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FoodShare at the Dane County Farmers' Market - Friends of 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.


(608) 455-1999

dcfminfobooth@gmail.com

 

Garden Volunteer - 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

Habitat Restoration Team - UW Madison Arboretum

Habitat restoration team members assist and work alongside the Arboretum’s Field Staff to carry out ecological restoration projects in the main Arboretum and at its outlying properties. The habitat restoration team works primarily on weekdays, with an occasional weekend day possible, depending upon restoration needs. Projects include cutting brush from remnant and restored areas, removing invasive plants, sowing seeds, girdling aspen trees, burn unit preparation and firebreak improvements.


(608) 262-5604

judith.kingsbury@wisc.edu

Conservation Education Volunteer - Henry Vilas Zoo

Education volunteers work closely with our exhibits, helping to convey the conservation message that is so important to our animals and their habitats. Depending on interest and availability, volunteers may work alone, answering questions at a particular exhibit or artifact cart or could work with a team to present a program to a school or community group.


(608) 258-9490

lynn@vilaszoo.org

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 communities.


(608) 310-7834

annas@reapfoodgroup.org

Dane County Friends of Ferals

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


(608) 467-4067

volunteer@daneferals.org

Dane County Humane Society

There are a number of ways to get involved that require different time commitments, schedules, and focus. We look forward to working with you to find a volunteer role that matches your skills, interests, and schedule to our shelter's needs so that you can make a big difference in the lives of animals in need.


(608) 838-0413

volunteer@giveshelter.org

 

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.


(608) 256-6445

volunteers@madisonchildrensmuseum.org

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.


(608) 877-9086

3gaits@3gaits.org

Angel’s Wish

Angel's Wish is an all-volunteer organization and depends on the community to help the animals in our care. We have a wide variety of volunteer opportunities for people of different ages, skills, and backgrounds. Volunteers assist with a variety of tasks regarding the adoption center, fostering animals, special events, administration and grant writing.


(608) 848-4174

volunteer@angelswish.org

 

Animal Ambassador - Henry Vilas Zoo

Animal Ambassadors are committed to educating school children and the general public about our natural world and the need for conservation. They serve many functions within the department, most notably handling Education Animals and teaching guests in presentations.


(608) 258-9490

volunteer@vilaszoo.org

 

 

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.

 

Apply Online or Contact: volunteer@mmoca.org

 

VSA Wisconsin

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. Volunteers are needed for a 1 to 2 hours per weekly class. Please see website for program times/days.

 

Apply Online

 

Share Your Time and Talents with Seniors - 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.

 

Apply Online or Contact: klowe@oakparkplace.com

 

Museum Fellow—Madison Children’s Museum

Help facilitate programming in the Art Studio for children of all ages. Additional tasks may include assisting with set-up and clean-up of activities and restocking art materials.

All volunteers are required to:

  • Complete a Volunteer Application
  • Attend a General MCM Orientation  
  • Clear a background check
  • Complete training specific to the volunteer position
  • Come in for an informational interview
  • Commit to a minimum of 12 weeks of service  

 

Contact: volunteers@madisonchildrensmuseum.org or 608-256-6445 x 385

 

Arts & Crafts Room, Creative & Performing Arts – Boys and Girls Club

Do you enjoy working with arts & crafts? Assist with teaching crafts and art projects, or being your own talent to the room and teach our Club members. 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.

 

Apply Online or Contact: volunteer@bgcdc.org or 608-257-2606

UW-Extension Financial Education Center

Financial Coach—work with a partner to achieve his or her financial goal over a 6-month period.  No financial experience necessary. Commitment is 2 hours per month for 6 months.

 

Application Available Online or Call: (608) 283-1259

 

Free Tax Site Volunteer—work as a “tax preparer,” electronically filing tax returns, or as a “greeter,” welcoming and screening taxpayers. Commitment is 3 hours per week from late January to mid April.

 

Contact: Deb Neubauer, Family Living Educator, neubauer@countyofdane.com or (608) 224-3722

 

Creating Connections—SERRV

We are always looking for volunteers at our store locations on Monroe St and State St. Meet great people and learn new skills while having a ton of fun! Opportunities include the following:
-Retail Store Volunteer—helping customers, assisting in display design, cataloging inventory, continuously learning about the trade movement and our artisan partners. Volunteers receive a discount on our products for serving 2 hours per week.
-Brand Ambassador—representing and promoting Serrv at your local community, school, or church
-Special Events Volunteer—helping at special sales and promoting events such as Farmer's Market and off-site sales

 

Contact: volunteer.madison@serrv.org

 

Loan Officer Volunteer—The Madison Fund

The Madison Fund is a non-profit organization, aimed at empowering the Madison community through personalized financial assistance, advice, and services. TMF is always looking for passionate volunteers interested in making a difference in the community. Being a part of our team means making a long-term difference, not just in the lives of individuals using our loan services but also in Madison as a whole. At TMF, you will get unparalleled hands-on experience in a multitude of fields, while bettering the community. We are a team-based group that relies on each individual’s advice and input in order to make our organization run. Those with or without financial knowledge and experience are welcome. Loan Officer Volunteer duties and responsibilities include: Creating comprehensive reports for prospective loan applicants; Organizing small loans to qualified student and local entrepreneurs; Following up with borrowers; Sharing your idea in our weekly meeting.

