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Volunteer Opportunities

Retirees may wish to continue serving the University campus by volunteering their time.  Your institutional knowledge, expertise, and energy can continue to serve the university in meaningful ways.  Some volunteer opportunities are for one-time or annual events and some opportunities are available on an ongoing basis.  Check out these opportunities to volunteer!

Current / Time Sensitive Opportunities

Mansfield Center – Hosting International Visitors – Two Opportunities

June 13-15 – Hosting a weekend home stay for a gentleman from Iraq and a gentleman from Tunisia, both high school teachers, with both preferring a family with no pets other than cats, please. 

July 11-13 – The Mansfield Center hosts an annual summer program of the US Department of State bringing 20 southeast Asian student leaders to Montana for a month.  The undergraduates from Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam, and Burma are between the ages of 18-22, fluent English speakers, and here to study environmental issues and leadership development.   Part of the program is an introduction to U.S. society and culture through a look at life with an American family over the weekend of July 11-13.  The Mansfield Center is seeking families who are interested in hosting a pair of students to share family activities like a visit to the farmer's market, a hike, watching the Missoula Marathon, or making a day trip to Butte for the Folk Life Festival. For more information, please contact Deena Mansour at 274-0992 or deena.mansour@umontana.edu.

Montana Campus Compact

The Garden City Triathlon takes place September 6, 2014 at Frenchtown Pond State Park, and Montana Campus Compact needs volunteers for various activities for this event.  Interested volunteers should contact Kathy Peterson, Montana Campus Compact Administrative Associate, 406.243.5177 or email Peterson@mtcompact.org   Visit the website at www.mtcompact.org

Ongoing Opportunities

The Writing Center

The Writing Center welcomes retirees to become part of their team of tutors.  The commitment is for a full semester.  Contact Kelly Webster, Director, at 406.243.2470 or email Kelly.webster@umontana.edu

University Search Committees

Retirees can volunteer to participate on search committees for recruitments.  In addition to or in lieu of informing your former department, you may contact Carey Davis in Human Resource Services Recruitment at carey.davis@umontana.edu and provide your name, a current email address and what title(s) you held and/or which departments you worked on campus.

The Missoula International Friendship Program

The Missoula International Friendship Program (MIFP) is looking for volunteers to be buddies to international students.  Complete and online application/questionnaire at www.mifp.org.  The program is a great way to help an international student receive a warm welcome to UM and get to know people on campus and in the community.  For more information, you may contact MIFP at mifp.news@gmail.com or the UM Foreign Student and Scholar Services at 406.243.2226.

The Adopt-a-Family Program

The UM Office for Civic Engagement coordinates the annual Adopt-A-Family program at Christmas in which campus faculty and staff get holiday gifts and food items for families through Salvation Army or Veterans through the Poverello.  If a group of retirees wanted to adopt a family or veteran, the Office for Civic Engagement can coordinate that effort for you.  For more information, you may contact Colleen Kane at 406.243.5128 or email colleen.kane@mso.umt.edu

UM Employee Recognition Day Committee

UM Employee Recognition Day celebrates our Griz family and the wonderful people who serve our university.  The event, held each year in April, includes live entertainment, hors d’oeuvres, UM Faculty and Staff Awards, length of service pins, and prize winners (all current UM employees are eligible).  If you are interested in serving on one of the four subcommittees planning this event, please contact Sheila Wright in Human Resource Services at 406.243.4225.