The Importance of Volunteers to Wheelock

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As part of Giving Day, the Development and Alumni Relations Office is looking for Giving Day Ambassadors. Responsibilities range from social media promotions to phone and email messages to your fellow Wheelock graduates. This week we wanted to take a break from focusing on the monetary aspects of Giving Day and focus on the importance of sharing the Wheelock story and of giving back to Wheelock in non-monetary ways.

Were you aware that the Alumni Association Board is completely volunteer run? These 16-20 alumni work tirelessly, with staff support, to make sure alumni have a say in Wheelock’s governance, have great events to attend (like the Alumni symposium and Reunion), and have volunteer opportunities through World Service Weekend.

Two of these members, Barbara Tarr Drauschke ’72 and Beverly Tarr Mattatall ’72, with the help of other Alumni Board members, have hosted the annual Plant Giveaway on move-in day for more than 35 years. They give each incoming student a plant grown by them as a welcome present to Wheelock.

These plants embody Lucy Wheelock’s vision of improving the lives of children and families and are symbolic of Lucy Wheelock’s quote.


“Plant in the land of children whatever you wish to put into the life of our time.”


Plant Giveaway 2006: Brianne Flynn Kimble (former director of Alumni Relations), Bonnie Page ’76/’92MS, Willy the Wildcat (Wheelock’s mascot), Barbara Tarr Drauschke ’72, Beverly Tarr Mattattal ’72, Kyla McSweeney ’94/’97MS (former associate director of Alumni Relations), Mila Moschella ’75, and Joan Anderson Watts ’65/’83MS
Plant Giveaway 2006: Brianne Flynn Kimble (former director of Alumni Relations), Bonnie Page ’76/’92MS, Willy the Wildcat (Wheelock’s mascot), Barbara Tarr Drauschke ’72, Beverly Tarr Mattattal ’72, Kyla McSweeney ’94/’97MS (former associate director of Alumni Relations), Mila Moschella ’75, and Joan Anderson Watts ’65/’83MS

It is this type of personal touch that truly makes our alumni great and that makes Wheelock the institution that you know and love. We hope that you join Wheelock community members from around the world in sharing your story AND making a gift on March 30 as part of Wheelock’s first annual Giving Day.

If you are interested in becoming an online or on-campus ambassador for the first Wheelock Giving Day, email Geoff in the Development and Alumni Relations Office at gwhaley@wheelock.edu.

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