Badger Volunteer at St. Vincent de Paul

Volunteer Opportunities

We can help you find the ideal volunteer opportunity to meet your interests and availability. We even have opportunities for your group, student organization, sorority or fraternity. Search broader resources below, or look for more specific opportunities in the menu.

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You may also be interested in Community-based Learning courses, which allow you to get involved with local community organizations while also earning class credit.

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Agriculture

F.H. King Student Farm

Garden Work Hours are when anyone, regardless of experience, can stop out at the F.H. King garden in the Eagle Heights Community Gardens to help out. During these hours there will be someone from F.H. King present to help volunteers work on various tasks. We prefer that volunteers come out for a minimum of 2 hours, but realize that the school year is a busy time and appreciate what you can give. Volunteers do various garden tasks from harvesting to weeding, and it’s also a fun time to meet and socialize with other F.H. King volunteers, employees or interns.

fhking.students@gmail.com


The Dane County Farmers’ Market

The Dane County Farmers Market strives to make fresh local food available to everyone. We have several volunteer opportunities available to help us achieve this goal. Year-round, we implement our EBT program which allows families and individuals to buy farmers’ market products with their Quest cards (or food stamps). Volunteers are needed each Saturday to provide this service. During the Saturday Outdoor Market and Holiday Market, we also have volunteer opportunities to work in our Information Booth. Booth shifts for both the EBT and Info Booth are 2 hours long. Volunteers sign up as often as they would like. It’s great if volunteers can commit to helping out on a regular basis. During our Late Winter Market, we also have fast-paced, group and individual volunteer opportunities available at our Taste of the Market Breakfast. This community breakfast features products grown and raised by Dane County Farmers’ Market members.

almah@cacscw.org
(608) 246-4730 ext. 208


Fair Share CSA Coalition

Fair Share is a non-profit that is dedicated to a future where all families have access to locally-produced, organic food from small family farms. There are opportunities to volunteer in administrative, marketing, and outreach/communication roles as well as special events such as Bike the barns, Find Your Farm, and more.

info@csacoalition.org


Henry Vilas Zoo

Henry Vilas Zoo is dedicated to exceptional animal care and conserving wildlife through local engagement and global partnerships. Volunteers have the opportunity to work in guest services, conservation education, events crew, and group volunteer opportunities.

volunteer@henryvilaszoo.gov
(608) 266-4732 


Madison Area Food Pantry Gardens

The Madison Area Food Pantry Garden’s mission is to supply local food pantries with first-choice, nutritious and culturally relevant vegetables. On average, they donate 100,000 pounds of produce every year coming out to a whopping two million pounds donated since the inception of the gardens. Volunteers are always in need to help plant, weed, and harvest at the ten gardens that are scattered throughout Dane County.

thomasparslow@foodpantrygarden.org


Research, Education, Action and Policy on Food Group (REAP)

REAP is building a regional food system that is healthy, just, and both environmentally and economically sustainable. REAP is committed to projects that shorten the distance from farm to table, support small family farmers, encourage sustainable agriculture practices, preserve the diversity and safety of our food supply and address the food security of everyone in our communities. Volunteers contribute to this goal in a variety of ways ranging from assisting at events to prepping snacks for kids.

20matthewf@reapfoodgroup.org
halest-americorps@reapfoodgroup.org


UW Madison Arboretum

Dedicated volunteers ensure the continued success of the Arboretum’s ecological communities, gardens, and outreach programs. There are countless ways volunteers can get involved at the Arboretum. We have opportunities for individuals, families, and groups. New volunteers are always welcome to participate. Volunteers can help with ecological restoration, gardening, plant propagation, summer day camps, Friends of the Arboretum sponsored events, citizen science, and Visitor Center services.

judith.kingsbury@wisc.edu
(608) 262-5604


Wisconsin 4-H

4-H volunteers are youth and adults working together to make a difference in the lives of young people. Volunteers work with UW-Extension Youth Development professionals to develop the life skills of youth members, thus benefiting the state, employers, and the economy. Volunteers not only have the satisfaction of contributing to the future of young people, they also learn new skills that may advance their careers.

curley.lisa@countyofdane.com
(608) 224-3702

Animal Sciences

Angel’s Wish

Angel’s Wish is an all-volunteer non-profit that is dedicated to reducing animal overpopulation, rehoming companion animals, and raising awareness of animal welfare issues in South Central Wisconsin. Volunteers are always needed to assist with the adoption center, fostering animals, special events, administration, and grant writing. There is also a unique opportunity to volunteer as a Veterinary Care Provider which serves one Saturday a month providing routine vaccinations, checks for parasites, microchip, and more! No prior experience is needed, just a desire to learn. Fill out the application if you are interested in volunteering. 

volunteer@angelswish.org
(608) 848-4174


Dane County Humane Society

From in-shelter support to at-home foster care, volunteers support every facet of our work. Together we are achieving our mission – helping people help animals! We look forward to helping you find a volunteer role that matches your skills, interests and schedule so that you can make a big difference in the lives of animals in need. Fill out a volunteer application form. 

volunteer@giveshelter.org
(608) 838-0413


Henry Vilas Zoo

Henry Vilas Zoo is dedicated to exceptional animal care and conserving wildlife through local engagement and global partnerships. Volunteers have the opportunity to work in guest services, conservation education, events crew, group volunteer opportunities, and more.

volunteer@henryvilaszoo.gov
(608) 266-4732


Madison Cat Project

We have 80 dedicated volunteers, a 30-hour-per-week veterinarian and a board of directors committed to creating a better future for feral cats. Here are a few ways you can help: Become A Foster Parent;  Help at our Shelter and Cat Enclosure; Fundraising; Adoption Fairs; Deliver New Cats. Fill out a volunteer questionnaire.

info@madisoncatproject.org
(608) 467-4067


Madison Children’s Museum

Volunteer at Madison Children’s Museum by helping out at the rooftop garden. Tasks may include assisting with educational programs or helping maintain the chicken coop. Other duties will be assisting with upkeep of the garden beds including planting, weeding and picking vegetables.

volunteers@madisonchildrensmuseum.org
(608) 256-6445 ext 552


Three Gaits, Inc.

We are looking for an enthusiastic and energetic addition to our Sunday morning volunteer crew out at Three Gaits – a horse farm 20 minutes south of Madison – a wonderful place to pass some time! A good fit would be someone that likes to get up early, enjoys the fresh air, and doesn’t mind working hard and getting dirty. Tasks include feeding horses, bedding stalls, and cleaning barn aisles.

3gaits@3gaits.org
(608) 877-9086

Art and Performing Arts

Boys and Girls Club

The Boys and Girls Club of Dane County’s mission is to inspire and empower all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, responsible, and caring adults. Volunteers directly impact the daily lives of Dane County children by tutoring, mentoring, and teaching or facilitating the many educational programs that they have. Volunteers must attend a volunteer orientation held once each month. At the orientation, the potential volunteer will learn about different volunteer opportunities, complete the necessary paperwork, tour the facility, and meet the staff.

jhughes@bgcdc.org
608-257-2606


Madison Museum of Contemporary Art

Through its volunteer programs, MMoCA has an opportunity for every interest. The museum regularly seeks volunteers for a variety of positions related to special event staffing and planning, office support, and library support. Volunteers greet guests at MMoCA Nights, sell tickets at Holiday Art Fair, grill brats and hot dogs at Art Fair on the Square, assist with monthly mailings, and provide invaluable support for countless other tasks throughout the year.

volunteer@mmoca.org
(608) 257-0158


Oak Park Place

Volunteer opportunities available on an ongoing basis working with the senior resident population at Oak Park Place. Looking for interested individuals to share interests or hobbies with our residents, including art demonstrations, discussion groups, lecture topics, music or theater performance, gardening, leading exercise and arts and craft projects. Time frames for volunteering are very flexible. Fill out a volunteer application form.

Madison East location: (608)663-8600
Madison West location: (608)640-4100


Arts for All

Arts for All (formerly known as Very Special Arts VSA Wisconsin), the state organization on arts and disabilities, has a number of opportunities available that involve assisting instructors in various visual art, music, or movement classes by supporting participants in program activities. Your words of encouragement and assistance are much appreciated by class participants and instructors. Take delight in each class and share the joy of creative expression in a fun and social atmosphere that supports all ability levels! The teaching artist outlines each class and shows you where you can help. You just provide your support! We have classes during the Fall, Winter, Spring and Summer. Sessions generally last 10 weeks in Fall, Winter and Spring and 5 weeks in Summer. We ask for a commitment of the full class session which is typically between one and two hours. Please see our website for program dates and times. Fill out a volunteer application form.

(608) 241-2131


Bayview International Center for Education and the Arts

The Bayview Foundation supports its culturally diverse, low-income families in realizing their aspirations by providing affordable housing, fostering cultural pride, and building community through the arts, education, and recreation. Individual volunteers can provide program support while groups can assist with special projects and events. Fill out a volunteer application form. 

(608) 256-7808


ArtWorking

ArtWorking is a Madison area nonprofit program that provides career development and support for artists & entrepreneurs with disabilities. ArtWorking typically engages students working towards degrees in art therapy, rehabilitation psychology, or special education or taking a service-oriented course during Fall and Spring semesters. 

info@ArtWorking.org
(608) 442-5294


Allied Wellness Center

The Allied Wellness Center is a neighborhood center with the purpose of promoting health and wellness of the mind, body, and spirit of people living in the Allied, Belmar, Dunn’s Marsh neighborhoods. They are looking for volunteer graphic artists to help with brochures and website design.

kvaughn@wisc.edu
(608) 274-7006


Bubbler

The Bubbler at Madison Public Library is a hub that connects artists to the community and the community to artists through free, hands-on making, exhibitions, and community-wide events.

To volunteer, fill out this interest form.


Madison Children’s Museum

Put a smile on a child’s face and make a difference in the community. Become an MCM volunteer! All volunteers must complete an application and clear a background check prior to their first day. Volunteers who want to commit to a weekly shift must also attend a general orientation and a visitor engagement training. Download and complete a volunteer application form

volunteer@madisonchildrensmuseum.org
(608) 256-6445

Business

Allied Wellness Center

The Allied Wellness Center is a neighborhood center with the purpose of promoting health and wellness of the mind, body, and spirit of people living in the Allied, Belmar, Dunn’s Marsh neighborhoods. They are looking for a volunteer with accounting expertise to help manage financial records, tax documents, and forms related to their non-profit status.

kvaughn@wisc.edu
(608) 274-7006


Madison Senior Center

Madison Senior Center’s mission is to promote successful aging through an evidence based approach. Gain applicable skills as a front desk receptionist, special event and fundraising team member, or marketing and media team member. Fill out a volunteer application

jweichelt@cityofmadison.com
(608) 267-2344

Computer Sciences

Catholic Multicultural Center

Volunteers monitor the lab, ensure that lab users go through the proper sign-in process, and follow all rules. Volunteers are also available to any guest to assist with using the computers and related software. This may include one-on-one tutoring on basics from using Microsoft Word or opening an e-mail account to more advanced concepts such as making a simple chart on Excel. Volunteers are welcome to use the computers during their volunteer shift, and student volunteers are able to work on assignments while they volunteer. Volunteers should have intermediate computer skills (you do not need to be a computer expert). Our lab uses Windows XP PCs with Microsoft Office 2010. No training required. Volunteers should have intermediate computer skills with Windows PCs and Microsoft Office.

laura@cmcmadison.org
(608) 441-1180


Collaboration for Good

Looking for a few front-end web developers to assist with the completion of a number of projects for Collaboration for Good. We need individuals with good HTML skills, preferably HTML5, CSS, and JavaScript skills. The back-end websites are developed with a LAMP stack, using ExpressionEngine (EECMS) as the CMS. This volunteer opportunity is great for professional developers looking to donate their expertise and/or new developers looking to build their skills and experience. There are multiple projects to work on. More details on the specific projects can be provided privately.

collaborationforgood@gmail.com
(608) 241 – 3616


DANEnet

DANEnet has served Dane County non-profit organizations since 1995 by offering on-site technical support, technical training, and technical planning and consulting services.CommunityIT is DANEnet’s most active volunteer program. CommunityIT volunteers meet on evenings and weekends to do volunteer IT projects at local nonprofit organizations. CommunityIT projects are scheduled on the basis of current needs and can vary in frequency from once a week to up to every few months. Projects can include network wiring, computer lab and PC setup, server setup and more.

meberly@danenet.org
(608) 274-3107


Hancock Center for Dance/Movement Therapy, Inc.

