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4-H Tech Wizard Team Support

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Columbia Academy, a middle-school in Columbia Heights, partners with the 4-H Urban Program to create a technology team project. Teams of 4 students, "Tech Wizards," will work on technology projects (robots, video game invention, etc.) under guidance of a teacher with technical expertise.
Why are you needed? Mentors will guide student teams through the project, advise by raising questions and provide encouragement, help set realistic goals, and foster team work. Mentors are NOT expected to have technology expertise.
Mentor Commitment:
1. Meet with student team at least once every 2 weeks from September 6 to January 1.
2. The meeting period is 3:30 - 5:30 PM.
3. Attend a 2-hour orientation scheduled at your convenience.
4. Agree to a background check, enroll as a 4-H Volunteer, and follow a code of conduct.
Columbia Academy is located at 900 - 49th Ave. N.E., Columbia Heights
Express your interest by contacting University Retirees Volunteer Center

Mentor a High School Student for College Preparation

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The Graduation Coaches program, sponsored by AchieveMpls, is a one-on-one
mentorship that helps all Minneapolis Public Schools' students graduate high school and be ready for college and a career. This is an opportunity to truly connect with a student and provide meaningful guidance to approach the next educational career stage.

Volunteer Graduation Coaches are matched with a high school student and meet once per month during the school day. Together, through a structured curriculum, they focus on building the internal skills necessary to be successful, such as self-awareness, goal-setting, stress management and self-advocacy. Rationale Research shows that a consistent relationship with a supportive adult is the most important factor in the success of a young person. With only 54% of Minneapolis students graduating in four years, there are many students in need of additional support. By pairing each student with a Coach uniquely focused on his/her strengths and challenges, the Graduation Coaches program ensures that all students have the support they need to graduate and succeed in college and a career. It is not until all students are successful that our community is
successful. Impact students are more prepared and on track for college and a career. Coaches develop a rewarding relationship with a student and are able to use their professional skills to make a positive difference in a student's life.This is an opportunity to be in at the beginning of a city-wide mentoring initiative.

A Graduation Coaches Launch will take place Tuesday, June 24, 5:30 - 7 pm at Cowles Center. Meet current coaches & sponsors over hors d'oeuvres and learn more about the program. Contact for your invitation, or simply to express interest for a follow-up contact.

The University of Minnesota Retiree Association and University Retirees Volunteer Center approves of this project.

Alan L. Kagan
Prof. Emeritus, Ethnomusicology
Project Director
University Retirees Volunteer Center
University of Minnesota

Grocery Shopping Lovers Needed !

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Once again we are announcing the Store-To-Door project.
This project successfully attracted several of our members
University Retirees Volunteer Center supports this program for the homebound.

"Store-To-Door" is an organization that enables homebound seniors to have groceries delivered to their home. Presently, volunteers are needed to shop on Friday mornings at one of two specific Cub stores to fill these orders. The locations are the Cub Foods stores in St. Anthony and Midway in St. Paul.

The organization's staff does the deliveries, having picked up the orders when shopping is completed for the morning.

This is an early riser's activity for the volunteer shoppers, done from 6 - 10AM either weekly or twice monthly with a six-month commitment. Vacation schedules are accommodated. Training is done at the selected CUB store by "shadowing" a Store-To-Door shopper; the orders are given to the store each morning and provided to the shopper; the completed order is placed at a designated location in the store & a truck picks it up and makes the delivery.

If you are interested in being a shopper simply respond to URVC@UMN.EDU with your phone & email contact #, and preferred shopping location. Contact us by email or to the office 612-625-8016.

Your URVC Project Directors: Alan Kagan & Sally Schakel

Here are volunteer activities we have not previously offered - and what a loss! Engage in one of these and you will be enervated - We promise - Contact us at or 612-625-8016 with your choice(s)

1. Carnival games to set-up and operate for youth & families :Thursday, June 5 - from 2 - 5:30pm
Location: Johnson Elementary (740 York Ave., St. Paul)
Hosted by The Family Center & Neighborhood House / Wellstone Foundation

2. Monthly "Card Shark" & Board Game Group hosted by Little Brothers-Friends of the Elderly
Next game day: Thursday, June 19 - from 9:30 - 11:30am
 Location: 1845 E Lake St, Minneapolis 55407

Volunteers needed to provide transportation for the elderly or interact by participating in the games & serve snacks. Anyone want to provide food?

