UW student Neha Godwal (left) works with students enrolled in a UW-Madison Computer Science Catapult Club at Randall Elementary School on March 7, 2017.

Volunteer Resources and 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.

Can’t find what you’re looking for? Schedule a personalized appointment with our peer advisors.

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.

This online database is a simple but powerful search engine that provides local volunteer opportunities based on keyword, your location, your availability and your interests. This is also a great place to find one-time opportunities. Click here to begin your search.

We have over 20 volunteer opportunities from 10+ majors to choose from. Find an opportunity that fits your major.

There are hundreds of causes you can get involved with. Find an opportunity that matches your interest, skills or passion.

Looking to volunteer with a large group? We have several group volunteer opportunities in the community to choose from.

Volunteering is a great way to meet people from different walks of life and learn about cultures different from your own. We have a few organizations that will give you the opportunity to volunteer both here and abroad.

View service trip opportunities that you may want to get involved with.

At UW–Madison, students can participate in shared governance by volunteering to serve on a shared governance committee through the Associated Students of Madison (ASM). Shared governance is the idea that every individual who has a stake in the success of an organization should be represented in the decision-making process.

On these committees, students interact with faculty, administrators, and other staff to craft and implement policies that govern the operation of UW–Madison. These policies touch many aspects of the campus environment, including student life.

Committee service can be tailored to match a student’s major or career path. Some engineering students, for example, might consider serving on the Campus Transportation Committee. Students in the School of Business might be interested in serving on the Central Madison Business Improvement District (BID) Board, which is a City of Madison committee. The experience, skills, and connections that students gain as a result of their shared governance participation translates easily into traits that are held in esteem by employers.

When to Apply

Student shared governance committee appointments are coordinated through ASM. These appointments begin in the fall and last for one academic year. The call for applications is issued in each preceding spring semester, and appointments remain open until filled.

To access the committee directory and appointment application, please visit asm.wisc.edu.

Volunteer Resources


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Madison Community Foundation is pleased to provide a comprehensive guide to IRS 501(c)(3) nonprofit charitable organizations located in Dane, Columbia, Green, Iowa and Sauk counties. Click here to see the directory.



If you are a student looking for an environmental internship or volunteer opportunity, the following organizations may offer potential resources. Click here to see the local opportunities.


This powerful network of nonprofits is committed to challenging injustices and supporting significant change on important social issues. By volunteering at a Community Shares member organization, you can go beyond direct service and use your advocacy, administrative or development skills in a professional setting. Click here to search Community Shares opportunities.