Hancock Center is a small non-profit dance/movement therapy agency with Dell computers with Windows XP and Windows 7. We need on-call help with software, hardware and e-mail problems as needed. We could use help from anyone with expertise in this area. Volunteers should have good technical computer skills and experience with setting up and troubleshooting PC’s. Experience with e-mail, internet systems, networking, hubs, and installing software programs desired.

laura@hancockcenter.net
(608) 251-2908 ext 21


Literacy Network

One in seven Dane County adults struggles with low literacy (55,000 people); the Literacy Network strives combat this by teaching writing, reading, communication, and computer skills to Dane County adults so that they can achieve financial security, well-being, and deeper engagement with their families and the community. Volunteers are needed in the Spring, Summer, and Fall semesters to assist with one on one tutoring for adults in reading, writing, speaking english, basic computer skills, and GED prep.

shawn@litnetwork.org 
(608) 244-3911

Education

Achievement Connections

Achievement Connections pairs UW-Madison student and other community volunteer tutors with area high school students who are seeking tutors in algebra and geometry. Tutors are paired with one high school student for at least one entire semester. Achievement connections is looking for any UW-Madison student who is comfortable as a tutor, proficient in algebra and able to commit up to two hours each week for at least one semester. Comprehensive training will be provided for volunteers.

ac@morgridge.wisc.edu
(608) 890-2134


Adult Role Models in Science (ARMS) @ UW-Madison WISCIENCE

ARMS encourages teachers to involve students in the process of science, using hands-on, inquiry based activities. This is difficult to do with one adult in a classroom full of students with varying abilities and interests. ARMS volunteers serve in a variety of roles to help all students participate in science. They also help to make student learning more meaningful by connecting science concepts to the application of those concepts in the community. ARMS Volunteers include university faculty and staff, university students in the sciences and science education, and scientists from business, industry and government agencies. Tasks include working with groups of varying size, assisting with outdoors group field trips, developing and presenting demonstrations, and creating activities related to the volunteer’s field of expertise.

anna.courtier@wisc.edu
(608) 265-5526


Kennedy Heights Community Center

All of our children and youth programs welcome volunteers to assist with programming needs.  These opportunities range from helping with our youngest children in the early childhood program to helping work with our middle school boys and girls groups. Volunteers can tutor, mentor, act as a reading buddy, teach a special skill, coach, and much more. Times vary—a weekly commitment of at least one semester is required.

director@khcommunitycenter.org
(608) 244-0767


Old World Wisconsin—Wisconsin Historical Society

The museum’s more than 60 historic structures range from ethnic farmsteads with furnished houses and rural outbuildings, to a crossroads village with its traditional small-town institutions. The efforts of countless historians have preserved an amazing slice of true Americana — one that will be enjoyed for generations to come. Today, Old World Wisconsin’s historic farm and village buildings comprise the world’s largest museum dedicated to the history of rural life. Currently seeking volunteers for a variety of roles, including Historical Interpreters and costumed greeters.

oww@wisconsinhistory.org
(262) 594-6301


Schools of Hope

We currently need volunteer and Work Study tutors at twelve sites throughout Dane County. Tutors meet one-on-one or with small groups of students at least an hour each week. Tutoring happens at the school, Monday through Friday, either during the student’s study hall, learning lab, classroom periods, or after school. During this time, tutors will provide their student with academic guidance including assignment completion, test preparation, study skills, organization and time management skills.

volunteer@ulgm.org
(608) 729-1200


YWCA Madison

YWCA Madison is on a mission to eliminate racism, empower women, stand up for social justice, support families, and strengthen communities. YWCA’s children’s program needs volunteers that can assist providing developmentally appropriate social and recreational activities for homeless children sheltered, with their families, at the YWCA or participating in one of our family housing programs. The Children’s program usually needs volunteers that can commit one night a week.

efarrar@ywcamadison.org
(608) 257-1436 option 2


Greater University Tutoring Service (GUTS)

GUTS offers free tutoring and mentoring to hundreds of students and university affiliates each semester. There is always a need for volunteer tutors in areas ranging from specific classes to conversational language practice to general studying tips and techniques.

gutsstudentorg@gmail.com


Boys and Girls Club of Dane County

The Boys and Girls Club of Dane County’s mission is to inspire and empower all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, responsible, and caring adults. Volunteers directly impact the daily lives of Dane County children by tutoring, mentoring, and teaching or facilitating the many educational programs that they have. Volunteers must attend a volunteer orientation held once each month. At the orientation, the potential volunteer will learn about different volunteer opportunities, complete the necessary paperwork, tour the facility, and meet the staff.

jhughes@bgcdc.org
(608) 257-2606


Neighborhood House

Neighborhood House is Madison’s oldest community center and is a welcoming space for people of all backgrounds and strives to create opportunities for the Greater Madison area. Their mission is to provide high-quality programming and social services that facilitate the growth of a diverse, responsible, and welcoming community. The Collegiate Mentoring Program pairs local youth ages 7-18 with a college student meeting twice a week for an hour to work on homework and build a positive relationship. Other volunteer opportunities include after school programming, summer camp, wellness, youth recreation, and general volunteering at the center. Fill out a volunteer form.

info@neighborhoodhousemadison.org


Bayview International Center for Education and the Arts

The Bayview Foundation supports its culturally diverse, low-income families in realizing their aspirations by providing affordable housing, fostering cultural pride, and building community through the arts, education, and recreation. Individual volunteers can provide program support while groups can assist with special projects and events. Fill out volunteer form.

(608) 256-7808


Madison School & Community Recreation (MSCR)

MSCR is the public recreation provider for the residents of Madison focusing on the health, fitness, and overall well-being of its citizens. Volunteer opportunities are offered year round in a variety of disciplines including downhill ski and snowboard volunteers, after school programs, food pantry assistants, adapted water walking, pontoon boat drivers, and the list keeps going on! Fill out a volunteer application.

amiller2@madison.k12.wi.us
(608) 204-3000


Literacy Network

The Literacy Network works to improve adult literacy in Dane County so that adult learners can achieve financial security, well-being, and deeper engagement with their families and the community. Volunteers are needed every spring, summer, and fall session to work in our ESL tutoring, Essential Literacy tutoring and GED tutoring programs. Volunteer tutors and adult learners work together one-on-one every week on language and literacy skills directly related to the learner’s life goals. All volunteer tutors attend tutor training before the first session, and tutors receive ongoing support during the semester. Learn more and apply at www.litnetwork.org/volunteer.

leanne@litnetwork.org
(608) 244-3911 ext. 55


Wisconsin Institute for Discovery

As a volunteer, you’ll help facilitate hands-on learning activities and provide information in a dynamic environment for kids and adults. Opportunities include Saturday Science, Afterschool and Summer Expeditions, Wisconsin Science Festival, and Education Assistants. To get started, all you need to do is create your online volunteer profile and attend a one-time volunteer training session.

General volunteer questions and group volunteer inquiries can be directed to Krystal Hakes at (608) 316-4662


Madison Children’s Museum

Put a smile on a child’s face and make a difference in the community. Become an MCM volunteer! All volunteers must complete an application and clear a background check prior to their first day. Volunteers who want to commit to a weekly shift must also attend a general orientation and a visitor engagement training. Download and complete a volunteer form.

volunteers@madisonchildrensmuseum.org
(608) 256-6445, ext. 381

Education Policy

Kids Forward 

Formerly known as the Wisconsin Council on Children and Families. Kids Forward aspires to make Wisconsin a place where every child thrives by advocating for effective, long-lasting solutions that break down barriers to success for children and families. Using a research and a community-informed approach, Kids Forward works to help every kid, every family, and every community.

info@kidsforward.net
(608) 284-0580


Foundation for Madison Public Schools

The Foundation is committed to supporting the education of every child by raising private funds, awarding grants, developing community partnerships, and advocating for Madison’s public schools.

fmps@fmps.org
(608) 232-7820


GAY STRAIGHT ALLIANCE FOR SAFE SCHOOLS

GSAFE works with educational staff, families, LGBT youth and Gay-Straight Alliances in local schools to create school environments where all LGBT youth and students thrive. They train educational staff on creating safe and supportive school communities and develop the leadership of LGBT students. Volunteers are needed year-round for events such as: Celebration of Leadership Banquet in May; Trick or Trot 5k Walk/Run in October; and throughout the year with semi-regular mailings.

info@gsafewi.org
(608) 661-4141


FREEDOM INC.

Freedom, Inc. (FI) is a non-profit organization that works with low- to no-income communities of color. Freedom, Inc. began in 2003, as a Southeast Asian (SEA) girls support group. Our primary goal consisted of looking at new definitions and solutions to ending violence against women, gender-non-conforming and transgender folks and children. FI believes in building leadership in low-income communities of color-to challenge the root causes of violence, racism, and poverty.

info@freedom-inc.org
(608) 630-8901


YWCA MADISON

YWCA Madison is on a mission to eliminate racism, empower women, stand up for social justice, support families, and strengthen communities. YWCA’s children’s program needs volunteers that can assist providing developmentally appropriate social and recreational activities for homeless children sheltered, with their families, at the YWCA or participating in one of our family housing programs. The Children’s program usually needs volunteers that can commit one night a week.

efarrar@ymcamadison.org
(608) 257-1436, option 2


Wisconsin Women’s Network

The Wisconsin Women’s Network Policy Institute provides hands-on leadership, communications, and policy advocacy training to a select group of Wisconsin women every year. Our Policy Institute aims to grow the number of Wisconsin women who have the confidence, skills, and strategic know-how to successfully engage in their local and statewide communities on policy issues that matter to Wisconsin women and girls.

info@wiwomensnetwork.org


Institute for Research on Poverty

The Institute for Research on Poverty (IRP) at the University of Wisconsin–Madison is dedicated to advancing understanding of the causes and consequences of U.S. poverty and inequality. It collects and analyzes information, continually updated from state and national data and special-purpose studies, on the evolving condition of low-income individuals and families and policies and programs to improve their well-being and increase self-sufficiency.

deborah.johnson@wisc.edu
(608) 262-7779

Engineering

Lussier Community Education Center

Join the Lussier Community Education Center in creating the remarkable opportunity to support citizen voices, experimental education, and community and youth empowerment in Madison. Engineer volunteers will help record and edit shows for our community radio station, WWMV-LP 95.5. Engineers will be helping with running the soundboard, working with announcers to record content and doing post edits. Experience working with Audacity or ProTools, or the ability to use your own editing software such as Logic, Garage Band, Sound Forge, etc and ability to work independently are key.

(608) 833-4979 x 222


CommunityIT—DANEnet

CommunityIT is DANEnet’s most active volunteer program. CommunityIT volunteers meet on evenings and weekends to do volunteer IT projects at local nonprofit organizations. CommunityIT projects are scheduled on the basis of current needs and can vary in frequency from once a week to up to every few months. Projects can include network wiring, computer lab and PC setup, server setup and more.

meberly@danenet.org
(608) 274-3107


Achievement Connections

The Achievement Connections program is seeking positive and dedicated individuals to tutor high school students in Algebra 1 one to two hours per week at a local high school around Madison. Volunteers will be a part of a coordinated effort to raise the graduation rates in Madison through one-on-one math tutoring with ninth grade students. Tutors will build a supportive and motivating relationship with their student while also assisting with their classwork and core math skill development. This is an opportunity to make a difference in the lives of students and to give back to the Madison community. Comprehensive training will be provided to volunteers, so don’t worry if you’ve never tutored before! Confidence in math abilities and a dedication to forming a trusting working relationship with students are necessary for this position. An Algebra skills test is required for tutors.

ac@morgridge.wisc.edu
(608) 890-2134


UW-Madison Department of Physics

The mission of The Wonders of Physics (TWoP) program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison is to generate interest in physics among people of all ages and backgrounds. TWoP shows are fast-paced, engaging, and educational physics programs, filled with demonstrations that help people better understand the physics in the world around them, while having fun at the same time! Duties for Show Presenter volunteers will include presenting a wide variety of physics demonstrations to audiences and explaining the science behind them. This position is great for those who are interested in developing public speaking skills that would enhance their abilities to teach as science instructors. Show Presenters, unlike our Outreach Presenters, are chosen to present The Wonders of Physics Traveling Shows and will be given extensive training. Because of this, we ask that these individuals commit to at least 12 months of service.

wonders@physics.wisc.edu
(608) 262-2927


Collaboration for Good

Looking for a few front-end web developers to assist with the completion of a number of projects for Collaboration for Good. We need individuals with good HTML skills, preferably HTML5, CSS, and JavaScript skills. The back-end websites are developed with a LAMP stack, using ExpressionEngine (EECMS) as the CMS.

This volunteer opportunity is great for professional developers looking to donate their expertise and/or new developers looking to build their skills and experience. There are multiple projects to work on. More details on specific projects can be provided privately.

collaborationforgood@gmail.com
(608) 241-3616

Environmental Studies

UW Madison Arboretum

The UW-Madison Arboretum offers volunteers opportunities that span from horticulture to ecological restoration projects, as well as ambassador and visitor center positions.

Judith.kingsbury@wisc.edu
(608) 262-5604


Clean Lakes Alliance

Whether you have an hour or 10 to give, we are happy to place volunteers on projects large and small. Opportunities fall in one of the following three categories: office and administration assistance, special events (often on evenings and weekends), and watershed projects* (i.e. beach clean ups, storm drain stamping). Regular volunteer opportunities and one-time events are available.

volunteer@cleanlakesalliance.org
(608) 255-1000


F.H. King Student Farm

Garden Work Hours are when anyone, regardless of experience, can stop out at the F.H. King garden in the Eagle Heights Community Gardens to help out. During these hours there will be someone from F.H. King present to help volunteers work on various tasks. We prefer that volunteers come out for a minimum of 2 hours, but realize that the school year is a busy time and appreciate what you can give. Volunteers do various garden tasks from harvesting to weeding, and it’s also a fun time to meet and socialize with other F.H. King volunteers, employees or interns.

fhking.students@gmail.com


Research, Education, Action and Policy on Food Group (REAP)

REAP is building a regional food system that is healthful, just, and both environmentally and economically sustainable. REAP is committed to projects that shorten the distance from farm to table, support small family farmers, encourage sustainable agriculture practices, preserve the diversity and safety of our food supply and address the food security of everyone in our community.

20matthewf@reapfoodgroup.org
halest-americorps@reapfoodgroup.org
(608) 310-7836


Troy Gardens

Help Community GroundWorks maintain and enhance restored woodlands, edible landscapes, and prairie; teach low income youth about gardening and nutrition, and assist with production and harvest on our organic farm! Whether you join us to burn the prairie in the spring, weed and mulch in the summer, or enjoy the fruiting edible landscape in the fall, there are plenty of opportunities to help out and to learn about the work at Troy Gardens and our other locations. Fill out a volunteer interest form.

info@communitygroundworks.org
(608) 240-0409


FoodShare at the Dane County Farmers’ Market

Friends of the Dane County Farmer’s Market strives to make fresh local food available to everyone. To help achieve our goal we set up the FoodShare Program at the Dane County Farmer’s Market. The FoodShare Program allows families and individuals to buy Farmers’ Market products with their Quest cards (or food stamps). Volunteers are needed each Saturday of the Dane County Farmers’ Market all year-round. Services are available at the Saturday market on the Capitol Square, at the Wednesday market on MLK JR Boulevard, and during the winter markets at the Monona Terrace and the Madison Senior Center. Volunteers run the EBT machine at the info booth, handing out Market Dollars to participants after Quest cards are scanned. Volunteers then redeem Market Dollars from vendors after they are spent.

almah@cacscw.org
(608) 246-4730 ext. 208


City of Madison Parks

Created in 1983, the People for Parks program encourages citizens to take an active role in the maintenance and enhancement of our parks. Donated funds for specific projects are matched, allowing increased flexibility. Contributions of parkland, benches and trees have enhanced our parks. Stewardship efforts are visible through Earth Day clean ups, tree mulching, hiking trail repair, planting and weeding gardens, prairie seed collecting and assistance at special events. These activities involve individuals, community organizations, businesses, school groups and neighborhood associations throughout the community.

