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Current Volunteer Opportunities

Below are a few of the volunteer opportunities available through RSVP. To learn about additional current opportunities, contact Jan Karst at or 608-441-7891.

Home-Delivered Meal Drivers

Help older adults remain in their homes by delivering hot, nutritious meals. Drivers are needed in communities outside of Madison: Belleville, Fitchburg, DeForest, Oregon, McFarland, Middleton, NW Dane, Stoughton, Sun Prairie, SW Dane, Verona, and Waunakee. Mileage reimbursement and extra insurance are available. For more information, contact Steve Jaeschke at 608-441-7892 or .

Deliver Groceries to Seniors

Help low-income, home-bound seniors by delivering groceries. Volunteers pick up pre-packed food boxes once a month from The River Food Pantry and deliver them to senior participants. Drivers receive mileage reimbursement and extra insurance. For more information, contact Steve Jaeschke at 608-441-7892 or .

Sewing, Quilting, Knitting and Crocheting Volunteers

Use your talent to keep our community warm, safe and comforted by creating quilts, tote bags, hats, scarves, mittens, shawls, baby items and more! Materials are furnished, and items are donated to nonprofit and public organizations in Dane County. For more information, contact Kate Seal at or 608-310-7280.

Help Feed Our Community

Volunteers are needed to pick up unused food at stores and bakeries and deliver it to food pantries, repackage bulk food into family serving sizes, serve meals to seniors, and help guests register and select food at pantries. For more information, contact Jan Karst at or 608-441-7891.

Habitat ReStore

Habitat ReStore needs help sorting and labeling donations, either at their stores or in your home. For more information, contact Jan Karst at 608-441-7891 or .

Mentor Children

RSVP's Foster Grandparent Program is seeking volunteers to support children in Madison Head Start Centers and elementary schools. Foster Grandparents offer one-on-one tutoring and attention to students who need extra support in literacy and social/emotional development, working a minimum of five hours per week. Eligible volunteers receive a stipend and transportation reimbursement. To learn more about this unique opportunity, contact Dick Russell at 608-441-7894 or .

Driving Seniors to Medical Appointments

Volunteers are needed to drive seniors to medical appointments. Hours are flexible; you will receive a call and can accept or decline the assignment. Mileage and extra insurance are available. This service is often key to older adults being able to remain in their homes. For more information, contact Steve Jaeschke at 608-441-7892 or .

Help at Madison Hospitals

Madison hospitals need volunteers to welcome visitors and patients in the lobby, deliver mail and flowers, and help with other errands. Office volunteers are also needed for special projects and events and to assist with data entry and answering phones. For more information, contact Jan at 608-441-7891 or .

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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