United Way of Dane County is joining the nationwide celebration of National Volunteer Week, April 15-21, spotlighting the vital work done by volunteers in communities across Dane County. National Volunteer Week is about recognizing those who have already taken action and encouraging other individuals and their respective communities to be at the center of social change–discovering and actively demonstrating their collective power to foster positive transformation through volunteerism

“The progress that United Way and other nonprofit organizations are making in Dane County, including progress toward the goals of our community’s Agenda for Change, are made possible by volunteers—the local heroes who take action to ensure that our needs are met,” says Leslie Ann Howard, President & CEO, United Way of Dane County. “United Way understands the value of volunteer work in our community. Since February 2010, we have increased the total number of annual volunteer hours served in Dane County from 16.8 million to 17.6 million. This is truly a remarkable accomplishment—and evidence of the dedication of the volunteers in our community. We couldn’t do what we do without them.”

April is all about volunteers!

April 15-21                   National Volunteer Week

April 20-21                   Global Youth Service Day

April 26                        Community Volunteer Awards



Global Youth Service Day
On April 20th and 21st youth from all over Dane County will place in volunteer projects all over our community. Now in its 24th year, Global Youth Service Day is celebrated in more than 100 countries, and recognizes the positive impact that young people have on their communities 365 days a year. Organized by YSA (Youth Service America), a leader in the international youth service movement, Global Youth Service Day offers youth, ages 5 to 25, the resources and support to plan meaningful projects that improve their communities.
Community Volunteer Awards
United Way of Dane County will honor the outstanding work of volunteers at our Community Volunteer Awards on April 26th at the Madison Concourse Hotel and Governor’s Club. Youth, businesses, family/group and individual volunteers will be honored for their volunteer efforts that tackle the underlying causes of problems in our community. Major awards include the annual Mike McKinney Award, the Lifetime Achievement Award, Goodman Youth Gemstone Award, and Community Volunteer Awards. The winner of each will receive $1,000 to be sent to a qualifying nonprofit of their choice. And the winners of the Distinguished Service Awards will get $250 to send to the qualifying nonprofit of their choice. The contributions for award recipients and the event are generously presented by CUNA Mutual Group and sponsored by Dean Clinic, Group Health Cooperative of South Central Wisconsin, Physician’s Plus, and St. Mary’s Hospital.
Get Involved
If you want to be involved in the volunteer movement or are looking for a way to give back this week, log onto
Looking for Volunteer Recognition Resources?
Click on the links below for resources you can use to recognize volunteers

Volunteer Appreciation Certificate
Ways to Recognize a Volunteer
National Volunteer Week Resource Guide
Value of Volunteering
Volunteer Recognition Ideas

Our Community’s Agenda for Change


  • Students succeed academically and graduate from high school, regardless of race.
  • Children are cared for and have fun as they become prepared for school.


  • There is a decrease in family homelessness.
  • There is a reduction in violence toward individuals and families.


  • People’s health issues are identified and treated early.
  • Seniors and people with disabilities are able to stay in their homes.

 United Way engages our community mobilizes volunteers and strengthens local nonprofits to achieve measurable results and change lives.

United Way of Dane County

United Way of Dane County is addressing the underlying causes of community issues through our community’s Agenda for Change—seven goals focused on three priority areas of Education, Safety and Health that our community identified as most critical to changing lives and strengthening Dane County. Through strategic partnerships and collaborative work, we are achieving measurable results toward making our community better educated, safer, and healthier. United Way provides organizations and individuals the opportunity to give, advocate, and volunteer to change the human condition in Dane County.