Madison Parks offers numerous opportunities, coordinated by Parks staff and volunteer groups, throughout the year to help make our parks more beautiful.

parksvolunteer@cityofmadison.com
(608) 267-1162


Aldo Leopold Nature Center

The Aldo Leopold Nature Center is designed to engage, educate, and empower the next generation of stewards of the land for a healthy, happy, and sustainable future.

kelley@aldoleopoldnaturecenter.org
(608) 216-9373


Sierra Club – John Muir Chapter

The Sierra Club Wisconsin’s voice for the nation’s oldest, largest and most influential grassroots environmental organization. Volunteer needs include office work, website maintenance and organization, social media administrators, and completing Sierra Club work hours for Community Shares of Wisconsin.

john.muir.chapter@sierraclub.org
(608) 256-0565


Henry Vilas Zoo

Henry Vilas Zoo is dedicated to exceptional animal care and conserving wildlife through local engagement and global partnerships. Volunteers have the opportunity to work in guest services, conservation education, events crew, and group volunteer opportunities.

volunteer@henryvilaszoo.gov


Friends of the Pheasant Branch Conservancy

Friends of the Pheasant Branch Conservancy was originally created to prevent the construction of two proposed sewers through the conservancy and has since shifted to restoring habitat and educating the public about its resources. There are many volunteer opportunities including restoration, education, accessibility and use, and special events.

office@pheasantbranch.org


Friends of Lake Wingra

Friends of Lake Wingra came together in 1998 with an interest in improving the health of Lake Wingra through coordinated watershed management and by engaging the watershed community in stewardship of the lake and its watershed. Volunteers can participate in invasive plant control or organize a storm drain stenciling team.

info@lakewingra.org


Madison Audubon Society

The Madison Audubon Society was 100% run by volunteers up until around 2010 and now they have a small working staff but they are still heavily reliant on volunteers who are interested in helping them achieve their goal of protecting local habitat, teaching the youth, and conserving local bird species.

info@madisonaudubon.org


Madison Environmental Group

Madison Environmental Group is a consulting firm dedicated to assisting businesses and individuals with innovative resource and cost saving solutions in order to achieve a healthy community and environment

meg@madisonenvironmental.com


Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin

The Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin is committed to connecting people who want to help with meaningful opportunities to make a lasting impact on Wisconsin’s lands, waters, wildlife, and future stewards. Opportunities include volunteering in State Natural Areas, State Parks, Citizen-based monitoring, or assisting in the office.

info@WisConservation.org


Midwest Environmental Advocates

Midwest Environmental Advocates is a non-profit environmental law center defending public rights, protecting natural resources, and ensuring transparency and accountability in government. Volunteer opportunities depend on your skills and interests but they can range from easy office tasks to professional, pro bono attorney support.

advocate@midwestadvocates.org


Fair Share CSA Coalition

Fair Share is a non-profit that is dedicated to a future where all families have access to locally-produced, organic food from small family farms. There are opportunities to volunteer in administrative, marketing, and outreach/communication roles as well as special events such as Bike the barns, Find Your Farm, and more.

info@csacoalition.org


Center for Resilient Cities

The Center for Resilient Cities has developed a model that creates sustainable, thriving neighborhoods through community engagement, connected systems, and restorative environmental design. Volunteer opportunities include maintaining natural areas, preparing and serving meals, or being a front desk greeter.

(608) 255-9877


Lakeshore Nature Preserve

The Lakeshore Nature Preserve is a 300 acre preserve located on the northwest side of campus along the free 80 bus route. Volunteers are vital to the success of the Lakeshore Nature Preserve’s mission of maintaining a clean and safe preserve, improving biological diversity, preventing erosion, and increasing our knowledge to help improve land stewardship. Volunteer tasks include removing invasive species, maintaining trails, cleaning fire circles, conducting surveys and collecting data, as well as collecting, sowing, and planting native seeds.

bryn.scriver@wisc.edu
(608) 220-5560


Department of Natural Resources: State Natural Areas (SNAs) Volunteer Program

Help us care for some of our state’s most pristine public lands – State Natural Area. Encourage native plant and animal communities to thrive by cutting brush, pulling and spraying invasives, collecting seeds, monitoring rare species and preparing fire breaks. Show up for a day or become a steward responsible for all volunteer activities at a SNA – any level of participation is encouraged.

jared.urban@wisconsin.gov
(608) 228-4349

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Chazen Museum of Art

Volunteers may give tours for various events and programs offered at the Chazen Museum. Training takes place on an as needed basis.

aguthier@chazen.wisc.edu
(608) 263-2495


Wisconsin Historical Society

The Wisconsin Historical Society is our state’s memory and foremost story teller; it is considered one of the nation’s finest historical institutions. By volunteering your time, you’ll meet interesting people, have fun and help us tell the story of Wisconsin while learning more about our state’s colorful past. Some opportunities include volunteering at the Library and Archives, Museum Archaeology Program (MAP), Museums and Historic Sites, and National History Day.

hr@wisconsinhistory.org
(608) 264-6409


Madison Public Library

Madison Public Library’s tradition of promoting education, literacy and community involvement has enriched the City of Madison for more than 140 years. Volunteer opportunities in our libraries change regularly; if you have a special talent or skill you would like to share with a neighborhood library, please contact your local library’s manager to discuss your ideas. To volunteer at Central Library, please fill out the Volunteer at Central form.

kwick@madisonpubliclibrary.org
(608) 266-8685


Wisconsin Veterans Museum

For over 100 years, the Wisconsin Veterans Museum has shared the stories of our state’s military veterans. This award-winning museum and research center chronicles the history-shaping exploits of Wisconsin’s veterans from the Civil War to present day. We have many opportunities for volunteers ranging from museum tour guides to oral history transcribers, and everything in between.

visitor.services@dva.wisconsin.gov
(608) 264-7633


Madison Museum of Contemporary Art

Through its volunteer programs, MMoCA has an opportunity for every interest. The museum regularly seeks volunteers for a variety of positions related to special event staffing and planning, office support, and library support. Volunteers greet guests at MMoCA Nights, sell tickets at Holiday Art Fair, grill brats and hot dogs at Art Fair on the Square, assist with monthly mailings, and provide invaluable support for countless other tasks throughout the year.

volunteer@mmoca.org
(608) 257-0158


UW Archives and Records Management

We work with UW-Madison departments to provide practicum and independent study opportunities for students from history, library science and information, museum studies and other archives-related disciplines. Students projects may include: digitizing photos or audio; processing artifact and poster collections; creating indexes or finding aids for a manuscript collection; preserving a glass negative collection. Opportunities will depend on available collections and your specific course or area of study requirements.

If you are interested in learning more about independent study or practicum opportunities, email your request, including learning objectives and time requirement (e.g. 80 hours, 120 hours, etc.), a current resume and two references to uwarchiv@library.wisc.edu. Please include the text “Independent Study or Practicum Experience Opportunities” in the subject line of your email.

Legal Studies & Pre-Law

Workers’ Rights Center of Madison

In its ten years of operation the Workers’ Rights Center has been largely driven by volunteers–community members who dedicate a few hours a week to assist workers in understanding their rights in the workplace and helping them in finding solutions to problems. The WRC holds regular advocate trainings, to educate volunteers on Wisconsin labor law, WRC policies and protocols and strategies that have been proven successful. The center also holds special trainings for volunteers with attorneys and agency staff to focus on specific topics and issues that effect low-income workers. Volunteers also assist with the day-to-day operations of the center, helping in the office, making phone calls, laying out fliers and newsletters etc.

worker1@sbcglobal.net
(608) 255-0376


The Wisconsin Coalition Against Domestic Violence

End Domestic Abuse Wisconsin offers a pair of volunteer opportunities to assist the organization in putting an end to domestic abuse. Stay up to date on legislative activities that impact DV victims/survivors and learn how you can take action by signing up for Action Alerts.

dalton@endabusewi.org
(608) 255-0539 x 309


Wisconsin Women’s Network

The Wisconsin Women’s Network is seeking volunteers to fill rolls related to task forces organized around particular issues, committee membership, investigative work to keep the organization current on relevant legal topics, event support and grant writing, among numerous other opportunities.

info@wiwomensnetwork.org
(608) 255-9809


Sheltering Animals of Abuse Victims (SAAV)

Sheltering Animals of Abuse Victims (SAAV) is an all-volunteer 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to ending the cycle of abuse within families.  SAAV plays a unique role in this fight by recognizing the importance of animals as vital family members and arranging for their safe harbor at a time of critical need–when a domestic abuse victim seeks refuge from an abuser. If fostering is not for you, you can still join our mission.  We are always in need of volunteers to assist with grant writing and fundraising, to help staff booths at community events, or to provide us with innovative ideas to raise community awareness. Fill out a general volunteer application if interested.

info@saavprogram.org


Canopy Center

Canopy Center is a child abuse and prevention agency in Dane County. Two of our programs work with children and families involved in CHIPS (children in need of protection and services) cases in the juvenile court system. Dane County CASA volunteers visit the child weekly in their home, talk to everyone in the child’s life and write monthly progress reports to the judge and all legal parties to the case. Parent-to-Child volunteers provide supervised visit services with the hopes of bringing the family back together. They give the court objective reports about their observations, while also serving as a mentor and advocate for the parents and families. Canopy Center also offers a number of other direct service volunteer opportunities for students interested in social work, counseling, human services, or other related fields.

volunteercoordinator@canopycenter.org
608-729-1134


Midwest Environmental Advocates

Midwest Environmental Advocates is a non-profit environmental law center defending public rights, protecting natural resources, and ensuring transparency and accountability in government. Volunteer opportunities depend on your skills and interests but they can range from easy office tasks to professional, pro bono attorney support.

advocate@midwestadvocates.org


Community Justice, INC

A non-profit law firm working to close the justice gap in South Central Wisconsin. CJI works to make justice affordable for all. To better serve clients, CJI needs volunteer law clerks and/or clerical assistance.

marab@communityjusticeinc.org
(608) 204-9642


Workers’ Rights Center of Madison

Volunteers assist workers in understanding their rights in the workplace and helping them in finding solutions to problems. WRC holds regular advocate trainings, to educate volunteers on Wisconsin labor law, WRC policies and protocols and strategies tand special training for volunteers with attorneys and agency staff to focus on specific topics and issues that affect low-income workers.

(608) 255-0376

Marketing

I Am Magic Foundation, Inc.

This volunteer opportunity involves promoting our organization and helping us raise funds. Create and manage fund raising events and promote our programs through the media. Are you great at creating fun events? Perhaps a walk or run. We would like to have a Haunted Forest. Help us create and promote this event. How about an event as large as a Gala? Do you know how to keep us in the public eye by writing press releases and booking us on local news shows? Might you even be the person on the air who promotes our event or organization? We need you. Volunteers should have successful experience in non-profit event planning, fund raising and /or media promotion

discoveryourmagic@immagicfoundation.org
(608) 238-9213


Agrace West Thrift Store

Agrace Thrift Store volunteers provide customer service to shoppers, cashier, merchandise items, and prepare donated items for sale. Proceeds from the Thrift Store support services provided to Agrace patients and families. Volunteers should enjoy working with the public and other volunteers as well as thrive in a busy and lively environment. Volunteers complete an Orientation, application, and background check.

thriftstore@agrace.org
(608) 327-7163


The Rainbow Project

At The Rainbow Project, we provide restorative healing and hope for young children and their families who have experienced trauma, helping them build a foundation for the mastery of life-sustaining skills. The Rainbow Project is looking for experienced volunteers to provide childcare during various dates and times. Check the website for current volunteer needs.

rpdesk@therainbowproject.net
(608) 255-7356


Wisconsin Women’s Business Initiative Corporation

WWBIC focuses on women, people of color, and low-income individuals, providing direct lending and access to fair and responsible capital, quality business education, one-on-one technical business assistance and education to increase financial capability.WWBIC volunteers typically work directly with clients to support them throughout their entrepreneurship goals. Volunteers can take on roles in facilitation, guest speaking, mentorship, business plan reviewing and administrative assistance. Fill out a volunteer application.