3. Courage Country Championships (for the disabled) -
Saturday, June 14

Qualifying event for the National Junior Disability Championship Sponsored by Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute
St. Louis Park High School - Track & Field area
6 - 9 am: Registration
8 am - 1:30 pm; Track & Field Competition, Assist with timing & measurements for events
12:30 - 5:30 pm: Archery Competition, Assist with scoring & retrieval of arrows

URVC Volunteer Ambassadors for Northrop

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NORTH SPARK - An All-Night Festival of Art, Culture, & Performances
Saturday, June 14 from Dusk till Dawn June 15 !!!

This is a unique multidisciplinary & free public arts festival held in different parts of the newly re-designed Northrop Auditorium promoted by the Institute for Advanced Study.

The roles for "ambassadors" will be to guide attendees through Northrop, provide assistance to artists/performers, and be festival informants to guests.

Ambassadors have several optional shift lengths:

2 hour shifts start at 6 PM & continue through the night

5 PM - 10 PM shift
8 PM - Midnight shift
10 PM - 2 AM shift
Midnight - 6 AM shift
3 AM - 7 AM shift

Volunteer Ambassadors are requested to attend one of two orientations at Northrop:

Thursday, June 5 @ 5 PM, OR Tuesday, June 5 @ 1 PM

Volunteers receive a T-Shirt

Contact URVC to register your volunteer Ambassador request: [](, or call our office 612-625-8016

A Few Samples of the Northern Spark Events

1. "Vexations" (1893) by Eric Satie, a piano piece intended to be played 840 times! It will begin at 9 PM and be played by nine performers in one hour shifts.

2. Video works that explore movement and duration, screened on monitors throughout Northrop.

3. "Circumstances for We": an all-night spontaneous performance event by SuperGroup, Brute Heart (rock band), Rachel Jendrzejewski (playwright), and Liz Miller (installation artist).

4. "Filibuster": an all-night series of 30 minute lectures.

A University Retirees Volunteer Center Project

May 1 - 9 Institute for Advanced Study Events

With the reopening of Northrop Auditorium there is a flurry of activities and venues which have not been previously offered. The 4th floor now holds the 170 seat Best Buy Theater. This is the location for afternoon and evening lectures and special programs offered by the Institute for Advanced Study. This new theater is described as being stunning! Programs will also be presented in Northrop in the 2nd floor Crosby Seminar Room and the Rehearsal Studio.

We are gratified to respond to the IAS request for program "ambassadors," an elite term for greeters, ushers, and guides one might expect in the academic "ivory tower." As is usual for our campus projects' policy, parking will be free for volunteers in the Church St. Underground Garage.

Respond to URVC@UMN.EDU with your interest in being an "ambassador" and specify which event(s). Provide your phone #. Volunteers must arrive 30 min. prior to event time.

Programs are 1 - 11/2 hours in length. There is no required dress code.

Alan L. Kagan
Project Director
University Retirees Volunteer Center
University of Minnesota

Next Events: Time given is the "ambassador" arrival.

May 1 (Thurs): "Brain, The Wise Problem Solver," lecture by Prof. Apostolos
Georgopoulos, Regents Professor of Neuroscience.
Crosby Seminar Room - 3:30pm.

May 5 (Mon): "Matteo Ricci: His World Map & Music," performance of Baroque &
Chinese music by Sacabuche, a New York ensemble using period instruments.
Best Buy Theater (4th floor) - 7pm.

May 6 (Tues): The River, a 1997 film about a Taipei resident by Tsai Ming-liang.
Best Buy Theater - 6:30pm.

May 7 (Wed): "Italy Invades Poland !," performance of Polish Baroque music by
Best Buy Theater - 7pm.

May 8 (Thurs): "Venetia 1500" Sacabuche performs Renaissance & Baroque music of
Venice. Commentary by Profs. Ann Waltner & John Watkins.
Best Buy Theater - 3:30pm.

May 9 (Fri): Symposium on Interdisciplinary Collaboration:
"Performing the Past and Provoking the Future"
9am Opening (Ambassadors arrive 8:30)
9:30 am "Painting with Words" Susan Mann & Zhang Hong
Discussion of the "recreation" of a 19th century lost painting of the Zhang family

11:15 am "Spill," a play about the impact of the 2010 BP oil disaster based on
Louisiana residents' interviews. Discussed by playwright, Leigh Fondakowski.
Crosby Seminar Room - 2nd floor (East) - Arrive 8:30 - 12:30.

Urban 4-H Showcase - Volunteers Needed!

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Saturday, April 12, 11:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Central High School
275 Lexington Parkway N, St. Paul 55104

The Urban 4-H Showcase brings together members of urban 4-H Clubs to display their projects or perform musical numbers or skits. Volunteers are needed in the following areas for a 2 hour shift:

Morning set up
Green room assistant
Concession worker
Hand out T-shirts
Project registration table
Afternoon clean up

Also, bake sale items are needed to help fund next years Showcase.