 

Contact: info@madisonfund.org

 

Provide guidance to startups and small business—SCORE Madison

SCORE volunteers provide confidential business mentoring services, both in person and online. We lead seminars and workshops to help small business owners meet their goals and achieve success. We help expand outreach of SCORE through marketing and alliance building in our local communities. We provide subject matter expertise by industries and professional skills. Volunteering as a SCORE mentor means you are joining a community of 11,000+ diverse volunteers who are all committed to helping small business owners succeed. Whether you have owned your own small business, come from a Fortune 500 company, retired, college student, have a sincere commitment for helping small businesses or volunteering, there is a place for you as SCORE volunteer.

 

Apply Online

 

Nonprofit Business Exposure—Fitchburg Fields

Our volunteers cover a range from experienced organic farmers to newcomers who have never planted a seed before. A lead volunteer offers assignments and advice, and people learn by doing. Opportunities range from fundraising to discussing the logistics and management appropriate for running a nonprofit organization.

 

Apply Online or Contact: ffvolunteers@gmail.com

Database Whiz—Literacy Networkhttp://www.litnetwork.org/volunteers/index.php

Literacy Network is a non-profit organization in Madison, WI, made up of teachers, students, tutors, volunteers and donors all working together to improve adult literacy in Dane County. A wide variety of programs is offered to help low-literate adults improve their reading, writing and English skills so that they may better achieve goals specific to their needs.
Hurray for data! Sometimes seemingly tedious tasks can have an immeasurable effect on the success of an agency, and this certainly rings true with data management. We need someone to keep our database clean and run custom Access queries as needed. The data generated by your work will help us improve and expand programs serving low-literate adults!

Requirements:

  • Proficiency with Microsoft Access (we use Access 2007)
  • Patience, great attention to detail, and the ability to work well independently
  • Commitment is 2 hours per week for a minimum of 36 total volunteer hours

 

Contact: Shawn Steen, Director of Outreach, shawn@litnetwork.org or (608) 244 - 3911 x 66

 

Technical Support—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.

 

Contact: Jeanine Kiss, Volunteer Coordinator, jeanine@hancockcenter.net or (608) 251 - 2908 x 11

 

Catholic Multicultural Center—Computer Lab Assistant or Teacher

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.

 

Contact: Laura Green, Volunteer Coordinator, volunteer@cmctoday.org

 

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.

 

Contact: Matt Eberly, meberly@danenet.org

 

Front End Web-Developer - 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.

 

Contact: Alnisa Allgood, Executive Director, (608) 241 - 3616 or collaborationforgood@gmail.com

Math Tutor - 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.

 

Apply Online

 

Tutor – 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.

 

Apply Online or Contact: volunteer@ulgm.org or (608) 729-1200

 

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.

 

Contact: oww@wisconsinhistory.org or (262) 594-6301

 

Children and Youth Programs—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. 

 

Apply Online or Contact: (608) 244-0767

 

Adult Role Models in Science (ARMS) Volunteers—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.

 

Contact: Dolly Ledin, Program Director, daledin@wisc.edu or (608) 263 - 4840

Adult Role Models in Science (ARMS) Volunteers—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.

 

Contact: Dolly Ledin, Program Director, daledin@wisc.edu or (608) 263 - 4840

 

Recording Studio Instructor for Middle and High School Students

Lussier Community Education Center is looking for an instructor to supervise and mentor students using sound/music software and equipment in the LCEC recording studio. The instructor may lead lessons on specific topics (such as using ProTools or recording tips) or simply oversee students in the area. A successful leader will be highly flexible, dependable, open-minded and eager to connect with diverse personalities. Previous experience with sound/music recording, editing, DJ'ing, and working with common software and equipment is preferred. Commitment is 3 months.

 

Contact: Cristina Johnson, cristina@lcecmadison.org or (608) 833-4979 x 224

 

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.

 

Contact: Matt Eberly, meberly@danenet.org

 

Math Tutor - 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.

 

Apply Online

 

The Wonders of Physics—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.

 

Contact: Michael Randall, Outreach Coordinator, randall@physics.wisc.edu or (608) 262-2927

 

Front End Web Developer - 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.

