Volunteer Opportunities

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Devoted and engaged alumni are crucial in maintaining the high-quality educational experience that Swarthmore consistently provides. In addition to financial support, there are many ways in which alumni can volunteer their time, skills, and experience to enrich the College, the student body, and the alumni community itself.

Listed below are listed a few ways in which alumni volunteer their efforts, but we are always looking for innovative methods to contribute to the vitality of the College. If you have new ideas on how to help, please contact the alumni office (alumni@swarthmore.edu) and share them with us; every contribution is welcome.


Alumni volunteers are a vital part of the Admissions Office's outreach, recruitment, and yield efforts. They interview prospective students, represent Swarthmore at college fairs, and serve as resources for prospective and admitted students and their families. To register as an Alumni Admissions Volunteer, contact Danielle Fitzgerald '15 (dfitzge1@swarthmore.edu), 610-328-8288.

Alumni Council

Alumni Council, the governing body of the Alumni Association, participates in a variety of activities to support students, alumni, and the College. If you have questions about the Council, are interested in serving, or wish to nominate a fellow graduate to serve, contact Lisa Shafer, (lshafer1@swarthmore.edu), 610-328-8009.

Class Secretaries 

The class secretaries dutifully maintain class notes for the Bulletin, Swarthmore's alumni magazine. Contact Elizabeth Slocum at eslocum1@swarthmore.edu to serve as a class secretary.


Swarthmore's regional alumni organizations are called "Connections." Connection events range from trips to museums to family picnics in the park. The Alumni Office is always looking for volunteers to help organize and staff Connection events. Contact Geoff Semenuk (gsemenu1@swarthmore.edu) or 610-328-8453 to get involved.

Extern Program

The Swarthmore Extern Program is a five-day job-shadowing program that enables current students to explore a particular field of interest during January. Alumni may volunteer as workplace sponsors or homestay hosts—or both. Contact Career Services at extern@swarthmore.edu 610-328-8351.


Are you willing to share your expertise and experience with current students? Student organizations are often looking for alumni to participate in panels and other events or to act as an informal mentor to the group or individual members. Contact Caitlin Halloran Edwards (challor2@swarthmore.edu) to be connected with a group, or to stay updated on future opportunities. 

Reunion Planning

Every year, Swarthmore's Alumni Weekend celebrates a phenomenal gathering of class years (every 5th year, sometimes on back to the 75th reunion class, and also the 2nd year class). You can help make your class reunion a success by serving on your class reunion planning committee. Volunteers coordinate class activities and encourage classmates to return to campus for that magical first weekend in June. Contact Wendy Waltman at wwaltma1@swarthmore.edu, 610-328-8404

Scott Arboretum Volunteers

Scott Arboretum volunteers help maintain the gardens and plant collections and assist in providing over 80 horticulture-related, educational programs to the public each year. To get involved, contact the Scott Arboretum Office at scott@swarthmore.edu, 610-328-8025.