Volunteer Opportunities

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(Photo courtesy Jeff Miller/University Communications)

Spring 2013 - Highlighted Volunteer/Service Learning Opportunities

Curriculum and Instruction 375, Introduction to Education - 3 credits
Discuss contemporary issues in Education and participate in a service learning experience in schools.

Biology 375: Engaging Children in Science - 3 credits
Learn principles of teaching and learning while planning and leading after-school science programs.

Schools of Hope
A community-wide tutoring effort to address the achievement gap in Madison schools. Applications can be picked up and returned to Education Academic Services, 139 Education Building.

Badger Volunteers
Program offered by the Morgridge Center for Public Service that offers the opportunity to volunteer together with other UW-Madison students

WE Badger Volunteers is a program for students interested in sustainability.

Sudents volunteer once a week in small groups. Current community partner organizations represent themes of food, water, materials consumption/waste, transportation, and stewardship.

Lowell Elementary School

Lowell Elementary School After-School Homework Club is seeking volunteers
Contact: Nate Peterson at 204-6600 or npeterson2@madison.k12.wi.us  Ref: After school Homework Club

Some Other Popular Opportunities for Education Students

(608) 204-9722 Ext. 123
AVID/TOPS is collaborative partnership between the Madison Metropolitan School District and the Boys and Girls Club of Dane County that encourages college readiness for high school students through an elective course taken in high school and through tutoring, mentoring, and college preparatory activities.

Bayview International Center for Education and the Arts
(608) 256-7808
The Bayview After School Program serves youth and teens primarily ages 7 to 17 from low to middle-income families residing on the Triangle and in neighboring communities. The Artsbridge program is a cultural enrichment arts program for youth.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Dane County
(608) 661-5437, friends@bbbsmadison.org
Big Brothers Big Sisters' school-based mentoring program is School Friends. Volunteer "Bigs" are matched one on one to a child and meet weekly with their "Little" to form a friendship and be a role model. Volunteers go to the child's school each week and there are program times after school or over the lunch hour.

Boys and Girls Club of Dane County
(608) 257-2606 
Youth guidance organization dedicated to promoting and advancing health, social, educational, vocational, cultural character, and leadership development.

Centro Hispano
Programs include Juventud, a school-based program for middle school students at Toki, Cherokee, Sherman, Jefferson and Sennett middle schools; and Aspira, a high school based program at West, Memorial, and Verona High Schools. Spanish fluency preferred, but not required.

Dane County Parent Council, Inc. – Head Start
Contact: (608) 275-6740, mshaudoir@dcpcinc.org
A comprehensive child development program that serves low income children from diverse backgrounds and promotes growth and development. Seeking volunteers who enjoy working with infants, toddlers, preschoolers and families.

Goodman Community Center
(608) 241-1574 
Preschool (ages 3-6) in afternoons.
After school programs (ages 6-11) Mon 1:30-5:00, Tues-Fri 2:30-5:00.
Middle school tutors Tues 6:00pm-8:00pm.
Girl Neighborhood Power: Interact with middle school girls Wed 5:00-8:00.

Lussier Community Education Center
Contact: (608) 833-4979, paul@lcecmadison.org
LCEC's after school and summer camp programs provide educational and enrichment experiences for youth as they move through elementary and middle school. These comprehensive programs include academic support, arts, health and fitness, community service and leadership development.

Madison School Community Recreation Programs
(608) 204-4585
MSCR seeks volunteers to assist at school-based enrichment and recreation programs organized at many Madison schools and community centers. Programs include Community Learning Centers for elementary aged youth, Safe Haven after-school programs for low-income and at-risk youth, and Youth Resource Centers for middle school aged youth.

Madison East High School
Contact: (608) 204-1534, cchin@madison.k12.wi.us
Volunteer opportunities available with a diverse group of young people from a wide variety of family, ethnic, and national backgrounds as they pursue their education and prepare for adulthood. Tutors are needed in many subjects throughout the day and after school.

Madison West High School
(608) 204-4100
In-School Study Table Program. Volunteers are matched one-on one with high school students and meet during the students' study hall periods twice a week for a semester.

Malcolm Shabazz City High School (Jagora Tutoring Program)
Contact: Susan Kaye, (608) 204-2470, skaye@madison.k12.wi.us
Shabazz is an alternative public high school that relies heavily on volunteers from the community. Volunteers help give our diverse student community the individualized academic support they need. Students need volunteers during school hours to help them with math, writing, research, organization, poetry, and reading. Tutors are pivotal for students' educational experience, empowering them to develop and pursue their goals.

Nehemiah Community Development Corporation

LIGHT Program (Learning Is our Greatest Hope for Tomorrow)
(608) 257-2453
Nehemiah's youth program is looking for volunteers to serve youth through tutoring and mentoring.  Our program is unique in that we strive to develop and reach out to the whole individual.  If you have a heart for high school students we can definitely provide a great volunteer opportunity for you. We have a specific need for students who could tutor students and possibly help develop additional activities/ resource sheets in some specific areas including: any areas of math (esp geometry and algebra), any areas of science (esp chemistry and physics), foreign language (esp Spanish), any areas of English (esp reading comprehension, writing essays).

Schools of Hope Project- Elementary Schools
(608) 441-7895, tutor@schoolsofhope.org
The purpose of this program is to assist children enrolled in kindergarten through fifth grade in developing their reading and math skills. Volunteer tutors may be matched with elementary school students based on their interests, geographic preferences, and availability.

Schools of Hope Project- Middle Schools and High Schools
Urban League of Greater Madison
Madison, WI 53713
Contact: Andrew Schilcher, (608) 729-1225, aschilcher@ulgm.org
As a volunteer tutor, you will work one-on-one or in small groups with area middle and high school students to ensure that they are prepared to succeed in high school and beyond. Subjects include math and general literacy skills. Tutors work with students during the school day or the hour after school ends (generally 8:00-4:00, actual hours vary by site). For more information, please visit us at www.ulgm.org.

Vera Court Neighborhood Center
(608)246-8372, veracourt@yahoo.com
The after-school program seeks volunteers interested in assisting 1st-5th grade children with various activities including homework, literacy activities, recreation, and computer lab access. Volunteer times include: Mondays 1-5 pm and Tuesday-Friday 2:45-5:30 pm.

Other Volunteer and Service Learning Opportunities

Morgridge Center for Public Service