You can sign up to help make this youth event a success in 3 easy steps:

1. Click this link to go to the invitation page on VolunteerSpot:
2. Enter your email address.
3. Sign up! Choose the volunteer activity and shift you prefer.

If you sign up as a volunteer, please let the URVC know the number of hours you contribute:

Young Authors Conference Volunteers

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The Success Beyond the Classroom program is sponsoring a "Young Authors" conference for 4th - 8th graders. URVC has supported the "Creativity Festival" and the "Future City Competition" just recently and recommends your consideration to assist this program for enhancing writing skills of young authors. The conference takes place in two stages at Bethel University in Arden Hills. The Winter program is on Thursday, March 20. The Spring program is May 27 - 30.

Volunteers are needed from 7:30 AM - 2 PM each day.

The responsibilities are morning registration, distribution of materials, guiding students to conference locations, lunch monitoring, book fair monitoring, and assisting the presenter. You will have the opportunity to observe the presentations on writing development and the youth seeking to be creative authors. The theme for the event is "Characters that POP !"

Select a date and contact our University Retirees Volunteer Center by email or phone 612-625-8016.

For those who have not volunteered previously with Success Beyond the Classroom there is a required volunteer application and background check.

URVC has several mock jury dates coming up. It is a few months away but we have a long list of volunteers for this category and this project can fill up quickly. The college will also advertise for volunteers soon.

William Mitchell College of Law will be holding mock jury trials for their students:

Hours will be 8 am - 2:30 pm. The location of the college is 875 Summit Ave, St. Paul.

Select from the following dates and the trial case if you have previously served for one.

CASE: Tort Personal Injury (car accident) entitled Reagan v. Jacobson
Friday, April 25 8:00 - 2:30 Park on street near the college.
Saturday, April 26 8:00 - 2:30 Park in the WMCL lot.

CASE: Tort Personal Injury (car accident) entitled Darngood v. Landers and PUDS
Wed., April 30 8:00 - 2:30 Park in the WMCL lot.
Thursday, May 1 8:00 - 2:30 Park in the WMCL lot.
Thursday, May 22 8:00 - 2:30 Park in the WMCL lot.
Friday, May 23 8:00 - 2:30 Park in the WMCL lot.

Your involvement and feedback are a very important part of our legal education system because you help us train lawyers to better serve the needs of their clients. You deliberate on a verdict, announce the verdict, and spend time with the judge and "lawyers" constructively critiquing the students. Enter the double doors nearest Summit Avenue where the flag pole is located. Signs will be posted directing jurors to the appropriate room. Each trial is 6 and ½ hours long and will begin at approximately 8:30 a.m. A light breakfast snack will be available. Jurors will have a morning and an afternoon break in addition to the lunch break. A light lunch will also be provided and will last approximately 30 minutes. Jurors dress is casual.

Email or phone (612) 625-8016 the URVC office. We will register you with the Mock Jury Coordinator at the William Mitchell Law School. You can sign up for more than one trial on separate weeks. If you have been contacted by the college coordinator because of your previous service as a jury member and have chosen one of the new dates, please inform URVC of this new service. We want to keep data on all of your volunteer activities.

If you have not filed an updated Volunteer Profile Survey for URVC in the past year, please take a minute to do so. Use our University Retirees Volunteer Center website ( or request us to send one to you.

Thank you for your valuable service,

Alan Kagan
Sally Schakel

Incentives for Science Museum Volunteers

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The announcement for Special Exhibit Greeters and Cell Lab Interpreters at the Science Museum of Minnesota omitted several valuable perks offered to volunteers. These are:

Free Parking
Tickets to the Omnitheater and exhibit galleries
20% discount @ museum store

If you were giving consideration to volunteering there can really be a tipping point. The new exhibit, "Ultimate Dinosaurs: Giants from Gondwana" will open March 1. While not usually open on Mondays, the museum will be open that day in March to accommodate the heavy immediate demand. Note that while there is a weekly or bi-weekly 4-hour shift commitment, there is also a 25% release from attending all shifts.

We look forward to your reply.

