University of Oregon

Osher Lifelong Learning Institute

Continuing and Professional Education

Volunteer for OLLI-UO

Volunteers are the backbone of the OLLI organization, and we need you! Get involved by completing the form below or by contacting the OLLI-UO office at 800-824-2714 or Once this form is received, it will be submitted to the volunteer coordinator for review. When volunteer opportunities occur, you will be contacted to confirm your continuing interest and availability for any specific opportunity.

Visit the Teach for OLLI page and the Shared Interest Group (SIG) page for more information about those opportunities. If you are intrested in serving on a committee, please contact program staff or your Member Leaders for more information.

* Required

Please select your program site: *

  Central Oregon
  Northwest Oregon

Contact Information

Check the boxes below for each volunteer opportunity that interests you. Training will be provided as necessary. Select each link for more information.

In-Person Classroom and Event Support

  Event Greeter

Greet members as they arrive at events and ensure they sign in. This is especially important for new and prospective/trial members.

Time commitment: 0-1 hours per month

  Event Support

Assist with pre-event preparation and venue setup. Provide assistance and information to participants during events. Support organizers of event or field trip.

Time commitment: 1-2 hours per month


Set up, put away, and help lecturers or facilitators use audiovisual equipment (projector, microphones and speakers.) Problem solve technology issues (starting/pausing/stopping DVD, PowerPoint, internet connection, etc.) Assist participants with technology in classes (iPhones, laptops).

Volunteers should be comfortable with technology and enjoy troubleshooting. Training on department owned equipment will be provided.

Time commitment: 2-3 hours per month


Data entry (attendance records, etc.), access materials and supplies in storage, help with mailings and documents (envelopes, stickers, etc.).

Time commitment: 0-2 hours per month

Online (Zoom) Support

  Zoom Facilitator

The Zoom Facilitator develops content to supplement the main lesson and facilitates discussion amongst participants.

Time commitment: 2-4 hours per month

  Zoom Moderator

The Zoom Moderator backs up the facilitator as follows: admits attendees from the waiting room, watches for raised hands (digital and physical), lowers digital hands after attendee speaks, mutes or stops video for participants when needed.

Time commitment: 2-4 hours per month

  Zoom Social Events Support

The Zoom social event support person helps come up with ideas for events, acts as one of the hosts, acts as a leader/moderator in a breakout room.

Time commitment: 2-4 hours per month


  Governing Council

Governing Councils consist of members elected by their membership. Council members serve two-year terms and attend monthly meetings. Councils establish committees, set program priorities, policies, and budgets consistent with UO rules and OLLI-UO bylaws.

Time commitment: 5-10 hours per month


Membership Committees formulate strategies, plan, and project budgets, initiatives, and materials promoting OLLI-UO membership growth and member engagement. Membership committee members attend monthly meetings.

Time commitment: 2-4 hours per month


Program Committees guide program planning, development, implementation, and evaluation of curriculum. Program committee members attend monthly meets to brainstorm program ideas, decide and shape program proposals, and work with staff to schedule classes.

Time commitment: 5-10 hours per month



Work with program staff and department graphic designer to take photographs at OLLI-UO events and trips. Images may be used on the website, social media, or print publications and will be the property of the University of Oregon. Volunteer will use their own camera.

Technical Guidelines

  • Subject should be in sharp focus.
  • Image should not be overexposed or underexposed.
  • There should be no dust spots or scratches.
  • There should be no artifacting from lossy compression.
  • The image should not be noisy. It should be free of excessive luminance and color noise. Do not overuse noise reduction or sharpening processing.
  • Only submit work to which you own the copyright.
  • Photos must be a minimum of 4 megapixels and a maximum of 50 megabytes. To determine megapixels, view the image size in pixels and multiply the width by the height.
  • Images should be submitted as JPEGs in an RGB color profile.
  • Avoid chromatic aberrations also referred to as "purple fringing" or "color fringing."

Composition/Design Guidelines

  • Avoid taking images of minors.
  • Try to make images with space around the subject so there is room to crop the images as needed to fit different designs and dimensions.
  • Visit stock photo websites for ideas/inspiration of how images can be composed to work well within designs.
  • Play around with composition. Try different compositions with the same subject.
  • Ask subjects to pose for you so you can create interesting compositions.
  • Group photos at fun events with all looking at the camera can be useful.

Submitting Images to OLLI-UO Staff

  • Only choose images you feel meet the technical and composition guidelines.
  • Submit the images to OLLI-UO staff on CD or flash drive.
  • Images will be given to the graphic designer for evaluation and storage on the OLLI-UO Media Archive.

Obtaining Model Releases

All images used in communications and publications must have a UO Model Release form signed by any person whose face is recognizable in the image.

Time commitment: 0-1 hours per month

  Info Hub Editor

This position is currently filled in Central Oregon.

Edit content for your site's online Info Hub.

Time commitment: 2-4 hours per month

  Facebook Editor

Work with department program and communication staff to become an editor of the OLLI-UO Facebook page. Training with OLLI-UO staff is required as is signing the UO social media memorandum of understanding as you will be representing the program and posting as OLLI-UO. Volunteer responsibilities will be centered around finding suitable information to share on the OLLI-UO Facebook page, ensuring the information is coming from a reliable source, and that it is targeted to OLLI-UO audiences. There are multiple social media volunteers, so you will be posting no more than 2-3 times a week.

A personal Facebook account is required as well as the knowledge and ability to share and post information on a Facebook page. Training and support will be provided.

Time commitment: 2-8 hours per month

Other Areas of Interest

  Volunteer Coordinator

This position is currently filled in Central Oregon.

Recruit volunteers and coordinate volunteer efforts at your program site.

Time commitment: 1-10 hours per month

  SIG Coordination

This position is currently filled in Central Oregon. However, we are always looking for SIG proposals!

Review new SIG proposals. Promote SIG activities and participation. Identify and recruit SIG facilitators.

Time commitment: 0-2 hours per month

  Outreach Support

Promote OLLI in the community to inform prospective members about the program and identify community partnerships. Connect with current members to aide retention.

Time commitment: 0-2 hours per month


Help OLLI-UO achieve financial sustainability.

Time commitment: 0-2 hours per month


If you have any questions about volunteering, please call the OLLI-UO program staff at 800-824-2714 or email Once this form is received, it will be submitted to the volunteer coordinator for review.

Please feel free to print and mail the completed form to the following address:

Osher Lifelong Learning Institute
Continuing and Professional Education
1277 University of Oregon
Eugene, OR 97403-1277