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Spring 2016 Badger Volunteers registration opens January 21

Posted Jan 13, 2016


Registration for UW-Madison’s largest student volunteer program opens online Wednesday, Jan. 21 at 12:01am and runs through Jan. 28.

Badger Volunteers spring 2016 registration is open exclusively online at go.wisc.edu/bv. Students can also visit the website to explore volunteer opportunities and times prior to registration opening.

Over 860 total volunteer spots with more than 75 community organizations are available for spring 2016, but the program has filled to capacity each of the last four semesters. So interested students are encouraged to log on to register for their preferred site as soon as possible on Jan. 21.

Any UW-Madison student can join Badger Volunteers, a program through the Morgridge Center for Public Service. Students make a volunteer commitment of between 2-4 hours a week for the whole spring semester. It’s important that students are able to commit every week for the full semester.

The first week of volunteering is Feb. 8, and the commitment runs through the week of April 25.
Students select one opportunity from an online listing of over 75 community volunteer sites. Each student then serves in a team of fellow UW-Madison students at that same site, at the same time each week for the entire semester. Volunteer opportunities are offered in three focus areas: Education, Sustainability and Public Health, though those areas are broadly defined.

“We try to include as many student interests as possible,” Badger Volunteers Director Steph Harrill said, “We want this to be accessible to any student.”

Additionally, transportation is provided to volunteers whose sites are located beyond convenient walking, biking or bussing distances.

Badger Volunteers is designed to foster deeper connections between students and community partners because the program establishes consistent, semester-long relationships.

“It’s easier for our students to commit to volunteering when it becomes a regular part of their weekly schedule,” Harrill said. “And it’s also really valuable for our community partners to have the same volunteers coming back every week for a whole semester.”

Student volunteers are required to attend an orientation as well as one education session outside of their regular volunteer time during the semester.

“If you think volunteering is something you want to include in your experience at UW-Madison, Badger Volunteers is a really good place to start,” Badger Volunteers Coordinator Kari Temkin said. “We want it to be a meaningful experience and we want to eliminate as many barriers to volunteering as possible.”

Students with questions about the Badger Volunteers program should contact Kari Temkin at ktemkin@wisc.edu.