Current Volunteer Opportunities
To keep volunteers safe during the COVID-19 pandemic, many volunteer stations have closed or are not allowing at-risk age groups to volunteer. This has been difficult for many of our volunteers, as they miss the sense of purpose and satisfaction that volunteering provides. The opportunities listed below are low-contact or no-contact and are still available to RSVP volunteers. As new opportunities open, we will add them to this listing.
Home-Delivered Meal Drivers
Help older adults remain in their homes by delivering hot, nutritious meals. This job is designed to be no-contact because of Covid-19: Drivers pick up pre-packaged meals at the senior center and deliver them to meal recipients' doorsteps. Drivers are needed in communities outside of Madison: Belleville, Fitchburg, DeForest, Oregon, McFarland, Middleton, NW Dane, Stoughton, Sun Prairie, SW Dane, Verona, and Waunakee. Drivers receive mileage reimbursement and extra insurance. For more information, contact Mary Schmelzer at 608-441-7896 or , Steve Jaeschke at 608-441-7892 or .
Deliver Groceries to Seniors - Food Bridge
Help low-income, home-bound seniors maintain their nutrition by delivering groceries. This job is designed to be no-contact because of Covid-19: Volunteers pick up pre-packed food boxes once a month from The River Food Pantry and deliver them to the doorsteps of senior participants who are unable to go to the food pantry themselves. Drivers receive mileage reimbursement and extra insurance. For more information, contact Mary Schmelzer at 608-441-7896 or , or Steve Jaeschke at 608-441-7892 or .
Sewing, Quilting, Knitting and Crocheting Volunteers
During the COVID-19 pandemic, volunteers in the Group Projects & Homeworkers Program have stepped up to help their communities by sewing hundreds of masks! They also create quilts, tote bags, hats, scarves, mittens, shawls, baby items (and more!) that are intended to help keep our community warm, safe and comforted. Materials are furnished and items are donated to nonprofit/public organizations throughout the county, like hospitals, schools, shelters, etc. We'd love for you to join our efforts! Please contact Kate Seal, Group Projects & Homeworkers Coordinator at 608-310-7280 or for more information.
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 5 hours per week. Eligible volunteers receive a stipend and transportation reimbursement. Contact Diana Jost at (608) 441-1393 or email to learn more about this unique opportunity.
Help Feed Our Community
Volunteers are needed at several area food pantries to help guests with registration and food selection. Volunteers also help to repackage donated bulk food into family-size containers at Second Harvest Foodbank of Southern Wisconsin. Your donation of time can help to put food on the table in local homes. Age restriction may apply for some positions. For more information, call Jan at (608) 441-7891 or email .
Help our community “recycle” unsold food and get it to people who are hungry. The Community Action Coalition Gleaners is looking for volunteers to do a weekly route picking up excess food at one location (stores, bakeries, etc.) and delivering it to another (food pantries and nutrition sites.). Waste not. Want not. For more information, call Jan at (608) 441-7891 or email .
Habitat ReStore needs help sorting and labeling donations, either at their stores or in your home. If you prefer a no contact environment, you can pick items up at the store and take them home to sort and label, then drop them off at the store. For more information, contact Jan Karst at 608-441-7891 or .
As a computer buddy, you will be matched with an elementary student and correspond in a pen pal fashion weekly or biweekly via computer. The correspondence provides the opportunity for students to practice their writing and computer skills while fostering a positive relationship between the generations. At the end of the school year, the students and volunteers meet at the school computer buddy party. The program does not involve a large time commitment-- usually 30 minutes a week. Contact Diana Jost at 608-441-1393 or .
Work with Children in Sun PrairieWalking School Bus Volunteer. Enjoy walking and talking as you help students go from Northside Elementary to their afterschool activity at the Boys and Girls Club. Date/Time: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday through June 10th. School dismisses at 3:10pm. Time commitment per day is about 20-30 minutes. This is about a half a mile walk along the same street. No busy intersections. Volunteers are given a wagon to put students back packs in, no heavy carrying. Volunteers will be trained by Northside Elementary Volunteer Coordinator. This volunteer opportunity is ongoing.
If you are interested in this activity, please contact Diana Jost, or call (608) 441-1393.
Second Harvest Food Bank in Stoughton
Volunteer with SECOND HARVEST FOODBANK in Stoughton! Volunteers are needed to assemble food boxes for distribution in a safe and well-organized project area. Working together as a team, this requires standing and some volunteers may need to lift products not more than 40lbs. Shifts are available Monday – Friday 8:30am – 11:30m and 12:30pm to 3:30pm. For more information, call Jan at (608) 441-7891 or email .
Verona Senior Center
VERONA SENIOR CENTER needs Front Desk Volunteers to help answer phones, greet guests, help register people for programs, meals, and rides. They also need help with preparing meals for Meals on Wheels and drive thru meal pick up. For more information, call Jan at (608) 441-7891 or email .
Lighthouse Christian is looking for volunteer tutors. If you like to work with younger students, tutors can help from 2:30-3:30 or 3:30-4:30 on Tuesdays and Thursdays with elementary school students. If you like working with older students, tutors can help from 2:30-4:30 on Tuesdays and Thursdays with a middle school student. Lighthouse Christian will be doing a training for all volunteers on Monday, October 4th at 3:30. If you are interested, please contact Diana Jost: or call 608-441-1393.