The University Retirees Volunteer Center (URVC) has as its dual purpose (1) identification of projects that can utilize volunteers to facilitate the accomplishment of each project’s mission and (2) connecting volunteers with those projects.   Although simple in concept the mechanisms for accomplishing these purposes are varied.

Identifying suitable projects requires careful review of proposals with special consideration to capabilities required, location of the volunteer event as well as a sense of the capabilities represented in the URVC pool of volunteers.  This task is done by URVC staff (who are themselves all volunteers) although anyone may suggest a suitable project.  

Once a project is selected it may be advertised in several ways.  If a specific capability is needed, the URVC maintains lists of potential volunteers who have expressed interest in projects that require said capability.  They may be contacted by e-mail or by a personal telephone call.  A project may also be advertised by a posting on this web site and/or the description of the project and invitation to volunteer may be distributed to the UMRA member listserv.

Those who desire to volunteer for a particular project are requested to contact the URVC office either by e-mail ( or by telephone (612-625-8016) at which time details of the volunteer-project interaction are defined (location, specific times, contacts, occasional unique responsibilities, etc.).

URVC is an organizational unit separate from UMRA, although its origin was as a subgroup of UMRA.  About twenty percent of current URVC volunteers are also members of UMRA.   The purpose of this post is to inform all UMRA members of volunteer opportunities that are available through URVC.  More detailed information about URVC can be obtained from the URVC website at


Neighborhood House / Wellstone Foundation is initiating a voter registration opportunity in tandem with its Mass Produce Distribution events in an effort to promote community resources when residents congregate. Here is a chance to contribute to higher voter turnout and foster the democratic process.

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Jun 6 2017

The purpose of this study is to determine whether you, a piano player, have not had a decline in your sense of touch. Your participation is welcomed if you are between ages 55 to 75 AND have been a long-term piano player.

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Jun 1 2017

The Minneapolis Red Cross main office – 1201 West River Parkway – (near the Guthrie) serves many functions of this valuable service organization.  The position requires a regular 3 – 4 hour weekly shift. 

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Jun 1 2017

If you experienced a stroke in the past seven years, consider volunteering to participate in a research therapy project.

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May 9 2017

Here we are, close to the end of another academic year for the University Retirees Volunteer Center (URVC). We will surely exceed 8,000 volunteer hours again with about 240 active members. We are pleased that so many UMRA members respond to the announcements of volunteer projects as they encounter them in the monthly newsletter or as posted directly through the UMRA listserv. 

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Apr 30 2017

Make your contribution as a kitchen volunteer under the guidance of professional chefs? Or, would you deliver meals to clients? Or, how about taking the role of a farmer and work the urban gardens?

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Apr 29 2017

We retirees have many skills, many of which are becoming a much-needed benefit for organizations seeking volunteers for specific needs. The University Retirees Volunteer Center is working to provide better service in this regard to provide  you, the volunteer, with projects for which a specialist is needed. Consider the following current and near future needs.

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Apr 5 2017

Rejoicing is due with the return of spring and the Shakespeare Repertory in April! A University Retirees Volunteer Center “Favorite,” we offer you the reward of satisfying your desire for theater enjoyment at no cost (and with free parking). We are asked to provide volunteer ushers and you can serve that role. The University Theater Department will perform two of Shakespeare’s plays in the Stoll Thrust Theater in the Rarig Center: Cymbeline and Winter’s Tale. Four performances of each will be presented in a six-day period from April 4th through 11th. This is a fine opportunity to experience the excellence of the University’s theater students and become more familiar with these lesser performed works.

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Mar 20 2017

Male volunteers are being sought to serve as controls in an MRI study of antioxidants in the brain.  Contact the URVC at if you are interested in participating.

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Mar 9 2017

The University Retirees Volunteer Center (URVC) invites you to serve as a volunteer usher for two Shakespeare plays—Cymbeline and The Winter’s Tale—in the Stoll Thrust Theater in the Rarig Center. Each will be performed four times from April 4 through 10. 

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Mar 2 2017

We are in the season of judging, a veritable vortex of opportunities to find gratification in the intellectual pursuits of a youthful generation and to use our well-crafted skills for evaluating their endeavors. Consider volunteering to act as judges for the following projects. Contact the University Retirees Volunteer Center,, to register your choice.

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Feb 2 2017
Friday Feb. 24 – Project Judging & Feb. 3 – 19 for Research Paper Judging
Volunteer Science Judges are needed for both the Science Fair and the Research Paper judging. You will be extremely valuable to evaluate and encourage Twin Cities’ students. As in the past, some will advance to state, national, and international competitions, winning awards and scholarships! Contact for registration details.
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Jan 26 2017

Consider a 2017 New Year’s Resolution! Give a little of your valuable time for the good deed of volunteering for a project to help the less fortunate. The University Retirees Volunteer Center does not ask for your money, but instead seeks generous patrons who will contribute time

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Jan 6 2017

Too many isolated elders stare at the phone this holiday season, hoping it will ring!

Will you commit yourself to relieving loneliness among elders who have little, if any, family or friendship support in their lives? With just a little time and caring, Phone Companion Volunteers make a big difference in the lives of isolated elderly. Contact the University Retirees Volunteer Center to get started: URVC@UMN.EDU  or 612-625-8016

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Dec 14 2016

Murray Middle School provides an intentional intervention program called the “Pilot One-on-One Program” for at-risk students who are academically challenged. The program, now in its ninth year, focuses on students that typically do not have strong home support and are often living in crisis.

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Nov 1 2016

MRI – Brain Antioxidents Study: Stage 3 needs Men for Control Group (Age 65 – 89)

Stage 3 does NOT include those who were previous subjects or who have Alzheimer Disease 

Read on for more information on this study, or contact URVC@UMN.EDU or 612-625-8016 

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Oct 30 2016

The Power of Public Space is the theme for a middle school engineering program for a regional competition sponsored by Success Beyond the Classroom. The University Retirees Volunteer Center seeks technical professionals to be mentors. You would meet a student team at a middle school weekly until January, providing advice, guidance, and technical assistance.

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Oct 15 2016

The University Retirees Volunteer Center’s guiding principle is to provide a diversity of opportunities to meet the wide range of your interests. Here is a selection for the current season. Contact for more information and your registration.

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Oct 8 2016

Volunteers needed to answer phones and take pledges for KBEM – The Jazz 88 Radio Station’s Fall Pledge Drive.

Location: North High School: 1555 James Ave. No., Minneapolis

Friday, September 30th
7  - 9am; 
 9am – noon; 
  3 – 7pm; 7 – 10pm
Saturday, October 1st
3 – 7pm; 7 – 10pm
Sunday October 2nd
wide open (create your shift)

To see more opportunities click the title above. To volunteer contact University Retirees Volunteer Center with date and time preference. OR CALL 612-625-8016

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Sep 19 2016

Here are opportunities to attend lectures, performances, and discussions on a wide range of topics while serving as greeter at Northrop Auditorium for the I.A.S. "Thursday at 3:30" Series. The Institute of Advanced Studies offers events in the newly redesigned Northrop Auditorium. These "Thursday" series are held in the 2nd floor Crosby Seminar Room, 240 Northrop.

As is usual for our campus projects' policy, parking will be free for volunteers. The coupon will be provided by an I A S staff when you arrive. Parking is convenient in the Church St. Garage.

Respond to (or call 612-625-8016) with your interest in being an "ambassador" and specify which event(s). Provide your email & phone#. Volunteers must arrive 30 min. prior to event time, which is 3:00 pm for this series. Programs are 1–2 hours in length. There is no required dress code.

Click the title above to see October events.

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Sep 19 2016