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Volunteer Basics

Who does ASK serve?

ASK benefits undergraduate students, graduate students and alumni almost equally. The number of beneficiaries who rely on ASK services has more than doubled over the last few years and continues to show steady growth.

If you have an interest in supporting our students and alumni and seeing them achieve their life and career dreams, join us! We welcome alumni from all colleges and majors as well as all locations to volunteer as ASK mentors. Even alumni outside of Chicago can help our students succeed.

Volunteer Opportunities

There are different ways ASK mentors can contribute to the success of our students and alumni:

New Volunteer Orientation

To express your interest in becoming an ASK mentor, view our overview video​ and learn how to sign up as a volunteer.

Managing Your Profile

Your volunteer profile is your first impression on a student or alumnus seeking your help; creating and maintaining an informative profile is crucial to your continued involvement with ASK. ASK currently houses its volunteer profiles on depaul.joinhandshake.com, a password-protected database. Log into your account periodically for updates using the username and password provided when you registered as a volunteer. Because this program has a national scope, it requires a current email address. If your email becomes inactive or bounces back, we will inactivate you in the program. If you experience difficulty, please contact the ASK team​.

Need a Break?

To accommodate family leave, busy work seasons or longer vacations, you can mark your profile as temporarily unavailable for mentoring by selecting "Not Allowed" in the "Student Contact Preference" field of your mentor profile.

You will still receive ASK communications, but students will no longer be able to connect with you until you change this setting to "Allowed." You can also permanently step down as an ASK volunteer at any time by contacting us at ask@depaul.edu.​​​​