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One of the LV alumni who responded to the survey contributed a perspective worth sharing: “Unfortunately I live in Northern MN and feel pretty disconnected from other Lasallians in MN. I would welcome the opportunity to use Skype or some other method to communicate with a current volunteer and would gladly travel (with my family or without) to a state or national alumni retreat or to work with current volunteers. Luckily I get to take several of my students on a service trip to Chicago each year and we work with the Brother David Darst Center and so I get to have ongoing communication and connection with a Lasallian organization and a Brother there.”
The LVs also have online communities on Facebook and Twitter that enable connections to continue online.
If you are distant, but travel to a city or area with other alumni, reach out in advance.
LV Alumni can also collaborate from long-distance to plan retreats or reunions of LVs – the 2011 LV Orientation was planned with the help of an LV alumna living several hundred miles away!
Finally, you can expect that this reality of our associative group will continue to be a topic of conversation and discernment – especially as the LV Alumni Association (LVAA) comes together and carries the voices of more LV alumni.
LV Alumni Association (LVAA) Initiatives
Survey respondents shared the following ideas and experiences: “I have spoken with potential LVs and encouraged them to serve.” “I helped with the race in Memphis and many years ago in Philly.” “I run a co-ed softball team that plays in a church league in New York City and I always try to recruit current and past LVs in the NYC area to play. The winner of the season chooses a charity to send a $1500-$2000 check provided by the league sponsor and I have made the Lasallian Volunteers my charity of choice.”
Among the initiatives in the LV Alumni Association (LVAA) Strategic Plan is the sharing and lifting up of successful ways LV alumni are staying connected and continuing to contribute to Lasallian Volunteers. While the forum for this sharing remains to be seen, this exchange can hopefully provide ideas and inspiration for other LV alumni to join or replicate in other parts of the country.
Lasallian Volunteers is well described as an “ever-expanding movement.” Notice how this contrasts with being solely a one or two year volunteer experience. Our LV experience does not end and we are not stripped of being Lasallian Volunteers on the last day at our service site, or when we say our goodbyes to the building that was the home of our community. As such, we have a call to remain connected to and invested in one another.
As a Staff, we are mindful that a lack of time and resources has stifled some of these efforts in the past. Mindful of that reality and other scarcities that exist, the LV Staff and Advisory Board chose strategically to expand the staff to five people – one of whom is responsible for alumni outreach and enables the rest of the Staff also dedicate time and energy to alumni initiatives.
All of this is a process and part of the growth that characterizes a vibrant, “ever-expanding movement.” At this moment in time, your participation and your voice as LV alumni are particularly relevant and needed. We invite you to be the hands and feet, the hearts and minds that make this vision a reality.
Feedback like this really calls us to task as members of the LV community – both from a staff perspective and a fellow alumnus/alumna perspective.
From a staff perspective, we see that there is a longing to remain connected and continue strengthening the bonds and growth that takes place in community. We’re making alumni engagement a priority and dedicating unprecedented time and resources in order to give it the attention and care it deserves.
From an alumnus/alumna perspective, we see that our fellow alumni wish to associate with us. If we too feel inspired to carry forward and promote this association, we can act by… praying for and learning about the work done by LVs currently… by leading or joining a local Lasallian associative group… by carrying the awareness of our fellow Lasallians with us and inviting them to join us as we build community in personal, family, professional, and spiritual lives… and many other ways that the Spirit may speak to you.
As noted before, the vision of Lasallian Volunteers is to be an “ever-expanding movement” that only adds people to it, and we hope that anyone who feels cautious or marginalized in the past will take up this invitation to reconnect – and if not on this invitation, then on the future invitations that will be offered or a standing invitation that endures.