Badger Volunteers Community

Badger Volunteers


Badger Volunteers (BV) connects teams of UW–Madison students with local community organizations (schools, nonprofits, municipalities) to volunteer with that organization 1 to 4 hours every week for an entire semester. We are particularly interested in building reciprocal relationships with organizations focused on education, sustainability, and public health.

Badger Volunteers is ideal for community partners who have a regular, weekly need for volunteers. We provide logistical support, transportation, training and reflection for students in the program. Badger Volunteers operates in the spring, summer and fall. If interested in bringing a Badger Volunteers team to your organization, contact Badger Volunteers Program Manager Lara Miller.


Existing Partners: Log Into Your Partner Dashboard

It is up to your site to determine what your needs are and how Badger Volunteers can help support you. We encourage you to think of your needs and structure the Badger Volunteer experience around that need. You can have more than one Badger Volunteer team at your site a week.

Community Nonprofit Eligibility

All potential new sites meet with the Badger Volunteers Manager to talk about what a partnership could look like and the opportunities within the community agency. We prioritize building new partnerships with organizations that support marginalized communities or support change within the Madison community that we are not already supporting through existing partnerships. To be eligible as a community partner, an agency must:

  • Demonstrate a need and utilize volunteers in order to achieve your mission
  • Exhibit a commitment to a weekly service model
  • Have the capacity to handle a group (3-20) of students at one time
  • Demonstrate a willingness to support a positive learning environment for student volunteers
  • Identify a contact person who welcomes the opportunity to serve as a Badger Volunteer
  • Supervisor, who is in the position to make the necessary time commitment

*Exact dates are subject to change related to programming, however, the general timeline will remain the same (i.e. BV Registration will be the first two weeks of the semester, though the exact start and end dates may change)

Badger Volunteers Community Partner Timeline

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Fall 2023

Fall 2023

Community Partner Registration — 5/1 – 8/4

Recruit team leaders — 8/14 – 8/24

Match partners and team leaders — 8/25

Announce team Leader Placements — 8/28

Badger Volunteers Recruitment and Registration — 8/28 – 9/15

Orientation Leaders — 9/13

Orientation Volunteers and Leaders — 9/23

Volunteering Begins — 9/25

Thanksgiving Break for UW-Madison Students (No Volunteering) — 11/20 – 11/24

Volunteering Ends — 12/8 (11 weeks)

End of Year Celebration — 12/14

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Spring 2024

Spring 2023 — TBD

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Badger Volunteers is generously supported by UW–Madison Facilities Planning & Management.

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