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:

  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

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.

Volunteering News

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 …

    Publication Date: Mar 17 2021 - 12:30pm


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