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Registration begins Sept. 4 for Badger Volunteers

September 02, 2015

Registration for UW-Madison’s largest student volunteer program opens on Friday, Sept. 4 at midnight and runs through Sept. 10.

Badger Volunteers fall 2015 registration is open exclusively on the organization’s website. Students can also visit the website to explore volunteer sites and times prior to registration opening.

Badger Volunteers Fall 2015 photoJust over 800 volunteer slots are available for fall 2015, but the program has filled to capacity each of the last three semesters. So interested students are encouraged to log on to register for their preferred site as soon as possible on Sept. 4.

Any UW-Madison student can join Badger Volunteers, a program through the Morgridge Center for Public Service. Although the center serves students campus-wide, the Morgridge Center for Public Service is administratively housed within the School of Education.

Volunteers make a commitment of between 2 to 4 hours each week for the whole fall semester. It’s important that students are able to commit to their community partner every week for the full semester.

Students can select from over 75 community volunteer sites. Each student serves in a team of fellow UW-Madison students at the same site, at the same time each week for the entire semester. Volunteer opportunities are offered in three focus areas: Education, Sustainability and Public Health.

Additionally, transportation is provided to volunteers whose sites are located beyond convenient walking, biking or bussing distances.

Badger Volunteers is designed to foster deeper connections between students and community partners because the program establishes consistent, semester-long relationships. 

"A lot of our students appreciate the structure of Badger Volunteers, because it is a part of their weekly schedule, just like a class,” Badger Volunteers Director Steph Harrill said. “And connecting with the same community partner every week for an entire semester also means our volunteers get a lot more out of the experience. Our community partners too.”

Student volunteers are required to attend an orientation and one education session outside of their regular volunteer time during the semester. Badger Volunteers offers opportunities for any interest or skill, and also enables students to gain new skills and find new interests.

“We’ve had students who find their passion because of their time spent volunteering,” Badger Volunteers Coordinator Kari Temkin said. “A number of our past volunteers have actually been hired permanently out of school by their community partners.”

Students with questions about the Badger Volunteers program should email Kari Temkin at ktemkin@wisc.edu.
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