University Retirees Volunteer Center (URVC)

As part of UMRA, the University of Minnesota Retirees Volunteer Center (URVC) provides opportunities for retirees to use their knowledge skills and interests in volunteer service within the university as well as the We are excited to announce that URVC and UMRA have formally re-united surrounding community. URVC remains open to both retirees of the UMN and members of greater metropolitan area. 

URVC is connecting over 500 University retirees to University and community volunteer activities.  For details, 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.

A couple of current opportunities are:

UMRA IIMN Citizenship Processing
AARP Tax Preparation Aide
Bakken Museum Tour Guides & Facilitators
Mitchell Hamline School of Law Mock Trials
Parkinsons Study

Volunteering News

The Retired Faculty Mentorship project is a collaborative effort that provides Undergraduate Research Scholar students with opportunities to work with volunteer faculty mentors (current or retired) to develop and conduct research. More …

    Publication Date: Feb 21 2022 - 8:30pm


More than 500 U of M retirees, spouses, partners, and friends currently participate in virtual or on-site volunteer opportunities offered through the University Retirees Volunteer Center. More … 

    Publication Date: Dec 20 2021 - 12:30pm


An UMRA-URVC working group is looking at ways in which the two units could join forces to better serve retirees and the University community. More …

    Publication Date: Dec 20 2021 - 11:30am


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