University Retirees Volunteer Center 612-625-8016

Nonprofits Seek Experienced Seniors

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BY ANNE TERGESEN WSJ Encore reprinted in Star Tribune 2/9/2014
Looking to segue to the nonprofit sector? According to En  , a San Francisco-based nonprofit that promotes second acts, some 31 million people ages 44 to 70 are interested in making the leap from private-sector careers to nonprofit jobs.
One relatively easy way to gain experience and make contacts in the nonprofit world: Try one of the growing number of free services that match veteran workers with nonprofits needing help on a volunteer basis.
Most of these services screen applicants--acceptance rates vary from 30% to 75% or higher--and match them with nonprofits that need their skills. Some simply facilitate connections between individuals and nonprofits. In January, LinkedIn the professional social-networking site, unveiled the LinkedIn Volunteer Marketplace (  ) to help individuals find volunteer opportunities.
Typically, volunteers with these organizations help nonprofits with projects that require their professional skills, says Betsy Werley, a fellow at En   spearheading an effort to forge ties between organizations that help older adults find "encore" careers at nonprofits. Examples of projects include setting up payroll systems and designing brochures, marketing campaigns and business plans.
While some of the matchmaking services pay modest stipends, most use volunteer labor. Some stints may lead to job offers. But for most participants, the payoff is the opportunity to gain exposure to the nonprofit world and "contribute to the greater good," says Ms. Werley.
Because most placements require commitments of just five to 15 hours a week, it is possible for volunteers to test the waters without giving up their jobs and paychecks, says Marci Alboher, author of "The Encore Career Handbook: How To Make a Living and Make a Difference in the Second Half of Life."
Mainly nonprofits, the services run the gamut from organizations with locations across the country to those in just one city. (To find local and state organizations, go to  connect/local  .) While some cater to people in midlife, others accept applications from adults of all ages. Here's a sampling:
› ReServe (  ): With offices in New York, Miami, Boston, Milwaukee, Baltimore and Newark, N.J., this nine-year-old nonprofit placed more than 650 professionals ages 55 and older in part-time positions in 2013. The temporary placements, which pay $10 an hour, typically require 10 to 20 hours a week.
› Executive Service Corps (  ): In 27 locations, ESC assigns about 2,000 volunteers to consulting projects at nonprofits. Volunteers with 20 to 30 years of experience in senior-level positions work in small teams.
› Taproot Foundation ( tap  ): Started in 2001, Taproot matches hundreds of volunteers of all ages each year with pro-bono assignments in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, New York and Washington, D.C. Volunteers work about five hours a week.
› Catchafire (  ): Individuals can work remotely on projects including fundraising and Web design.
› Encore Fellowships ( en  ): Launched by   in 2009, this fellowship program matches skilled professionals with at least 15 years of experience with "high impact" assignments at nonprofits. Fellows typically work half-time for one year and receive stipends of $20,000 to $35,000.
› Score (  ): With more than 340 chapters nationwide, Score offers experienced professionals who serve as mentors to budding entrepreneurs.

MLK Day of Service ARC Project

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MLK Jr. Day Of Service Project - Monday, Jan. 20

Each year the URVC promotes a project for Martin Luther King Jr. Day. This year, taking place on Monday, Jan. 20, we again select the volunteer service at ARC's Value Villages.

Why The ARC ? Its purpose is to promote and protect the human rights of children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families. ARC's Value Villages are merely the tip of the iceberg, a source for funding the many urgent and critical programs that are the function of The ARC. This truly meets goals by which we honor Martin Luther King Jr. and his life's meaning.

There are four locations and several shifts at each. The work will be to unpack, sort, and tag the donations of clothing, accessories, household items, books, toys, jewelry, etc. Another activity is hanging / tagging clothing, price stickering, & stocking the sales floor.

Shifts: 9am - Noon; 1 - 4pm; 4 - 6pm; & 6 - 8pm

Locations: ARC's in Richfield @ 66th St. and Penn Ave. South (6528 Penn Ave. So.)
ARC's in Brooklyn Center @ 63rd & Brooklyn Blvd. (6330 Brooklyn Blvd)
ARC's in St. Paul @ 1650 White Bear Ave. No. (near Larpenter Ave. E.)
ARC's in New Hope @ 2751 Winnetka Ave. No.

Note: We are not fixed to that single day. You can select any day:
Sunday through Saturday, Jan. 19 - 25.