Cassandra.Plaster@wwbic.com
(414) 395-4546


Clean Lakes Alliance

Clean Lakes Alliance is dedicated to the improvement and protection of the lakes, streams, and wetlands in the Yahara River Watershed. Volunteers typically help out with projects with tasks ranging from office and administration assistance, special events, and watershed projects like shoreline restoration or beach clean ups.

volunteer@cleanlakesalliance.org


Madison Cat Project

We have 80 dedicated volunteers, a 30-hour-per-week veterinarian and a board of directors committed to creating a better future for feral cats. Here are a few ways you can help: Become A Foster Parent; Help at our Shelter and Cat Enclosure; Fundraising; Adoption Fairs; Deliver New Cats. Fill out a volunteer questionnaire.

info@madisoncatproject.org
(608) 467-4067


Angel’s Wish

Angel’s Wish is an all-volunteer non-profit that is dedicated to reducing animal overpopulation, rehoming companion animals, and raising awareness of animal welfare issues in South Central Wisconsin. Volunteers are always needed to assist with the adoption center, fostering animals, special events, administration, and grant writing. There is also a unique opportunity to volunteer as a Veterinary Care Provider which serves one Saturday a month providing routine vaccinations, checks for parasites, microchip, and more! No prior experience is needed, just a desire to learn. Fill out the adult volunteer application if interested.

volunteer@angelswish.org
(608) 848-4174


Clean Wisconsin

Clean Wisconsin was created in 1970 by Gaylord Nelson, the founder of Earth Day, and Peter Anderson in an effort to protect Wisconsin’s cherished yet vulnerable environment. Volunteers are often needed to assist with writing letters to editors, helping with in-office tasks, and more!

asmith@cleanwisconsin.org


Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin

The Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin is committed to connecting people who want to help with meaningful opportunities to make a lasting impact on Wisconsin’s lands, waters, wildlife, and future stewards. Volunteer opportunities range from assisting in the office to working in State Natural Areas or State Parks.

info@WisConservation.org


Wisconsin Network for Peace and Justice (WNPJ)

As a small, grassroots, member-based organization, WNPJ relies on the skills, energy, and commitment of our volunteers! Below is a list of our regular staffing needs. Most are constant, while others are just a few times a year. After initial training, some at the WNPJ office in Madison or via video chat, these tasks can be done from anywhere with an internet connection! Tasks include: website updates, marketing, fundraising, event planning, social media management, and education. Fill out the volunteer application.

office@wnpj.org
(608) 358-2940


Madison Senior Center

Madison Senior Center’s mission is to promote successful aging through an evidence based approach. Gain applicable skills as a front desk receptionist, special event and fundraising team member, or marketing and media team member. Fill out a volunteer application.

jweichelt@cityofmadison.com
(608) 267-2344

Pre-Med and Nursing

NewBridge Madison

Without volunteers like you, these programs could not exist. We are all working together to help frail and limited income older adults remain independent and in their own homes. And you, as a volunteer, have the unique opportunity to help meet this need. Please read the descriptions of our volunteer needs on our website in order to choose which one is right for you. We look forward to a rewarding relationship with you as we work together to provide quality service to older adults!

jeanettea@newbridgemadison.org
(608) 512-0000 ext. 4007


UW Hospital Volunteer

Volunteers provide exceptional care and help to the patients that visit UW Hospital and Clinics on a daily basis. They help in every way from greeting people at the front door, to providing assistance to those who are hospitalized. Volunteers are able to take the time needed to offer assistance to the patients at UW Hospital and Clinics in any non-medical way to make the patients feel more welcome and more comfortable. At a General Orientation the potential volunteer will sign up for a placement interview. Volunteers are required to have a Tuberculosis test and fill out a health form. Volunteers must pass a criminal background check. Volunteers will have complete training for the position they choose. Volunteers will be required to observe privacy rules, wear their name badge while on duty and dresses appropriately. Volunteers typically take one shift per week with hours varying from 2-4 hours.

volunteer.services@uwhealth.org
608-263-6046


Independent Living

Health advocates partner with an older adult to help prepare for and accompany to physician’s visits, ask questions at the doctor appointment that may otherwise be forgotten or not thought of, and help explain and encourage compliance with physician’s directives, such as medications. These volunteers play a vital role in the lives of older adults in need of help understanding their medical needs. Nursing students, retired physicians or nurses and other health professionals are especially encouraged to volunteer. Providing transportation to medical appointments is not required. Schedule varies based on appointments.

meals@independentliving.org
(608) 204-0923


Meriter Hospital

There are many types of volunteer opportunities available at Meriter Hospital, including: comforting families in Emergency Services; assisting patient care staff providing therapy in Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation; assisting families and others in various hospital waiting rooms; helping visitors at the Information Desk; waiting on customers in the Gift and Coffee Shops; delivering mail and flowers; helping in numerous departments throughout the hospital.

MSN_Volunteer@unitypoint.org
(608) 417-6257


SMART Addiction Recovery

Facilitating a meeting can be easier than you might have guessed and deeply rewarding. SMART Recovery meetings have a simple standard structure. The meeting are centered on discussion and provide practical proven self-help strategies. Volunteer meeting facilitators are the backbone of the SMART Recovery organization. They are people who believe in the principles on which SMART Recovery is based and who desire to serve their communities by volunteering their time to learn how and to facilitate meetings. Fill out a contact form if interested.

info@madisonsmartrecovery.org
(608) 520-0458


Hospice Volunteer – Home Health United

Hospice volunteers are the heart of Home Health United’s Hospice program. As a member of the Hospice team, volunteers care for individuals and their families by providing patient support, administrative support, assistance with fundraisers/special events or grief and bereavement support. Patient visits might include: companionship care, reading to patients, assisting with letter writing, and helping with errands. Volunteering times are flexible. Candidates should be compassionate and dependable with a sincere desire to make a difference in the lives of others. Fill out a volunteer application.

volunteers@hhuvns.org
(877)356-4514


Agrace Hospice and Palliative Care

Volunteers are at the heart of Agrace’s mission and help us to provide the best service to patients, families, and our staff. There are many different volunteer roles to choose from depending on your skills, interests, and schedule. Most volunteer roles require a volunteer commitment of 50 hours within the first year of service. Some one-time opportunities are available for individuals or groups.

Volunteer@agrace.org
(608) 327-7163


Oak Park Place

Oak Park Place is a family of senior living communities with a philosophy of independence when you want it and assistance when you need it. Volunteers have the opportunity to work with skilled nursing, memory care, assisted living, and independent living. Whether you have a specific talent or just enjoy interacting with seniors, there is an opportunity for you. Fill out the volunteer application.

Madison East: (608) 663-8600
Madison West: (608) 604-4100


Hancock Center

The Hancock Center is a unique non-profit organization that provides dance/movement therapy and health and wellness education at their main site and out in the community. Dance/movement therapy is an innovative form of psychotherapy which works with the whole person integrating movement, creative process, and verbal communication. Volunteers can support adults with developmental differences in creative movement classes or children in local elementary school classrooms. No dance skills are required, just a desire to be active and have some fun!

laura@hancockcenter
(608) 251-0908  ext. 21


United Cerebral Palsy

The United Cerebral Palsy organization offers valuable services for families with varying disabilities and delays including autism, epilepsy, Down syndrome, traumatic brain injury, delays in speech, mobility and development, and more. There are many opportunities to get involved with this organization including special events ranging from Brat Fest over Memorial Day Weekend to the Turkey Trot in November as well as ongoing opportunities in Respite Care, Youth Resources, and Birth to 3 Connections.

amydallman@ucpdane.org


Best Buddies UW-Madison Chapter

Best Buddies is the world’s largest organization dedicated to ending the social, physical, and economic isolation of the 200 million people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). Volunteers empower those with IDD by forming meaningful friendships, helping them secure jobs, live independently, improve public speaking, self-advocacy and communication skills, and feel valued by society.

bestbuddiesmadison@gmail.com


Wisconsin Family Ties

Wisconsin Family Ties supports and empowers parents of children with emotional and behavioral health challenges. Volunteers can lend a helping hand in a variety of ways including development, marketing, office management, public policy, and research.

info@wifamilyties.org
(608) 267-6888


Gilda’s Club

Gilda’s Club provides support to those with cancer and their families. New and enthusiastic volunteers are welcomed every month for the variety of opportunities they offer.

jolene@gildasclubmadison.org


Allied Wellness Center

The Allied Wellness Center is a neighborhood center with the purpose of promoting health and wellness of the mind, body, and spirit of people living in the Allied, Belmar, Dunn’s Marsh neighborhoods. They are looking for volunteer nurses to assist with addressing client health issues.

kvaughn@wisc.edu
(608) 274-7006


Wisconsin Institute for Discovery

As a volunteer, you’ll help facilitate hands-on learning activities and provide information in a dynamic environment for kids and adults. Opportunities include Saturday Science, Afterschool and Summer Expeditions, Wisconsin Science Festival, and Education Assistants. To get started, all you need to do is create your online volunteer profile and attend a one-time volunteer training session.

General volunteer questions and group volunteer inquiries can be directed to Krystal Hakes at 608-316-4662


Ronald McDonald House Charities-Madison

There’s something for everyone who wants to help at Madison’s Ronald McDonald House. Being a Ronald McDonald House Charities volunteer is easy, fun, rewarding and requires as little as a few hours a month. Engage directly with clients as an in-house volunteer or help with household chores, cooking, or yard work!

info@rmhcmadison.org
(608) 232-4660

Physical Education and Physical Therapy

Millennium Soccer Club

Millennium Soccer Club was founded in 2001 with a goal of bringing affordable and accessible organized youth soccer to the city’s low-income, ethnically diverse neighborhoods. Volunteer to coach soccer, maintain fields, assist with site management, or fundraising. Neighborhood sites include: Huegel School, Leopold School, Lincoln School, and Marlborough Park.

tgrogg@charter.net
(608) 469-8277


Madison School & Community Recreation (MSCR)

MSCR is the public recreation provider for the residents of Madison focusing on the health, fitness, and overall well-being of its citizens. Volunteer opportunities are offered year round in a variety of disciplines including downhill ski and snowboard volunteers, after school programs, food pantry assistants, adapted water walking, pontoon boat drivers, and the list keeps going on! Fill out a volunteer application.

amiller2@madison.k12.wi.us
(608) 204-3000


Ballroom Basics for Balance

Ballroom Basics for Balance is a group balance class that uses basic dance moves to practice and enhance balance and learn to prevent falls. It’s fun as well as instructive; it includes validated pre- and post- testing to measure balance, cognitive function and quality of life. Volunteers assist with teaching class and instruction. Fill out this contact form.

susan@yaharatherapy.com

Psychology

Canopy Center

Canopy Center is a child abuse and prevention agency in Dane County. We serve over 4,000 people annually though our programs: Oasis family sexual abuse treatment, Dane County CASA, and Parent-to-Child. Our mission is to strengthen families and support children, teens, and adults impacted by trauma and adversity. We have many direct service volunteer opportunities for students interested in social work, counseling, human services and other related fields.

volunteercoordinator@canopycenter.org
(608) 729-1134


Briarpatch Youth Services

The Runaway & Homeless Youth Program offers counseling, outreach, mediation, support and case management assistance. Child abuse/neglect, alcohol and drug abuse, domestic violence, mental health concerns, homelessness, and juvenile crime are just some of the issues with which we deal. Licensed by the State of Wisconsin as a Child Welfare/Child Placing Agency, Briarpatch provides youth in need of temporary housing with shelter in licensed volunteer host-homes. Check the website for the most recent volunteer opportunities and fill out this volunteer application.

kendra.green@briarpatch.org
(608) 245-2550  ext. 1238 


Agrace Hospice and Palliative Care

Volunteers are at the heart of Agrace’s mission and help us to provide the best service to patients, families, and our staff.  There are many different volunteer roles to choose from depending on your skills, interests, and schedule.  Prior to volunteering, new volunteers complete: a phone interview, application, 2-step TB testing (except Thrift Store Volunteers), background checks, references, orientation, and role specific training. Most volunteer roles require a volunteer commitment of 50 hours within the first year of service.  Some one-time opportunities are available for individuals or groups.

Volunteer@agrace.org
(608) 327-7163


Domestic Abuse Intervention Services (DAIS)

Crisis Response Advocates provide immediate, face-to-face crisis intervention, safety planning, support, information and referrals to victims of domestic abuse at DAIS and other various community partnership locations. Crisis Response Advocates have the option to provide phone counseling, support, safety planning, information and referrals via the Help Line when not meeting with victims in person. Help Line services are available to victims and survivors of domestic abuse, their family, friends, other service providers, and the general public 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. As DAIS staff, Crisis Response Advocates must adhere to confidentiality and Help Line and Crisis Response

info@abuseintervention.org
(608) 251-1237


Outreach Inc.

The mission of OutReach, Inc. is to promote equality and quality of life for LGBT people in the Madison area. OutReach needs volunteers to facilitate and lead peer-based support groups, as well as to provide office support and peer-counseling for any visitors that need someone to talk to. With some training, volunteers can also take part in speaking engagements to talk with schools, businesses, nonprofit organizations and other community groups about LGBT issues.

info@lgbtoutreach.org
(608) 255-8582


Best Buddies UW-Madison Chapter

The Runaway & Best Buddies is the world’s largest organization dedicated to ending the social, physical, and economic isolation of the 200 million people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). Volunteers empower those with IDD by forming meaningful friendships, helping them secure jobs, live independently, improve public speaking, self-advocacy and communication skills, and feel valued by society.

bestbuddiesmadison@gmail.com

Social Work

Canopy Center

Canopy Center is a child abuse and prevention agency in Dane County. We serve over 4,000 people annually though our programs: Oasis family sexual abuse treatment, Dane County CASA, and Parent-to-Child. Our mission is to strengthen families and support children, teens, and adults impacted by trauma and adversity. We have many direct service volunteer opportunities for students interested in social work, counseling, human services and other related fields.

volunteercoordinator@canopycenter.org
(608) 729-1134


Domestic Abuse Intervention Services

The Children’s Program provides children from violent homes with opportunities to engage in positive activities in a safe, structured environment. Advocates need to be flexible, patient, and will be co-facilitating group activities for children of various ages, ability levels, and backgrounds. Prior experience working with children is preferred. Activity groups are in the evenings. Flexible daytime and weekend shifts are also available. The Children’s Program provides rewarding experiences for individuals who enjoy working with children. Volunteers who provide direct service to clients must complete Domestic Abuse Intervention Services (DAIS) Advocate Training. Additional observation shifts, meetings, and in-services are required. Advocates must be at least 18 years old, have the ability to work with diverse populations, and to maintain confidentiality. DAIS requires Advocates to make at least a one year commitment of one shift per week. Shift times, days, and length may vary.

katiem@abuseintervention.org
(608) 729-4723


McBurney Disability Resource Center

Speakers discuss personal disability experiences, cultural differences (e.g., Deaf culture, disability in an international culture, etc.) as well as societal messages about disability, ableism and inclusion. Audiences range from students in residence halls and classes to campus organizations. As a volunteer speaker for the McBurney Speakers Bureau, you have the opportunity to educate peers and the campus community on disability issues by speaking on panels or solo, facilitating discussions, sharing your personal experiences, dispelling myths, fighting discrimination and spreading the message of equality. Speakers have personal experiences with disability or are allies of the disability community and are either UW-Madison students, faculty or staff. Most volunteers do 3-5 assignments per semester, as their schedules permit. No prior speaking experience is necessary.

mcburney@studentlife.wisc.edu
(608) 263-2741


LGBT OutReach

From coming-out groups to social support groups, OutReach needs people to facilitate and lead. Some groups meet for 2 hours at the OutReach Community Center for a set period of weeks, others may be less formal in their approach and meet on an on-going basis. In more formal support groups, once OutReach has collected enough names of interested persons, 1-2 facilitators (depending on the topic of the group) will be asked to interview prospective members in order to determine their appropriateness for the group. In more social-oriented groups, one or more people may take leadership roles in starting, organizing, and sustaining the group and recruiting new members. As facilitator, you will help determine how the group functions, what topics the group discusses, and what kinds of guest speakers the group might want to invite.

info@lgbtoutreach.org
(608) 255-8582


Briarpatch Youth Services

The Runaway & Homeless Youth Program offers counseling, outreach, mediation, support and case management assistance. Child abuse/neglect, alcohol and drug abuse, domestic violence, mental health concerns, homelessness, and juvenile crime are just some of the issues with which we deal. Licensed by the State of Wisconsin as a Child Welfare/Child Placing Agency, Briarpatch provides youth in need of temporary housing with shelter in licensed volunteer host-homes. Check the website for the most recent volunteer opportunities and fill out this volunteer application.

kendra.green@briarpatch.org
(608) 245-2550  ext. 1238


Ronald McDonald House Charities-Madison

The Runaway & There’s something for everyone who wants to help at Madison’s Ronald McDonald House. Being a Ronald McDonald House Charities volunteer is easy, fun, rewarding and requires as little as a few hours a month. Engage directly with clients as an in-house volunteer or help with household chores, cooking, or yard work!

info@rmhcmadison.org
(608) 232-4660

Spanish

Centro Hispano of Dane County

Centro Hispano always has a need for volunteer support.  Opportunities include bringing employment opportunities to the Latino community, working with at-risk youth, mentoring middle or high school students, and translating for the Centro’s New Routes for Adults Program. Fill out the volunteer application.

