UMRA serves the community in through volunteering, offering caring outreach to support members who are facing serious illness or any sort of life crisis, and providing Professional Development Grants for Retirees. Our members share their professional and personal interests as they contribute to the broader community.

University Retirees Volunteer Center (URVC)

The University Retirees Volunteer Center (URVC) has as its dual purpose (1) identification of projects that can utilize volunteers to facilitate the accomplishment of each project’s mission and (2) connecting volunteers with those projects.   Although simple in concept the mechanisms for accomplishing these purposes are varied.

Identifying suitable projects requires careful review of proposals with special consideration to capabilities 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 staff (who are themselves all volunteers) although anyone may suggest a suitable project.  

Once a project is selected it may be advertised in several ways.  If a specific capability is needed, the URVC maintains lists of potential volunteers who have expressed interest in projects that require said capability.  They... More...

About UMRA Cares Committee


The Cares Committee provides resources to help members take care of themselves and each other.  Our activities include:

Personal Support.  We are here to assist and support members who are facing serious illness, experiencing the death of a loved one, or dealing with any sort of life crisis.  We know first-hand how important it is to have support in times of stress or loss. If you or someone you know needs to talk to someone, please feel free to reach out to one of the Committee members or leave a message at the UMRA office phone, 612-626-4403.  We will do our best to provide support and connect you with others who can help.

One of those connections is with Wilder Healthy Aging and Caregiving Services, which offers caregiving services, wellness classes, adult day health programs, assisted living services, and... More...

The Journal of Opinions, Ideas and Essays (JOIE)

In front of Northrop

The Journal of Opinions, Ideas, & Essays (JOIE) is a new, open access, electronic journal sponsored by the University of Minnesota Retirees Association (UMRA), and accessed at JOIE is supported by the University of Minnesota Libraries Publishing system. Its purpose is to provide a digital venue for a wide variety of articles submitted by retired or active faculty, staff and civil service colleagues from the Twin Cities and Coordinate Campuses of the University. Articles may be intended for a broad, general audience or for a more specialized readership. Examples might be biographical, historical, or literary essays; matters of curricular interest; comments on University issues or issues in higher education; pedagogical essays; short stories or poetry; book reviews; speculative scientific hypotheses; or comments... More...

Professional Development Grants for Retirees

Jan Hogan talks about the Professional Development Research Grant -- the PDRG

The Professional Development Grants for Retirees Program, working with the Office for the Vice President for Research (OVPR), makes grants of up to $5,000 available to UMN retirees for professional development or research. This UMRA committee of retirees, reviews and recommends applications for Professional Development Grants for Retirees to help retirees pursue projects related to their scholarship.

All faculty members, professional and administrative, and civil service retirees from the Twin Cities and Coordinate Campuses of the University, who will be fully retired by July 1, 2018, are eligible to apply for the grants (up to $5,000).

Eligible expenses include travel and per diem costs related to research trips and conference attendance, stipends for undergraduate and/or graduate research assistants, photocopying, the purchase of books, computer, software, and other relevant costs of scholarship. Ineligible expenses include salary... More...