By Mary Jane Dellafiora
Are you sitting at home during a pandemic and wondering how to spend your time? Have you been going through community service withdrawal? Are you looking to fill the volunteering void that resulted when your student started college and your years of PTSA, Booster Clubs, and being a band, soccer or dance parent came to an end?
If you are, why not join us on the Aggie Parent and Family Council (APFC)?
“One Aggie Network” includes a number of organizations, including the Aggie Parent and Family Association. One of its subgroups is the APFC which meets twice a year, usually in person but now virtually, and acts as an outreach group and sounding board for Aggie family activities and issues. Among other functions, the group facilitates communication and represents the interests of Aggie parents by sharing opinions, concerns and feedback with university representatives. APFC members increase parent engagement at university-sponsored campus and regional events through volunteer opportunities such as Orientation, Welcome Week, and Parent and Family Weekend. This year, even a pandemic could not stymie their efforts to welcome new students and their families. The council virtually presented at Admitted Student Day and Orientation. Members also encourage philanthropy on APFC’s behalf (not a member requirement) and encourage other parents to contribute to UC Davis. The APFC sponsors an annual scholarship fund that supports at least two students each year.
Most of APFC’s work is done through five committees: communications, out-of-state/international students, ambassadors, scholarship and membership. A committee exists for every talent, interest, skill and level of commitment. We all look ahead longingly for the days when students can participate in Aggie traditions during Picnic Day, and when on-campus wine, beer or spirit tastings can occur – these are examples of events that APFC participates in and where sponsors may attend. But for now, you can volunteer virtually and meet some UC Davis family members who strive to maintain a sense of community that this university is well known for. You do not need to be an extrovert. Perhaps having some time to yourself during this national slowdown has allowed you to think about yourself and your loved ones in a way that has allowed you to treasure what you mean to each other. We hope that UC Davis will become part of your treasured memories. Come join APFC and participate in what makes UC Davis a place you and your students miss when you’re at home.
Apply to be part of the Aggie Parent and Family Council!
Applications are now being accepted for the Aggie Parent and Family Council! Applicants must be a member of the Aggie Parent and Family Association, and applications must be submitted by Friday February 26, 2021. If interested please complete the Parent Council Application.
If you’re not a member of Aggie Parent and Family Association, you can apply online!