Volunteers' Corner

The University Retirees Volunteer Center (URVC) has two purposes (1) identifying projects that can need volunteers and (2) connecting volunteers with those projects.  

Identifying suitable projects requires careful review of proposals with special consideration to skills 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’s volunteer staff and supported by Better Impact, a web-based volunteer management system.

Once selected a project may be advertised in several ways.  When a project requires a special capability, the URVC makes use of it list of potential volunteers who have expressed interest in that 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 by an email with the description of the project and invitation to volunteer distributed to the UMRA-Member listserv.  Many volunteer opportunities are available through URVC.  A complete listing of projects is posted in Better Impact.

How to Find Out About Volunteer Opportunities through Better Impact

If you have NOT previously volunteered with the URVC, go to the Application Form page by clicking on this link where you'll be able to enter a username and password of your own choosing.  Once approved by the URVC office you'll receive an email confirmation notifying you of acceptance.  You'll then be able to login at MyVolunteerPage.com (click here), see the volunteer opportunities and sign up for any of them online.

If you have been a volunteer with the URVC in the past three years and know your user name and password you can connect directly with the Better Impact volunteer management system through http://MyVolunteerPage.com.

For URVC to send you information about volunteer projects that are most likely to appeal to you it is very important that you provide through Better Impact

  1. Contact Information:  how you may be contacted (email and/or telephone)
  2. Interests – Ways to Get Involved:  respond to a list of interest categories by checking which ones are of special interest to you.  Your responses will influence which projects will be referred to you.

URVC is an organizational unit separate from UMRA, although its origin was as a subgroup of UMRA.  About quarter of current URVC volunteers are also members of UMRA.

Volunteering News

UMRA and URVC cooperate in promoting volunteerism by retirees.

    Publication Date: Aug 19 2019


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

    Publication Date: Aug 19 2019


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


The new volunteer management system Better Impact is now fully operational on the URVC website.

    Publication Date: Apr 30 2019


Both the new Bell Museum and the Festival of Nations, the longest-running multicultural festival in the Midwest, are accepting applications for volunteers.

    Publication Date: Apr 1 2019


The Bakken Museum in Minneapolis nurtures enthusiasm for science with a special emphasis on electricity and medicine.

    Publication Date: Mar 4 2019


You could change a life—for the better. Consider contributing your skills by volunteering for one or more of these opportunities

    Publication Date: Jan 31 2019


The University Retiree Volunteers Center will soon be offering a better way to explore opportunities and manage your volunteer activities.

    Publication Date: Dec 28 2018


Join the team to help seniors, low-income, disabled and otherwise disadvantaged taxpayers at metro-area sites prepare 2019 Tax returns.  Substantial training will be available and the volunteer effort continues through the 2019 tax season.

    Publication Date: Nov 21 2018


Make a difference with one hour a week …from your own home!

Reader/Writer is a high impact, low effort literacy initiative that pairs public school adolescents with writing-proficient adult volunteers. Each volunteer serves as a real life audience and writing coach for one or two metro area public middle or high school students in a writing exchange conducted through the mail. This process builds writing fluency and resilience for teens.

    Publication Date: Nov 15 2018


The International Institute of Minnesota is looking for empathetic, patient, motivated people to assist in piloting a new Volunteer Navigator program. These Navigators will be part-guidance counselor, part-coach, part-cheerleader, and part-mentor for students. If you are eager to use your communication skills and your creative problem-solving to help our adult English language learners reach their career, educational and personal goals, this opportunity could be for you.

    Publication Date: Nov 15 2018


Assist 7th and 8th grade students on developing solid study skills in core subjects including English, Science, Math and Social Studies.

    Publication Date: Nov 15 2018