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Volunteer for Education

DMI is excited to institute new initiatives to better engage and enhance primary and secondary education in our community.  We are committed  to making Madison a thriving city and the most effective and proactive way to do that is to ensure that our youth are engaged and devoted to these same ideals.

We are now promoting volunteer opportunities for education through our website for members who want to be further involved with education in our community and are looking for opportunities to do so.  It also allows our members who are seeking volunteers a place to get the word out.  Look through the opportunities below and find one that fits your interests and skills!

To submit a volunteer opportunity, please email info@downtownmadison.org.


Community Opportunities



Do you want to become a tutor and make a difference in the life of a child? Check out Schools of Hope! You do not need to have prior experience in tutoring or any formal training. Schools of Hope will offer you a variety of methods for receiving adequate orientation and training in order to feel comfortable in your role as a tutor. The Schools of Hope Project can find a volunteer opportunity that fits your schedule and is just right for you. Contact them at (608) 441-7895 or email tutor@schoolsofhope.org.



Get involved with the Boys & Girls Club of Dane County through AVID/TOPS Volunteering! The AVID/TOPS program is modeled on two successful initiatives that produce college enrollment rates of over 95%. Become either a mentor or tutor and share some of your real-life experiences through being both a friend and a counselor and provide advice and guidance that can help students meet the challenges of high school and prepare them for the college experience.  For more information or if you or your company would like to get involved, please visit avidtops.org or contact Kate Tricker at (608) 204-9722 Ext. 749 or email ktricker@bgcdc.org.



The Greater Madison Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring the Schools Make a Difference program. The program connects students with professionals doing the job. School Makes a Difference helps to create a better understanding of the variety of careers available and the training needed for students to succeed. Please consider being a speaker in our schools. Register online to share your career story and answer student questions. They are looking for speakers with differing educational backgrounds, ranging from on-the-job training to apprenticeships to two-year, four-year and graduate degrees. Contact Business and Education Coordinator Jessica Holzman for more details.



Volunteer with 21st Century Careers! The Urban League of Greater Madison is committed to helping students develop their post-secondary and career goals in middle school so that they can enter high school prepared for a rigorous pre-college curriculum. This is what 21st Century Careers aims to do. Volunteer by becoming a guest speaker, mock interviewer, host a work site visit, or become an internship supervisor. Contact (608) 729-1200 or email volunteer@ulgm.org for ways to get involved!


Visit United Way of Dane County's Volunteer Center to see what opportunities are available. The United Way Volunteer Center matches prospective volunteers with volunteer opportunities that fit the volunteer’s interests, skills, availability, and location. Or you can contact the center directly at (608) 246-4380 or volctr@uwdc.org.



By investing in youth, we invest in our future. That’s why the Greater Madison Chamber of Commerce has joined forces with the Madison Metropolitan School District to grow the Youth Apprenticeship Program. The rigorous, two-year elective, offered to juniors and seniors, combines classroom instruction with mentored, on-the-job training. The program provides students with occupational and hands-on work experience to positively impact the communities’ future workforce. Get your business involved in the Youth Apprenticeship Program, contact Jessica Holzman, Business and Education Coordinator, at 608-443-1970 or jholzman@greatermadisonchamber.com.



Come be a part of the Madison Children's Museum's learning playground! The Madison Children's Museum is looking for enthusiastic and engaging volunteers to be Museum Fellows. Madison Children’s Museum focuses on hands-on learning and early childhood development. Museum Fellows will help facilitate educational programming and learning while work one-on-one with children and families in the exhibit spaces. Additional tasks may include assisting with set-up and clean-up of activities and restocking materials. Volunteers should be available 9:30am through 5:00pm. Weekday and weekend shifts available. For more information, click here.



Join a team of volunteers who come together to collect, preserve, and share Wisconsin's stories at the Wisconsin Historical Museum. The Wisconsin Historical Museum’s tour program serves over 30,000 students each year. Led by staff and volunteers, our guided tours challenge students to think critically about Wisconsin history and create personal connections to the past through Museum exhibits. By volunteering your time you'll help tell the story of Wisconsin to Madison's students as well as the other many visitors the museum welcomes, while learning more about our state's colorful past. Contact Paul Olson, Volunteer Coordinator at 608-264-6550 to learn more.



Check out Madison School & Community Recreation to find opportunities including Community Learning Center Volunteers, Water Walking Volunteers, and Pontoon Boat Drivers and First Mates. There is a wide range of options to fit anyone's strengths and schedule. Visit today to start getting involved or fill out an application here. For additional information about volunteering, contact (608) 204-4585 or email mmoe@madison.k12.wi.us.

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