When you volunteer, not only are you devoting your time, but you’re devoting your attention, your listening, your energy, your strength. You simply cannot put a price tag on that kind of giving.

In the last year alone, volunteers gave more than 437,000 hours to Dane County through United Way and our partner agencies.

Volunteers are the soul of United Way. They give their time and talents, so we can create the greatest and most impactful change in Dane County. We are incredibly grateful for the passion, expertise and hard work that every volunteer brings to United Way and hundreds of nonprofits throughout the community.

Volunteer Opportunities

Consider one of the following Volunteer Opportunities, today! Check out our VolunteerYourTime.org website for hundreds of ways you can make a difference in your community.


Download United Way 2-1-1 Volunteer Community Information and Referral Specialist Position Description

United Way Days of Caring

Days of Caring is an annual three day volunteer event held at the end of August. Volunteers from companies and organizations are able to make a difference by giving their time to improve our community. Projects are completed at different agencies throughout Dane County to advance our community’s Agenda for Change.

Opportunities in a Box

For volunteer groups interested in connecting directly with a community agency to plan and complete service, United Way has outlined a number of “ready-made” group projects. These potential group projects range from gardening to clothing drives to meal deliveries.

Please email the Volunteer Center at volctr@uwdc.org for group projects.

Leadership Volunteer Opportunities

Serve in a leadership capacity on a nonprofit board or committee. Use your expertise and experiences to help strengthen the internal operations and efficiencies of a non-profit agency.

To find leadership opportunities, click here

Additional Leadership Volunteer Opportunities:

BoardWalk Academy

This new, nonprofit leadership series was developed to assist individuals impacted by poverty who may not be typically asked to serve on a board or committee in developing leadership skills, building confidence, and making connections to have a voice in the services that are provided in our community.

Cost: FREE including dinner each evening as well as childcare and transportation on an as needed basis.

The next BoardWalk Academy will begin late winter/early spring 2017.  If you are interested in attending this engaging, informative program, please fill out an application today! Contact Kathy Martinson.

Online Application

Download BoardWalk-Academy-Application

Youth Volunteer Opportunities

Youth Volunteer Opportunities

Youth Volunteer Corps of Dane County (YVC)

The Youth Volunteer Corps is a group of young people (ages 13-18) who are passionate about volunteerism and making an impact in their community. The YVC work together to promote youth volunteerism all across Dane County. The group takes a leadership role in planning, organizing and participating in two large service events: the Holiday Gift Drive for Teens (HGDT) in the winter and Global Youth Service Day (GYSD) in the spring.

For more information on YVC, contact Sam Rosenbloom at Sam.Rosenbloom@uwdc.org.

By Youth For Youth (BYFY)

By Youth For Youth is a unique volunteer opportunity for local youth to become leaders in the community. BYFY committee members are Dane County high school students who represent the youth community in identifying critical issues impacting their peers, establishing funding priorities, reviewing proposals, and recommending youth program funding.

2016-2017 By Youth For Youth Committee Volunteer Position Details


High school students across Dane County



  • Participate in a youth-led committee that directs over $30,000 to youth projects and initiatives
  • Represent the youth of Dane County to identify youths’ needs and priorities
  • Produce and publicize a Request For Proposal, review proposals, and recommend funding for youth projects
  • Participate in an identified community service project


  • Be a voice for youth in your community
  • Build and enhance leadership and collaboration skills
  • Develop facilitation, note-taking, and decision making skills
  • Distribute BYFY dollars to meet identified needs of youth in the Dane County community
  • Connect with a diverse group of high school students across the county


Interested in receiving more info about how to join BYFY?

Fill out our online interest form at here. For more information contact Samantha Rosenbloom

All Dane County high school students are encouraged to join BYFY, especially females, students of color and students outside of Madison.

By Youth For Youth is a collaborative project sponsored by United Way of Dane County, Dane County UW-Extension, Dane County Youth Commission, and the City of Madison Community Development Division.

Youth-Serving Initiatives Can Apply for BYFY Funding

By Youth For Youth (BYFY) encourages Dane County student and youth-led initiatives to submit proposals for the BYFY funding. Youth/youth groups can apply for up to $3,000 for a one year period.

Each year, the BYFY committee sets funding priorities to meet the needs of youth in Dane County. This year the committee is focused on activities that addressed racial equality, educational achievement gaps, LGBTQ+ support & awareness, opportunities for economically disadvantage youth, raise cultural awareness and healthy lifestyle: supporting positive mental, sexual and physical health.

The BYFY 2016-2017 Request for Proposal will be available in December 2016, with a January 2017 deadline. Click HERE to see the BYFY 2015-2016 Request for Proposal.


Global Youth Service Day

Global Youth Service Day is an annual campaign that celebrates and mobilizes the millions of youth who improve their communities every day. Each year on Global Youth Service Day, millions of children and youth around the world work together with schools, youth organizations, nonprofits, community and faith-based organizations, volunteer and national service programs, government agencies, faith communities, and other individuals to address the world’s most critical issues and change their communities.



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