To register for a day, shift and location reply to this message
or call the URVC office 612-625-8016

Thanks for your service: Alan Kagan & Sally Schakel, URVC Project Directors


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Engineering and STEM Specialist Volunteers

(Sponsored by Success Beyond the Classroom)

This is a national, project-based learning experience for 6th - 8th graders to design a future city. Students work as a team with an educator and an engineer/STEM specialist mentor to plan a city using SimCity software, research & write solutions to engineering problems, build tabletop scale models, and present their "city" with oral presentations and physical models before regional competition judges January 18 at the University of Minnesota.
Judging commitments are approximately 2-5 hours in length, and you can sign up for more than one judging event. We provide score sheets that identify criteria, and same-day training as needed.
We need judges for the following phases of FCC:
• Research essays (1,000 words) and city narratives (500 words)
• Team oral presentations and physical city model (Jan. 18)

1) Essays and City Narratives: Students write a 1,000 word research essay. This year's essay topic is Tomorrow's Transit: Design a Way to Move People In and Around Your City. Students also write a 500 word city narrative that describes their future city's key features and design attributes.

You would judge 5 essays and 5 city narratives at your home--they will be
posted on a website for you to download. This is a 2-3 hour commitment. Essays and city narratives will be posted on Dec. 19, 2013. Scores are due by Jan. 6, 2014.

2) City Models and Presentations: The final part of the competition is the all-day event held at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis campus, SSTS Building & Smith Hall on Saturday, January 18, 2014. At this event, students display a scale model of their city and give a 5-7 minute oral presentation about the unique aspects of their city. Working in teams, engineers will judge both the scale models and the oral presentations. This is a 4 hour commitment--judging takes place from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Time to eat lunch and network with other engineers will be built into the schedule.

If you are interested in being a Future City Judge, ASAP contact the University Retirees Volunteer Center for registration and specify for which or both judging.

Alan Kagan, Prof. Emeritus
Project Director,
University Retirees Volunteer Center

How Should Hearing Aids Sound in Noise?

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Be a Participant in a Research Study to Discover:

"How Should Hearing Aids Sound in Noise?"

The answer is complicated. The quick answer is "We don't know." The longer answer will probably depend on what kind of noise and what kind of listeners are involved.

Dr. Peggy Nelson and colleagues in the Speech-Language-Hearing Science Department at the University of Minnesota are engaging in a study to find out and need your help. Studies have shown that most people who wear hearing aids do not like the way they process sound in noisy situations. This study wants to find out how to change this by having individuals with hearing loss set up experimental hearing aids in various types of background noise (such as restaurant noise) until they like the way they sound. The results of the study will allow people with hearing aids to set their own hearing aids for the best sound quality possible!

If you have hearing loss (or think you might) and would be interested in learning more about whether you are a candidate for this study, contact the URVC at 612-625-8016 or We will put you in touch with the study coordinator who can provide more details regarding the study.

Please note that you do NOT have to wear hearing aids to be part of the study. If you volunteer, you may be eligible for a free hearing test in the SLHS clinic. If you qualify and agree to participate, you may come to the clinic on the East Bank of campus for just 1-2 listening sessions, or you might choose to come and listen on a regular basis. It will be up to you.

Compensation for the study is $15/hour and parking is provided.

Future City Competition Mentors

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Engineering and STEM Specialist Volunteers
(Sponsored by Success Beyond the Classroom)

This is a national, project-based learning experience for 6th - 8th graders to design a future city. Students work as a team with an educator and an engineer/STEM specialist mentor to plan a city using SimCity software, research & write solutions to engineering problems, build tabletop scale models, and present their "city" with oral presentations and physical models before regional competition judges January 18 at the University of Minnesota.

Mentors help students & educators better understand practical applications of math and science in the design of a future city. Mentors meet with their FCC team at the students' school for an hour weekly through January. Team teachers arrange the time with mentors.
Virtual mentoring is also an option.

The next Mentor Orientation is Thurs., Oct. 10 held at Metro ECSU, 3055 Old Hwy. 8,
St. Anthony, MN 55418.

If you are interested in being a Future City Mentor, contact the University Retirees Volunteer Center for registration at the mentor orientation.

We will make a later announcement for FCC judges, and if interested let us know now.

AccountAbility Minnesota

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Volunteer with AccountAbility Minnesota
A project supported by URVC & UMRA

For 41 years AccountAbility Minnesota has provided free tax and financial services to low- and moderate- income taxpayers. The people served use tax refunds to meet basic needs, build credit, and save. You can facilitate their economic security.

If you are committed to helping hardworking families get ahead, AAM has a volunteer position for you! Join the over 550 volunteers working at the free clinics. After training,
Commit to 4 hour shift per week during the tax season (Jan. 23 - April 15, 2014).

