Jared Alvord was a pretty good high school student-athlete and performed his share of community service while growing up in Plainfield, Mass. While that record helped him secure a spot in UVM's class of 2010, Alvord didn't exactly relax once he got here.
Alvord has been setting school records in the heptathlon and decathlon; donating countless hours of community service; and posting a 3.7 grade-point average, placing him among the top two-fifths of students in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.
Named The Vermont Volunteer of the Month by the United Way for his work with the Essex CHIPS (Communities Helping to Inspire People to Succeed) Teen Center where he mentors middle school children, Alvord once brought some of his track and field ribbons in with him to give to a seventh-grader who was on the track team but didn't get a ribbon because they ran out, says Pat Scheld, program coordinator at CHIPS.
"He is very popular and the kids look forward to seeing him and even ask him when he will be around for a visit," Scheld says.
Alvord, who calls his time with the students among the most rewarding experiences of his life, has done volunteer work with many other community and campus groups including a project he spearheaded that resulted in the donation of 50 coats for homeless individuals.
"He's totally genuine and really seems to want to be there to help at these (community service) events," says Mark Starrett, associate professor of plant and soil science. "I intend to nominate him for some of the major senior awards because he's outstanding in everything he does and is one of the nicest people you'll ever meet."