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Volunteer Opportunities

Community Engagement at Edgewood College


Why Volunteer?

Part of being a great volunteer is finding something that you enjoy doing. Once you figure out why to volunteer, there are many great opportunities within your own community. Volunteering can strengthen your resume, it can help you develop new skills, and it helps you gain personal references. Other benefits include making a difference in someone else’s life, having the opportunity to meet new people, and expanding your horizons to new opportunities.

Volunteer Opportunities Through Edgewood College

Luke House
Luke House is a meal program that provides meals to Madison's low-income population.  Luke House is made up of about 40 faith communities in Madison, individually taking responsibility for one meal per month. Edgewood College is the only affiliate that is not a church. Edgewood College is responsible for the dinner meal on the second Sunday of every month. We prepare the meal, serve the meal, share the meal, and clean the facility afterwards. It is always a lot of fun and the food is great!

Contact Steve Bullock at

St. Vincent De Paul Food Pantry
St. Vincent de Paul operates the largest food pantry in Dane County. People needing assistance with food are given 3 days of groceries. A customer-choice model of distribution operates more like a grocery store.  This model – in which clients will have broader choice among the food items they are able to provide – will not only honor the dignity and ethnic diversity of the people served, it will also minimize waste and promote efficient distribution of  charitable resources.  Edgewood College is committed to serving at the St. Vincent De Paul food Pantry on the third and fourth Thursday of the month from 5-7pm.

If you are interested in volunteering contact you can sign up outside Predolin 234, Student Organization Office or contact Steve Bullock at

The Wood’s Edge
Volunteering at The Wood’s Edge will give students an opportunity to make our surrounding area more environmentally-friendly. If you are interested in volunteering contact Tim Andrews at or call (608) 663-6921.

Alternative Breaks
Alternative Breaks provide students with the unique opportunity to participate in service-learning during summer, spring, or winter breaks. Through these programs students have the option of going to Cuernavaca, Mexico (winter break), David School, David, KY (spring Break), Habitat for Humanity Jackson, TN (spring Break), and Guatemala (summer break).  A commitment to service and change are the tenets behind alternative breaks. For more information regarding Alternative Breaks Contact Steve Bullock at

Other Volunteer Opportunities at the College

  • Blood Drive each semester
  • Mary House Service Retreat
  • Food Drives
  • Giving Tree

Student Organizations Involved in Volunteering

Edgewood College Rotaract is part of a global effort to bring peace and international understanding to the world.

Circle K
Circle K is the organization that holds the promise of today’s college student becoming tomorrow’s leader. It exists to meet the personal needs of the individual collegian through the qualities of leadership, the rewards of service, and the unique spirit of friendship.

Student Wisconsin Education Association (SWEA)
A pre-professional organization for education majors.

Habitat for Humanity
A service group that assists in building affordable homes for families who find it difficult to obtain housing.

Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC)
SAAC is an organization for elected student-athletes.

Peace Group
Promoting community, environment, equality, justice, and nonviolence through social action and educating others and ourselves.

Volunteer Opportunities in the Madison Area

  • Boys and Girls Club of Dane County

Volunteering at the Boys and Girls Club of Dane County is a great way to meet new people, gain responsibility and help build a better youth. The mission of the Boys and Girls Club is to enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens.

United Way
“Live United” with the community.  United Way believes that “improving education is a community responsibility.”  You can help improve kids’ education by being a volunteer reader, tutor and/or mentor.

Salvation Army Family Shelter
The Salvation Army is well-known for care of the homeless through sheltering and support, and for helping homeless youth find educational and recreational opportunities.

The YMCA of Dane County focuses on youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility. Many different YMCA programs are offered throughout the year including after-school programs, sports program, summer camps, fitness programs and more. Volunteer opportunities include coaching, working with kids, special event help and more. The YMCA has 3 branches around the Madison area including one located on west side near Edgewood College.

Madison School and Community Recreation (MSCR)

The mission of MSCR is “to enhance the quality for individuals in Madison Metropolitan School District and for the community, by providing recreation and enrichment opportunities year round that are accessible to all.” At MSCR there are many opportunities to help with children and people with disabilities.

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“I am lucky enough that my contributions through volunteering have resulted in clear and physical evidence of improvement. I feel that my time and energy was justified by the good I feel I am doing for the community.”

“I have gained a lot of volunteer experience though Edgewood College. I am currently in a program called Bonner Leaders, which gives students the opportunity to earn $2,000 educational grant by doing 300 hours of community service in one calendar year.

 I have been able to complete my hours at a number of non-profit organizations, including: the Young Shakespeare Players Theater, mainly doing organizational tasks; the Henry Vilas Zoo, turning trips to the zoo into a learning experience for children and their families; the American Family Children’s Hospital, where I play with children who are patients and children who are siblings of patients in order to improve their overall hospital experience; and the Boys and Girls Club, where I tutor, mentor, and befriend children and youth in our community.

Volunteering has allowed me to increase my range of experience and build my resume. In addition, it has given me the opportunity to get off campus and become more involved in the Madison Community. If you are looking for a way to do any of these things, try volunteering today!”

“I have spent the past year volunteering with two productive and influential organizations. Through a class at Edgewood College, I became involved with the Boys and Girls Club of Dane County. Working with the amazing staff there, a team of students and I wrote content material for their new website. I also volunteer through Schools of Hope. I work with 8th grade students at Toki Middle School, where I help a selection of them with French. I have been able to see their language skills from the first time I met with them, through the months that I have spent with them."


Steve Bullock
Phone: (608) 663-3261
Office: Predolin 239

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