UW Retirement Association

UW Encore

Engaging experience for the greater good.

We guide UW retirees toward meaningful UW-IMG_2578related service opportunities.

You’ve acquired invaluable knowledge and skills during your work life. UW Encore is eager to help you find fulfilling ways to use them for the greater good during your retirement either at the UW or in the larger community.

Find  a vetted list of volunteer opportunities HERE.  

Use THESE TOOLS to help you discover where you find meaning.

Learn if an organization’s opportunity is a fit for you with THIS checklist.

Please contact us (uwencore@uw.edu) any time with your suggestions, questions, feedback or requests for assistance.


Three giant purple words in all caps appeared on the Rainier Vista lawn on July 1. They read “RISE WITH US”. The official slogan of the 2018 Special Olympics USA Games, hosted by Seattle and located, for the most part, on the UW Seattle campus, was also an invitation from the event organizers to get involved. UW retirees, their friends and family members accepted the invitation. They “rose” to assist with several components of the week-long event including the Opening Ceremony cheer line, the athlete housing check-ins, and the bocce ball, tennis and powerlifting competitions. Many also served the important role of “Fans in the Stands”, cheering athletes on.   Sincerest thanks to everyone who served as athlete escorts, line judges, scorekeepers, guides, cheerleaders and more. Read volunteers’ reflections on their experiences HERE.

UW Encore video

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

Click HERE to see the 2014 Purpose, Passion and Power talk with Eric Liu and Encore.org founder, Marc Freeman.