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 monthly. Please see WolfPack Connect for upcoming meeting dates and locations. All members of the Madison College community are welcome to attend.

The Volunteer Center also hosts special events. These one-time volunteer opportunities are a chance for students to connect with the community, even with a busy schedule.

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

You can set up a one-on-one advising appointment with staff or student leaders from the Volunteer Center using this pre-advising form. The Volunteer Center will work with you to find volunteer opportunities that fit your interests and schedule.

Are you a student volunteer who wants to share your story? The Volunteer Center shares Volunteer Spotlights to highlight what students have learned through their volunteer experiences. Fill out the online submission form to share your story.

You can subscribe to the Volunteer Center e-mail newsletter to get periodic updates about events, opportunities, and programs.

To learn more about volunteer opportunities contact us at volunteercenter@madisoncollege.edu or (608) 243-4593.

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. Sign up for the Service Learning Academy for the Fall 2020 term. Once you sign up, please complete the Fall 2020 Service Learning Academy Volunteer Agreement.

This program is designed to foster meaningful and consistent connections between community partners and students over the course of an entire semester.

All first-time Service Learning Academy volunteers will be required to complete an orientation with the Madison College Volunteer Center before beginning the program. Students can attend a 60-minute orientation session or complete the orientation online.
 

Fall SEMESTER SERVICE LEARNING ACADEMY


Timeline for 2020 Fall Semester

  • Madison College Volunteer Center Orientation (required for all first-time SLA volunteers): 
    • Students choose their online orientation time when they sign up
  • Sign up deadline: September 10, 2020
  • Volunteering begins: September 13, 2020
  • Deadline to record fall volunteer hours: November 21, 2020
  • Recognition banquet: Virtual end-of-semester celebration plans will be announced later in the fall.

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.


 

 

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 individual members of the Madison College community for their work with this prestigious honor. The Volunteer Center also offers an International Student Volunteer Award to international students who complete similar award criteria.

President’s Volunteer Service Award recipients will receive:

  • The official President’s Volunteer Service Award pin or medal
  • A digital badge from Madison College's Digital Credentials Institute
  • A personalized certificate of achievement
  • A congratulatory letter from the president of the United States

International Student Service Award recipients will receive:

  • A personalized certificate of achievement
  • A digital badge from Madison College's Digital Credentials Institute
  • A congratulatory letter from the president of Madison College

How to qualify:

  • Track your hours on the Madison College WolfPack Connect app
  • Once you have served 100 or more approved service hours within a 12 month period, contact the Volunteer Center.
  • Complete the online verification form to submit the application.

Awards will be presented each semester during the Volunteer Recognition Banquet.