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Spring 2017 Badger Volunteers registration opens online Jan. 20

Posted Jan 12, 2017

Registration for UW-Madison’s largest student volunteer program opens online Friday, Jan. 20 at 7 a.m. and runs through Jan. 26. Students should note registration no longer opens at midnight.

UW-Madison students can register for Badger Volunteers exclusively online at

Students get to choose from an offering of volunteer opportunities, and those options are listed ahead of time on the website.

Any UW-Madison student can join Badger Volunteers, a program through the Morgridge Center for Public Service. Students make a volunteer commitment of between 2-4 hours a week for the whole spring semester. Students serve each week at the same community partner site, on the same day, at the same time, with the same team of fellow UW students. It’s important that students are able to commit for the full semester.

Nearly 800 total volunteer spots with more than 75 community organizations are open for spring 2017. Most spots typically fill in the first two days, so interested students are encouraged to log on to register for their preferred site as soon as possible on Jan. 20.

The first week of volunteering is Feb. 6, and the commitment runs through the week of April 23, with spring break off.

Transportation is provided to volunteers whose sites are located beyond convenient walking, biking or busing distances.

“Our goal is to remove as many barriers to volunteering as we can,” says Badger Volunteers Coordinator Kari Temkin. “And by making volunteering a consistent part of their weekly schedule, students tell us it’s a lot easier to follow through on the commitment. Which means they get more out of it, and the community partner gets more out of it.”

Students with questions about the Badger Volunteers program should contact Kari Temkin at