Volunteer Center

Madison College's Volunteer Center is a student-led organization that provides volunteer service learning opportunities for students while helping meet community needs.

The Volunteer Center meets at 11:30 a.m. on the first Tuesday of each month. All members of the Madison College community are welcome to attend. Check The LINK for locations.

Each fall and spring term, the Volunteer Center holds a Volunteer Fair, where representatives from community-based organizations come to share information about their work and opportunities to get involved.

The Volunteer Center also partners with UW-Madison, Edgewood College, RSVP and United Way of Dane County to coordinate Volunteer Your Time, which offers a clearinghouse of service opportunities in Dane County.

To learn more about volunteer opportunities, visit the Volunteer Center on The LINK, or contact us at volunteercenter@madisoncollege.edu or (608) 243-4593.

Presidential Award

The Volunteer Center is pleased to announce that we are now a certifying organization for the President's Volunteer Service Awards. That means we are able to recognize groups and individual members of the Madison College community for their work with this prestigious honor.

Award recipients will receive:

  • The official President’s Volunteer Service Award pin
  • A personalized certificate of achievement
  • A congratulatory letter from the president of the United States

How to qualify:

  • Track your hours on the Madison College Link site under Service Hours.
  • Once you have served 100 or more approved service hours within a 12 month period, contact the Volunteer Center.
  • Complete the Community Service Verification form to submit the application.

Awards will be given each spring during National Volunteer Week in April.


Service Learning Academy

The Service Learning Academy is a semester-long program that pairs teams of students from Madison Area Technical College with community non-profit organizations to volunteer two hours each week at the same organization for 10 weeks. Any student enrolled in a class at Madison Area Technical College is welcome to join the Service Learning Academy.

This program is designed to foster meaningful and consistent connections between community partners and students over the course of an entire semester. Each team will be guided by a student leader in the program to provide support and training.

If you are interested in being one of the Service Learning Academy leads, please download the job description.

Timeline for 2017 Spring Semester

  • Student volunteer orientation: Jan. 30-Feb. 3
  • Spring Break: March 13-17
  • Make up week: April 17-21
  • Recognition banquet: Wednesday, April 26

Expected Learning Outcomes

Being a member of the Service Learning Academy (SLA) will provide you with the unique opportunity to practice your leadership skills and be a role model for students and community members in a service learning initiative that will enhance the traditional classroom experience, foster personal development, and improve our communities.    

Students participating in the Service Learning Academy will gain experience and enhancement of the following Madison College Core Abilities: communication and social interaction, local and cultural perspectives, self-management, and critical thinking. The SLA Student participants will also gain enhanced skills in professional responsibility, time management, and interpersonal interactions.