Staying True to Your Core: Prioritizing Volunteers as a Part of Your Work: 2021 Governor’s Conference on Volunteerism

Presented by Allison Pudvah, Associate Director of Alumni Engagement, Southern New Hampshire University; Sara Telfer, Senior Associate Director of Alumni Engagement, Southern New Hampshire University

Session Description:

Are you feeling stuck in the way you’re engaging volunteers and unsure how to move through it? The Alumni Engagement team at Southern New Hampshire University is excited to share with you how they have prioritized volunteering as a core part of their work. Hear how they evaluate, assess, track and steward their volunteers each year.

Session Goals:

By the end of this session, participants will have learned how to:

  • brainstorm areas of opportunity and/or limitation within your current structure
  • draw inspiration from how SNHU is weighing engagement and tracking to help keep those closest to us involved
  • share strategies for working with partners across the organization



Sara has led major volunteer initiatives at SNHU since 2014 including recruiting, matching, empowering, and retaining volunteers to assist in mentoring, mock interviews, speakers, regional events, and SNHU’s Global Days of Service.

Since joining the Office of Alumni Engagement team at SNHU in 2018, Alli recruits alumni to lead and support events, participate in storytelling, affinity programming, and stewarding relationships towards the next opportunity.