UW Retirement Association

UW Encore Initiative

The UW Encore Initiative guides UW retirees toward UW-related Encore opportunities. What will you do for your Encore?

You have invaluable knowledge and skills. The UWEI is eager to help you find fulfilling ways to use them for the greater good. Maybe you’d like to make global connections with the UW community through the International and English Language Programs of Professional & Continuing Education — or make a difference in a child’s educational success through the UW’s Pipeline Project. Or maybe you’d like to explore wide new vistas through programs in the community. The UWEI is here to provide information, guidance and support.

Looking for a list of volunteer opportunities? Here it isNeed a toolkit to help you get started? Here you go.

You’ll find more about UW Encore, including thoughts about how to get started, here. Learn more about the national Encore movement here. Or choose an opportunity below and use the included links to get more information and get started. Contact us any time with your suggestions, questions and feedback.

Now recruiting for these UW Encore opportunities


Pipeline Project: Be part of the solution to Seattle’s educational equity gap. “Seattle schools have one of nation’s largest equity gaps, new study says” (Seattle Times, October 7, 2015).  Decreased or stagnant social mobility for large segments of our community can result from a lack of educational equity. What can you, as an individual, do to address this issue?  Join with UW Pipeline Project to tutor and mentor children in Title One Seattle Public Schools. As a tutor/mentor you’ll help K-12 students build the confidence required for academic success. You’ll also be welcome to attend specific workshops about education and race & equity throughout the quarter.

Not able to tutor but want to address the critical community issue of educational equity?  Seattle’s target schools with the greatest needs are in need of volunteers with a wide variety of skills. Let us know of your interests/skills and we’ll find a meaningful match for you.

Be an agent of change for greater educational equity in Seattle. Make a real difference in the life of a student and in the life of this community. Join the UW Pipeline Project. For more information, please contact Kevin Cavanah.

UW Encore Initiative videos

Retired UW Professor Stan Chernicoff on finding volunteer opportunities using Volunteer Match:


The 2014 UW Encore Lecture featuring Marc Freedman and Eric Liu: