Badger Volunteers Community

Badger Volunteers


Badger Volunteers connects teams of UW–Madison students with local community sites (schools, nonprofits, municipalities) to volunteer with that organization 1-4 hours every week for an entire semester. We are particularly interested in partners 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 education sessions for student volunteers 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 Coordinator Anya Piotrowski.

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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.

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Badger Volunteers Community Partner Timeline

Fall 2021

3/29 – 8/13  Community Partner Registration Deadline

8/16 – 8/20  Recruit leaders

3/23 – 8/26  Match Partners and Leaders

8/27  Announce Leader Placements

9/9  Pre-Registration for Returning Volunteers

9/10 – 9/17  Recruit Volunteers

9/20 – 9/24  Orient Volunteers

9/27  Volunteering Begins

11/25 – 11/28  Thanksgiving Break

12/10  Volunteering Ends (11 weeks)

12/16  Celebration

Spring 2022

10/27 – 11/20  Community Partner Registration

11/29 – 12/03  Recruit leaders

12/6 – 12/09  Match Partners and Leaders

12/10 Announce Leader Placements

1/26  Pre-Registration for Returning Volunteers

1/27 – 2/3  Recruit Volunteers

2/7 – 2/11  Morgridge Center Orientation for Badger Volunteers

2/14  Volunteering Begins

3/12 – 3/20  Spring Break

4/29  Volunteering Ends (11 weeks)

5/5  Celebration (tentative date)

Fall 2021 Update

The Morgridge Center is planning for all programs, including Badger Volunteers and Community Based Learning placements, to resume in-person engagement, including transportation to get to community partner sites. Badger Volunteers registration for fall 2021 is now open and will remain open until August 13. All Morgridge Center operations will be face-to-face.

Campus will offer vaccinations to any student who arrives on campus this fall and wishes to be vaccinated, and all students will be required to test weekly and receive a negative result in order to enter campus buildings unless they choose to be vaccinated. Students volunteering in the community will also be expected to follow CDC guidelines. For more information read the recent return to campus note from the Chancellor.


All potential new sites complete a proposal that asks basic questions about their program and volunteer needs. 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)