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. About a quarter of URVC  are members of UMRA.

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

To find out more information on volunteer projects that may be of interest to you, go to the URVC website at URVC.umn.edu.  To match volunteers with projects that need volunteers, the URVC uses a volunteer management system called Better Impact which can be accessed via the URVC website. A complete listing of URVC volunteer opportunities is listed on Better Impact.

If you prefer to talk  with a URVC office staff member, please call 612-625-8016. A URVC staff member may also be reached by e-mail: urvc@umn.edu

Volunteering News

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


On behalf of the University Retirees Volunteer Center (URVC), I’d like to recognize and thank all the volunteers who contributed their talents and time to the success of the many projects both inside and outside the University coordinated by URVC this past year. Read more >>

    Publication Date: Dec 14 2020 - 1:15pm


Committed to life-long learning and volunteering, musician and global traveler Fran Linhart says, “The U is my best friend. It offers so many wonderful opportunities for retirees.” Read more >>

    Publication Date: Oct 19 2020 - 12:00am


When Sally Schakel retired from the University of Minnesota’s Nutrition Coordinating Center, she wanted to have a purpose in retirement and to keep connected to the U. She found her “volunteer home” at the University Retirees Volunteer Center. Read more >>

    Publication Date: Sep 14 2020 - 12:00am


For the past five years, Jeanne Markell, pictured here with her husband, Michael, has had the rewarding experience of volunteering through the U of M’s 1Health Community Teacher Program.

    Publication Date: Apr 26 2020 - 12:00am


The University Retirees Volunteer Center would like to offer a testimonial on the benefits of volunteering, to both recipients and volunteers.

    Publication Date: Mar 26 2020 - 12:00am


If you are seeking an opportunity to give back by volunteering, here are three possibilities currently available through the University Retirees Volunteer Center.

    Publication Date: Feb 27 2020 - 12:00am


The University Retiree Volunteer Center’s new volunteer management system makes it easy to connect University retirees with opportunities for volunteering.

    Publication Date: Jan 30 2020 - 12:00am


Four leaders of the University Retirees Volunteer Center were honored with awards at the Fall 2019 Volunteer Reception held in October.

    Publication Date: Oct 29 2019 - 12:00am


UMRA members volunteer to serve a wide variety of University departments and community organizations. 

    Publication Date: Aug 19 2019 - 12:00am


UMRA and URVC cooperate in promoting volunteerism by retirees.

    Publication Date: Aug 19 2019 - 12:00am


Volunteers who assist in STEM events enjoy the achievements of the student participants every bit as much as the kids themselves.

    Publication Date: Apr 30 2019 - 12:00am