 

Contact: Alnisa Allgood, Executive Director, (608) 241 - 3616 or collaborationforgood@gmail.com



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.

 

Contact: Judy Kingsbury, Volunteer Coordinator, Judith.kingsbury@wisc.edu or (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.

 

Apply Online

 

 

Garden Volunteer– 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.

 

Contact: 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.

 

Apply Online

 

Natural Areas Restoration and Management, Kid’s Garden and Organic Farm—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.

 

Apply Online or Contact: info@communitygroundworks.org or (608) 240-0409

 

FoodShare at the Dane County Farmers’ Market—Friends of 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.

 

Contact: Barbara Stiefvater, Volunteer Coordinator, dcfminfobooth@gmail.com

 

Monona Bay Shoreline Clean Up—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. We have ongoing projects throughout the year that are coordinated by volunteers in our parks. Volunteer days are occur in various parks around the city.

 

Apply Online or Contact: parksvolunteer@cityofmadison.com

 

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.

 

Contact: (608) 255-0376

 

End Domestic Abuse Wisconsin—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.

Document Editor—update document footers for our legal department, and provide links to materials that are cross-referenced on our website. Estimated commitment is 10 hours per week for 4 months.

 

Contact: (608) 255-0539 x 309

 

Program Administrative Assistant Volunteer—perfect for someone who is interested in immigrant social justice and/or committed to making a difference in the lives of survivors of violence as they navigate legal systems. Tasks are administration related.

 

Contact: rdalton@endabusewi.org

 

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.

 

Contact: info@wiwomensnetwork.org or (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.

 

Apply Online

 

Court Appointed Special Advocate

CASA Volunteers are everyday people who are specially trained to advocate for abused and neglected children in the court system. 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 parties to the case. We monitor the court orders and encourage parents to follow them. CASA volunteers stay with the case for a minimum of one year, which is generally the length of a court order.

 

Apply Online or Contact: Claudia O'Conner, volunteercoordinator@canopycenter.org

Fitchburg Fields

Fitchburg Fields is a grassroots, non-profit and for-impact organization in Fitchburg, WI, just south of the capital city of Madison. We have a small garden and a big vision, and we invite you to volunteer, learn, and contribute to our efforts! Marketing related volunteer opportunities range from graphic design to the Fundraising Committee, in addition to opportunities to work with the Publicity Committee or write press releases.

 

Apply Online or Contact: Phyllis Hasbrouck, fitchburgfields@gmail.com

 

Pancreatic Cancer Action Network

There are many ways you can support the local fight and join other friendly volunteers committed to fighting pancreatic cancer. Whether you have ten minutes or are looking for a more extensive commitment, we have a role for you. Our volunteers focus on several key areas: raising general awareness, media, education and outreach to healthcare professionals, advocacy and fundraising and awareness events.

 

Contact: Sasha Muraoka, Regional Affiliate Manager, smuraoka@pancan.org

 

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

 

Contact: Marlene Cordes, Executive Director, discoveryourmagic@immagicfoundation.org or (608) 238-9213

 

Communications/Marketing Committee—Madison Nonprofit Day

Madison Nonprofit Day is a volunteer-driven collaboration to empower change-makers by strengthening the social sector. We work together to build community, enhance collaboration, and expand awareness of the value that social good can bring. The Communications/Marketing Committee is responsible for developing and carrying out messaging and promotional activities that raise awareness and build participation in the Madison Nonprofit Day conference and community activities. The committee will do most of its work during the six months prior to the conference.

 

Apply Online

 

Radio Station Social Media Volunteer - Lussier Community Education Center

Do you have writing, editing, social media, web development or graphic design skills? Do you have a key environmental issue you care about? Are you worried or mad as hell about what’s going on in this state regarding protecting people and the environment, and want to do something about it? Then talk with us about how you can get involved with our team. We work to communicate the Sierra Club message to members and the public by planning outreach and volunteer events, writing press releases, designing posters & postcards, managing Facebook, Twitter and a blog, editing and printing our newsletter and developing content for this website.

 

Contact: Cristina Johnson, cristina@LCECmadison.org or (608) 833 - 4979 x 224

South Madison Coalition of the Elderly

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!

 

Contact: volunteer@smcelder.com or (608) 251 - 8408

 

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.

 

Apply Online or Contact: volunteer.services@uwhealth.org or 608-263-6046

 

Health Advocate Volunteer—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.

 

Apply Online or Contact: coordinator@independentlivinginc.org or (608) 268 - 9641

 

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.

 

Apply Online or Contact: MSN_Volunteer@unitypoint.org or (608) 417 - 6257

 

SMART Addiction Recovery Meeting Facilitator

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.

