Volunteering: Our Personal Mission
The University League has a dual mission: scholarship and service. Raising scholarship funds is relatively straightforward. Service, or volunteerism, is more personal. Few have said it better than Mary Warfield in an article that appeared in the League Letter several years ago. A slightly modified version appears below:
People ask me why I volunteer. I can give them the short and idealistic answer: to help change the world. Or, I can give them a longer, but honest answer: to change myself. Yes, mentoring a first grade reader helps improve the student’s reading skills. Working on a community gardening project beautifies the neighborhood. But every volunteer activity I have ever undertaken has taught me something I might not otherwise have learned, helped me become acquainted with people I probably would not otherwise have had the chance to meet, or challenged me in some way. And I have always had fun volunteering! University League members devote many hours in many settings including the University Hospitals and Clinics, the Allen Centennial Gardens, Bookworms, and the U.W. Madison Odyssey Project.
Contact Nan Baillies, 608-846-3550 email@example.com for more information on these and other volunteer opportunities. We’ll be glad to pass your name on to the organization of choice, but please remember that the responsibility to follow through on making connections ultimately lies with you. Madison is a vital community with many needs and opportunities to match your talents with the job that needs to be done.