Next week, it will be my honor to welcome Vanguard employees to the Dornsife Center for Neighborhood Partnerships, where they will be deployed for the firm’s annual volunteer event. We’re so pleased to have their help for the day, and it only strengthens our ties to Vanguard — whose mid-career employees already participate in our customized MBA program at the Bennett S. LeBow College of Business.

I’ll be talking about the importance of that partnership, and others, in my greeting to the Vanguard volunteers. And I also plan to remind them about the unique benefits of volunteering — like the fact that it’s good for you.

Research bears this out: It makes you feel like you have more time when you donate your time. It helps you develop new skills. Offering your experience builds your experience. And researchers also say volunteers are happier and actually live longer.

From that, you might regard Drexel’s goal to be the nation’s most civically engaged  university in a different light: It’s not only a critical part of our mission as an anchor institution in Philadelphia; it’s also a wellness initiative for everyone who rolls up their sleeves.