Join the Silver Gopher Service Corps
Service to the University and community is a key element in UMRA’s mission, and our members have frequently asked about opportunities to team up with colleagues on activities. In response to these queries, UMRA’s new “Silver Gopher Service Corps” will be making its debut in April.
The debut coincides with this year’s month of service initiative promoted by the University of Minnesota Alumni Association (UMAA). Launched as a “Day of Service” in 2015 as a way for alumni and others to serve the community, this program has grown into a month-long activity.
URVC leaders Jerry Rinehart and Deanne Magnusson together with Will Craig, UMRA’s liaison to UMAA, have developed three team-oriented projects for this year.
On April 1, assisting the U’s Office of Admissions with the Future Gophers: Newly Admitted Students Welcome Day. Volunteers will be stationed throughout the Twin Cities campus to help greet and direct 2,300+ students and their families.
On April 20, we are engaging with the Twin Cities-based nonprofit Every Meal to pack take-home bags with nutritious food for elementary school students facing weekend food insecurity.
We are also participating with the Great River Greening project, which involves removing invasive species and planting native trees, flowers, and grasses. Dates TBD.
To solidify the team aspect of these projects and to enhance UMRA’s visibility as a service organization in the community, UMRA participants will have the opportunity to purchase Silver Gopher Service Corps t-shirts for $15 each.
Detailed information about these and more “Service Day” volunteer opportunities, including History Day Judging and Mock Jury Trials, will be emailed via the UMRA-MEMBERS Listserv and posted on the URVC website at urvc.umn.edu.
You can also go to the UMAA website for information about Minnesota, national, and international volunteer opportunities during the month of April. Search for Day of Service and, if you register to volunteer, please indicate that you are a “University Retiree” (if applicable) and UMAA will tally our participation.
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