University of Minnesota
University of Minnesota
University Retirees Volunteer Center
McNamara Alumni Center
200 Oak Street SE
Suite 250, Room 263
Minneapolis, Mn 55455


You may be someone who is retiring and looking forward to exploring new activities in this next phase of your life. Or you may be of any age, either active in the University community or an interested person in the Twin Cities' community. Whatever your situation or stage of life, you can make a difference in the lives of others!

For example: Earlier this year I volunteered for the "Student Creativity Festival," a project of the Success Beyond the Classroom (SBC) program. It was a most gratifying experience—an opportunity to observe students from 29 elementary schools in participatory classes that integrate the arts and sciences. After an engaging set of demonstrations by faculty and students of the University's Physics Department, the young students broke up into groups and attended their choice of three classes with such diverse subjects as "Endangered Species," "Mexican Music and Culture," "Neutrinos and Dark Matter," "Paper Marbling," and "Whats-its on Wheels." Enthusiasm for knowledge was so evident in these children! — Alan l. Kagan, Project Director, URVC

Wealth of opportunities

The University Retirees Volunteer Center (URVC) stands ready to match your interests and skills with meaningful work and play opportunities.

The options are nearly limitless. You choose the amount of time that you can contribute – from a few hours during the week to longer, more engaging assignments – and URVC works to match your skills and time availability with relevant volunteer opportunities. Whatever you give often works not only as a benefit to others, but also to yourself.

We invite you to explore the vital life you can experience through volunteer service. You may gain new insights on a broad spectrum of topics, enjoy a time of entertainment in one of the University’s wonderful art, theater, and event spaces, develop new friends with shared interests, or change a life through individual mentoring or tutoring. New adventures are awaiting you!

Volunteer Appreciation Event

Karen Kaler speaks to URVC volumteersEvery year, the URVC invites its dedicated volunteers to attend an appreciation event. These annual Volunteer Appreciation Days have been hosted at Eastcliff by the University President's wife. Ths week, nearly 70 URVC volunteers attended a reception in the courtyard of Eastcliff. Hors d'Ouevres were provided, as we were addressed by leaders of the retirees groups UMRA, OLLI, and URVC, as well as with remarks from Karen Kaler.


Free parking is available for URVC volunteers working at University activities. To arrange for a free parking pass, contact the URVC office prior to your volunteer assignment at 612-625-8016.


Comments from URVC Volunteers

I’m a mentor of a Korean graduate student working on an M.A. in marketing and retailing. She is a bright, verbal, curious woman. We meet once a week, usually to have coffee or lunch, and discuss her work, social life, and family back in Seoul. It’s been amazing to watch her adapt to the U.S. and to Minnesota in particular — she’s learning to cope with Minnesota winters! We exchange birthday presents and see movies together. We both feel fortunate to have found such a wonderful new friend. - Corin, URVC volunteer