READI (Retired Employees Are Dedicated Individuals) was founded in 1993 by retiring Oscar Mayer employees who wanted to make a difference in the Greater Madison Community and maintain and make new relationships with fellow employees. In 2017 READI became a United Way of Dane County program open to all interested individuals in Dane County.

READIā€™s mission remains to enrich the quality of life in the Greater Madison Community and to provide retirees the opportunity to maintain relationships and make new ones while providing needed services to community organizations.

READIā€™s objectives are to help our neighbors in need, serve our communities, provide in-kind support and to socialize with fellow volunteers. READI currently has over 250 members who, over the years, have contributed an average of 5,000 hours a year on approximately 50 projects (over 125,000 volunteer hours in 28 years).

READI volunteers at events such as Iron Man, Berbee Derby, Race for the Cure, Brat Fest, Alzheimerā€™s & Dementia Walk, Badger Childhood Cancer Network, Future Quest, Light the Night, and many others. There are project opportunities for everyone. Occasionally we get projects that members can complete at home (Hats for Badger Childhood Cancer Network and Henry Vilas Zoo Bear Project).

Donna Steffens, Chair

Are You READI to Volunteer?

Sign up as a READI Volunteer today by sending an email to or call at (608) 246-4399. You will receive a monthly newsletter and a Upcoming Project List about volunteer opportunities.

To learn more about READI, download the flyer.

Visit us our Facebook for photos of our volunteers in action!

Donor Networks

Amplify your impact through an annual contribution and network with individuals whose caring and personal leadership accelerate change in Dane County.

Upcoming READI Volunteer Projects

Would your organization like to request READI volunteers? Please fill out this Volunteer Request Form and return it to Debbie Steinmetz


Each month, READI publishes a newsletter that highlights the volunteering activities that happened during the past month, upcoming projects, and special announcements.