Community Service

Many individual retirees volunteer giving their time and energy to organizations/charities from Mayo Clinic, to 125 Live (Senior Center), to Channel One Food Bank, to local schools and churches, and many others, in and around the Rochester area.  As a club,  we want to be good community citizens also,  so we have several club activities that provide a service to the communityAs a club we have adopted the four functions/charities highlighted below:

Adopt A Highway:  Three times a year (spring, summer, and fall) a group of club members puts on their fashionable hi-visibility orange vests, grabs a few garbage bags, and heads for the ditches to help keep Minnesota beautiful. This year we are cleaning up a 2-mile stretch of County Road 3 just north of Douglas. The dates for 2019 are May 15th and September 18th.

We will meet at 9:00 AM at the bike trail rest area in Douglas (map), rain or shine. Extra help is always needed, so if you volunteer click here. It's a little work but we have a lot of fun.

United Way of Olmsted CountyIn addition to our individual contributions, the club helps the United Way by stuffing envelopes, helping with mailings, and encouraging consistent giving by all retirees.

The UW Volunteer Center has been active in the greater Rochester area since 1982. The Volunteer Center maintains a master list of volunteer opportunities available in the five county area around Rochester. We support United Way's mission to connect people with meaningful volunteer experiences based on human and social needs of our community Dial 2-1-1 First Call For Help became a regional hub of First Call Minnesota for eight counties. Dial 2-1-1 currently supports: Dodge, Freeborn, Goodhue, Mower, Olmsted, Rice, Steele, and Wabasha counties in Minnesota. As a 2-1-1 SE Minnesota Regional 2-1-1 Hub, our priority is to maintain the integrity of 1,600+ agencies and 3,500+ programs in our database so we can connect people who need assistance with services these agencies provide. 

Salvation Army Bell Ringing A familiar sound as we go about our Holiday Shopping is the ring, ring, ring and the red kettles of the Salvation Army.   Drop in some change,  but look closely,  it may be a Retiree Club member ringing the bell to help out this worthy charityBetter yet, get involved yourself,  pick up the bell and spend a little time making the holidays more enjoyable for those less fortunate than we are.

The dates for the 2019 Rochester IBM Alumni Club Salvation Army bell ringing campaign are yet to be determined check back at this page for dates later this year.


If interested in volunteering for this worth while cause you can contact the IBM Alumni Club office at 507-288-3663 x-120 or email


Thank you in advance for volunteering.