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Brighten Your Day by Working with Kids

Spending time with children is sure to add a smile to your day and keep you young at heart.  RSVP of Dane County has many opportunities that involve working with children of all ages.  Our program coordinator can help you pick one that best fits your interests and schedule. 

Become a Volunteer Tutor

You can give a child the extra help they need to succeed by volunteering at schools in Madison and Dane country as a tutor or mentor. Tutors work one-on-one or with small groups of children in kindergarten through 12th grade, assisting with reading, math and other subjects. Your reward: A smile, a hug, or a high five and the opportunity to see a child learn and grow.

Work with Children in these Innovative Ways

While tutoring is our largest intergenerational program—RSVP placed over 230 tutors in 60 schools throughout Dane County last year—there are many other opportunities to work with children.

  • Share your special interests with gifted and talented students
  • Correspond with a student “computer buddy”
  • Practice job interview skills with teens
  • Provide childcare while parents take classes
  • Share your unique life stories in the oral history program
  • Participate in the innovative restorative justice program in high schools
  • Become a foster grandparent

How to Volunteer

To find out more about how to volunteer with children, contact Laura Mikkelson at or 608-441-7894, or complete this online form.

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Volunteers Tell Us

Mutual Learning
“I love working with the kids (& teachers). I teach them AND they teach me.”
- School Volunteer
A Place in my Heart
“My experience has opened my eyes to the struggles that many children have due to poverty. Each child has a special place in my heart.”
- School Volunteer