Badger Volunteers (BV) opened its registration for the fall semester on Thursday, Sept. 4 and will officially begin its virtual programming with volunteers starting on Monday, Sept. 21. While Badger Volunteers will look a little different this year due to COVID-19, it is not too late to get involved!
Below, you will find everything you need to know about how to become a Badger Volunteer this fall and give back to the Madison community during the pandemic.
To register for a slot, use SignUp Genius instead of the BV dashboard, which has been used in past years. Though the amount of volunteer opportunities has decreased due to COVID-19, there are still over 40 volunteer spots for students to choose from.
These spots are limited, so sign-up quick before the slots are filled! More specific details about the volunteer opportunities and participating community partners are available in the Fall 2020 Badger Volunteers Information guide.
Students who sign up will be expected to volunteer one to four hours per week. Different volunteering opportunities will have different time frames and schedules. While most opportunities allow for a flexible time frame, check the details of the opportunity in the information guide to ensure there are no conflicts with your schedule.
Despite the remote operation of Badger Volunteers this semester, there are a mix of in-person and virtual volunteer opportunities available to students. Approved in-person volunteer opportunities ensure the venue provides adequate space for social distancing and does not require work indoors with others. Students who choose these in-person opportunities will be responsible for arranging their own transportation.
Once students register for a volunteer opportunity, they will attend an orientation session before volunteers start at their site or virtually.
The Badger Volunteers Executive Board is hosting multiple sessions for virtual orientation from Sept. 14-18 via Zoom. After your registration is confirmed, you will receive more information about how to sign up for one of the multiple orientation times.
COVID-19 has turned all of our worlds upside down, and the campus students know and love has changed as well. Badger Volunteers may look a little different this fall, but the immeasurable importance and joyful experience of giving back to the community will remain the same.