Started in 1987, the University Retirees Volunteer Center (URVC) has a history of service to the University community. It was the first of its kind at a higher education institution and grew into the active interface between volunteers and projects that it is today.


  • To provide opportunities for service that are rewarding to University volunteers
  • To gather, assess, and deliver relevant information about opportunities for volunteer service within the University and the Twin Cities communities at large
  • To act as a referral service to University units and community agencies seeking volunteers

What We Do

The URVC acts as a referral center by matching and providing opportunities with University of Minnesota Twin Cities retirees to use their knowledge, skills, and interests in volunteer service to University of Minnesota internal and external communities.

From volunteering at a University-wide event to working one-on-one mentoring students, URVC volunteers are committed to making the University and its surrounding community a better place to live and work. With ever-increasing needs in our communities, the URVC is dedicated to expanding its resources to meet these needs with active, skilled volunteers. 

If you are interested in learning about URVC volunteer opportunities and becoming a URVC volunteer, please go to the Get Started page for instructions. 

URVC Leadership

General oversight of the University Retirees Volunteer Center is provided by the Board of Directors.  Current members of the Board are:

Board Officers

  •   Chair: Jerry Rinehart
  •   Past Chair: Eric Hockert
  •   Vice Chair and Project Director: Deanne Magnusson
  •   Treasurer:  Judy Cox
  •   Secretary: Leslie Koidahl

Board Members

  •   Marva Sullivan, Board Member; Communications
  •   Alan Kagan, Board Member; URVC Office Staff
  •   UMRA Chair-elect: Ron Matross
  •   David Hunter MD, Board Member
  •   Beverly Moe, Board Member
  •   Jeanene Noll, Board Member
Barbara Battiste with the 10,000 Families Study at the MN State Fair 2019
Meals on Wheels
Leslie, Deanne, Sally
Partners in English