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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, there are many other opportunities to work with children.
• Correspond with a student “Computer Buddy”. Computer Buddies is an e-mail contact program between RSVP volunteers and elementary children in Dane County. The program fosters intergenerational connections by linking caring older adults to students through regular (usually weekly) electronic communication. The e-mails are of a friendly, "get-to-know-you" nature and during the course of the school year the Buddies become friends. The Buddies may meet each other at an organized social event at the end of the school year.
• Share your unique life stories in the oral history program
• Share your special interests with gifted and talented students
• Become a Foster Grandparent (/program/foster-grandparents)

How to Volunteer

To find out more about how to volunteer with children, contact Jen Roth at , or call 608-661-4271.

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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