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UW Encore Initiative

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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 volunteer (2)Pipeline Project: 
Build a stronger community by forging a tutoring/mentoring relationship with a student in a Seattle Title One public school. In addition to letting a student know that someone cares about his/her academic success, Encore/Pipeline participants also may attend Inner Pipeline seminars with UW undergraduates, which raise questions about the purpose and nature of education in an increasingly diverse, global society, and have access to quarterly Tutor/Mentor meet-ups, where they can receive additional training and support with other UW Encore tutors.

Schools served in the second year of the Encore/Pipeline Project partnership will be Northgate and Sand Point elementary schools, South Shore Pre-K-8 and the Seattle World School for immigrant and refugee children in middle and high school. Find out about the experience of some of last year’s program participants HERE. See a complete description of the program HERE.

Not able to tutor but want to continue to support the UW mission of enhancing lives through education?  Our partner schools are often 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.

Make a real difference in the life of a student and in the life of our 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: