Volunteer/Give Back

A great university doesn't just happen. It's built brick by brick, program by program, student by student. And a great university can't rely on faculty and administrators alone - it's built on the support of its alumni. 

We invite you to lend your support in creative, personally meaningful ways that will inspire and shape the future of this great University. There are a myriad of ways you can give back to your alma mater, both through volunteering and financial support. Please, get involved, and help UAlbany sustain its commitment to academic distinction by providing resources vital to maintaining state-of-the-art facilities, nationally recognized programs and innovative academic opportunities. Share your vision, and ours.

"We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give."

                                                         ~ Winston Churchill


You can be ordinary but do extraordinary things!

Get involved and stay engaged.

Volunteer, give back and support UAlbany.


Just a note to thank you for the opportunity to volunteer at Commencement on Sunday
(May 15, 2011). It was a wet but fun day! It was a complete pleasure greeting and meeting so many graduatesand their families. I really enjoyed assisting the elderly and disabled in the golf cart. I think I was the last golf cart to stop transporting. I had a blast !

~ Rick Corcione’72


Find out how you can make a difference.

Though my time at UAlbany as an undergraduate formed the basic foundation for the significant professional and personal accomplishments of my life, I can say with all honesty that being involved as an alumni volunteer in various capacities for the last 17 years has added an entirely new dimension to my appreciation for public higher education in general, and the special opportunities available through attending UAlbany. My initial experience of being a representative on the Council of Classes (with a primary focus of working on reunions for my class) ultimately led to leadership positions on that body, as well as heightened involvement with, and ultimately membership on, the UAlbany Alumni Association Board of Directors. I continue to cherish these opportunities and the good people associated with them who are similarly united in a) recognizing what their time at Albany meant to them and b) proudly trumpeting the "Albany brand."

I guess the major thing I've learned (as growing age has sharpened my appreciation for how my time at UAlbany critically shaped my life) is that no one gesture of support - either financial, through volunteering one's time or expertise, etc. - is truly "too small."  It may sound trite, but every little bit DOES help.  UAlbany has an amazingly diverse and large body of talent out in the "real world;"  if every one of the 148,000 strong current alums would consider "giving something back" in recognition of what UAlbany did for them, the prestige of this noble institution would be enhanced well beyond its already well-recognized standing.  There are dozens of different ways any alum can step up and help - just check out the Alumni Association Volunteer Opportunities website -  or suggest one of your own!


~ David Schaffer ’83