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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) 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 urvc.umn.edu.
If you're looking for ways to use some of those special skills you developed during your career, or to follow a special interest, URVC offers a mix of opportunities this month. Judge a middle school debate tournament, become a tutor/mentor for a young person, scan documents for a digital archive, usher at the Rarig Center theaters, or help pack or distribute fresh produce at a major food warehouse.
Many elderly people risk falling and breaking a hip as a result of poor balance. If you are at least 70 years old and not involved in a physical activity/exercise program, you are invited to participate in the new Ready–Steady program, offered by the School of Nursing. Help find the best ways to avoid accidental falls through strength-building and balance exercises. Compensation provided.
Want to learn (or brush up on) skills as a debate judge? The Minnesota Urban Debate League, which sponsors the fall high school debate season, needs volunteer judges for final weekend tournaments through November and early December. No prior experience is needed; training and a meal will be provided. Here's a chance to give teenage speakers valuable feedback about improving skills in critical thinking, public speaking, and effective communication.
Do you enjoy working with numbers and helping people? You can do both, by joining AARP's tax-aide program—the nation's largest volunteer-run tax preparation and assistance service. You will be helping seniors, low-income, disabled, and other disadvantaged taxpayers at a site near you. Choose to be a Preparer/Counselor, Document Facilitator, or Technical Supporter. AARP provides everything you need—and you need neither tax experience nor AARP membership to join.
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.
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.
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.
If you experienced a stroke in the past seven years, consider volunteering to participate in a research therapy project.
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.
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?
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.
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.
Male volunteers are being sought to serve as controls in an MRI study of antioxidants in the brain. Contact the URVC at email@example.com if you are interested in participating.
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.
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, firstname.lastname@example.org, to register your choice.
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.
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
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.
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