Benefits of Volunteering for JMU’s Greek System
James Madison University’s Greek system needs faculty, staff, alumni, and community volunteers to support individual chapters and members within those chapters, and to carry out the activities of the FSL Advisory Committee. A number of chapters have a significant number of involved, but for others, the volunteer effort is limited to one or two individuals. This results in the chapter lacking sufficient support, and those involved suffer burnout.
A lesson learned each year is that chapters with significant faculty, staff, alumni, and community support perform much better in all phases of Greek life. Another lesson is that the addition of new volunteers brings forth new energy and ideas that can enhance the student’s experience and their positive impact on the campus and Harrisonburg communities.
Whether you are a member of a fraternity/sorority or not, there are opportunities available for members of the University and Harrisonburg community to get involved, learn more about fraternity/sorority life at JMU, and enhance the experiences of our student’s.
Why get involved?
The unselfish reason is that you want to see students succeed both in and outside the classroom and/or because your own Greek experience was beneficial.
There are benefits to you personally as well:
- You will get to know today’s JMU from the student the perspective better.
- You will have increased opportunities to meet your old friends from the chapter, and/or to make new friends among other faculty, staff, and community volunteers.
- You’ll meet some impressive James Madison undergraduates.
- You will have an opportunity to put your personal and professional experience to good use.
- You’ll have an opportunity to build your skills in leadership, communication, and other various areas of personal and professional development.
- You may learn something that will help you with your own children or grand children.
- You’ll experience things from a different perspective.
- You’ll have an opportunity for a change of pace and a different environment.
- You’ll get a strong sense of personal satisfaction from seeing a chapter and JMU’s Greek community achieve success and excellence.
If you are interested in volunteering as an advisor, program/workshop facilitator, or some other role please contact us.