Love joining other Wolverines at events during the year including nights at the theater, cooking classes, networking happy hours, or just watching football on Saturdays? All of these events, specials, and discounted prices are organized and run entirely by an amazing group of volunteers.
The Greater Washington, DC area has more than 18,000 smart and ambitious Michigan graduates, and our volunteers, alumni of all ages, give both their time and skill-sets to our Club so we can better serve the Michigan family here.
Our time at Michigan defined who we are both personally and professionally, and we are always looking for alumni who want to join our team and give back to the school and community that gave us so much. We have a number of committees for every interest and expertise – described below – that you can get involved with.
Whether you have ideas for events, want to join club leadership, or simply want to help in any way you can, please contact us at [email protected]. We’d love to have you on our team. Go Blue!
Event Planning Committees
Volunteerism is a central tenet of the University of Michigan Alumni Club of Greater Washington, DC. The Community Service Committee promotes well-being, learning about DC-area organizations with demonstrated needs, and taking action steps to better our communities. We partner with non-profits to provide service opportunities for alumni and their friends and families. The Committee even organizes an annual donation drive against The Ohio State University Alumni Club of DC!
The UMDC Programming Committee plans and executes a variety of social, cultural, educational, and networking activities for alumni of all ages and interests. We aim to provide unique experiences to DC area Wolverines, be they newly moved to the region or lifelong DC residents. These range from sporting events and theater outings to family-friendly pumpkin picking, and from ice skating in the National Gallery Sculpture Garden to brewery tours/tastings. If you like organizing exciting, educational, interesting or fun events, please consider volunteering with us!
Congressional Breakfast is UMDC’s annual fundraiser. The Congressional Breakfast Committee manages the planning and execution of the event, including logistics, coordinates with Congressional Breakfast Sponsorship Chairs for identification, outreach, and recruitment of sponsors, and coordinates with the University of Michigan Washington, D.C. Office to issue invitations to Congressional offices.
The Sports Committee is involved in both outreach and maintaining relationships with our game watch partner bars but also actively attending game watches and helping with t-shirt sales, the raffle, and even a little DJing during halftime. The Sports Committee also coordinates UMDC’s participation in the Capitol Alumni Network (CAN) team sports programs, or other area team sports programs, for kickball, soccer, volleyball, and more.
The Communications Committee is tasked with promoting the Club’s events and gatherings, supporting fundraising efforts, and assisting all other Committees with outreach to the membership, as well as supporting the UMDC Board with editorial or promotional efforts as needed. The Committee accomplishes this by utilizing the Club website, compiling a weekly member eNewsletter, and maintaining a Club presence on Instagram, Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter. Please join us if you have interest or experience in graphic design, marketing, or communications.
The Scholarship Committee oversees the process for awarding a $50,000 scholarship to one high school student from the Greater Washington, DC area. To do this, we annually prepare an application that is distributed to local high schools and made available on our website, organize a team of club members who review and comment upon the applications, and interview finalists for the award. This committee is only active in the first quarter of the year and we typically name the scholarship recipient in mid-April.
The Development Committee is responsible for developing a program of fundraising levels and requisite benefits and recognition. The committee’s goal is to raise funds, outside of the Congressional Breakfast event, to support scholarships for students in the Washington, DC area. The committee develops marketing materials and solicitation forms.
To learn more about each committee and to get involved, please email [email protected].