Supporting the University of Wisconsin–Madison with Scholarships, Service, Education, and Friendship
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Volunteer Opportunities

Coordinator – Winn Eckert
Assistant Coordinator – Sally Andrews

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 2019 – NEW Volunteer Opportunity –  Wisconsin Film Festival (pdf)

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES NEWS, August 2016 (pdf)

ALLEN CENTENNIAL GARDENS

Contact: Elin Filbey (608-576-2501)
Email: Meliska@wisc.edu
Website: www.allencentennialgarden.org

Image of the gardenHands-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

Contact: Amy Guthier, Development    Specialist (608-263-2495)
Email: aguthier@chazen wisc.edu
Website: www.chazen.wisc.edu

Image from inside ChazenVolunteers 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 reception@chazen.wisc.edu or 263-2246.

UNIVERSITY LEAGUE
GREAT DANE READERS

Contact: Mary Warfield (608-273-9809)
Email: mbwarfield@gmail.com

Bookworms volunteer with preschool children

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.

Contact: Nancy Kelly 608-263-4010
Email: info@mfismadison.org
Website: www.mfismadison.org
Office: 716 Langdon St., Room 223, (The Red Gym)
Office Hours: Monday – Friday 10 AM to noon

Holiday party with international studentsVolunteer 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 HOSPITALS AND CLINICS

Contact: Tina Nelson (608-263-6046)
Email: volunteer.services@uwhealth.org
Website: www.uwhealth.org/volunteer

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.  The website has a complete listing of all volunteer positions as well as the process to become a volunteer.

UW MADISON ODYSSEY PROJECT

Contact: Emily Auerbach (608-262-3733)
Email: emily.auerbach@wisc.edu
Website: www.odyssey.wisc.edu

Odyssey Project participants 2004The 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

Contact: Bobbi Krier (608-264-6555)
Email: museum@wisconsinhistory.org
Website: 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.

AMERICAN FAMILY CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL

Contact: Tina Nelson, 608-263-6046
Email: volunteer.services@uwhealth.org
Website: www.uwhealth.org/volunteer

Volunteers read to children or engage them in activities while waiting for treatments/ appointments. Orientation is on website; requires a six month commitment.  The website has a complete listing of all volunteer positions as well as the process to become a volunteer.

FRIENDS OF THE UW-MADISON LIBRARIES

Contact: Libby Thune, administrator
Email: friends@library.wisc.edu
Website: www.library.wisc.edu/friends

Student studying in the library stacksVolunteers 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.

UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN ARBORETUM

Contact: Judy Kingsbury (608-262-5604)
Email: judith.kingsbury@wisc.edu
Website: www.arboretum.wisc.edu/get-involved/volunteer/

Arboretum woodsVolunteers staff the reception desk, work in the gardens, walk the trails, and propagate plants. Training and tools are provided.

UW LAKESHORE NATURE PRESERVE

Contact: Bryn Scriver (608-220-5560)
Email: bryn.scriver@wisc.edu
Website: www.lakeshorepreserve.wisc.edu

Volunteers doing field work.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)

Contact: Lisa Offord (608-280-7030)
Email:  lisa.offord@va.gov
Website: www.madison.va.gov/giving

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)

Contact: Terry Kerr (608-262-1535)
Email: terry@wifilmfest.org
Website: wifilmfest.org/volunteer

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.

WISCONSIN PUBLIC TELEVISION (WPT)

Contact: Michael McKenzie (608-265-4436)
Email: volunteer@wpt.org
Website: www.wpt.org/volunteer

Students at a bank of computersVolunteers support public television by staffing fundraising and community outreach events, such as staffing the phone bank during the annual on-air membership drives (March, May, August, November/December) and serving as docents during the Quilt Expo (September) and Garden Expo (February).