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.

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 2019 term. Once you sign up, please complete the Fall 2019 Service Learning Academy Volunteer Contract.

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.

All Service Learning Academy volunteers will be required to attend an orientation with the Madison College Volunteer Center before beginning the program. This will be 90 minutes long for first time volunteers and 45 minutes for returning volunteers. During the orientation you will complete any necessary paperwork, receive your t-shirt, and learn about program structure and updates.


Timeline for 2019 Fall Semester

  • Madison College Volunteer Center Orientation (required for all SLA volunteers, both new and returning): multiple dates in September
    • Select your orientation date when you sign up to be an SLA volunteer
  • Orientation week (if the site you selected requires an on-site orientation): September 15-21, 2019
  • Volunteering begins: September 22, 2019
  • Volunteering ends: November 30, 2019
  • Recognition banquet: December 11, 2019, 6 p.m. at the Truax Campus

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.



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 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 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.