Volunteer Opportunities

Photo source: 1974 Grinnell yearbook.

We want you. We count on alumni leaders. Did you enjoy your experience at Grinnell? Do you want to give your time and talent back to your alma mater? Do you want to get involved? 

Click on the questions below to learn more about how you can become an alumni leader for Grinnell College.

Are you interested in representing Grinnell College alumni?

Do you enjoy providing career advice and experiences for current students?

Are you interested in keeping members of your class updated and connected?

Would you like to help plan you next class reunion?

Do you believe Grinnellians should show financial support for their alma mater?

Are you interested in helping the College recruit future Grinnellians?

Would you like to help plan Grinnell events in your city?


Are you interested in representing Grinnell College alumni?

Alumni Council

The Grinnell College Alumni Council is a group of 26 Grinnell alumni whose purpose is to foster strong connections between alumni and the College and among the 20,000 living Grinnell alumni. 

Responsibilities of a Council member:

  • Attend meetings on campus twice a year.
  • Attend conference calls/webinars throughout the year.
  • Attend Grinnell College alumni events.
  • Encourage and uphold an active group of alumni in the region where the member lives. 

For more information, please visit our Alumni Council web page. You may also contact Jayn Bailey Chaney '05, Director of Alumni Relations, at chaneyj@grinnell.edu or (866) 850-1846 (toll-free).

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Do you enjoy providing career advice and experiences for current students?

Center for Careers, Life, and Service (CLS) Volunteer

Whether you can give an hour or a summer's worth of time, there are students eager to tap into your expertise and experience. Grinnell College alumni have always been generous, offering their time and connections to move other Grinnellians along in their careers. In today's challenging job market, your support is not only necessary for Grinnell students to compete but also the right thing to do—and an important way for you to make a difference in their lives. The time you give a student now can lead to great things.

Responsibilities of a CLS volunteer:

  • Connect with talented students who are eager to learn and who are highly motivated.
  • Learn from students about their current experiences at Grinnell. 
  • Share your career and professional experience. 
  • Meet students who may be potential future interns, employees, or colleagues.
  • Enhance the College's reputation by increasing the success of Grinnell graduates.

For more information about volunteering for the CLS, please contact Nate Dobbels, Assistant Director of Alumni Relations for Career Programs, at dobbelsn@grinnell.edu or (866) 850-1846 (toll-free).

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Are you interested in keeping members of your class updated and connected?

Class Agent

Class agents play a significant role for each class in promoting and sustaining relationships between classmates and the College. Class agents are a vital part of Grinnell College's efforts to engage the talent, passion for learning, and generosity of its alumni—starting in the first year of College and continuing through a lifetime.

Responsibilities of a Class Agent:

  • Foster existing connections and promote new relationships among fellow classmates, other alumni, and the College.
  • Model a spirit of volunteerism and giving back to the College.
  • Build and enhance alumni networking by writing class letters at least two times a year.
  • Attend Volunteer Weekend.
  • Actively participate on the class committee through attendance at Reunion Planning Weekend and through assistance with Reunion planning. 

For more information about serving as a class agent, please contact Molly Campe '96, Associate Director of Alumni Relations, at campe@grinnell.edu or (866) 850-1846 (toll-free).

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Would you like to help plan you next class reunion?

Class Committees

Class committee members build and strengthen a network of philanthropic and engaged classmates serving the greater good of Grinnell College. Working together, members establish peer-to-peer contacts and set an example for their classmates through their own participation in alumni activities and philanthropy. 

Responsibilities of a Class Committee Member:

  • Encourage and maintain peer connections to the College.
  • Generate excitement about attendance at Reunion.
  • Attend Reunion Planning Weekend the year preceding the committee member's Reunion.

For more information about serving on a class committee, please contact Paige Everly, Assistant Director of Alumni Relations, at everlypa@grinnell.edu or (866) 850-1846 (toll-free).

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Do you believe Grinnellians should show financial support for their alma mater?

Class Fund Director

As a class fund director (CFD), you play a significant role for your class as peer-to-peer development officers who help the College achieve its strategic goals by generating financial support.

The ultimate goal of a CFD is to create a relationship with classmates that enhances and deepens the class's philanthropic relationship with Grinnell College. This is accomplished through a variety of touch points and key messages. Successful interactions are measured by the number of donors, rate of giving (donors) per class, and amount of revenue generated for the College.

Responsibilities of a CFD:

  • Demonstrate personal commitment by giving to Grinnell every year.
  • Ask classmates to give to Grinnell.
  • Thank donors in your class for their gifts.
  • Attend Volunteer Weekend.
  • Actively participate on the class committee through attendance at Reunion Planning Weekend and through assistance with Reunion planning.

For more information about becoming a class fund director, please contact Brian Kramer, Assistant Director of Annual Giving, at kramerbr@grinnell.edu or (866) 850-1846 (toll-free).

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Are you interested in helping the College recruit future Grinnellians?

Grinnell Regional Admission Support Program (GRASP) Volunteer

GRASP volunteers serve as an extension of the office of admission, acting as ambassadors of Grinnell College and promoting awareness of the institution. They play an important role throughout the admission process by upholding the values inherent in the Grinnell experience. This is done through honest and accurate representation of the College. The role of an individual volunteer will depend upon regional programs, the volunteer's interest level in such programs, and the amount of time the volunteer has available. 

Responsibilities of a GRASP volunteer:

  • Interview applicants to the College.
  • Represent Grinnell at a local college fair.
  • Reach out to students/parents individually.
  • Identify qualified students to refer to Grinnell.
  • Host or attend regional prospective student events.

Would you like to become a GRASP volunteer? Fill out the following online form: https://forum.grinnell.edu/webform/grasp-volunteer-interest-form

For more information about GRASP, please contact Melanie Drake '92, Assistant Director of Alumni Relations for Admission Programs, at drakem@grinnell.edu or (866) 850-1846 (toll-free).

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Would you like to help plan Grinnell events in your city?

Grinnell Regional Networks Volunteer

Grinnell Regional Networks are groups of alumni, parents, and friends who can provide new and continuing opportunities for Grinnellians to stay involved with the College and with one another wherever they happen to live. Programs may include social, cultural, and educational events, community service projects, and networking opportunities. Regional network events bring Grinnellians together in celebration of the College's commitment to community, social justice, and lifelong learning. 

Responsibilities of a Regional Network Volunteer:

  • Attend planning meetings in the region.
  • Assist with implementing planned events in the region.
  • Attend local events to represent the committee.

As of spring 2014, regional networks exist in Chicago, Washington, DC, Los Angeles, Boston, New York City, Minneapolis/Saint Paul (Twin Cities), Pittsburgh, Richmond, VA, and Seattle. 

If you are interested in joining these groups or becoming a part of an upcoming regional network in your area, please contact Molly Campe '96, Associate Director of Alumni Relations, at campe@grinnell.edu or (866) 850-1846 (toll-free).

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