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Badger Volunteers spring registration open January 20-29

Posted Jan 20, 2015

 

Students are invited to register for UW-Madison’s largest volunteer program.

Registration for the spring 2015 Badger Volunteers program opens Jan. 20 and runs through Jan. 29 online at go.wisc.edu/bv.

For the second straight semester, registration is expected to fill up quickly. So interested students are encouraged to log on to register for their preferred site as soon as possible.

This semester, just under 750 spots are available.

Any UW-Madison student can join Badger Volunteers, which requires a weekly volunteer commitment of between 1-4 hours for the whole spring semester. It’s important that students are able to commit to their community partner every week for the full semester.

Students can select from over 75 community volunteer sites and serve in a team of fellow students at the same site for the entire semester. Volunteer opportunities are offered in three focus areas: Education, sustainability and public health.

Badger Volunteers, a program through the Morgridge Center for Public Service, is designed to foster deeper connections between students and community partners by establishing a consistent, semester-long relationship.

“Many students say Badger Volunteers works so well for them because their volunteer commitment becomes a part of their regular weekly routine,” Badger Volunteers Coordinator Steph Harrill said. “We also try to eliminate as many barriers for students as possible—like providing transportation to the volunteer sites.”

Student volunteers are required to attend an orientation and one education session outside of their regular volunteer time during the semester. Badger Volunteers offers opportunities for any interest or skill. The program also enables students to gain new skills and find new interests.

“We want students to understand that they’re giving a lot to the community, but they’re also going to gain a lot from their community partner,” Badger Volunteers Assistant Coordinator Kari Temkin said. “The benefits are definitely reciprocal.”

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