In 2008, the Morgridge Center for Public Service launched Badger Volunteers to foster civic engagement among students through volunteer work. Ten years later, past and current student and staff celebrate and share what makes this organization so special.
“We’re so excited to look back on the last 10 years to see the great impact Badger Volunteers has made as partners alongside Madison area nonprofit, municipal and public service leaders,” said Badger Volunteers Coordinator Reuben Sanon. “Looking back on the past 10 years will reinvigorate our commitment to our guiding light, the Wisconsin Idea, readying us to work towards another decade of impactful campus-community partnership through direct service.”
Badger Volunteers is a semester-long program that pairs teams of students with community organizations (schools, nonprofits, municipalities) to volunteer 1-4 hours each week at the same organization. The program is designed to foster meaningful and consistent connections between community partners and students over the course of an entire semester. Badger Volunteers provides logistical support, transportation, training and education sessions for student volunteers in the program.
Volunteer opportunities fall into three categories: Education, Sustainability and Public Health. However, Badger Volunteers has an opportunity for any major and any interest.
Badger Volunteers participate in orientation the third week of the semester and begin volunteering the fourth week. Volunteering ends the second-to-last week of the semester. Students can learn more about Badger Volunteers here.