Training for the following volunteer opportunities is usually "on
the job" unless there is a special session offered. Please call
the contact person listed for the opportunity you are interested in with any questions. You may also contact the volunteer coordinator.
VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES NEWS, August 2016 (pdf)
VOLUNTEER NEWS, August 2017 (pdf)
ALLEN CENTENNIAL GARDENS
Hand-on gardening projects including planting, weeding, and other garden-based activities, depending on time of year. We, at the Gardens, provide all of the necessary tools. 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. Orientation is on website; requires a six month commitment.
Contact: Mary Warfield, 608-273-9809,
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.
CHAZEN MUSEUM OF ART
Contact: Amy Guthier, Development and special events,
Volunteers may be used for various events and programs offered at the Chazen Museum.
Docent training takes place on an as needed basis. You may contact Candie Waterloo, 608-263-4421 or email@example.com to have your name added to the waiting list.
UW LAKESHORE NATURE PRESERVE
Contact: Bryn Scriver, 608-220-5560,
Web Site: www.lakeshorepreserve.wisc.edu.
Volunteers participate in habitat restoration projects.Activities include planting native plants, trail maintenance, and removal of invasive plants. Work is done in groups of volunteers.
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,
Volunteer opportunities include: providing short term housing (2-3 nights) for arriving students and scholars; a Fall picnic; Thanksgiving hospitality; a mid-year Capitol reception; English classes; Global Friends;
UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN ARBORETUM
Contact: Judy Kingsbury, 608-262-5604,
Volunteers staff the reception desk, work in the gardens, walk the trails, and propagate plants. Training and tools are provided.
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.
UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN SCHOOL OF NURSING
Contact: Earlise Ward, 608-263-0745
Volunteers are needed to work with undergraduate nursing students in the Older Adult Project, where students are paired with a 70 or older adult volunteer to conduct assessment and provide health education in a volunteer's home or an agreed upon location 3-4 times in the fall semester. Volunteers are also needed for the People in Crisis program where volunteers play a role of someone living in poverty trying to meet their monthly basic needs. A script is provided. Held at the SON on campus.
FRIENDS OF THE UW-MADISON LIBRARIES
Contact: Liby Thune, administrator
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. Tasks 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. Interested UL members are needed to help with meals, fund raising, grant writing, tutoring, baby sitting, Odyssey Junior serves over 59 children ages 2-18 on Wednesday evenings in South Madison.
WILLIAM S. MIDDLETON MEMORIAL
VETERANS HOSPITAL (VA HOSPITAL)
Contact: Lisa Offord, 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.The requirements for becoming a VA volunteer include a background check, two tuberculosis screenings and completion of a New Volunteer Orientation..
WISCONSIN HISTORICAL MUSEUM
Contact: Anna Yarish, 608-264-6555
Web Site: www.wisconsinhistoricalmuseum.org
Volunteers to assist in our mission to collect, preserve and share stories. Positions available include Information Desk, Special Events and Educational Tour Guide, 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 fundraising and community outreach events, such as, the staffing of the phone bank during the annual on-air membership drives an serving as docents during the Quilt Expo and Garden Expo.
"I am only one... but still, I am one. I cannot do everything,
but still I can do something." - Helen Keller