UND And Local Young Professionals To Host “Be Connected” Event Sept. 25

UND and the Greater Grand Forks Young Professionals (GGFYP) will host a “Be Connected: Grand Forks and UND” Networking event from 4 to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 25, at the North Dakota Museum of Art. Participants will come to the event ready to network with UND faculty and staff, providing information about what their organization does, what volunteer and service opportunities they have available and how they might connect with each other.

The purpose of this event is to connect UND faculty and staff with the many volunteer and community leadership opportunities that exist within the Grand Forks community. Nonprofit organizations and community leaders have been invited to a networking social hour at the Museum of Art to share information about the volunteer opportunities that exist and how to engage with the Grand Forks community.

Background: In January 2012, UND and GGFYP held the “Collaboration Lunch” inviting UND employees to discuss a variety of topics related to their work and their personal lives. Data collected before and during the event showed that this group of almost 100 employees who registered for the lunch were involved in a variety of volunteer roles, but were interested in getting better connected to the community. In fact, more than 40 percent of the attendees were there primarily because they were seeking opportunities to connect to the community.

Participants indicated a desire to connect with nonprofit agencies for volunteering, leadership involvement (boards, elected positions, etc.) and general information about what is going on (activities, events, etc.) in the community. They agreed that another session that includes nonprofit agencies and community leaders would be beneficial. The timing of this session also allows employees who have just moved to the area to connect to the Greater Grand Forks community in a meaningful way.

For more information, contact Stacey Heggen, with the GGFYP, at stacey@ggfyp.com.