Cooke 90 got started as a volunteer only four years after she graduated
from Pomona, when she was asked to serve on her five-year reunion fund
committee. I learned that Im really uncomfortable asking people
for money, but entirely comfortable asking people to volunteer,
It was at her five-year reunion that Cooke saw her first Parade of Classes,
introducing her to Pomona traditions. I found it so inspiring to
see all those people come back to celebrate the College and to be celebrated
Now at alumni events, Cooke takes every opportunity to make connections
between Pomona alumni. While she volunteers for other local organizations
in the San Francisco Bay area, Cooke keeps coming back to Pomona. Ive
made such wonderful friends since volunteering for Pomona, she says.
My Pomona community is much broader than just my classmates, and
I cant imagine it any other way.
Today, when shes not recruiting alumni to help with a Bay Area Regional
Community event, chances are shes doing something else for her alma
mater. In all, shes been an active volunteer with the Alumni Association
Board, the Alumni Admissions Volunteers program, the Alumni Career Advisors
network, the Annual Fund, and Alumni Weekend.
Cooke offers a few pieces of advice for other volunteers. Think realistically
about what youre interested in doing and what you can commit to,
then follow through on those commitments. Dont be afraid to ask
for help. When planning events for your regional community,
she says, plan something youd want to do anyway, then youre
bound to have fun.
To be a volunteer in your area, contact the Alumni
Office by phone at 909-621-8110 or by e-mail at email@example.com.