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. See this URVC snapshot.
What are the Objectives of URVC?
The University Retirees Volunteer Center (URVC) has three key purposes:
- To provide opportunities for service that are rewarding to University of Minnesota-Twin Cities retiree volunteers,
- To identify projects within, and outside the University that need volunteers, and
- 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.
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 …
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 …
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.
One of the University of Minnesota’s current strategic goals is to enhance the research experience for undergraduate students. The Retired Faculty Mentorship of Undergraduate Research Scholars (URS) project is a collaborative effort between the Office of Undergraduate Research (OUR) and the University of Minnesota Retiree Volunteer Center (URVC). Through faculty mentorship, undergraduate research scholars gain valuable research experience, skills and connections. Faculty have the opportunity to conduct research with talented undergraduates while making a difference in the academic careers of these students. More >
The Academic Integrity Program offers volunteers the opportunity to make a significant impact on a student’s academic development while at the U and potentially beyond. More …
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 >>
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