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 Opportunities Coordinator.
February 2020 — All Volunteer Opportunities remain on hold until they can safely resume. Updates will be posted as they become available.
VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES NEWS, August 2016 (pdf)
ALLEN CENTENNIAL GARDENS
Hands-on gardening projects including planting, weeding, and other garden-based activities, depending on time of year. We provide the necessary tools. The Allen Centennial Garden is open dawn to dusk, year-around.
CHAZEN MUSEUM OF ART
Volunteers may give tours 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) to have your name added to the waiting list. For inquiries regarding a specific event or questions, please contact email@example.com or 263-2246.
GREAT DANE READERS
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 and read to their families.
MADISON FRIENDS OF INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS, INC.
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.
UW HOSPITAL AND CLINICS
At UW Health, our volunteers play an important role in the overall success of our organization. They assist patients, their families, and visitors to our facilities and are valued members of the health care team.
Information on how to become a volunteer can be found on the Volunteer Services website.
UW MADISON ODYSSEY PROJECT
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, tutoring, providing childcare, office support, research, publicity and arranging speaker arrangements. Odyssey Junior serves over 50 children ages 2–18 on Wednesday evenings in South Madison.
The website describes the current volunteer needs and has a Volunteer Interest Form available.
WISCONSIN HISTORICAL MUSEUM
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.
AMERICAN FAMILY CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL
AFCH Volunteers interact with and support patients and their families in a variety of ways. They work with staff to ensure patient safety and well being through diversional activities, socialization, assisting in meal delivery, toy cleaning, and many other tasks. This meaningful interaction can take place at a patient’s bedside, in the playrooms, in clinic waiting areas as well as other areas throughout the Children’s Hospital. Requirements to volunteer at AFCH include completing an interview, an orientation, health assessments, applicable trainings to specific roles and being available for at least 6 months. For more information about volunteer positions and getting started, please visit our website at uwhealthkids.org.
FRIENDS OF THE UW-MADISON LIBRARIES
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 cashiering.
UW LAKESHORE NATURE PRESERVE
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.
WILLIAM S. MIDDLETON MEMORIAL
VETERANS HOSPITAL (VA HOSPITAL)
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 FILM FESTIVAL (DIVISION OF THE ARTS)
Volunteers support the Wisconsin Film Festival with Festival preparations and set up (March/April)
and with ticket taking, line management, filmmaker hospitality and events during the Festival (April). In appreciation for donated hours, volunteers receive Festival film tickets and a volunteer tee-shirt.
Volunteers support public television by staffing fund-raising and community outreach events, such as staffing the phone bank during the annual on-air membership drives (March, May, August, November/December) and serving in a variety of roles during the Great Wisconsin Quilt Show (September) and Garden and Landscape Expo (February).