Atul Deshpande (left), Candace Walther (middle), and Bryan Lee (right) at the Badger Volunteers celebration on Aug. 15.
Morgridge Center for Public Service
Involvement, new perspectives, and enriching are just three of many words that our Badger Volunteers use to describe their summer experiences with community partners.
On Tuesday, Aug. 15, the Morgridge Center Public Service celebrated the hard work of Badger Volunteers outside the School of Education’s North Plaza. About 150 University of Wisconsin-Madison students donated their time to work with the Madison community at-large.
With community organizations like UW-Madison Arboretum, Salvation Army of Dane County, Aldo Leopold Nature Center, and more, our Badger Volunteers program equips the students with the skillsets to collaborate with schools, nonprofits, and municipalities over the course of a semester. This allows the students to develop and cultivate meaningful and consistent connections, bridging the gap between campus and community.
Literacy Network, one of our many community organization, strives to improve literacy among adults and the organization greatly benefited from the presence of Badgers Volunteers this summer. Academic tutors and learners cited substantial feedback in the Literacy Network’s Summer 2017 Highlights Report.
“It has been very rewarding to see my student improve, especially over such a short amount of time,” one academic tutor said about the most enjoyable or rewarding aspect of their experience.
While Badger Volunteers’ summer session only last eight weeks compared to the eleven weeks that it commits to during the fall and spring, community partners still appreciate the contribution of the students, deeming the work, value and recognition impeccable.
Though Summer Badger Volunteers may have ended, it will not be long before students will be able to sign up for the Fall 2017 Badger Volunteers. In fact, returning students may have already began plotting which community organization to volunteer for.
Registration will open online for students from Sept. 8 – 1 4 accommodating those on a first come, first serve basis.