA will be on hand to receive donations; donors will not even have to leave their vehicles.
To facilitate drop-offs on November 28 before and after work, the collection will be staffed from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. and 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. There will also be a collection box at the Alumni Relations office in the Stephen and Vicki Adams Welcome Centre and at the Campus Food Pantry in the CAW Student Centre throughout the week.
These items are in greatest demand:
- Beans, lentils, legumes (canned or dry)
- Canned vegetables and soups
- Tomato/pasta sauce
- Other high protein and nutrient dense foods.
For those unable to donate non-perishable goods, the Alumni Association has created an online donation page and has committed to matching donations up to $1,500.
Supporting Literacy: Volunteer with the Windsor Public Library
Become a Book Buddy with the Windsor Public Library
Windsor Public Library is looking for committed volunteers to be part of their growing Book Buddy program. Ideal volunteers should be outgoing, passionate, approachable and want to help promote literacy in the community.
Volunteers will be trained and paired with a youth (aged six-12) to meet once per week in a community branch of the public library. Volunteers will utilize the library resources for reading, writing, puzzles, games, and more! Training is provided on-site.
- You can promote literacy skills for youth in your own community
- You can increase a youth’s confidence through fun and engaging literacy activities
- You can use your skills, experience and knowledge to help foster literacy skills
The Book Buddy program is a free service provided by the Windsor Public Library. If you’d be a great fit for this volunteer program, please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org for an application.
Volunteers needed for the Windsor Public Pibrary Adult Literacy Program
Volunteers needed for the Adult Literacy program at Windsor Public Library!
All volunteers are provided training and resources before being paired with adult learners for reading, writing and basic math instruction in a one-on-one setting.
Volunteer instruction can take place in any one of WPL’s nine community branches. Volunteers are asked to commit one (1) hour per week for a minimum of six (6) months.
If you are dependable, flexible, patient, and optimistic – this volunteering opportunity is for you!
For more information and to join the program, email email@example.com or call 519-255-6770 ext. 4460
Give blood and help save a life. Join the Alumni Association's Partner for Life team with Canadian Blood Services.
The Alumni Association is a Canadian Blood Services’ (CBS) Partner for Life. As Alumni, your donation can count towards our pledge of 50 blood donations in 2023. Friends of the Alumni Association and University of Windsor can also donate to our pledge.
Visit the Alumni Cares Blood Donation website to learn more and book your appointment.
Life After 50 Volunteer Opportunities
The University of Windsor Alumni Association has partnered with Life After 50, offering various volunteer opportunities.
Telephone Assurance Caller
- Providing a friendly phone call to homebound seniors to ensure safety and general well-being.
- Calls vary from once a week to 3 times a week, Monday to Friday between 8:30am and 4:30pm
Computer One to One
- Assist members with basic computer skills, cell phone and tablet use.
- This can be done by appointment, Monday to Friday, 9am to 4pm.
If you are interested in volunteering, please call or email our Volunteer Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 519-254-1108 x132.
Alumni Snow Angels Volunteers
The University of Windsor Alumni Association has partnered with the City of Windsor's Snow Angels program to help members of the community who need it most during the winter months.
The Snow Angels program has been running for 20 years and many residents rely on the service provided by volunteers. Recently, Snow Angels' volunteer numbers have dropped which means that people like you are needed more than ever. This program has the potential to help over 400 residents of Windsor with their snow removal needs. We thank you for your interest in this program and applaud your willingness to help those in the community who need it most.
Visit the Alumni Snow Angels Volunteer website to learn more and register to volunteer.
Become a regular Alumni Association Volunteer
The Alumni Association is always seeking positive, energetic individuals who would like to volunteer. The Association has a variety of volunteer opportunities to suit different passions, skill sets and interests.
If you have the time to commit to giving back to the University of Windsor, have received a degree, diploma or certificate in a certified program of one year or more from the University of Windsor or if you're a current student, the Alumni Association has an opportunity for you.
To receive information on all Alumni Association volunteer opportunities, use the button below to complete a volunteer application.