Volunteer Positions:
1. Tax Reviewer: This is the most greatly needed. Provide quality review of tax returns prepared by "tax preparers" to ensure accuracy. Strong background required in individual income tax and tax law related to low-income individuals.
2. Tax Preparer: Work one-on-one with taxpayers to complete federal & state returns using software. Assist customers to claim all the tax credits they have earned. Basic tax experience required.
3. Financial Advocate: Offer general information & guidance on saving strategies, credit, and work support programs. Promote & process debit card & savings account enrollment.
4. Tax Site Specialist: Be a customer service guide through the multi-step tax clinic process. Assist with overall operation and efficiency, ensuring a positive experience for all customers.

Orientation: Oct. 17 @ 6 - 7:30; Oct. 26 @9 - 10:30am; Oct. 29 @6 - 7:30pm;
Nov. 5 @ 6 - 7:30pm; Nov. 16 @ 9 - 10:30am; Nov. 21 @ 9 - 10:30am
Held at AAM main office: 2610 University Ave. W., Suite 450, St. Paul

Volunteers attend high-level training during the months of December and January.

If you are interested in registering for an orientation, contact our University Retirees Volunteer Center office:

Food for Young Minds

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One in eight Minnesota children lives at risk of hunger! Do we have your attention?

Second Harvest Heartland and the Target Foundation have a monthly program to distribute food to students and their families through their local school. UNIVERSITY RETIREES VOLUNTEER CENTER offers you the opportunity to have a vital role for improving children's diet and bringing joy through healthy nourishment. Volunteers set up a pantry, repackage food and distribute to children & families. This is a vital health service. Just 3 hours of your time.

Choose a shift at a school near you.
Contact URVC by Email or phone 612-625-8016.
Second Harvest will confirm with you.

Tues., Sept. 3 (5:15 - 7:45pm) @ American Indian Magnet School - 1075 - 3rd St. E., St. Paul

Tues., Sept. 3 (4 - 7pm) @ Pillsbury Elementary - 2250 Garfield St. N.E., Mpls.

Thurs., Sept. 5 (5:30 - 8pm) @ Jackson Elementary - 437 Edmund Ave., St. Paul

Thurs., Sept. 12 (4:30-7:30pm)Harvest Prep/Best Academy-1300 Olson Memorial Hwy.,Mpls.

Thurs., Sept. 12 (5:30 - 8pm) @ Sheridan Elementary, 1201 University Ave., N.E., Mpls

Tues., Sept. 17 (4:30-7:30pm) @ Obama Elementary - 707 Holly Ave., St. Paul

Tues., Sept. 17 (5 - 7:30PM) @ Maxfield Elementary, 380 Victoria St. No., St. Paul

Thurs., Sept. 19 (4-7pm) @ Sullivan / Anishnabe Elementary, 3100 E. 28th St., Mpls.

Thurs., Sept. 19 (5- 7:30PM) @ Nellie Stone Johnson Elementary, 807 - 27th Ave. No., Mpls

Tues., Sept. 24 (4:30-7pm) @ Bethune Elementary - 919 Emerson Ave. No., Mpls.

The Victory Summit - National Parkinson's Event

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Volunteers Needed for National Parkinson's Event

The University Department of Neurology is partnered with the Davis Phinney Foundation to bring a free national symposium to the Twin Cities for people with Parkinson's. The goal of the symposium, called the Victory Summit, is to get all the local resources in one place for those with Parkinson's.
The Victory Summit
Saturday, September 21, 2013

Grace Church
9301 Eden Prairie Road
Eden Prairie MN

Volunteers are needed in the following areas:
Pre-Event Setup (6:00-8:00am)
All Day Volunteer (8:00am-4:30pm)
Registration (8:00am-12:00 noon)
Ushers AM (8:30am-12:00 noon)
Ushers PM (1:00-4:30pm)
Lunch Distribution (12:00 noon-1:45pm)
Breakout Assistant (2:45-4:30pm)
Parking Attendants (8:00-11:30am)

To register as a volunteer, contact the URVC at 612-625-8016 or and we will provide the link for you to register online.

If you know of someone with Parkinson's who would like to attend the Victory Summit, they can register at the following website:

Grocery Shopping for Homebound Seniors

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Grocery Shopping Lovers Needed !

Here is a quite different activity for volunteering and one you could enjoy executing.
University Retirees Volunteer Center supports this program for the homebound.

"Store-To-Door" is an organization that enables homebound seniors to have groceries delivered to their home. Volunteers are needed for two activities:
1) process clients' orders by phone at home
2) shop at specific CUB stores to fill these orders.

The organization's staff does the deliveries, having picked up the orders when shopping is completed for the morning.

This is an early riser's preferred activity for the volunteer shoppers, done from 6 - 10AM
The CUB locations are St. Paul Midway (an urgent need), St. Anthony, Bloomington, Crystal, and Maplewood.

