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Habitat for Humanity
Habitat for 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 family!

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 6 feet.

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 erieser@habitatdane.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 partnership.


Volunteer Opportunities
Jan Karst, Community Connections Coordinator for RSVP Volunteer opportunities.  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 PEER SUPPORT 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 following items:
 New duffle bags and backpacks
 School supplies: notebooks, pens and pencils, scissors,
    crayons, calculators, etc.
 Shampoo and conditioner
 Body wash
 Deodorant
 Journals and diaries
 New socks (especially for teenagers)
 Blankets and throws in fun patterns or bright colors, including
    no-sew tie blanket kits
 Board games
 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, jacki.o'flahrity@lsswis.org or 608-752-7660, ext. 5108.

Introduction to the Old Testament
As part of the South Central Wisconsin Synod’s Diakonia program, this five-week course is an overview of the Hebrew Scriptures and presents the varieties of forms used to communicate the truth of God’s Word. Special attention will be given to covenant theology and relating Old Testament theology and history to our understanding of the New Testament. Ample time is given to explore your questions, your confusions, your ponderings and your faith! Diakonia classes are accessible for anyone who wishes to dive a little deeper than Bible studies typically allow. $60 per course, plus $25-30 typically for books. To register: http://www.scsw-elca.org/diakonia-2.aspx

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 gdreckmann@cityofmadison.com , or call the City Recycling office at 267-2626. George Dreckmann

Habitat Bakers Wanted

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 erieser@habitatdane.org



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