UW Retirement Association

March 19, 2018

UW Encore February 2018

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Engaging Experience for the Greater Good





Tuesday, February 27, 2018


foodpantry2UW Food Pantry and UW Encore Team Up: For many students being at college is the first time they are responsible for cooking their own meals. Adding to this dilemma is the fact that many do not have sufficient funds to buy adequate groceries. UW Encore and UW Food Pantry are forming a team of retirees, friends and family to help students become better informed about making simple nutritious meals. The initiative is called CHEF (Cheap, Healthy, Energizing and Fast). The planning team will establish a basic framework to identify and collect recipes that can utilize the abundance of pantry inventory items. The time and length of the commitment will be minimal! If you’d like to get creative with the UW Food Pantry please contact us at uwencore@uw.edu or call 206-685-7728.

The 2018 Special Olympics USA Games – Volunteers Needed June 30 – July 6 – Multiple venues: Bring your friends and family SO Hug(children volunteering must be over the age of 12) to be part of this experience that transforms lives through sport. Join the UW Encore/UWRA team of volunteers on July 3rd and 4th at the Dempsey Indoor Track and Field facility for the bocce ball competition or select from 15 other competitions and opportunities to help. Please contact uwencore@uw.edu for more information or visit this page now to learn about signing up to volunteer. The deadline to sign up is April 30.

Citizen Science: On Monday, March 5, 2018 from 5:00 – 6:30pm the College of the Environment’s Winter 2018 “Meet, Greet, Teach” discussion will take place in the Fishery Sciences Building, Room 203. The topic will be “Expanding the Science Team”.  Can an R1 university create open science that was truly welcoming to all? Citizen science, community-based science, extreme science, participatory action research are all forms of engaging non-professional, mostly unpaid volunteers (aka the rest of us) in the scientific endeavor. Join us as our faculty panelists give their perspectives and experiences on what happens when we open the gates of the ivory tower and invite everyone to join the science team. To register please RSVP HERE. Find ways to be involved in citizen science with the UW’s College of the Enviroment HERE.


Traveling for the Greater Good: Are you interested in contributing your skills to good works being done with national or international NGOs? Several such opportunities were presented at the recent UWRA Travel Fair. Featured programs included:earth watch

EarthWatch Institute – “We bring individuals from all walks of life together with world-class scientists to work for the good of the planet.” From participating in shark conservation in Belize to unearthing ancient history in Tuscany, there is no shortage of scientific expeditions you can take to help sustain the environment.

Global Volunteers – “Create, nurture and sustain the well-being of the world’s children and their families on international volunteer programs.” Global Volunteers values the life experience that retirees bring to their work in more than 200 host communities around the world. Share your skills in a multitude of programs.

Semester at Sea – This program of semester long undergraduate academic voyages around the world “prepares students to be engaged global citizens”.  Faculty and staff, often retired and from many different schools, teach courses and run programs on board.  The Lifelong Learner program welcomes retirees as students who add a valuable generational element to the shipboard community.

Habitat for Humanity International – You don’t have to swing a habitathammer to help Habitat for Humanity International advance their mission to “provide safe, affordable housing around the world”. International offices have volunteer positions like social media advisor, grant writer, volunteer coordinator, Global Village assistant, research assistant, communications specialist, program or resource development specialist, as well as other administrative roles for three to twelve month assignments. If you DO want to swing a hammer, check out some shorter term international opportunities through the Global Village program.

The Peace Corps: For the first time in the 56 year history of the program you can now choose the project/country where you’d like to serve. See current openings HERE and HERE you’ll find a list of things to consider as an older volunteer.  Want to learn more about the possibility of taking a meaningful adventure? Contact the Peace Corps’ Matt Young at myoung2@peacecorps.gov

Article:  6 Ways to Volunteer Abroad and Be Really Useful (Rick Walleigh, Forbes and Next Avenue, May 2016) Are you wondering how to decide if traveling with a purpose is right for you? Do you want to know how to evaluate programs for efficacy and ethics? This article notes some important things to consider.


Jean Eisele, Senior Lecturer, Education Program UW Bothell

Maintaining Campus Connections in Retirement: Have you returned to the UW to lend your skills to a UW program, unit, department or school – either as a volunteer or in a paid capacity? We’d love to hear about your experience as we identify meaningful ways to maintain engagement with the UW. Please email us at uwencore@uw.edu or call 206-685-7728.

Questions? Feedback? Suggestions? Please contact us at uwencore@uw.edu.