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Where to volunteer in Madison

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Maybe you have some extra time on your hands, or maybe you’re just in the giving spirit. All we know is there are more than enough great causes in Madison to support with your time. Whether you’re an animal lover, an artsy type, a natural mentor, or a healthcare enthusiast — there’s a nearby volunteer opportunity for you. We found 30 ways to get involved in the 608.

ice rink at sunset

Adopt an ice rink this winter to ensure festive fun for all.

Animal lovers

  • Promedica Hospice | `Help with the daily care of hospice patients’ pets.
  • Dane County Humane Society | Lend a hand with in-shelter tasks or provide at-home support.
  • Shelter from the Storm | Socialize with cats, walk dogs, or help staff with housekeeping duties at this local animal rescue.
  • Heartland Farm Sanctuary | If you have compassion for all living things, this sanctuary is a perfect place to assist in the field or in the office.
  • Angel’s Wish | Spend time at the adoption center or open your home to foster a feline friend.

Caring and crafty

  • Arts + Lit Lab | Help host over 200 events each year with ranging roles + responsibilities.
  • Arts for ALL | Volunteers are the backbone of this program which conducts classes in visual art, music, and movement for adults with disabilities.
  • Friends of Madison Arts Commission | Serve on the board or participate in events to support and advance the arts in Madison.
  • Giving From Our Hands + Hearts | Create quilts, shawls, and mittens to donate to nonprofits + help people stay warm.

Help community members

  • Habitat for Humanity Dane County | Provide critical support building homes, serving on committees, or working at the Habitat ReStores.
  • River Food Pantry | Feed your community at the pantry or on the road via the mobile meal program + grocery deliveries.
  • Vets Helping Vets | Support this program that matches Veterans in need with drivers who are fellow Vets.
  • Driver Services Program | Help older adults in the community remain independent by driving them to medical appointments and delivering meals.

Outdoorsy types

If you’re interested in healthcare

  • UW Health | Whatever your medical interest is, UW Health has an opportunity available. You can even be a bedside DJ for patients who find comfort in music.
  • Madison Free Clinic | The clinic is currently looking for nurses and bilingual interpreters to offer specialty care for uninsured locals.
  • American Family Children’s Hospital | Be a patient buddy in the playroom or find a position working with the pharmacy team.

Natural-born teachers + mentors

  • Foster Grandparents | Help local kids by being a consistent, caring role model that provides one-on-one adult attention.
  • Inter-generational Tutor Program | Socially enrich the youth of your community via in-person tutoring or the Computer Buddy pen pal program.

Support local minority groups


LGBTQ+ advocates

  • Outreach | Assist in planning and implementing client services + take part in various parties, festivals, and other events.
  • LGBT Books to Prisoners | Think of this as being a “personal shopper” by fulfilling book requests for incarcerated LGBTQ people.

For social butterflies

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