(608) 255-3018


The Greater University Tutoring Service

GUTS has a fantastic opportunity for you to serve as a volunteer facilitator for our Conversational English (CE) groups. We are facilitating small groups of 2-3 international students to one tutor/facilitator that provide assistance in English conversation, idioms, slang, and the ins and outs of American culture. This is a fantastic way to enhance a resume, build leadership skills, gain cultural insight, and make new friends on campus. We ask that our volunteers be fluent English speakers and UW-Madison students.

guts-ce@rso.wisc.edu
(608) 263-5666


Allied Wellness Center

We’re looking for fluent Spanish speakers who can assist English-only speaking staff communicate with Spanish speaking clients. Translation needs vary, but include: translating for a physician or nurse, translating written information, translating information giving meetings, translating health outreach programs.

kvaughn@wisc.edu
(608) 274-7006


YWCA of Madison

YWCA Madison is on a mission to eliminate racism, empower women, stand up for social justice, support families, and strengthen communities. Residents and families of the YWCA programs come from various linguistic and cultural backgrounds. Interpreters are needed during children’s programming (weeknights) and to assist during case management sessions with YWCA clients. Interpreters who have experience with housing, medical, or financial fields are especially needed. Interpreters will work with case managers to schedule client sessions that fit their schedule.

efarrar@ywcamadison.org
(608) 257-1436 option 2


Literacy Network

The Literacy Network’s Community Literacy is an ESL Tutoring program for adult immigrants and refugees. Volunteer tutors work 1:1 with a learner every week, using a provided lesson plan from the Group Leader intern. The Group Leader supports 8 tutoring pairs in a shared space each week throughout the semester. Each tutor works with an adult learner on English speaking, reading, and writing skills directly related to the learner’s life goals. All volunteer tutors attend tutor training before the first session, and tutors receive ongoing support during the semester. Learn more and apply at www.litnetwork.org/volunteer.

leanne@litnetwork.org
(608) 244-3911 ext. 55


UNIDOS

LA RED is the only 24/7 Spanish Language help-line in Dane County. It provides support to victims and survivors of Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence from the Latinx, Immigrant, and LGBT+ communities. Three times a year UNIDOS is offering a fourteen hour training program. After the training you will be eligible to volunteer from the convenience of your home (We provide a cell-phone you can take with you for each 5:30PM-8:30AM shift). Volunteers must be proficient in Spanish, 18 years of age, and complete an application, phone interview, and in-person interview. We also ask that in return for attending the training volunteers make a one year commitment to covering 2 shifts per month. This is an excellent opportunity to gain first-hand experience working with people in crisis, receive formal training about working with the Spanish speaking/ immigrant communities, and build expertise for careers in advocacy or counseling. Fill out this contact form.

(608) 256-9195  ext. 107 or 108


Latino Academy

The Latino Academy is seeking volunteers to provide 1-1 tutoring for Spanish GED exam. This is an ideal opportunity for Spanish speaking students who are also math, science, history or liberal arts majors! Use your expertise and your Spanish. You can make a big difference by giving GED students the one-on-one attention they deserve. The hours are flexible and we will match you with a student based on your availability and expertise. Fill out this volunteer application.

general@latinoacademywi.org
(608) 310-4573

Volunteer by Cause

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Accessibility and Disability

Adult Day Center—Catholic Charities Madison

Catholic Charities Aging Services programs are continually looking for compassionate people to share their time and talents with the elderly in Dane County. Volunteers offer assistance, advice, and information to older persons living in their own home. This may include balancing checkbooks, companionship, crafts, recreational activities, shopping and running errands. A volunteer’s area of expertise, talent and/or experience is matched with the needs of an elder person. A commitment of two to four hours a month is ideal. All volunteers are screened and trained prior to meeting someone.

touradc@ccmadison.org
(608) 826-8106


NewBridge

NewBridge’s mission is to empower older adults to access affordable resources to maintain their health, safety, independence, and community connection. Volunteers are always appreciated, whether through a long-term commitment or a one-time project. Opportunities include working at the nutrition site, food bridge, and loan closet office, as a guardian and representative payee or home chore volunteer, and assisting with the cultural diversity program, newsletter mailing, and older adult classes/activities.

jeanettea@newbridgemadison.org
(608) 512-0000  ext. 4007


Isolation Intervention – CDA Triangle

Every week, you will meet with either a senior or a person with a mental illness or other disability for approximately 1 -2 hours to interact with them by playing games, crafts, puzzles, cards, reading books, and visiting. You are providing this person with a chance to decrease social isolation, and personal growth opportunities in addition to an opportunity to further develop various communication skills (listening, cooperation, good sportsmanship).

smccarty@cityofmadison.com
608-266-4381


Mobility Training and Independent Living Program (MTILP)

MTILP, Inc. provides combined long-term support of daily living skills training, mobility training, vocational training and job placement for over 100 adults with disabilities in Dane County. These services are offered through supported employment, mobility training, home support and at our Day Service Program. Consider volunteering with MTILP, Inc. to enhance the quality of life for individuals with disabilities by offering your time and talent. Many different volunteer opportunities are available during weekdays including community integration trips in the Madison area. If you are willing to help out, we’d love to have you!

calli@mtilp.net
(608) 288-0641


Hancock Center

The Hancock Center is a unique non-profit organization that provides dance/movement therapy and health and wellness education at their main site and out in the community. Dance/movement therapy is an innovative form of psychotherapy which works with the whole person integrating movement, creative process, and verbal communication. Volunteers can support adults with developmental differences in creative movement classes or children in local elementary school classrooms. No dance skills are required, just a desire to be active and have some fun!

laura@hancockcenter.net
(608) 251-0908 ext. 21


United Cerebral Palsy

The United Cerebral Palsy organization offers valuable services for families with varying disabilities and delays including autism, epilepsy, Down syndrome, traumatic brain injury, delays in speech, mobility and development, and more. There are many opportunities to get involved with this organization including special events ranging from Brat Fest over Memorial Day Weekend to the Turkey Trot in November as well as ongoing opportunities in Respite Care, Youth Resources, and Birth to 3 Connections.

amydallman@ucpdane.org


Best Buddies UW-Madison Chapter

Best Buddies is the world’s largest organization dedicated to ending the social, physical, and economic isolation of the 200 million people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). Volunteers empower those with IDD by forming meaningful friendships, helping them secure jobs, live independently, improve public speaking, self-advocacy and communication skills, and feel valued by society.

bestbuddiesmadison@gmail.com


Wisconsin Family Ties

Wisconsin Family Ties supports and empowers parents of children with emotional and behavioral health challenges. Volunteers can lend a helping hand in a variety of ways including development, marketing, office management, public policy, and research.

info@wifamilyties.org
(608) 267-6888


Oak Park Place

Oak Park Place is a family of senior living communities with a philosophy of independence when you want it and assistance when you need it. Volunteers have the opportunity to work with skilled nursing, memory care, assisted living, and independent living. Whether you have a specific talent or just enjoy interacting with seniors, there is an opportunity for you. Fill out a volunteer application.

Madison East location: (606)663-8600
Madison West location: (608) 640-4100


ArtWorking

ArtWorking is a Madison area nonprofit program that provides career development and support for artists & entrepreneurs with disabilities.
ArtWorking typically engages students working towards degrees in art therapy, rehabilitation psychology, or special education or taking a service-oriented course during Fall and Spring semesters.

info@ArtWorking.org


Madison Senior Center

Madison Senior Center’s mission is to promote successful aging through an evidence based approach. Gain applicable skills as a front desk receptionist, special event and fundraising team member, or marketing and media team member. The center also needs hair stylists, musicians, and volunteers to lead crafts! Fill out a volunteer form.

jweichelt@cityofmadison.com
(608) 267-2344

Civic and Community

Briarpatch Youth Services

Briarpatch Youth Services is a non-profit organization that aims to deliver services that strengthen and improve the lives of youth, their families, and our community. The agency offers a broad array of services to runaway, homeless, and at-risk youth. Volunteers play a huge role in ensuring youth and their families receive the support they need. Opportunities range from street outreach to peer court assistant to helpline counselors.

kendra.green@briarpatch.org
(608) 245-2550  ext. 1238


Canopy Center

Canopy Center is a child abuse and prevention agency in Dane County. We serve over 4,000 people annually though our programs: Oasis family sexual abuse treatment, Dane County CASA, and Parent-to-Child. Our mission is to strengthen families and support children, teens, and adults impacted by trauma and adversity. We have many direct service volunteer opportunities for students interested in social work, counseling, human services and other related fields.

volunteercoordinator@canopycenter.org
(608) 729-1134


Madison Area Urban Ministry (MUM)

MUM is a non-profit that offers an array of direct service programs for individuals and families impacted by the criminal justice system, including prison reentry programming, services for children who have an incarcerated parent, community events designed to help people understand what it’s like to walk in the shoes of someone newly released from prison, and jail and prison in-reach programming. Volunteers are a huge part of the program participants’ success; opportunities include assisting at the Healing House which is a place where homeless children go to heal after surgery, reentry programs, mentoring, Just Bakery tutor,  event planning planning and fundraising, marketing and social media, and much more! Fill out the volunteer application. 

shawna@emum.org
(608) 256 – 0906


Options in Community Living

Options in Community Living, Inc. is a non-profit organization that provides community-based supported living services to individuals who have developmental disabilities. Options is focused on continual learning from the people they support. Support provided is individualized and changes as individual needs and community resources change. Volunteers are always welcome and greatly appreciated.

info@optionsmadison.com
(608) 249-1585


Wheels For Winners

Wheels for Winners gives youth an opportunity to earn bicycles through community service. This organization strives to provide bicycles for those who could not normally afford them and educate youth in the repair, maintenance, and safe use of bicycles. Many volunteers work on bikes, but there are other ways to get involved such as community outreach, computer work, event planning, fundraising and web design. You don’t have to be a bike repair expert to get involved!

wheelsforwinners@gmail.com
(608) 249-2418


WORT 89.9 FM Community Radio

WORT-FM is a non-commercial, listener-sponsored, member controlled community radio station broadcasting to South-Central Wisconsin. WORT offers quality programming and services to a broad spectrum of the community through promotion of communication, education, entertainment, and understanding. As a volunteer you can contribute to locally produced programming, support the day-to-day operations of the station and assist with fundraising and outreach events. No previous radio experience needed.

volunteer@wortfm.org
(608) 256-2001


Domestic Abuse Intervention Service (DAIS)

DAIS volunteers provide crucial, life-saving services to domestic violence survivors and their families and educate the public in meaningful ways. Volunteer program is split into two categories: Client-based and Forte (community-based). Client-Based Volunteers provide direct service to our clients both in the shelter and in the community. Forte volunteers are instrumental in helping DAIS spread its message across the community. Forte for DAIS volunteers often have an interest in marketing, communications, education, community organizing, and/or donations coordination.

break@abuseintervention.org
(608) 251-1237


Madison School & Community Recreation (MSCR)

MSCR is the public recreation provider for the residents of Madison focusing on the health, fitness, and overall well-being of its citizens. Volunteer opportunities are offered year round in a variety of disciplines including downhill ski and snowboard volunteers, after school programs, food pantry assistants, adapted water walking, pontoon boat drivers, and the list keeps going on! Fill out a volunteer application.

amiller2@madison.k12.wi.us


Catholic Multicultural Center

The Catholic Multicultural Center creates an environment that gives every person who walks through the doors the opportunity to be part of the community and be treated with dignity and respect. Volunteer positions include assisting at the food pantry or the garden, social enterprise van driver, english as a second language teacher or helper, child care, reception desk, homework club tutor, computer lab, groundskeeping, meal cook or server, and employment search assistance.

laura@cmcmadison.org
(608) 441-1180


Bayview International Center for Education and the Arts

The Bayview Foundation supports its culturally diverse, low-income families in realizing their aspirations by providing affordable housing, fostering cultural pride, and building community through the arts, education, and recreation. Individual volunteers can provide program support while groups can assist with special projects and events.Fill out a volunteer application.

(608) 256-7808


Community Action Coalition

The Community Action Coalition’s mission is to develop economic and social capacities of individuals, families, and communities. There are individual as well as group opportunities distributing coats for a coat drive, sorting clothes and assisting at the clothing center, and helping combat hunger by recovering unused food from the community.

bridgettew@cacscw.org
(608) 246-4730 ext. 241


Goodman Community Center

The goodman community center serves all ages and ability types and has a mission to foster academic success and lifelong learning, community engagement, leadership and life skills, and healthy nutrition and fitness habits. There are a variety of volunteer opportunities including food pantry assistants, classroom assistants, cooking class assistants, elementary school sports team managers, and much more.

mailor@goodmancenter.org
(608) 204-8056


Center for Resilient Cities

The Center for Resilient Cities supports healthy, resilient people in healthy, resilient places. There are individual and group opportunities ranging from preparing and serving meals to maintaining natural areas.

