Alumni Volunteer Opportunities
To join in Alumni Volunteer Opportunities please contact Director of Alumni, Andrew MacDonnell (805) 684-4127 x 281
To join in Cate Fund Volunteer Opportunities please contact Director of the Cate Fund, Colin Donovan (805) 684-4127 x 266
To volunteer to host a region reception please contact Director of Special Gifts and Events, Sarah Preston (805) 684-4127 x 286
Connect with other alumni, parents, and friends of Cate by attending regional receptions and/or service opportunities in your area sponsored by the School. Look for announcements and invitations by mail, email, and at www.cate.org/alumni.
The Alumni Council serves as a leadership forum for alumni/ae to contribute their energy and resources to the betterment of Cate School. In a word, Servons. Every person who attended Cate School for at least one year is considered an alumnus and is invited to attend and vote at Alumni Council meetings. The Alumni Council’s main objectives are to organize regional events, help Cate’s Director of Technology plan and develop Cate School’s technological policies, facilitate career networking and mentoring (see below) for Cate alumni, and provide support for class agents.
The Alumni Council Networking Program has a two-fold objective. First, it helps alumni/ae of all age groups find internships and career opportunities. Second, alumni/ae may list themselves as networking contacts to help other alums seek employment in their industry or region. This program is not only for recent graduates, but for any alumnus/a seeking employment or looking for ideas in a new industry or location.
Peer-to-peer connections are important in building relationships that help sustain Cate. Class Agents play a vital role in both Cate’s fundraising and non-fundraising efforts and are enormously important liaisons between the School and alumni. Cate relies on the assistance of Class Agents for obtaining updates on classmates, soliciting Cate Fund gifts, and increasing participation in a multitude of Cate alumni events. Each Class Agent is given a small portion of their class with whom they are responsible for maintaining communication and school spirit — helping to ensure the cohesion and continuity between their class and Cate. This is a critical role, but one that can be fun and rewarding.
Each class has a handful of Reunion Chairs that are put in place the year preceding the class reunion. Reunion Chairs have many of the same responsibilities as Class Agents, but with the added duties of working with the Advancement Office to plan reunion activities and communicate with the class about the upcoming reunion. This can be an especially rewarding opportunity, as the year-long effort culminates at Camp Cate, Cate’s alumni reunion weekend!
The Advancement office holds approximately two phonathons each year to assist in annual Cate Fund fundraising efforts. We need support from alumni for these important (and enjoyable) events. By volunteering at a phonathon, you have the opportunity to meet fellow alumni in your area and to catch up with classmates from all around the country. No phonathon or fundraising experience is necessary.
Invite others to join you in supporting the School by becoming a Cate Fund volunteer.
The Advancement and Admission Officers are always grateful for opportunities to gather Cate friends together in the comfort of a home, both around the country, and around the world.