Twin Cities Network: Alumni Serving Their Community

July 28, 2016

Bearcats regularly gather for social events, game-watches and cultural offerings in 28 regional alumni networks around the country. In Minnesota, alumni in the Twin Cities Network do all those things, but also add a very strong community-service element to their activities.

In fact, the network was recently recognized for its exceptional service by Second Harvest Heartland, one of the nation’s largest and most innovative food banks serving Minnesota and parts of Wisconsin. Alumni in the Twin Cities Network have made volunteer work for Second Harvest a central part of their alumni experience together.

“It’s a huge honor for our network, as we were one of the first UC alumni networks to really advocate for such a service component at the core of network activities here in Minnesota,” says Natasia Moose, DAAP ’07, who is one of the co-leaders of the Twin Cities Network along with Sarah Jane Zahradka, DAAP ’06. “We were so happy to find a nice ‘home’ at Second Harvest where we can volunteer as a UC network.”

Moose said up to a dozen volunteers work at Second Harvest once or twice each year, often preparing food to go where it’s most needed in the community. It’s a chance for these civic-minded alumni to enjoy spending time together while really making a difference for others.

While Twin Cities Bearcats have partnered with Second Harvest, each network nationwide can blend meaningful service opportunities unique to its region with the prevailing interests of the group. Alumni in the Cleveland, Columbus, Charlotte and Washington D.C. networks also regularly do community service work together.

If you have ideas for projects or service partners where you live, contact your network leader(s) or Allison Hoehn, the UCAA’s assistant director, national programs, at 513-556-4522 or


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