If you are interested in being a home order taker or a shopper simply respond to URVC with your phone & email contact #, your choice of the 2 activities, and preferred shopping location. Contact us by email or to the office 612-625-8016.

Your URVC Project Directors: Alan Kagan & Sally Schakel

Study of Memory with Aging

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A research study has been presented to our University Retirees Volunteer Center with the intent of drawing in your interest and offering to have you become a participant.
For efficiency in registration please contact URVC by email or phone 612-625-8016.
For brevity sake it is identified as:

The Minnesota Memory Project: Participants age 55 and older
A Health Partners / Regions Hospital project

This is a multi-year study to track memory changes in the aging population by gathering information about memory function, health history, and lifestyle.

This project is a community based study to create a large body of information on the aging population in Minnesota. The research goal will be to track memory changes with annual visits for several years, collecting information about memory function, health history, and lifestyle. This is an opportunity for you to contribute to research that can improve the lives of people with memory loss and those who care for them. The early detection of memory loss, along with early intervention, provides the greatest opportunity to delay or stop additional damage to the brain.

The study seeks participants in three population groups:
1. Normal aging adults 55 years and older,
2. Persons 40 years and older with a diagnosis of memory loss & mild cognitive impairment,
3. Care partners of those with memory loss

The study takes place at Regions Hospital, 640 Jackson St., Saint Paul, or at the Health Partners Specialty Center, 401 Phalen Blvd., St. Paul, depending on the day of your appointment. Parking is free. You will be contacted each year for a return appointment
to test memory, take your vital signs, and discuss your health.

One of the most popular volunteer projects promoted by the University Retirees Volunteer Center is that of mock trials, a program that gives law students experiences in prosecution and defense. How strange that there seems to be a reluctance among the public to serve on a jury. But many of our retirees look forward to the chance to participate on juries for mock trials.

William Mitchell College of Law will hold mock trials for their students in late April and mid-May. This volunteer assignment duration starts at 8 a.m. and ends at 2:30 p.m. A bagel breakfast is provided, as is lunch. Jurors' dress is casual. Location is 875 Summit Avenue, St. Paul. Parking is available in the college lot except for April 26 when street
parking is necessary.

Your involvement and feedback become an important part of the legal education in training lawyers. Jurors deliberate in deciding the verdict and spend time with the judge and students to provide explanation and constructive criticism. The dates and trial circumstances are as follows:

  • • Friday, April 26: a tort personal injury case (car accident)
  • • Saturday, April 27: a tort personal injury case (car accident)
  • • Thursday, May 16: a tort personal injury case (car accident)
  • • Friday, May 17: a tort personal injury case (car accident)
Email your request to or phone the office (612) 625-8016, if this interests you. A volunteer will register you with the coordinator at William Mitchell. -- Alan Kagan, U of M Retirees Volunteer Center

Ushers Needed for Production at the Rarig Theater

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Ushers needed for the upcoming production at Rarig Theater. Call the University Retirees Volunteer Center office (612-625-8016) or Email If you do so soon enough we will mail you a coupon for free parking at the 21st Ave. So. ramp opposite the theater.

The times listed are call times (when ushers need to arrive)

The Rover, a Restoration comedy by Aphra Behn, the 1st English professional woman author (1640-89), about the exile of royalist cavaliers in Italy. This play is directed and adapted by Joel Sass and performed by the BFA Senior Class in the Stoll Thrust Theatre.

Available performances for ushering:


Nov. 1 & 3 (Thurs. & Sat.) The Rover 6:30 PM

Nov. 3 & 4 (Sat. & Sunday) " 1:00 PM

Nov. 8 (Thurs.) " 6:30 PM

Red Cross Emergency Services / Disaster Training Program

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The Red Cross has an important role in responding to a wide range of emergencies and provides disaster training opportunities for volunteers. The initial step is to take a 3-hour class, Disaster Services: An Overview. That gives a prospective volunteer eligibility to take other training classes after being interviewed, had a background check, and accepted. All training classes are free. Most volunteer roles require 15 - 30 hours of training and a time commitment of ca. 10 hours a month.

The Disaster Sevices: An Overview is next offered on two dates in the coming weeks at the Minneapolis office: 1201 West River Parkway (3rd floor)

Tuesday, October 16, 9 AM - Noon or Monday, October 29, 6 - 9 PM

If you are interested in your potential as a disaster volunteer, contact us at the University Retirees Volunteer Center and we will submit your name for registration in the class. Let us know ASAP as the Red Cross needs to have course materials ready.

