On Campus Projects

Volunteer for On Campus Projects

Volunteer choices include campus programs, special events, and research projects. Additional opportunities are available as requests for volunteer assistance are received. Some projects involve an on-going schedule, however, many projects are limited to a single day.  To sign up for one or more of these volunteer opportunities go to the Better Impact login page (https://app.betterimpact.com/Login/Volunteer).  


Here are brief descriptions of some current on-campus projects.

Ushering at the Rarig Theater - Volunteers who serve as ushers at the Rarig Theater are welcome to enjoy the performance after the patrons are seated.  Performances are scheduled intermitantly in both fall and spring semesters.  [Interest category:  Usher/Greeter - Theater/Concert/Lecture]


Participate in Research Studies - Periodically research studies need participants who serve as controls.  Depending on the nature of the study the volunteer may be interviewed by the investigator, respond to a computer-based survey, do simple physical tasks or even undergo a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) exam.  Since these studies get underway intermitantly, persons who wish to be considered as a volunteer should indicate their availability in the Interest Survey.  [interest category: Medicine/Health - Research Participant]


Teach a short course through Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) -  If you have an area of expertise that you would be willing to share with eager elders you might choose to teach a course on that topic. Schedules and locations are open to negotiation. For more information please visit the OLLI website (https://olli.umn.edu).  [Interest category: Instructor - Lifelong Learning Instructor]


Health Consultant - Academic Health Center - Volunteers act as consultants for a team teaching program. Students from the Schools of Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, Occupational Therapy and Social Work form teams to meet with “Community Teachers” three times during the academic year to gain insight into the needs and concerns of patients/clients. [Interest category: Medicine/Health Professional]


More activities are available which are described on the Better Impact Opportunies page.


Volunteer for your choice of project through Better Impact (https://app.betterimpact.com/Login/Volunteer).


Parking is Free!

Free parking is available for URVC volunteers working at University activities. To arrange for a free parking pass, contact the URVC office several days prior to your volunteer assignment by email at [email protected] or by telephone at 612-625-8016.

Volunteer having MRI scan

Volunteer having an MRI scan of the brain for a research study.

“Volunteering is the ultimate exercise in democracy. You vote in elections once a year, but when you volunteer, you vote every day about the kind of community you want to live in.” Unknown

"I’ve been doing this volunteer role (Health Consultant-Academic Health Center) for the last four years and can attest to its being a rewarding and enriching experience. The commitment is not burdensome. I’ve enjoyed interacting with bright, dedicated students in health care fields and felt good about making a contribution to their preparation as doctors, nurses and pharmacists."   Jeanne M. - URVC Volunteer