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Where Volunteers Make a Difference

The Choice is Yours!

The Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) has developed strong partnerships with over 85 nonprofit and public agencies throughout Madison and Dane County. There is a wide variety of opportunities for you to choose from, and RSVP is here to help you make that choice. Our staff meets with each volunteer personally, matching seniors to opportunities that make use of their talents and interests, and fit easily into their schedule.  

Here are just a few examples of the fun and fulfilling volunteer opportunities available to you.

  • Help an adult learn English language and literacy skills
  • Distribute much-needed food by picking up donations from local businesses or helping in a food pantry
  • Deliver flowers and mail at a local hospital
  • Assist with pontoon boat tours of the lakes
  • Help construct low-income housing or recycle building material
  • Share a love of books by working in a library
  • Help maintain or restore trails, prairies and public gardens

How to Volunteer

To find out more about the hundreds of volunteer opportunities in the Madison area just waiting for you, contact Jan Karst at 608-441-7891 or fill out this online form.

Volunteers Tell Us

Increases Self-worth
“Volunteering increases my feeling of self-worth…increases my circle of friends…increases my awareness of unmet needs of others.”
- Madison Volunteer
So Rewarding
“It is so rewarding to see how others appreciate the work we are doing for them. The thanks yous and smiles mean so much.”
- Food Pantry Volunteer