University Retirees Volunteer Center

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What is the University of Minnesota Retirees Volunteer Center?

The University Retiree Volunteer Center (URVC) provides opportunities for individuals to use their knowledge, skills, and interests in service to the University of Minnesota and surrounding communities.

URVC is an affiliate of the University of Minnesota Retirees Association (UMRA).

What are the goals of the University Retirees Volunteer Center?

URVC works to gather and deliver relevant information about opportunities for volunteer service within the University and the Twin Cities communities at large and acts as a referral service for University units and community agencies seeking volunteers.

Who are University Retirees Center Volunteers?

URVC is led primarily by UMN retirees, including faculty, staff, spouses, and partners.

Our volunteers are also retirees and non-retirees from the broader community. 

Why Volunteer? 

“It is really rewarding to mentor young students, particularly, providing research opportunities to freshman and sophomore students who would never come across these experiences without this program. The students are exceptionally bright and very motivated.”

Charles Muscoplat, Professor Emeritus CFANS

“The U is my best friend.  When I retired, I looked for meaningful activities and found them at the University of Minnesota. The U offers so many wonderful opportunities for retirees.  I volunteer as an English-language tutor for international students enrolled in the Minnesota English Language Program (MELP). Over the past three years, I worked with U of M students from China, Peru, and Thailand to not only improve their English proficiency skills but also to learn more about the culture of the U.S.—and Minnesota, in particular.” 

Fran Linhardt, University Alumna CLA School of Music

"Being a community member [A.I.M. volunteer] has been an exceptionally rewarding postlude to a long career. It has given me much greater insight into the human experience."

David Hunter, MD, Professor Emeritus, Department of Radiology 

"Mentoring URS students is a wonderful opportunity for retired faculty; we can truly make a real difference in their academic career."

Jonathan Ravdin, MD, Nesbitt Professor Emeritus, Department of Medicine

Get connected with URVC volunteer opportunities!

  • Choose from a range of volunteer opportunities.
  • Join 500+ volunteers in service to the University and community. (Click either link to find volunteer opportunities.)
  • Add to the 7,000 service hours contributed annually by URVC volunteers.



Volunteers in Action 

URVC offers a wealth of volunteer opportunities - both within the University of Minnesota and in the Twin Cities' community.

Barbara Battiste at MN State Fair 2019
10k Families study presentation - MN State Fair 2019
Volunteer judging science fair project
Volunteer science fair judge
Volunteer looking at a computer with children
Bakken Museum science activity facilitator
Volunteer sitting with young adults
University of Minnesota Partners in English