Training for the following volunteer opportunities is usually "on
the job" unless there is a special session offered. Please call
the contact person or Volunteer Services Coordinator if you have any questions.
VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES NEWS, August 2016 (pdf)
ALLEN CENTENNIAL GARDENS
Contact: Benjamin Futa, Director, 608-576-2501
Volunteersare needed for hands-on gardeningprojects including
planting, watering, weeding, and other garden-based activities depending on time of year. We provide the necessary tools. Seasonal opportunities (spring and fall) for organized group work sessions. The Allen Centenial Gardens are open dawn to dusk, year-around.
AMERICAN FAMILY CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL
Contact: Tina Nelson, 608-263-6046,
Volunteers read to children or engage them in activities while waiting for treatments or appointments. Siblings of patients also need direction in art activities or projects in playrooms. Safety equipment and informational materials could be distributed or stocked by volunteers.
Contact: Mary Warfield, 608-273-9809,
Once a month from September until May, volunteers read to preschool classes of students from low income families of Dane County. After reading, volunteers present each child with a copy of the book to keep. At many sites, readers then lead the students in activities that relate to the books.
The Bookworms program received the "Making a Difference" award. and is featured on Madison TV channel 15 by John Stofflet. The program may be viewed by clicking on the following link:
CHAZEN MUSEUM OF ART
Contact: Amy Guthier, 608-263-2495
The Chazen Museum of Art offers, a permanent collection ranging from ancient times to the present day, temporary exhibitions, educational programs and events. Volunteers may be used for various events and programs.
UW LAKESHORE NATURE PRESERVE
Contact: Bryn Scriver, 608-220-5560,
Web Site: www.lakeshorepreserve.wisc.edu.
Volunteers can participate in habitat restoration projects. Possible activities include planting native plants, trail maintenance, and removal of invasive plants. Work is usually done by groups of volunteers, which adds to the enjoyment.
MADISON FRIENDS OF INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS, INC.
Contact: MFIS office, 608-263-4010,
Office: 716 Langdon St., Room 223, (The Red Gym)
Office Hours: Monday - Friday 10 a.m. to noon,
MFIS connects international university/college students, scholars and their families with local residents through a variety of activities and programs. Volunteer opportunities include: providing short term housing (2-3 nights) for arriving students and scholars; a Fall picnic; Thanksgiving hospitality; a mid-year Capital reception; English classes; Global Friends; and helping with our furniture program. At the moment we have special need for volunteers for Global Friends, a one-on-one program involving conversation or other informal activities.
UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN ARBORETUM
Contact: Judy Kingsbury, 608-262-5604,
Share your time and talents while learning about nature and supporting the Arboretum. Volunteers help by staffing the reception desk, working in the gardens, walking the trails, propagating plants, and much more, Training and tools for these volunteer opportunities are provided. Contact Judy Kingsbury for more information.
UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN HOSPITALS AND CLINICS
Contact: Tina Nelson, 608-263-6046,
Volunteers help out anywhere from the Main Information Desk to inpatient hospital units, doing anything they can to make a patient or family member more comfortable.
FRIENDS OF THE UW-MADISON LIBRARIES
Contact: Beth Kubly, 608-265-2505,
The Friends would be pleased to have University League volunteers help with our semi-annual book sales, which occur at the same time as the Wisconsin Book Festival in the fall and the week after spring break in the spring. The three-hour slots would include setting up for the sale; and, during the sale, keeping the tables orderly and the books in their appropriate categories, as well as answering questions, and cashering.
UW MADISON ODYSSEY PROJECT
Contact: Emily Auerbach, 608-262-3733,
The UW Odyssey Project, a free college humanities course for adults near the poverty level, helps students overcome adversity and achieve dreams through higher education. Some students have journeyed from homelessness to UW-Madison degrees. Interested UL members are needed to help with meals, fundraising, grant writing, tutoring, baby sitting, and other aspects of this life changing project.
WILLIAM S. MIDDLETON MEMORIAL
VETERANS HOSPITAL (VA HOSPITAL)
Contact: Lisa Offord or Tim Donovan, 608-280-7030
Volunteers assist in many areas such as volunteer escorts, office aides, drivers, Information Desk and waiting room attendants, and Emergency Room aides. Assignment schedules are flexible and vary, based on the assignment. All volunteer assignments are coordinated through the Community Relations Service. Requirements for becoming a VA volunteer include a background check, two tuberculosis screenings and completion of a New Volunteer Orientation..
WISCONSIN HISTORICAL MUSEUM
Contact: Paul Olson, 608-264-6550
Web Site: www.wisconsinhistoricalmuseum.org
The Wisconsin Historical Museum seeks volunteers to assist in our mission to collect, preserve and share stories. Positions available include Information Desk, Special Events, Tour Guide,, and Office Receptionist. Schedules are flexible. Training is provided. Benefits include discounts and passes to historic sites.
WISCONSIN PUBLIC TELEVISION (WPT)
Contact: Michael McKenzie, 608-265-4436,
Volunteers support public television by staffing a wide variety of enjoyable fundraising and community outreach events. They answer phones during four annual membership drives, greet visitors and assist with presentations at Quilt Expo and Garden Expo, and participate in the energetic on-air auction each spring by working as cashiers, merchandise handlers, bid sorters, display designers and phone bank volunteers.
"I am only one... but still, I am one. I cannot do everything,
but still I can do something." - Helen Keller