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Take advantage of Madison’s community programs

Ask not what you can do for the City of Madison, but what the City of Madison can do for you via these community programs available to locals.

Pedestrians on State Street

Learn more about what the City of Madison offers residents. | Photo by 608today

Whether you’re looking to volunteer, or want to learn more about the interworkings of some civic departments, here are some City of Madison programs that individuals and organizations can take advantage of.

Adopt a...

Block | Help the city beautify and maintain Madison blocks through monthly litter cleanups.

Ice Rink | Volunteers work to maintain ice rinks by assisting park staff with flooding the rink, snow removal, and general upkeep.

Median | Opt to plant and maintain greenery on a traffic circle or median to give your neighborhood a bit of pizzazz.

Park | Get a group together to help keep our parks clean during a year-long volunteering commitment.

Community education

Two women and some children looking at a fire truck at a fire station garage

Get an up-close look at some Madison Fire apparatuses. | Photo via City of Madison

Fire station tours | Book a tour of a Madison Fire Station for groups of up to 30 people of all ages. Tours include apparatus demos and fire safety info.

Officer attendance | A police officer will come speak to your group about relevant topics of your choosing. Complete the request form at least 10 business days before your event.

Madison Senior Center | The senior center is always seeking volunteers. Current openings include class leaders, front desk duty, and computer lab helpers.

Colorful vegetables on a farmers market table

Stock up on farmers’ market produce with the Double Dollars program | Photo by 608today

Double Dollars Program | At participating farmers’ markets, those who use FoodShare can bring their card to the information booth and get matched up to $20/day to spend on fruits and veggies. The 2024 Double Dollars season runs Saturday, June 1-Thursday, Oct. 31.

Edible Landscapes Plantings | Apply to plant edible landscapes on city-owned land. Note: The city only provides the land, not financial support for the plants or maintenance.