Benefits of Volunteering with the Association
By volunteering with the Alumni Association, individuals reap the following benefits:
- Make a difference at the University of Windsor and in your community
- Network and connect with like-minded individuals in the community and meet new people
- Learn new skills
- Gain confidence
- Be a part of the local community
- Take on a new challenge
- Have fun
Other ways to get involved
The Alumni Association offers a variety of volunteer opportunities for alumni, students and community members. Use the button below to learn more about our current volunteer opportunities.
As a graduate from UWindsor you have valuable life and career advice to share. With 85% of jobs being filled via networking and 2.4 million jobs available over the next four years, it is key for students to receive support and advice from those in industry. The top skills companies are looking for across ALL industries are active listening, speaking, critical thinking and social perceptiveness. Everyone can improve these skills by connecting with others, sharing your story and asking thoughtful questions.
Powered by Ten Thousand Coffees, UWindsor Ten Thousand Coffees is an exclusive networking and mentoring platform that introduces you to alumni and students based on specific career interests and goals. You can schedule and set up a coffee chat in-person or online.
- You’ll receive a monthly introduction to a student or fellow alumni based on your career interests and goals
- Suggest a time to chat, in-person at a coffee shop or online from the comfort of your home, to share your advice and experience
- Receive an official LinkedIn certification to recognize your commitment to mentoring and networking
- Once you join, all introductions are sent directly to your inbox, so you don’t need to use another tool!
The easiest and quickest way to gain access is to sign-up using your alumni email address here. JOIN NOW
If you choose to use a different email, you will be placed into an approval queue where you will be reviewed by school administrators. You can request to join by clicking here.
Complete a volunteer application form to be included in all future calls for volunteers.
Help with the recruitment of new UWindsor Lancers by volunteering your time to support the University of Windsor's student recruitment initiatives. Alumni volunteers are used in a variety of capacities including but not limited to participating in recruitment events, providing testimonials and acting as an Ambassador and example of what a University of Windsor education can do for prospective students.
Stay tuned for future opportunities to support our recruitment efforts.
Complete a volunteer application form to be included in all future calls for volunteers.
The Alumni Association Board of Directors manages a robust portfolio of initiatives, each with the goal of enhancing the life of students and Alumni of the University of Windsor. The Board of Directors is comprised of a variety of individuals possessing a suite of skill sets, and offers members exclusive professional development and networking opportunities.
Are you or is someone you know interested in joining the Alumni Association Board of Directors? Follow this link Access the Alumni Association Nomination Form.
Get involved with the Alumni Association by joining one of our committees; each dedicated the executing specific initiatives to enhance the prestige of the University of Windsor.
Specific committees include:
- Public Affairs
- Reunions and Special Events
- Strategic Planning
Help the Alumni Association welcome new graduates by volunteering at the Alumni Association's Diploma Framing Table service at Convocation(s). This short-term volunteer opportunity is a great way to get involved with the Association and experience the joy of watching graduates become Alumni of the University of Windsor.
Upcoming Convocation(s) include:
- Stay tuned for upcoming dates
Enjoy some fun in the sun by volunteering with the Alumni Association at the annual Alumni & Friends Golf Tournament. Selling raffle tickets and running on-course activities is just a couple of the fun ways you can get involved.
The 2024 Alumni & Friends Golf Tournament will take place on Monday, July 22nd. Stay tuned for more details on volunteer opportunities.
Volunteer by joining our dynamic team of Brand Ambassadors who attend community events promoting the Alumni Association brand, its benefits and services. Have some fun with the local community in the process.
Volunteer with the Alumni Association at on and off campus events such as Welcome Week, Alumni Weekend, community BBQ's and more.
Apply to Volunteer with the Alumni Association
To help us find a valuable volunteer opportunity for you, follow this link to complete the Alumni Association Volunteer Application Form. Once reviewed, the Alumni Relations and Advancement Office will reach out to you to set up a meeting or sign you up for a volunteer opportunity.
To discuss volunteer opportunities or to get more information, contact Rob Janisse at (519) 253-3000 ext. 4055 or email to email@example.com.