  

Contact: info@madisonsmartrecovery.org or call us at 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
  • Helping with errands
  • Performing light household tasks

Volunteering times are flexible. Candidates should be compassionate and dependable with a sincere desire to make a difference in the lives of others.

RESTRICTIONS: Free, comprehensive training is provided: no medical experience is necessary. Volunteers must complete annual trainings and maintain volunteer requirements. Please consider registering for an upcoming training. 

 

Apply Online or Contact: volunteers@hhuvns.org or 1-877-356-4514

 

 

Care and Support the Ill - 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:

  • Phone Interview
  • Application
  • 2-step TB Testing (except Thrift Store Volunteers)
  • Background check
  • References
  • Orientation
  • 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.

 

Apply Online or Contact: volunteer@agrace.org or (608) 327 - 7163

Parent Stressline Advocate—Canopy Center

Trained to listen with compassion and without judgement, Parent Advocates provide callers with the kind of support that allows for healthier family function and reduces the likelihood that a child will be verbally, emotionally or physically abused. Parent Advocates help end the cycle of abuse one call at a time. Volunteers engage in active listening with callers, encourage callers to find their own solution and make referrals to other services in the community, among other duties. Commitment is 6 months.

 

Apply Online or Contact: volunteercoordinator@canopycenter.org or (608) 729 - 1119

 

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. Our 24-hour youth shelter opens on October 1, 2015. The shelter houses eight youth ages 13-17 up to one month. Volunteers are needed to provide supervision, meal preparation, and group facilitation.

 

Apply Online or Contact: libby.lee@briarpatch.org

 

Care & Support the Ill—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. 

 

Contact: volunteer@agrace.org or (608) 327-7163

 

Crisis Response Advocate—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 policies and procedures and the agency’s Code of Ethics.

 

Apply online

 

Peer Based Support and Group Facilitation - Outreach Inc.

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 policies and procedures and the agency’s Code of Ethics.

 

Apply online

Children's Advocates - 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.

 

Contact: Katie McLaughlin, Volunteer Coordinator, katiem@abuseintervention.org or 608-729-4723

 

Speakers Bureau Volunteer - 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.

 

Contact: mcbspeaks@sutdentlife.wisc.edu

 

LGBT Peer-based Support/ Social Group Facilitation - 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.

 

Apply Online

 

Briarpatch Youth Services

 

Street Outreach Volunteer—the Street Outreach (SOP) program contacts street youth and connects them with resources they need to be safe and healthy. Youth are provided with personal care items; STI/HIV prevention information and supplies; informal counseling; referrals to meal sites; referrals to shelter services; and referrals for counseling and medical care as appropriate. Court Involved Youth Programs Volunteer—support and mentor youth as they work to pay restitution and/or complete court-ordered community service hours. This in-depth experience will expose volunteers to the intricacies of working with youth and families in a court-ordered setting.

 

Apply Online or Contact: Libby Lee, libby.lee@briarpatch.org

 

Youth Adventures — Inspiring Connections Outdoors

As a volunteer for ICO, you are our most valuable asset. Volunteers are the backbone of our organization: planning and leading outings, managing equipment, helping with fundraising, and most of all, working with the kids to provide safe, fun, and educational trips. Some volunteers with ICO choose to become Certified Leaders. Certified Leaders are the primary people responsible for each trip. Most outings will have one or two Certified Leaders in charge.

 

Contact: incomadison@gmail.com

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, which involves adults who have been convicted of operating while intoxicating.

 

Apply Online or Contact: Michelle Albert, Volunteer Coordinator, michelle@micentro.org or (608) 442 - 4029

 

Conversational English Tutor - 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.

 

Apply Online

 

Madison English as a Second Language School

Volunteers will have the opportunity to help international students practice their English conversational skills. If so desired, they can be matched with a student whose language preference matches theirs, so they can practice a foreign language 50% of the time and help with English 50% of the time. Interest in the international world is required.

 

Contact: info@mesls.edu or (608) 233-9962

 

Spanish Language Translation - 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.

 

Contact: Ms. Vaughn-Jehring, kvaughn@wisc.edu

 

Interpreter/Translator — YWCA of Madison

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.

 

Apply Online or Contact: Marcella Ziegler, (608) 257 - 1436 x 2

 

ESL Tutoring — Community Literacy at Literacy Network

 

Community Literacy is a semester of weekly group ESL tutoring sessions, during which volunteers tutor one-on-one in a group setting. For the duration of the semester, each tutor works with his/her assigned adult learner on English speaking, reading, and writing skills directly related to their life goals. Every week customized lesson plans are provided for each tutor/learner pair by the class Intern, who is also there to support tutors and learners throughout the semester.

 

Apply Online or Contact: Shawn Steen, Director of Outreach, shawn@litnetwork.org or (608) 244 - 3911 x 66