University Retirees Volunteer Center (URVC)

What is the URVC?

The University of Minnesota Retirees Volunteer Center (URVC) provides opportunities for University of Minnesota—Twin Cities retirees to use their knowledge skills and interests in volunteer service within the university as well as the surrounding community.

Although URVC was originally a subgroup of UMRA, it is now a separate organizational unit of the University with an office located in the McNamara Alumni Center.  See this URVC snapshot.

What are the Objectives of URVC?

The University Retirees Volunteer Center (URVC) has three key purposes:

  1. To provide opportunities for service that are rewarding to University of Minnesota-Twin Cities retiree volunteers,
  2. To identify projects within, and outside the University that need volunteers, and
  3. To connect volunteers with these projects.

URVC volunteers, typically, contribute nearly 9,000 hours each year to projects offered through URVC. As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, some  of the projects have shifted to “virtual, remain at home” opportunities for volunteer service. Others continue onsite.  Volunteer projects include opportunities for tutoring, course instruction, participation in research studies and adult literacy programs, community health education, tax preparation, debate and mock trial judge, theatre usher.

Free parking is provided by URVC for volunteers participating in University of Minnesota—Twin Cities on campus projects.

URVC Volunteers in Action Opportunities

If you would like information on the many volunteer opportunities offered through URVC, please  send an e-mail to URVC@umn.edu or if preferred:  Ph: 612-625-8016. A URVC office staff person will contact you.

Volunteering News

The 10,000 Families Study is recruiting participants to join a multi-generational study aimed at increasing understanding of what causes or protects again disease, and what accounts for health differences within families and across communities. More …

    Publication Date: Sep 20 2021 - 10:30am


The Reader/Writer program is a great opportunity to help struggling inner-city students develop their communication skills and to connect with them in a meaningful way. More …

    Publication Date: Sep 20 2021 - 10:15am


This will be the first trial in more than a year held in-person, on site at Mitchell College, where volunteer jurors will view the trial, deliberate on a verdict and, finally, offer constructive criticism to the student "lawyers." Volunteer involvement and feedback is a very important part of the legal education system as it assists in training lawyers to better serve the needs of their clients.

    Publication Date: May 7 2021 - 2:45pm


One of the University of Minnesota’s current strategic goals is to enhance the research experience for undergraduate students. The Retired Faculty Mentorship of Undergraduate Research Scholars (URS) project is a collaborative effort between the Office of Undergraduate Research (OUR) and the University of Minnesota Retiree Volunteer Center (URVC). Through faculty mentorship, undergraduate research scholars gain valuable research experience, skills and connections. Faculty have the opportunity to conduct research with talented undergraduates while making a difference in the academic careers of these students.  More >

    Publication Date: Apr 16 2021 - 7:00pm


The Academic Integrity Program offers volunteers the opportunity to make a significant impact on a student’s academic development while at the U and potentially beyond. More …

    Publication Date: Mar 17 2021 - 12:30pm


We saw during 2020 how relevant scientific research endeavors are and we may merely wonder at the inestimable value of having volunteers willing to be research participants. Extraordinary opportunities are available through the University Retirees Volunteer Center. Read more >>

    Publication Date: Jan 18 2021 - 7:30pm