(608) 255-9877


Gilda’s Club

Gilda’s Club provides support to those with cancer and their families. New and enthusiastic volunteers are welcomed every month for the variety of opportunities they offer.

jolene@gildasclubmadison.org

Environmental Sustainability

Clean Lakes Alliance

Whether you have an hour or 10 to give, Clean Lakes Alliance is happy to place volunteers on projects large and small. Opportunities fall in one of the following three categories: office and administration assistance, special events (often on evenings and weekends), and watershed projects* (i.e. beach cleanups, storm drain stamping). Regular volunteer opportunities and one-time events are available.

info@cleanlakesalliance.org
(608) 255-1000


Community GroundWorks

Community GroundWorks connects people to nature and local food through hands-on education for children and adults about gardening, urban farming, healthful eating and caring for natural areas. If you want to develop valuable skills in organic farming, natural areas restoration, environmental education, community gardening and more, then become a volunteer! Volunteers help at the various community farms and gardens as well as with special events and projects.

info@communitygroundworks.org
(608) 240-0409


EBT/FoodShare Program – Dane County Farmers Market

Friends of the Dane County Farmer’s Market strives to make fresh local food available to everyone. To help achieve our goal we set up the FoodShare Program at the Dane County Farmer’s Market. The FoodShare Program allows families and individuals to buy Farmers’ Market products with their Quest cards (or food stamps). Volunteers are needed each Saturday of the Dane County Farmers’ Market all year-round. Services are available at the Saturday market on the Capitol Square, at the Wednesday market on MLK JR Boulevard, and during the winter markets at the Monona Terrace and the Madison Senior Center. Booth shifts are 2 hours long. Volunteers sign up as often as they would like. It’s great if volunteers can commit to helping out on a regular basis.

almah@cacscw.org
(608) 246-4730  ext. 208


Midwest Environmental Advocates

Midwest Environmental Advocates is a nonprofit environmental law center that works for healthy water, air, land and government for this generation and the next. They work with citizens, other environmental groups, neighborhood associations, faith groups and others to educate and build a grassroots coalition of concerned and empowered environmental advocates. Volunteers provide support in whatever capacity is needed.

advocate@midwestadvocates.org
(608) 251-5047


Research, Education, Action and Policy on Food Group (REAP) Food Group

REAP is building a regional food system that is healthy, just, and both environmentally and economically sustainable. REAP is committed to projects that shorten the distance from farm to table, support small family farmers, encourage sustainable agriculture practices, preserve the diversity and safety of our food supply and address the food security of everyone in our communities. Volunteers contribute to this goal in a variety of ways ranging from assisting at events to prepping snacks for kids.

20matthewf@reapfoodgroup.org
haleyt-americorps@reapfoodgroup.org
(608) 310-7836


UW Madison Arboretum

Dedicated volunteers ensure the continued success of the Arboretum’s ecological communities, gardens, and outreach programs. There are countless ways volunteers can get involved at the Arboretum. We have opportunities for individuals, families, and groups. New volunteers are always welcome to participate. Volunteers can help with ecological restoration, gardening, plant propagation, summer day camps, Friends of the Arboretum sponsored events, citizen science, and Visitor Center services.

judith.kingsbury@wisc.edu
(608) 262-5604


Aldo Leopold Nature Center

The Aldo Leopold Nature Center is designed to engage, educate, and empower the next generation of stewards of the land for a healthy, happy, and sustainable future.

kelley@aldoleopoldnaturecenter.org
(608) 216-9373


Sierra Club – John Muir Chapter

The Sierra Club Wisconsin’s voice for the nation’s oldest, largest and most influential grassroots environmental organization. Volunteer needs include office work, website maintenance and organization, social media administrators, and completing Sierra Club work hours for Community Shares of Wisconsin.

john.muir.chapter@sierraclub.org
(608) 256-0565


Henry Vilas Zoo

Henry Vilas Zoo is dedicated to exceptional animal care and conserving wildlife through local engagement and global partnerships. Volunteers have the opportunity to work in guest services, conservation education, events crew, and group volunteer opportunities.

volunteer@henryvilaszoo.gov
(608) 266-4732


Friends of the Pheasant Branch Conservancy

Friends of the Pheasant Branch Conservancy was originally created to prevent the construction of two proposed sewers through the conservancy and has since shifted to restoring habitat and educating the public about its resources. There are many volunteer opportunities including restoration, education, accessibility and use, and special events.

office@pheasantbranch.org


Friends of Lake Wingra

Friends of Lake Wingra came together in 1998 with an interest in improving the health of Lake Wingra through coordinated watershed management and by engaging the watershed community in stewardship of the lake and its watershed. Volunteers can participate in invasive plant control or organize a storm drain stenciling team.

info@lakewingra.org


Madison Audubon Society

The Madison Audubon Society was 100% run by volunteers up until around 2010 and now they have a small working staff but they are still heavily reliant on volunteers who are interested in helping them achieve their goal of protecting local habitat, teaching the youth, and conserving local bird species.

info@madisonaudubon.org


Madison Environmental Group

Madison Environmental Group is a consulting firm dedicated to assisting businesses and individuals with innovative resource and cost saving solutions in order to achieve a healthy community and environment.

meg@madisonenvironmental.com


Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin

The Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin is committed to connecting people who want to help with meaningful opportunities to make a lasting impact on Wisconsin’s lands, waters, wildlife, and future stewards. Opportunities include volunteering in State Natural Areas, State Parks, Citizen-based monitoring, or assisting in the office.

info@WisConservation.org


Midwest Environmental Advocates

Midwest Environmental Advocates is a non-profit environmental law center defending public rights, protecting natural resources, and ensuring transparency and accountability in government. Volunteer opportunities depend on your skills and interests but they can range from easy office tasks to professional, pro bono attorney support.

advocate@midwestadvocates.org


Fair Share CSA Coalition

Fair Share is a non-profit that is dedicated to a future where all families have access to locally-produced, organic food from small family farms. There are opportunities to volunteer in administrative, marketing, and outreach/communication roles as well as special events such as Bike the barns, Find Your Farm, and more.

info@csacoalition.org


Center for Resilient Cities

The Center for Resilient Cities has developed a model that creates sustainable, thriving neighborhoods through community engagement, connected systems, and restorative environmental design. Volunteer opportunities include maintaining natural areas, preparing and serving meals, or being a front desk greeter.

(608)255-9877


Lakeshore Nature Preserve

The Lakeshore Nature Preserve is a 300 acre preserve located on the northwest side of campus along the free 80 bus route. Volunteers are vital to the success of the Lakeshore Nature Preserve’s mission of maintaining a clean and safe preserve, improving biological diversity, preventing erosion, and increasing our knowledge to help improve land stewardship. Volunteer tasks include removing invasive species, maintaining trails, cleaning fire circles, conducting surveys and collecting data, as well as collecting, sowing, and planting native seeds.

bryn.scriver@wisc.edu
(608) 220-5560


Department of Natural Resources – State Natural Areas (SNAs) Volunteer Program

Help us care for some of our state’s most pristine public lands – State Natural Areas. Encourage native plant and animal communities to thrive by cutting brush, pulling and spraying invasives, collecting seeds, monitoring rare species and preparing fire breaks. Show up for a day or become a steward responsible for all volunteer activities at a SNA – any level of participation is encouraged.

jared.urban@wisconsin.gov
(608) 228-4349

Homelessness

Friends of the State Street Family

We offer unconditional love and support, to those who are homeless. Partnering with any other group who is trying to help and change the perception of homelessness. Volunteers help with street outreach and food run. We are happy to have you volunteer for as little as one hour or one outreach evening, or regularly.

communications@friendsofthestatestreetfamily.org
(608) 535-9394


Street Outreach Volunteers – Briarpatch Youth Services

Street Outreach Volunteers work closely with staff to provide an array of services for the community. Opportunities in this program may range from assisting with events and public speaking to connecting with youth who are homeless or at-risk of being homeless. This opportunity is often tailored to the volunteer based on skill-level, interest, and flexibility of schedule. Volunteers in this program must be able to connect with individuals authentically and compassionately. Volunteers must be able to understand and adhere to professional boundaries. An additional interview is required. Volunteers must attend 20 hours of training. Volunteers must be able to share 3 -6 hours per week for the period of a year.

kendra.green@briarpatch.org
(608) 245-2550  ext. 1238


Porchlight, Inc.

Volunteers are an essential part of Porchlight. They work closely with our residents, support our programs, and raise awareness and funds in the Madison community. Whether you are looking to help out on your own or as part of a group, Porchlight has a number of meaningful one-time and ongoing opportunities.

jmathis@porchlightinc.org
(608) 257-2534


The Road Home

We offer a wide variety of volunteer opportunities that will match different interests and schedules, including a number of opportunities for family volunteering. You can work directly with homeless families by helping with evening meals or activities for families within shelter, sort donated items at the day center or help around the office with clerical tasks.

vol.mgr@trhome.org
(608) 294-7998 ext 306


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There are certain populations who are at a higher risk of homelessness than others — including military veterans. In 2017, it was estimated that over 40,000 veterans were experiencing homelessness on any given night. Learn more about veterans experiencing homelessness and how you can best help the veteran population in your community.

Veterans & Homelessness Resource Page

Housing and Tenant Rights

Habitat for Humanity

Individuals and groups are all needed to volunteer on Habitat construction sites. Volunteers partner with families to build homes. Other Habitat volunteer opportunities include serving as a committee member, helping in the office or working on the Green Team on landscaping projects.

habitat@habitatdane.org
(608) 255-1549


Project Home

Project Home assists approximately 1,000 households each year with a variety of no-cost and low-cost home improvement programs. Project Home supply vital home repair and maintenance programs to community members in need. They provide an array of programs ranging from home repair services, searches for affordable housing, and free classes on home maintenance.

outreach@projecthomewi.org
(608) 246-3737 ext 2104


Tenant Resource Center

The TRC is a nonprofit dedicated to promoting positive relations between rental housing consumers and providers throughout Wisconsin. This organization provides information and referrals, education about rental rights, and access to conflict resolution. Volunteers assist clients as housing counselors, mediators help negotiate agreements between tenants and landlords as well as provide office support for the center. Housing counselors help in the main office for 3-6 hours/week for a minimum of one year. We will train you on tenant landlord law and provide lots of support as you assist clients.

aaron@tenantresourcecenter.org
(608) 257-0006

Hunger

Catholic Multicultural Center

The Catholic Multicultural Center creates an environment that gives every person who walks through the doors the opportunity to be part of the community and be treated with dignity and respect. Volunteer positions include assisting at the food pantry or the garden, social enterprise van driver, english as a second language teacher or helper, child care, reception desk, homework club tutor, computer lab, groundskeeping, meal cook or server, and employment search assistance.

laura@cmcmadison.org
(608) 441-1180


Community Action Coalition for South Central Wisconsin, Inc.

CAC Gleaners – CAC operates a food recovery program called CAC Gleanders. As a volunteer driver, you will help fight hunger by collecting pershiable foods still safe for human consumption from various restaurants, cafeterias, and delis around town. CAC will try to match your route with geographical locations of your preference and availability. This is a regular, weekly commitment (substitutes can be supplied for illness and vacations). Most routes can be completed in about an hour. Volunteers can also help in the free clothing center with sorting, hanging and assisting participants make clothing selections. All items in the clothing center have been donated by others in the community.

bridgettew@cascw.org
(608) 246-4730  ext. 241


River Food Pantry

The River Food Pantry provides hot meals, groceries, clothing, and household items to Dane County families who are struggling to make ends meet. Volunteers are needed to assist with the food pantry services, mobile lunch program and concession stand for special events. Specific time slots that need volunteers are listed on the River Food Pantry website.

volunteer@riverfoodpantry.org
(608) 442-8815


Second Harvest Foodbank

The goal of Second Harvest Foodbank of Southern Wisconsin is to make sure everyone in southwestern Wisconsin has enough of the right kinds of food to live a happy and healthy life. Second Harvest distributes millions of pounds of food each year through their network of partner agencies and programs, helps people understand and apply for government programs like the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and promotes awareness in the community. Volunteers are needed to help sort and distribute food, among other things.

volunteerservices@shfbmadison.org
(608) 216-7214


Society of St. Vincent de Paul

The Society of St. Vincent de Paul is one of the oldest charitable organizations in the world. The organization operates the largest food pantry in Dane County. Last year we helped over 45,000 people with $1,300,000 worth of food. Volunteers are needed to stock the pantry and host our customers.

jenni@svdpmadison.org
(608) 442-7200  ext. 426


Research, Education, Action, and Policy (REAP) Food Group

REAP is building a regional food system that is healthy, just, and both environmentally and economically sustainable. REAP is committed to projects that shorten the distance from farm to table, support small family farmers, encourage sustainable agriculture practices, preserve the diversity and safety of our food supply and address the food security of everyone in our communities. Volunteers contribute to this goal in a variety of ways ranging from assisting at events to prepping snacks for kids.

20matthewf@reapfoodgroup.org
haleyt-americorps@reapfoodgroup.org


Fair Share CSA Coalition

Fair Share is a non-profit that is dedicated to a future where all families have access to locally-produced, organic food from small family farms. There are opportunities to volunteer in administrative, marketing, and outreach/communication roles as well as special events such as Bike the barns, Find Your Farm, and more.

info@csacoalition.org


Madison Area Food Pantry Gardens

The Madison Area Food Pantry Garden’s mission is to supply local food pantries with first-choice, nutritious and culturally relevant vegetables. On average, they donate 100,000 pounds of produce every year coming out to a whopping two million pounds donated since the inception of the gardens. Volunteers are always in need to help plant, weed, and harvest at the ten gardens that are scattered throughout Dane County.

thomasparslow@foodpantrygardens.org


UW-Madison Food Recovery Network

The goal of FRN is to foster values of sustainability on campus and in the surrounding community. We want to reduce the amount of food that is thrown out by the dining halls by recovering extra food from the day before and bringing it to various outlets in the community to address food insecurity.
We currently have 4 recoveries/week and this number is growing! Volunteers are welcome to sign up weekly or only for a single recovery!

Search frn.uwmadison@gmail.com on Signup Genius for all our recoveries.

