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Badger Volunteers fall 2014 registration opens Sept. 2

Posted Aug 29, 2014

 

Fall 2014 registration for the Badger Volunteers program opens Sept. 2 and runs through Sept. 11 online.

Any UW-Madison student can join Badger Volunteers, which requires a weekly volunteer commitment of between 1-4 hours for the fall semester. Students select community volunteer sites and serve in a team of fellow students at the same site for the entire semester.

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. 

“The program is designed to make volunteering accessible for students and to give them the chance to engage with their community to support ongoing needs,” said Badger Volunteers Coordinator Steph Harrill. “And it’s incredible to see how many students have that desire to work with their community.”

Badger Volunteers has experienced incredible growth over the past year. In fall 2013, 500 students registered for the program. That number jumped to nearly 650 students in spring 2014.

The Badger Volunteers program provides volunteer transportation support, including funding for cab, carshare and bikeshare opportunities for sites further away from campus. Student volunteers are required to attend an orientation and one education session outside of their regular volunteer time.

Students can search online for opportunities in three focus areas: Education, Sustainability and Public Health. Although students with any interests or skills can find an opportunity with Badger Volunteers. The program also enables students to gain new skills and find new interests.

“What most Badger Volunteers find is that they gain more from their community partner than they ever expected,” said Badger Volunteers Assistant Coordinator Kari Temkin. “The benefits are definitely reciprocal.”

This fall, nearly 80 area nonprofits, schools and municipalities have partnered with Badger Volunteers to offer students the opportunity to connect with their community.

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