Paying It Forward

Paying It Forward

That’s the approximate number of Wellesley alumnae around the world who volunteer their time to the College, their class, local club, or special interest group. They might be separated by their vintage at Wellesley and by thousands of miles, but they are as connected as ever—organizing mini-reunions, recruiting prospective students, writing class notes and club newsletters, and so much more. They keep the Wellesley connection alive, allowing lifelong friendships to flourish and enhancing support for the College. We at the WCAA doff our collective beanies to all the volunteers who make room in their busy schedules to use their talents for the Wellesley community.

Why Do You Volunteer?

Ever since attending my 5th reunion, I have been motivated to participate as an alumna volunteer. It’s a natural continuation of participating in the Wellesley community as a student. Reconnecting with old friends and connecting with/making new friends is an immediate benefit. The ability to have an impact in alumnae class, club, or special-interest group programs and events while possibly learning new transferable skills is also a benefit. Being in the company of amazingly bright, interesting, and courageous women who may be my peers, my “unofficial” mentors or mentees, is both a motivation and a benefit.

—Pamm McNeil ’82, Landover Hills, Md.

I give back because Wellesley was such a transformative experience for me, and volunteering is my way of expressing gratitude for all that Wellesley gave me. And volunteering allows me to connect and work with other women, which (sadly!) is something I do not have the opportunity to do in my profession.

—Amy Sheridan ’99, South Boston

I love my college, and I love working with Wellesley women. To me, there is nothing more fun than teaming with the enthusiastic young club officers here or my beloved ’60 classmates. One small example: Last June, my record book co-editor and I were enjoying reunion. I turned to her and said, “What do you think? Shall we do the record book again?” The reply was instant: “Absolutely!”

The doing is reward enough, but I also always feel I’ve done something useful and appreciated for Wellesley.

—Vicki Garriques Fay ’60, Kaneohe, Hawaii

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