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Immigration

Centro Hispano

Centro Hispano is looking for volunteers to fulfill a variety or roles for outreach programs, immigration services and administrative work. Volunteer opportunities are ideal for those who wish to gain experience in social work, community engagement, and immigration services. Times are flexible, no long-term commitment. Commit to a minimum of 3 hours per week for at least a semester (or the summer term) – preferably as a time block one day a week.

(608) 255-3018


Wisconsin Network for Peace and Justice

Interested in justice for immigrants? Volunteer with WNPJ’s Immigration Rights Work Group. This group’s mission is “to welcome immigrants in our communities and organizations, while supporting policies that honor the dignity of every human being and recognize the positive contributions that immigrants make to Wisconsin every day.” Volunteer to help with education and advocacy, fundraising and more.

office@wnpj.org
(608) 358-2940


Workers’ Rights Center of Madison

The Workers’ Rights Center is a community center dedicated to educating and advocating for worker justice, while empowering workers. The WRC is largely driven by volunteers who dedicate a few hours a week to assist workers in understanding their rights in the workplace and helping them in finding solutions to problems. The WRC holds regular advocate trainings, to educate volunteers on Wisconsin labor law, WRC policies and protocols and strategies that have been proven successful.

worker1@sbcglobal.net
(608) 255-0376


YWCA Madison

YWCA Madison is deeply committed to many causes, including advocating for comprehensive immigration reform processes that keep families together, provide protection for immigrant victims of sexual violence and trafficking, and create a pathway to citizenship.

efarrar@ywcamadison.org
(608) 257-1436 “option 2”


Open Doors for Refugees

The organization meets the third Wednesday of every other month at various locations around Madison. Join a specific team or take action by becoming an advocate for refugee rights to create policy level change.

OpenDoorsVolunteers@gmail.com


Jewish Social Services

Our volunteers serve a wide variety of valuable roles. They function as drivers, friendly visitors, events supporters, language tutors, helpers with the Refugee Resettlement program and so much more. Fill out the volunteer application.

(608) 442-4083


Madison International Partners (MIP)

English Conversation Time meets Fridays from 6-8pm. The program helps International students practice their English, and gives them the opportunity to learn more about American culture while sharing their own customs and culture with Americans. Global Spouse Connection meets Thursdays from 1-2:30pm. This program is to help international spouses/partner make connections with Americans and find friendships and support within the Madison community as they embark on a new life in the United States. Both programs are in need of English speakers to be conversation partners. Fill out the volunteer application.

(608) 257-4845


Wisconsin Network for Peace and Justice (WNPJS)

As a small, grassroots, member-based organization, WNPJS relies on the skills, energy, and commitment of our volunteers! Below is a list of our regular staffing needs. Most are constant, while others are just a few times a year. After initial training, some at the WNPJS office in Madison or via video chat, these tasks can be done from anywhere with an internet connection! Tasks include: website updates, marketing, fundraising, event planning, social media management, and education. Fill out the volunteer application.

office@wnpj.org
(608) 358-2940


Workers’ Rights Center of Madison

Volunteers assist workers in understanding their rights in the workplace and helping them in finding solutions to problems. WRC holds regular advocate trainings, to educate volunteers on Wisconsin labor law, WRC policies and protocols and strategies tand special training for volunteers with attorneys and agency staff to focus on specific topics and issues that affect low-income workers.

(608) 255-0376


UNIDOS Against Domestic Violence

UNIDOS is a local non-profit that works with latinx, immigrant, and refugee victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, and human trafficking here in Dane County. Volunteer roles include: marketing & communications, fundraising, support groups, help-line, office help. Fill out the volunteer application.

*Spanish speaking opportunities available*

LGBTQIA + Advocacy

Fair Wisconsin

Fair Wisconsin is a statewide advocacy group that fights for fairness and equality for LGBT Wisconsinites through lobbying, legislative advocacy, grassroots organizing and coalition building. Volunteers make phone calls to supporters, educate community members about LGBT issues and represent Fair Wisconsin at local events.

info@fairwisconsin.com
(608) 441-0143


Gay Straight Alliance for Safe Schools

GSAFE works with educational staff, families, LGBT youth and Gay-Straight Alliances in local schools to create school environments where all LGBT youth and students thrive. They train educational staff on creating safe and supportive school communities and develop the leadership of LGBT students. Volunteers support this mission by assisting with many of the special events hosted by GSAFE, including the GSA scavenger hunt and youth leadership events.

info@gsafewi.org
(608) 661-4141


OutReach, Inc.

The mission of OutReach, Inc. is to promote equality and quality of life for LGBT people in the Madison area. OutReach needs volunteers to facilitate and lead peer-based support groups, as well as to provide office support and peer-counseling for any visitors that need someone to talk to. With some training, volunteers can also take part in speaking engagements to talk with schools, businesses, nonprofit organizations and other community groups about LGBT issues.

info@lgbtoutreach.org
(608) 255-8582


LGBT Books to Prisoners

LGBT Books to Prisoners is a donation-funded, volunteer-run organization that sends books and other educational materials, free of charge, to incarcerated LGBTQ people across the United States. At volunteer sessions, there are a variety of tasks for volunteers to work on depending on the workflow that day and volunteers’ individual skills and comfort level. We have tasks that are mobile and ones that can be done seated. Some tasks are also more social than others.

lgbtbookstoprisoners@gmail.com

Mentoring

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Dane County

Through Big Brothers Big Sisters, adults are matched with a child to act as role model and help them achieve their full potential. Bigs meet with their Littles 3 to 4 times a month and choose activities they would like to do together during lunchtime, after school or on weekends. You and your Little can share the kinds of activities you already like to do and learn how to do new things together. Bigs and Littles often play sports together, go on a hikes, read books or just give some advice and inspiration to each other.

reception@bbbsmadison.org
(608) 661-5437


Boys and Girls Club

Boys & Girls Club offers programs and services that promote and enhance the development of boys and girls by instilling a sense of competence, usefulness, belonging and influence. Tutors can get involved through creative and performing arts, sports and recreation, teen enrichment programs and more.

jhughes@bgcdc.org
(608) 257-2606


Girl Scouts of Wisconsin Badgerland

As a volunteer, you will help positively influence young girls and introduce them to new experiences that show them they’re capable of more than they ever imagined. You can volunteer as a troop leader or co-leader for a group of Girl Scouts or you can help run a one to two-day programming event for local troops.

info@gsbadgerland.org
(800) 236-2710


Madison Area Urban Ministry (MUM)

MUM is a non-profit that offers an array of direct service programs for individuals and families impacted by the criminal justice system, including prison reentry programming, services for children who have an incarcerated parent, community events designed to help people understand what it’s like to walk in the shoes of someone newly released from prison, and jail and prison in-reach programming. Volunteers are a huge part of the program participants’ success; opportunities include assisting at the Healing House which is a place where homeless children go to heal after surgery, reentry programs, mentoring, Just Bakery tutor, event planning planning and fundraising, marketing and social media, and much more! Fill out the volunteer application.

shawna@emum.org
(608) 256-0906


Madison School & Community Recreation (MSCR)

MSCR is the public recreation provider for the residents of Madison focusing on the health, fitness, and overall well-being of its citizens. Volunteer opportunities are offered year round in a variety of disciplines including downhill ski and snowboard volunteers, after school programs, food pantry assistants, adapted water walking, pontoon boat drivers, and the list keeps going on! Fill out a volunteer application.

amiller2@madison.k12.wi.us


Neighborhood House

Neighborhood House is Madison’s oldest community center and is a welcoming space for people of all backgrounds and strives to create opportunities for the Greater Madison area. Their mission is to provide high-quality programming and social services that facilitate the growth of a diverse, responsible, and welcoming community. The Collegiate Mentoring Program pairs local youth ages 7-18 with a college student meeting twice a week for an hour to work on homework and build a positive relationship. Other volunteer opportunities include after school programming, summer camp, wellness, youth recreation, and general volunteering at the center. Fill out a volunteer form.

info@neighborhoodhousemadison.org


100 Black Men

The Madison chapter was established with the concept that it would make a positive difference in the lives of area youth, especially African American males, through mentoring, education, health and wellness, and economic development programs.

 

Adult Role Models in Science (ARMS) at UW-Madison Wiscience

ARMS encourages teachers to involve students in the process of science, using hands-on, inquiry based activities. This is difficult to do with one adult in a classroom full of students with varying abilities and interests. ARMS volunteers serve in a variety of roles to help all students participate in science. They also help to make student learning more meaningful by connecting science concepts to the application of those concepts in the community. ARMS Volunteers include university faculty and staff, university students in the sciences and science education, and scientists from business, industry and government agencies. Tasks include working with groups of varying size, assisting with outdoor group field trips, developing and presenting demonstrations, and creating activities related to the volunteer’s field of expertise.

anna.courtier@wisc.edu
(608) 265-5526

Tutoring and Literacy

Achievement Connections

Achievement Connections pairs UW-Madison student and other community volunteer tutors with area high school students who are seeking tutors in algebra and geometry. Tutors are paired with one high school student for at least one entire semester. Achievement connections is looking for any UW-Madison student who is comfortable as a tutor, proficient in algebra and able to commit up to two hours each week for at least one semester. Comprehensive training will be provided for volunteers.

ac@morgridge.wisc.edu
(608) 890-2134


Allied and Taft Learning Center

Allied and Taft Learning Center is a college prep program for 1st through 12th grade students that is built on a foundation of academic monitoring, tutoring and case management. College Club creates a space and a platform that validates students and their life experience and focuses on topics like goal setting, college entry, understanding financial aid, career development and life skills. Providing students with these services and creating a space and a platform that validates The goal of the program is to ensure that every member is equipped with the academic and personal tools to successfully graduate from high school and be prepared for college success.

jhughes@bgcdc.org
(608) 257-2606


Literacy Network

The Literacy Network works to improve adult literacy in Dane County so that adult learners can achieve financial security, well-being, and deeper engagement with their families and the community. Volunteers are needed every spring, summer, and fall session to work in our ESL tutoring, Essential Literacy tutoring and GED tutoring programs. Volunteer tutors and adult learners work together one-on-one every week on language and literacy skills directly related to the learner’s life goals. All volunteer tutors attend tutor training before the first session, and tutors receive ongoing support during the semester. Learn more and apply at www.litnetwork.org/volunteer.

leanne@litnetwork.org
(608) 244-3911 ext. 55


Schools of Hope Elementary School Tutoring

Become a tutor! Volunteer tutors work one-on-one or with small groups of 6th through 8th grade underachieving students. Volunteers will work one or more hours per week, building a relationship with their student(s) while assisting them with homework completion, test preparation, organization, time management and study skills development. Tutoring/mentoring takes place at the school, either during the school day, 8am to 3pm, or after school from 3 to 5pm. As a tutor in the Madison Metropolitan School District, you will be part of a larger community initiative called Schools of Hope. The Schools of Hope Middle School Tutoring Initiative is one of our communities’ largest and most sustained efforts to ensure that all students live up to their full academic potential and realize their dreams and aspirations.

tutor@schoolsofhope.org
(608) 441-7895


Greater University Tutoring Service (GUTS)

GUTS offers free tutoring and mentoring to hundreds of students and university affiliates each semester. There is always a need for volunteer tutors in areas ranging from specific classes to conversational language practice to general studying tips and techniques.

gutsstudentorg@gmail.com


Boys and Girls Club of Dane County

The Boys and Girls Club of Dane County’s mission is to inspire and empower all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, responsible, and caring adults. Volunteers directly impact the daily lives of Dane County children by tutoring, mentoring, and teaching or facilitating the many educational programs that they have. Volunteers must attend a volunteer orientation held once each month. At the orientation, the potential volunteer will learn about different volunteer opportunities, complete the necessary paperwork, tour the facility, and meet the staff.

jhughes@bgcdc.org
(608) 257-2606


Urban Leage of Greater Madison Middle School Tutoring

The mission of the Urban League of Greater Madison is to ensure that African Americans and other community members are educated, employed and empowered to live well, advance professionally and contribute to the common good in the 21st Century. Opportunities include volunteering as a Schools of Hope Tutor and assisting the Workforce Programs by critiquing resumes and performing mock interviews with members.

volunteer@ulgm.org
(608) 729-1200


Madison Public Libraries

Volunteer opportunities change regularly. If you have a special talent or skill you would like to share with a neighborhood library, please contact your local library manager to discuss your ideas.There are also opportunities available with the Library’s Friends groups and the Wisconsin Book Festival, and we have some great internships too! To volunteer at Central Library, please fill out the volunteer form.


Central Library

Opportunities are always changing, but some ongoing volunteer roles include: transcription, event planning, and sewing. Visit the volunteer page to see current openings.

Women's Advocacy

Domestic Abuse Intervention Services (DAIS)

DAIS volunteers provide crucial, life-saving services to domestic violence survivors and their families and educate the public in meaningful ways. Volunteer program is split into two categories: Client-based and Forte (community-based). Client-Based Volunteers provide direct service to our clients both in the shelter and in the community. Forte volunteers are instrumental in helping DAIS spread its message across the community. Forte for DAIS volunteers often have an interest in marketing, communications, education, community organizing, and/or donations coordination.

break@abuseintervention.org
(608) 251-1237


Rape Crisis Center

The Rape Crisis Center works within Dane County to promote hope, help and healing for those harmed by sexual violence and strives through education and outreach to create social change to end sexual violence. Volunteers are needed to serve many roles, including staffing the center’s crisis line, Chimera self defense class assistants and supporting outreach events.

info@theRCC.org
(608) 251-5126


UNIDOS Against Domestic Violence

UNIDOS exists to empower the community to break the cycle of domestic violence, end sexual assault, and promote healthy family systems. UNIDOS provides culturally relevant, advocacy programs for Latino communities that help communities learn skills about developing healthy relationships between intimate partners and promotes healthy family systems. Volunteer opportunities include helping with support groups, fundraising, special events and office tasks. Fill out the volunteer contact form.

