Community Engagement

Nearly all UMR students engage in the Rochester community. Many students engage through volunteer opportunities. 

Ways to Support COVID-19 Efforts

Rochester Based Locations
Catholic Charities
The Sheridan Story
Lutheran Social Services
United Way of Olmsted County
Channel One
Family Service Rochester

Non-Rochester Based Location
Interfaith Outreach - Plymouth, MN
The Open Door - Eagan, Apple Valley
PRISM - Golden Valley
House of Charity - Minneapolis
Open Arms - Minneapolis

There are many agencies looking for assistance, find one that aligns with your passion!

Resources to Help Connect You to Your Community

  • Attend the UMR Involvement Fair during the first week of classes in the fall.
  • The United Way of Olmsted County offers a volunteer search feature that can help connect you to local needs. 
  • You can also search using Volunteer Match.
  • Watch for opportunities in the Raptor Report student e-newsletter.
  • Consider joining a Club. UMR student clubs often participate in volunteer and service opportunities in Rochester.
  • Take Community Collaboratory - CLI 2522, This course extends the student learning experience into the Rochester community, partnering with local organizations to analyze and approach community needs.
  • Activate your Handshake Account. Handshake is the University of Minnesota's professional job, internship, and volunteer database connecting students and alumni with employment opportunities throughout the world. Handshake is available to students and alumni from all 5 campuses (Crookston, Duluth, Morris, Rochester and Twin Cities).
  • The Mayor's Youth Commission advocates for youth leadership and civic engagement in the Rochester community. Youth Commissions have gone on to serve in their communities locally and around the world in education, healthcare, business, and government service. There is no limit to the number of UMR students who can participate on the Youth Commission. Interested students are encouraged to visit the Youth Commissions website ( or reach out to Michon Rogers at

Examples of Past UMR Student Experiences 



Seasons Hospice

Direct, Indirect, and Bereavement Care

Family Service Rochester

Family Access Center Volunteer

Minnesota Teen Challenge

Administrative Support Volunteer

Boys and Girls Club


Women's Shelter

Childcare Volunteer

Paws and Claws Humane Society


St. Mary's Hospital*


Mayo Clinic*

Pediatric Volunteer, Hospice Center, Gift Shop, 

Office for Diversity in Mayo Medical School*


Brighter Tomorrows


Gift of Life Transplant House*


Ronald McDonald House*


Hawthorne Education Center


National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)

Mental Health Volunteer

Good Samaritan Dental Clinic and Pharmacy*


Rochester Center for Autism

Activity Planner

The Homestead at Rochester

Volunteer with an Occupational Therapist

Diversity Council


American Cancer Society Hope Lodge of Rochester*


Channel One Food Bank


Greater Twin Cities United Way



* Indicates it is within walking distance of UMR