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Volunteer opportunities in Madison

This list of volunteer opportunities in Madison includes everything from barn chores to classroom assistance.

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Maybe you have some extra time on your hands, or maybe you’re just in the giving spirit (after all, Madison is ranked as one of the most caring cities in the US).

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.

Animal lovers

  • Angel’s Wish | Spend time at the adoption center or open your home to foster a feline friend.
  • Dane County Humane Society | Lend a hand with in-shelter tasks or provide at-home support.
  • Heartland Farm Sanctuary | If you love farm animals, this sanctuary is a perfect place to assist in the field or the office.
  • Shelter from the Storm | Socialize with cats, walk dogs, or help staff with housekeeping duties at this local animal rescue.

Caring and crafty

Help community members

Outdoorsy types

  • Adopt Ice | ‘Tis the season. Assist park staff with flooding, snow removal, and general maintenance of public ice rinks.
  • Madison Parks Flower Gardens | Ever wonder how the local park gardens stay maintained? They are designed, planted, and maintained by volunteers every year.
  • Olbrich Botanical Gardens | Plant, weed, water, and prune through the garden’s extensive volunteer program.

If you’re interested in healthcare

  • SSM Health | Opportunities are available to help with children’s grief camps, hospice patients, or clerical support.
  • UnityPoint | The volunteer application window for teens and adults opens Monday, April 1.
  • 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.

If you’re good with kids

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LGBTQ+ advocates

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