(608) 256-9195  ext. 107 or 108


UNIDOS

LA RED is the only 24/7 Spanish Language help-line in Dane County. It provides support to victims and survivors of Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence from the Latinx, Immigrant, and LGBT+ communities. Three times a year UNIDOS is offering a fourteen hour training program. After the training you will be eligible to volunteer from the convenience of your home (We provide a cell-phone you can take with you for each 5:30PM-8:30AM shift). Volunteers must be proficient in Spanish, 18 years of age, and complete an application, phone interview, and in-person interview. We also ask that in return for attending the training volunteers make a one year commitment to covering 2 shifts per month. This is an excellent opportunity to gain first-hand experience working with people in crisis, receive formal training about working with the Spanish speaking/ immigrant communities, and build expertise for careers in advocacy or counseling. Fill out the volunteer contact form.

(608) 256-9195  ext.107 or 108


WI Coalition Against Sexual Assault (WCASA)

WCASA is a membership agency comprised of organizations and individuals working to end sexual violence in Wisconsin. Among these are the 50 sexual assault service provider (SASP) agencies throughout the state that offer support, advocacy and information to victims of sexual assault and their families. WCASA seeks a volunteer (or volunteers) who will be responsible for general office duties as necessary.

wcasa@wcasa.org
(608) 257-1516

Volunteer with Your Group

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City of Madison Parks Department

Groups of 4 or more adults or youth may volunteer for special events and one-time projects on behalf of service clubs, scout troops, professional networks, or other organized groups. Visit the website to view current volunteer openings and one-time events.

parksvolunteer@cityofmadison.com
(608) 267-1162

Community Action Coalition

Develop economic and social capacities of individuals, families, and communities to reduce poverty in Dane, Jefferson, and Waukesha Counties with the Community Action Coalition.

bridgettew@cacscw.org

Gardening for Agrace Hospicecare

Agrace HospiceCare has stunning gardens, thanks to the labor and love of gardening volunteers! Agrace is looking for volunteers to help care for the grounds and gardens at our facility in Fitchburg. Volunteers work once per week during the spring/summer/fall season. Duties include planting, watering, weeding, and enjoying bringing joy to others.

volunteer@agrace.org
(608) 327-7163

Gilda's Club

Provides support to those with cancer and their families at the Gilda’s Club. On a rolling basis, they seek groups of 4-6 people to purchase, prepare, serve, and clean up after the Tuesday Family Night meals.

Contact Jolene Rudisill, Volunteer Coordinator, jolene@gildasclubmadison.org to schedule.

Goodman Community Center

The Goodman Community Center serves all ages and ability types. Volunteer opportunities by group size.

Contact Mai Lor Yang, Volunteer Manager, at mailor@goodmancenter.org to schedule group

Goodman Youth Grow Local Farm

The Goodman Youth Grow Local Farm engages a diverse population of elementary, middle and high school students in hands-on, farm-based education in an outdoor classroom. Youth are actively involved in the entire process of running a small-scale organic urban farm. We are looking for volunteer groups to help lay out and mulch beds and paths, plant seeds and plants and help with other farm tasks. No gardening experience is necessary.

info@troygardens.org
(608) 240-0409

Habitat for Humanity

Groups play a huge part in Habitat for Humanity’s mission, because it takes a big community to build a community. Bring your team and build with us. Or, you can complete important projects at Habitat ReStore. No experience is necessary – we’ll teach you how to complete the work and find tasks for all skill levels.

volunteer@habitatdane.org
(608) 255-1549

Independent Living Inc. Evening Meals on Wheels

Help ensure that no senior in your neighborhood goes hungry by joining Independent Living Inc’s team of volunteer delivery drivers. Your role would be to help deliver meals to seniors and adults with disabilities throughout the Greater Madison Area. Routes include: Madison, Middleton, and Fitchburg. Each route takes approximately one hour to complete with 10-12 stops per route. This is a Monday afternoon through Friday afternoon volunteer opportunity! Groups, families and friends are encouraged to join!

meals@independentlivinginc.org
(608) 204-0923

Lakeshore Nature Preserve

The Lakeshore Nature Preserve is a 300-acre preserve located on the northwest side of campus along the free 80 bus route. Volunteers are vital to the success of the Lakeshore Nature Preserve’s mission of maintaining a clean and safe preserve, improving biological diversity, preventing erosion, and increasing our knowledge to help improve land stewardship. Volunteer tasks include removing invasive species, maintaining trails, cleaning fire circles, conducting surveys and collecting data, as well as collecting, sowing, and planting native seeds.

bryn.scriver@wisc.edu
(608) 220-5560

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LGBT Books to Prisoners

LGBT Books to Prisoners is a donation-funded, volunteer-run organization that sends books and other educational materials, free of charge, to incarcerated LGBTQ people across the United States. At volunteer sessions, there are a variety of tasks for volunteers to work on depending on the workflow that day and volunteers’ individual skills and comfort level. Because of the time and energy it takes to train groups and work on quality control as volunteers get used to the work, we really appreciate it if groups can commit to attending for multiple sessions. For groups larger than 5 people, please contact us to make arrangements in advance.

lgbtbookstoprisoners@gmail.com

Madison Children Museum

Put a smile on a child’s face and make a difference in the community at the Madison Children Museum. Become an MCM volunteer! All volunteers must complete an application and clear a background check prior to their first day. Volunteers who want to commit to a weekly shift must also attend a general orientation and a visitor engagement training. Groups of 4 or more adults or youth may volunteer for special events and one-time projects on behalf of service clubs, scout troops, professional networks, or other organized groups. Download and complete an Organization Volunteer Application.

volunteers@madisonchildrensmuseum.org
(608) 256-6445 ext.381

Outings in the Madison Area with MTILP, Inc.

At the Mobility Training and Independent Living Program, we make independent living possible! We need volunteers to accompany our clients and staff on short trips (half hour to an hour) in the Madison area. Common trips are as follows: Badger Bowl, parks, stores, restaurants, Humane Society, Monona Terrace, Olbrich Gardens, and Henry Vilas Zoo. Volunteers will need to be able to volunteer for 1-2 hours and push a client in a wheelchair during the community outing. Volunteers will also need a short orientation prior to volunteering.

calli@mtilp.net
(608) 288-0641

Product Recovery at Second Harvest Foodbank

Second Harvest Foodbank of Southern Wisconsin needs groups to evaluate and sort boxes of food items and household products that have been donated by local stores, companies, and food drives.

volunteerservices@shfbmadison.org
(608) 216-7214

River Food Pantry

Volunteering at The River Food Pantry gives people a feeling of satisfaction. A sense of fulfillment. It’s about providing nutrition while nourishing a connected community.  Groups need to sign up by emailing volunteer@riverfoodpantry.org with the date of interest, desired shift time, and number of volunteers you will bring. We will respond to the request within two business days.

volunteer@riverfoodpantry.org
(608) 442-8815

RSVP of Dane County

RSVP offers hundreds of volunteer opportunities that are grouped in several program areas. When you contact RSVP, one of our personal volunteer coordinators will meet with you to discuss your interests and schedule. A few volunteer opportunities include: driving services, group projects, meal delivery, and more! Contact us or fill out the online form to schedule a time to chat with one of our personal volunteer coordinators.

(608) 238-7787

The Colonial Club: Senior Activity Center

Small or large groups of individuals are needed at Colonial Club Senior Activity Center for lunchtime assistance. Prepare silverware; set, clean and wipe tables and sweep in Adult Day Center. Volunteers needed weekdays 10:3 am – 12:30pm. Fill out a volunteer application to get started.

(608) 837-4611  ext. 120

UW–Madison Food Recovery Network

The goal of FRN is to foster values of sustainability on campus and in the surrounding community. We want to reduce the amount of food that is thrown out by the dining halls by recovering extra food from the day before and bringing it to various outlets in the community to address food insecurity.
We currently have 4 recoveries/week and this number is growing! Volunteers are welcome to sign up weekly or only for a single recovery!

Search frn.uwmadison@gmail.com on Signup Genius for all our recoveries.

Wisconsin Institute for Discovery

As a volunteer at the Wisconsin Institute for Discovery, you’ll help facilitate hands-on learning activities and provide information in a dynamic environment for kids and adults. Opportunities include Saturday Science, Afterschool and Summer Expeditions, Wisconsin Science Festival, and Education Assistants. To get started, all you need to do is create your online volunteer profile and attend a one-time volunteer training session.

(608) 316-4662

National and International Opportunities

The information provided by organizations that are not part of UW–Madison is offered for the convenience of the reader for general information purposes only . Neither the Morgridge Center for Public Service nor UW–Madison makes any representations or warranties of any kind, express or implied, about the completeness, accuracy, reliability, or suitability with respect to the information for any purpose. Any reliance placed on such information is therefore the reader’s sole responsibility.

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International

Cross-Cultural Solutions

Cross-Cultural Solutions offers a wide range of safe, culturally immersive volunteer trips abroad that support the objectives of local communities in Latin America, Asia and Africa. Volunteers work alongside local people to address a specific community need based on their skills and interests, such as improving education for children, supporting those affected by HIV/AIDS or improving the quality of care for people with disabilities.


Amigos de Las Américas

Amigos de Las Américas trains college students to design and lead service projects in Latin America related to areas such as public health, youth engagement and environmental sustainability. The summer or gap year programs are a full-immersion cultural exchange where participants gain hands-on experience running community development projects while living with a host family in a small to medium sized community. The Wisconsin Chapter of Amigos de Las Américas invites students to join their training program to prepare for their service time abroad.


UBELONG

UBELONG is an international volunteer and learning organization that brings people together across borders to take action for positive change. Volunteers apply to a project in the community of their choice, such as assisting at a local sports center in Peru, working on an organic farm in Laos or supporting efforts to stop child labor in Ghana. Projects range from one to 24 weeks in length and are offered in communities all over the world at an affordable cost.


AIESEC

AIESEC is a global, youth-led organization that puts together international volunteer experiences for college students. Volunteers are matched with opportunities and organizations related to their area of interest, whether that be delivering sanitation, eradicating poverty or improving literacy. AIESEC provides support for students as they prepare for their time abroad and during the duration of their service. These experiences can range from 6 weeks to 18 months and volunteers often receive a stipend as well as basic support services like food and accommodation.

National

AmeriCorps

AmeriCorps engages more than 80,000 men and women in intensive service each year through more than 15,000 nonprofits, schools, public agencies, community and faith-based groups across the country. With the AmeriCorps State and National program, members serve with national and local nonprofit and community groups to help communities tackle pressing problem while mobilizing volunteers for the organizations they serve.


City Year

City Year is an AmeriCorps program for young adults ages 17 to 24 that works to bridge the gap in high poverty communities between the support that students actually need and what their schools are designed and resourced to provide. For 11 months, City Year Americorps members work full-time alongside teachers in schools providing individualized support to at-risk students who need extra attention.


AmeriCorps NCCC

AmeriCorps NCCC (National Civilian Community Corps) is a full-time, team-based residential service program for you adults ages 18-24. Members are organized into 10-12 member teams and carry out projects in public safety, the environment, youth development and disaster relief and preparedness.


AmeriCorps VISTA

AmeriCorps VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America) members serve a full-time for a year at a nonprofit organization or local government agency to build the capacity of these organizations to carry out programs that fight poverty. VISTAs support programs that improve academic performance, expand job opportunities, develop financial assets, reduce homelessness and improve health services.


Public Allies

Public Allies is a 10-month long program that prepares talented young adults from diverse backgrounds for careers working for community and social change. Allies work full-time with a nonprofit organization addressing critical community issues, such as facilitating cross-cultural dialogue in a local neighborhood, recruiting and managing volunteers for a food bank or running an after-school program for youth. Allie earn a monthly stipend and an education award at the successful completion of the program.


Alternative Breaks – Wisconsin Union Directorate

Alternative Breaks provides service learning opportunities working with important issues such as the environment, education, immigration, poverty, and more. These are safe and affordable trips offered to UW-Madison undergraduate and graduate students offered during winter, spring and summer breaks both within the United States and abroad.

Service Trips

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Badger Catholic

Every year, the student organization Badger Catholic offers around ten service trips over winter and spring breaks. In the past, trip destinations have included New Orleans, Charleston, Camden (NJ), South Dakota, North Carolina, Appalachia, and many other locations. Service trip participants engage in a variety of activities, including building houses with Habitat for Humanity, tutoring at elementary schools, and serving at soup kitchens and homeless shelters.

Badger Quest

Badger Quest is a program of The Crossing, a campus ministry committed to service, peace, social justice, the celebration of diversity, and environmental consciousness. Quest partners with local hosts to provide opportunities for young adults to travel in small groups to explore compelling issues both domestically and internationally.

Habitat for Humanity UW Chapter

Habitat for Humanity UW is a student organization that aims to inform people about affordable housing, build homes for families in need in the Madison area, and address the housing crisis on a national and international level. Members go on domestic and international break trips, fundraise, build one home in the Madison community annually, and host weekly builds.

Pay it Forward Bus Trip

This year, UW-Madison’s chapter of the student organization Students Today Leaders Forever will be sending out five Pay It Forward Tours over spring break. Each bus will travel to 5 cities en route to their Celebration Cities, Austin, TX and Salt Lake City, UT. Participants will do a series of unique service projects in each city during the day and leadership building activities at night.

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UW Hillel Alternative Breaks

Hillel’s Alternative Breaks offer opportunities to give back to the global community, while making connections with other UW students. Past UW Hillel Alternative Break trips have traveled to Trinidad Tobago, Argentina, Rio de Janeiro, New Orleans, and Rwanda.

Wisconsin Experience Bus Trip

WEBT is an annual, weeklong trip in the summer for emerging student leaders on campus through the Wisconsin Union. WEBT brings UW–Madison student leaders together to expand on the Wisconsin Idea while traveling and serving throughout the state. Previous WEBT stops have included visiting an urban farm in Milwaukee, touring a dairy farm in Cleveland, holding a Q&A with Lambeau Field’s Outreach Manager, meeting with leadership at Lac du Flambeau reservation, having dinner with Wisconsin Alumni Association members in Eau Claire, and volunteering at a wildlife sanctuary.

Wisconsin Union Alternative Breaks

The Wisconsin Union’s Alternative Breaks provide service-learning opportunities working with important issues such as the environment, education, immigration, poverty, and more. Alternative Breaks runs a trip over spring break across the United States.