Humanity of Dane County has partnered with area families to build simple,
decent, affordable homes here in Dane County. We would not be able to build
homes for those in need without the dedication of volunteers. Habitat has
over 3,800 volunteers who assist in the construction of over a dozen new
homes each year. We are excited to have your group help build a home for a
Group Volunteer Information
Habitat for Humanity can take groups of volunteers of up to 8 people. Less
is fine but more than 8 people can make a workday less productive, and lead
to unsafe working conditions. Habitat for Humanity offers group build days
on Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays. Our build day is from 8:15 am-3:30 pm.
We look for volunteers that can make a full day commitment.
Our minimum construction volunteer age is 16. Anyone under the age of 18
will need to submit a signed parent/ guardian permission form. Additionally,
anyone under the age of 18 will be unable to use power tools or climb above
To accommodate the amount of groups interested in building with Habitat,
group opportunities are available on a first-come, first-served basis, with
priority given to those that financially sponsor their build day. We depend
on the generosity of our donors and volunteers to help us keep services
affordable to our partner families. The average cost of building a Habitat
home in Dane County is $90,000 (plus another $30,000 per lot)- and we need
to fundraise every dollar.
It costs $1,500 per day to build a Habitat home. We humbly ask your group to
consider making a one-time tax deductible gift of $1,500 to help us cover
the costs of materials, registration, insurance, and administration. The
idea is similar to raising funds in support of a charity walk or run, and
all of the funds raised by volunteers will be used to build homes. Just like
a charity walk/run, we even have an online fundraising system to help you
reach your goal.
For information regarding our online fundraising system and group please
contact Erin, volunteer manager, at
firstname.lastname@example.org or 608.255.1549, x 204. A donation of any amount
is so greatly appreciated, and we would be delighted to work with you so
that, together, we can make a lasting difference for families in Dane
County. We do understand that not everyone can make a financial commitment,
and that's OK, your time is just as valuable. We'd love to work with you at
a level that is comfortable for you, your budget and philanthropic goals. If
it's for a volunteer day or a sponsored day, we'd be honored to have your
Jan Karst, Community Connections Coordinator for RSVP Volunteer
Call Jan at 441-7891
CALL FOR ACTION,
a nationwide, non-profit, volunteer organization is
looking for volunteers with good communication skills, a desire to help
people in our community and a willingness to commit to 4 hours once a week.
Volunteers mediate and find solutions to a variety of problems between
parties calling in by phone. Work is in the Channel 3 newsroom.
PORCHLIGHT the largest provider of affordable housing and emergency
shelter in Dane County is looking for front office volunteers to assist with
general clerical responsibilities and direct service to homeless and
formerly homeless families and individuals. Can you commit to 2 2-hour
shifts a week with a 1-year commitment?
You can make a difference in someone’s life as a
companion volunteer in your community! Become a friend to an older adult!
Volunteers are matched with someone in their community who might be isolated
and alone and who could live independently longer with just a little help
from a friend.
Help an adult learn to read, write, or speak English! Tutors are
needed now more than ever for LITERACY NETWORK. You do not need any
experience or foreign language skills – just patience, kindness, reliability
and 2-3 hours a week.
RSVP needs BUS BUDDIE COORDINATORS! Many seniors do not use the Madison
Metro buses because they haven’t had the opportunity to learn the bus
system. If you are a seasoned bus rider, volunteer to teach someone else how
to achieve more independence and mobility by using the bus system to get to
senior and community centers, shopping, and entertainment!
MADISON SENIOR CENTER has First Floor Receptionist shifts available.
Greet the public, answer phones, register folks for classes, use your
excellent communication skills!
Like books? The MADISON PUBLIC LIBRARY, on Mifflin St., is looking
for volunteers to staff the newly re-opened used book store on the main
floor. Duties include; opening the store, operating the cash register,
assisting customers, and maintaining bookshelves in good order.
Lutheran Social Services “Kids' Closets” Wish
List for Donations
Children who enter foster care often have nothing more than a trash bag to
hold the belongings they bring to their foster homes: not the best way to
start a new, if temporary, chapter of life. The LSS Foster Care team has
created "Kids' Closets" around the state where foster parents and foster
kids can select – for free – personal hygiene supplies, school supplies and
some fun things to make the kids' transition to a new place easier, as well
as a duffel bag or backpack to carry them in.
Keeping in mind that LSS Foster Care serves
kids of all ages (newborns to age 21), the "wish list" includes the
New duffle bags and backpacks
School supplies: notebooks, pens and pencils, scissors,
crayons, calculators, etc.
Shampoo and conditioner
Journals and diaries
New socks (especially for teenagers)
Blankets and throws in fun patterns or bright colors, including
no-sew tie blanket kits
mp3 players with no Internet access (music is a great coping tool
for foster kids)
LSS Foster Care also needs supplies for kids
who are aging out of foster care and about to start life as an adult in
their own apartments. These include:
New pots and pans
New bath and dish towels
Laundry baskets and detergent
USB flash drives
Accordion file folders
To learn more about Kids' Closets, LSS
locations that are ready to accept donations and other details, contact
Jacki O'Flahrity, email@example.com or 608-752-7660, ext. 5108.
Madison Household Battery Recycling
The City of Madison has a drop off program for the recycling of
household batteries. Madison residents can recycle their single use
household batteries (A, AA, AAA, C, D, etc.) by bringing them to the City’s
two full-service drop off sites as well as two Metcalf’s Market locations
and the Williamson St. Co-op. “At the urging of Mayor Paul Soglin, the
Streets Division has been testing this program for the past year and a
half,” Madison recycling coordinator George Dreckmann said. “We are now
ready to commit to running the program on a permanent basis.” Madison
residents can recycle their household batteries at the following locations;
City of Madison Drop Off Site, 4602 Sycamore AV
City of Madison Drop Off Site, 1501 W. Badger RD
Metcalf’s Market, 726 N. Midvale BL (Hilldale Mall)
Metcalf’s Market, 7455 Mineral Point RD
Williamson St. Co-op, 1221 Williamson ST
“Household battery recycling is expensive because there is not a lot of
recyclable material in them,” Dreckmann stated. “It costs $1,300 per ton to
get the old batteries recycled, making them our most expensive program.”
Funds for the program come from savings realized from changes in the
electronics recycling program. The batteries are being handled by Universal
Recycling Technologies, the City’s electronics processor. For more
information on the program residents can visit www.cityofmadison.com/streets
, email firstname.lastname@example.org , or call the City Recycling office at
267-2626. George Dreckmann
Looking for bakers interested in providing snacks for our hungry volunteers.
Each job site is equipped with water, coffee, and snacks for morning break
time (things like cookies, muffins, chips, etc.) Homemade snacks are
favorites for our volunteers. It is always a struggle to provide enough food
for the full week, and we would love your help in the snack department. We
average 30 volunteers at each of our build sites, and we have four locations
in Dane County. That’s 120 volunteers that need a mid-morning snack each
week. We have storage and refrigeration in the office, but not on site. We
are looking for snacks that can stay fresh for at least a few days without
refrigeration, ideally up to a week or more. Some snacks only last a few
days, some can take up to two weeks to get completely devoured. Individual
snacks are best (cupcakes instead of cake), and the less gooey the better!
Please contact Erin if you are interested in becoming a Habitat Baker, and
providing snacks for the construction site. Ideally we would like snacks
delivered to the office on Wednesdays, but we are flexible. Contact Erin Rieser, Volunteer Manager at 608-255-1549 x 104 or email@example.com