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Partners In English

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One of my best and most satisfying volunteer experiences ever has been with the Partners In English Program at U/MN. This program is designed to help graduate level international students improve their English conversation skills. While we work on pronunciation, grammar, and syntax, we are learning about each other's cultures and becoming friends. I have been rewarded by having met many interesting students in a variety of fields of study and have learned a lot about their countries. I highly recommend this volunteer activity.

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Meals for Minds

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Meals for Minds is a project of Second Harvest Heartland. I helped distribute food to the families of children attending Pillsbury and Sheridan schools in Northeast Minneapolis last year. I plan to do it again if I don't have a conflict with the time. I enjoyed talking to the children and their parents as I handed out my item. There were many different kinds of foods, including breads, cereals, fruits, and even meat. We also opened boxes and set the food out before starting the distribution. I met some other nice volunteers and found the whole experience fun and satisfying.

KBEM (Jazz 88) Pledge Drive Phone Volunteers

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KBEM (Jazz 88) Pledge Drive Phone Volunteers

KBEM's Fall Pledge Drive is almost upon us and this is an organization The University Retirees Volunteer Center has helped with volunteers to answer the phones in taking pledges. If you are not familiar with KBEM, it is a non-profit radio station located in North High, Minneapolis, focusing on jazz and training high school students as radio interns, as well as for elementary school students making delightful announcements about their schools.

The location is North High School at 1555 James Ave. No., MPLS.

Here are the current available shifts. Email your request to
(or call the URVC office 612-625-8016) and we will confirm your choice.

Available times
Fri. Sept. 28: 6-9 AM; 9 AM-12; 3-7 PM and 8-11 PM
Sat. Sept. 29: 7AM-12; 8 AM-12; 9 AM-12
Sun. Sept. 30: 1-4 PM; and 4-7 PM
Mon. Oct. 1: 6-9 AM; Noon-3 PM; 3-7 PM
Tue. Oct. 2: 6-9 AM; 9 AM -12; Noon - 3 PM; 3-7 PM
Wed. Oct. 3: 6-9 AM; 9 AM -12; Noon - 3 PM; 7-11PM
Thurs. Oct. 4: 6-9 AM; 9 AM- 12; Noon - 3 PM
Fri. Oct. 5: 6-9 AM; 9 AM-12; Noon - 3 PM; 3-7 PM
Sat. Oct. 6: Noon - 4 PM
Sun. Oct. 7: 1-4 PM; 4-7 PM

KBEM also needs help processing incoming and outgoing mail both before and after the drive. If you have availability these weekdays during regular business hours (M-F, 9:00-5:00) please let us know when you would like to serve.



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Are you a Fringe Festival Fan? As you well know, the Minnesota Fringe is one of the most successful and prominent fringe festivals of performance arts in the country. Yes, much of the presentations are off the wall, but that's the point about a fringe.

This is the third year that University Retirees Volunteer Center is sponsoring volunteers for the festival. The dates are August 2 - 12, with afternoon and evening performances daily. There are 15 venues, all but one in Minneapolis. Rarig Theater's four stages are included. The principal volunteer jobs are box office sales and ushering, each shift being 90 min. A training session is required, even for previous volunteers.

It is usually the case that the volunteer does not have a seat for the performance during the shift, BUT for each shift worked you receive a coupon for any show you wish. If you choose to volunteer at Rarig Theater the URVC will provide free parking in the adjoining campus ramp. An additional benefit for volunteers is receiving a Fringe Button which is good for ticket discounts at Fringe sponsored theater productions throughout the year!

To sign-up for volunteering contact URVC through . This way we have a record of your Fringe volunteer intent. We will provide you with the registration link for which to choose your volunteering date(s), time(s), and venue(s), as well as training session. The link's website also provides the schedule of performances. In this way you could schedule your shift before or after a performance you wish to attend. If you have any problems with the link, contact URVC by E-mail or office phone (612)-625-8016.


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URVC has two mock jury dates coming up. They may be a few months away but we have a long list of volunteers for this category and with "out-source" volunteers this project can fill up quickly.

William Mitchell College of Law will be holding mock jury trials for their students on Thursday, Sept. 20 and Friday Sept. 21. The hours will be 8 am - 2 pm.

Your involvement and feedback becomes an important part of legal education. You deliberate on a verdict, announce the verdict, and spend time with the judge and "lawyers" constructively critiquing the students.

Jurors dress is casual. A bagel breakfast is provided, as well as lunch.

Select your preferred date and Email the URVC office. We will register you with the Mock Jury Coordinator at the William Mitchell Law School.
For further questions contact URVC Project Directors:
Alan Kagan
Sally Schakel