Where Volunteers Make a Difference

Current Volunteer Opportunities

A wide variety of volunteer opportunities are available through RSVP.  Listed below are just a few of the current community needs.  Contact RSVP at 608-238-7787 or fill out this online form to find out more.  One of our personal volunteer coordinators will contact you to discuss your interests and suggest volunteer opportunities that are a good match for you.

Drivers to Transport Seniors & Veterans to Medical Appointments

Do you like to drive? Enjoy meeting and helping people? RSVP’s Driver Services Program needs drivers to transport ambulatory older adults to medical appointments. The schedule is very flexible and drivers receive mileage reimbursement and extra insurance. Drivers who are Veterans are matched with Veterans of all ages and their families needing rides. This is a program that truly makes a difference in people’s lives. Contact Debbie Bormann at 608 441-7892, email: or Mary Schmelzer at 441-7896, email .

Home-Delivered Meal Drivers

Help older adults remain in their homes by delivering hot, nutritious meals. Your visit may be the bright spot in their day. Drivers are needed in communities outside of Madison: Fitchburg, Middleton, NW Dane, Waunakee, DeForest, Sun Prairie, Verona, Belleville, Mt Horeb, Oregon, Stoughton and McFarland. Drivers receive mileage reimbursement and extra insurance. Contact Debbie Bormann at 608-441-7892, email: or Mary Schmelzer at 441-7896, email .

Help People with Memory Loss

The Aging and Disability Resource Center is seeking volunteers for the Language Enriched Exercise Plus Socialization (LEEPS) Program.  The program pairs an individual with memory loss and a volunteer for doctor-approved exercise and social activities.  Volunteers are the key component of the LEEPS program.  For more information on LEEPS, please call (608) 240-7400.

Foster Grandparent Program Volunteers

RSVP's Foster Grandparent Program is seeking volunteers to support children in Madison Head Start Centers and elementary schools.  This program requires Foster Grandparents to offer 1:1 tutoring and attention to students who need extra support in literacy and social/emotional development a minimum of 15 hours per week.  Eligible volunteers receive a stipend and transportation reimbursement.  Contact Mary Brown at (608) 661-4271 or email to learn more about this unique opportunity.

Library Helpers

The Friends of Madison Public Library has a used bookstore in the Central Library on Mifflin Street.  Volunteers are needed to work in the bookstore helping customers, shelving books, and helping with book sales.  For more information, call Jan at (608) 441-7891 or email .

Bus Buddy Coodinators

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. Contact Jan Karst at 608-441-7891 or .

Police Department Volunteers

The Madison Police Department Central District would like volunteers to help in the Burglary Crime Department making follow-up calls to victims to record information.  Work in an office with two detectives.  Training provided.  Good phone manner and simple computer skills needed.  For more information, call Jan  at (608) 441-7891 or email .

Hospital Volunteers

St. Mary's Hospital needs volunteers who would enjoy delivering mail and flowers to patients and the morning beverage cart to visitors in waiting areas.  Volunteers also print out and deliver e-cards to patients so they need simple computer skills and the ability to walk distances in the hospital.  For more information, call Jan at (608) 441-7891 or email .

Adult Day Care Volunteers

The East Madison/Monona Coalition of the Aging needs volunteers for their Adult Day Center.  Play games, share your hobbies, and converse with adults with dementia.  They also need help at their nutrition site serving meals, socializing with seniors as they eat and cleaning up.  For more information, call Jan at (608) 441-7891 or email .

Tutors in Dane County Schools

Dane County schools need tutors and classroom helpers for students entering kindergarten through 12th grade. Volunteers, working under the direction of the school staff, assist students one-on-one or in small groups. By building skills, volunteers lay the foundation for future success for each student. Contact Laura Mikkelson at 608-441-7894 or .

Computer Buddies

Would you enjoy reading and writing e-mail to an elementary student during the school year?  RSVP volunteers are matched with a student and correspond in a pen pal fashion weekly via electronic transmission.  The program does not involve a big time commitment, usually about 30 minutes a week.  This year, the Computer Buddy Program will include students in DeForest, Oregon and Madison.  Volunteer buddies will be matched with students in their afterschool program.  For more information, call Laura Mikkelson at (608) 441-7894 or email .

More Ways to Help in the Schools

Other school opportunities include: library assistants, teacher assistants, art room helpers, administrative support, and after school program volunteers are also needed. Volunteers are also needed as special speakers in the schools (tell your personal story, relate to events in history or share your expertise on topics). You can also work with Junior Achievement, TAG (talented and gifted students), and the Youth Apprenticeship Program. Contact Laura Mikkelson at 608-441-7894 or .

Share Life Experiences with Children

The Bio Link Project is an opportunity to be a part of student learning at DeForest Area Middle School.  Five to seven volunteers are needed as guest speakers.  The focus of this project is to teach students about resilience, facing challenges in life and perseverance.   Students interview volunteers about their life experiences, families, traditions, influential people in their life, obstacles they may have overcome, historic events, career paths, and accomplishments.  Students then complete a project on what they have learned.  The volunteers are invited to return to the school for a lunch and to view all of the students' class presentations.  For more information, call Laura Mikkelson at (608) 441-7894 or email .

WWII Oral History Volunteers

Volunteers are invited to participate in the annual Oral History Project with students at Memorial High School in May.  Volunteers participate in small group interviews/discussions with the students on what their life was like during the WWII/Depression era.  Teachers are thrilled to have RSVP volunteers be a part of this project.  "The students learn so much more from talking with the volunteers than they would in a history book."  Students compile a written documentation of the oral history.  A copy is given to all volunteers participating in this great project.  For more information, call Laura Mikkelson at (608) 441-7894 or email .

Afterschool Tutors

The Mt. Zion Academic Learning Center is looking for tutors/mentors for their afterschool program.  Volunteers are needed Mondays from 1:30 - 5:00 PM, and Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2:45 - 5:00 PM.  Volunteers will help improve academic performance, promote positive behavior and help promote a strong desire for learning.  Volunteers will work one-on-one with students and help with reading or math, homework, computer lab, and have fun playing board games.   For more information call Laura Mikkelson at (608) 441-7894 or email .

Volunteers Tell Us

Making a Difference
“Instead of feeling like this or that problem is so large that nothing can be done about it, my volunteer experience proves that it is in fact possible to make a difference for at least a few people.”
- Home-delivered Meals Driver
Giving Back
“I enjoy giving back to the community and making a difference in children’s lives…one kid at a time.”
- Madison School Volunteer