Volunteer Opportunities

Get Involved

Volunteers are an important part of the Shipley alumni community. Whether you live locally or around the world, have thirty minutes to offer or thirty hours, there are many ways to get involved and get connected with Shipley and other alumni while helping ensure Shipley's continued excellence.

Alumni Anywhere

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  • Class Liaison

    As a Class Liaison, you represent the School in your efforts to promote alumni engagement and encourage financial support from members of your class. Class Liaisons also play a vital role in keeping classmates connected by maintaining and promoting communication.
    Contact: Ali Schwartz ‘10, Alumni Engagement Coordinator 
  • Shipley Ambassadors

    Shipley Ambassadors reach out to the greater community (and potential new families) to tell their Shipley story and use word of mouth to help market the School to others.
    Contact: Sue Manix, Associate Head of School for Strategic Initiative
  • Encourage Alumni Giving

    Shipley depends on the philanthropic gifts of alumni, parents, grandparents, parents of alumni, faculty and staff, friends, and others. Each year, Shipley sends solicitations asking for support from the alumni community. With an alumni body of more than 5,000, your help would be greatly appreciated. You can volunteer to encourage alumni to give, share your story about why supporting Shipley is important to you, call fellow donors to say "thank you," or sign a solicitation letter to add a personal touch. Whether you have thirty minutes to spare or several hours, your help will make a difference!
    Contact: Mary Ellen Keyser, Director of the Annual Fund
  • Alumni Mentoring

    If you are interested in connecting and sharing your knowledge with a college student or young professional, please consider becoming a mentor by signing up on our online platform, Shipley Connect! www.shipleyconnect.org
  • Alumni Data

    At Shipley, we strive to have the most up-to-date data on our entire alumni community. Alumni data volunteers can work from anywhere in the world to help update the Shipley database by encouraging other alumni to update Shipley when they move, change jobs, get married, or have children.
    Contact: Ali Schwartz ‘10, Alumni Engagement Coordinator
  • Alumni Attendance Committee

    Serve on the attendance committee for an alumni event in your city. Even if you cannot host or sponsor, we would love to have you help us with event attendance by reaching out to fellow Shipley alumni in your area!
    Contact: Valerie Satterfield Twomey, Director of Constituent Engagement
  • Host an Alumni Reception

    Do you own a restaurant, event venue, or love hosting people in your home? Become an Event Host for the Shipley alumni community! The Shipley Alumni Office hosts events for alumni throughout the country and we are always looking for alumni who want to be involved and can offer a venue.
    Contact: Valerie Satterfield Twomey, Director of Constituent Engagement
  • Provide Goods or Services

    Shipley's Spring Auction is the largest fundraising event of the year - with both a live and silent auction as part of the evening. Donate experiences, services, or goods to be sold to the highest bidder! 
    Contact: Melissa Keiper, Assistant Director of Constituent Engagement

Local Alumni

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  • Alumni Book Club

    The book club meets at Beechwood on Shipley’s Lower School campus. There is a new book every month during the school year and discussions are led by alumni. We encourage you to bring a guest, too!
    Contact: Ali Schwartz ‘10, Alumni Engagement Coordinator
  • Alumni Council

    The Alumni Council supports Shipley by engaging and cultivating Alumni to create a vibrant, involved alumni community that is emotionally and financially invested in the School’s success. Council Members serve as well-informed enthusiastic ambassadors of Shipley to Alumni and the community at large and serve in a number of volunteer roles.
    Contact: Josephine Burri, Director of Development
  • Student Mentoring

    There are a variety of opportunities to work with students in a classroom setting. Shipley students love to hear (and greatly benefit from) your real-world perspective in an area they are considering as a career.
    Contact: Ali Schwartz ‘10, Alumni Engagement Coordinator
  • Greening of the School

    Volunteers gather every December to create seasonal decorations for the School.
    Contact: Melissa Keiper, Assistant Director of Constituent Engagement
  • Host Alumni Weekend Class Party

    Each year, fifteen reunion classes celebrate their milestone reunion with a special party on the Saturday of Alumni Weekend. The Shipley Alumni Office is always looking for alumni who want to be involved and can offer their homes or another venue to help their class celebrate.
    Contact: Valerie Satterfield Twomey, Director of Constituent Engagement
  • Join an Event Committee

    There’s a role for everyone and an event that’s right for you. Whether you have a few hours to spare or can take on a leadership role, our events depend upon volunteers to support these events that raise funds to support Shipley students and academic programs. 

    To learn more about the events below, contact Melissa Keiper, Assistant Director of Constituent Engagement.
    Shipley Shops (October)
    Vendors from all over bring a spectacular array of merchandise. There are many ways for you to get involved with Shops. You can even volunteer to staff Shipley’s own booth, Collectibles.

    The largest fundraising event of the year, the Spring Auction is a one-night event that features both a live and silent auction. Volunteers help in a variety of ways; including, but not limited to, marketing, decor, event planning, and acquisitions.

    The all-day tour of private gardens is held in a different area each year. The committee plans and hosts the tour, which includes a luncheon with selected vendors at Shipley’s Garden Boutique.

    Garden Guide (May)
    If you’d like to get involved with Secret Gardens in a different way, please consider volunteering to be a Garden Guide! Guides do not need any garden-related knowledge and help us on the day of the event in 3-hour shifts.

Contact Us

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  • Photo of Valerie Twomey

    Valerie Twomey 

    Director of Constituent Engagement
    Phone/Extension: 4618
  • Photo of Melissa Keiper

    Melissa Keiper 

    Associate Director of Constituent Engagement
    Phone/Extension: 4243
  • Photo of Alexandra Schwartz

    Alexandra Schwartz 

    Alumni Engagement Coordinator
    Phone/Extension: 4155
The Shipley School is a private, coeducational day school for pre-kindergarten through 12th grade students, located in Bryn Mawr, PA. Through our commitment to educational excellence, we develop within each student a love of learning and a desire for compassionate participation in the world.