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SHAPING THE FUTURE OF MADISON ONE VOLUNTEER AT A TIME

The Goodman Community Center's success relies on the help of over a thousand volunteers each year. Whether you have a little or a lot of time, would like to work with people or not, we're likely to find you an opportunity you'll enjoy.

Questions or interested in getting involved? Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 608.204.8048.

Program volunteers are an integral part of the GCC team and support the day to day operations of all of our programs and services. Volunteering in our programs is a great way to share your professional and personal skills to improve our community!

GCC offers a wide variety of programs and services to our community, and volunteers help in all areas. They include: full day preschool & 4k for youth ages 3-5, afterschool programming for elementary, middle, and high school students, meals and activities for older adults, a food pantry, gardening and building maintenance, and our eastside news a bi-monthly paper distributed to households in our community. Do you have other skills or interests to share with our community? Contact us to discuss the possibilities!

IS VOLUNTEERING IN A PROGRAM RIGHT FOR YOU?

  • Most GCC programming is held Monday-Friday during the day. We do have some opportunities that have evening or weekend openings, check the list of current openings below to see which roles are currently recruiting.
  • Program roles often require the ability to volunteer on a regular schedule: the same day and time each week.
  • We generally ask for a minimum of a 3-to-6-month commitment when volunteering in a program.

BENEFITS

Becoming a program volunteer at GCC has many benefits. You’ll be joining a team of hundreds of volunteers and staff working together to strengthen lives and secure futures. Here are some of the benefits volunteering can provide:

  • Personal and professional growth: strengthen your existing skills and learn new skills as you volunteer.
  • Work in a community center which embraces and reflects the diversity of our community. Meet new people and expand your world view.
  • Make a difference! Every volunteer role is designed to fill a need in our community – your work changes lives.

CURRENT OPENINGS

If the opportunities are not displayed above, please visit our volunteermatch.org site to view the roles we are currently recruiting for. Needs change frequently, so check back soon if you don’t see what you’re looking for. 


HOW TO APPLY FOR AN ONGOING VOLUNTEER ROLE

The first step to becoming a volunteer at GCC is to complete our volunteer application. Once you have completed the application, one of our volunteer team members will reach out to you to set up an interview. This interview will allow us to get to know you, answer any questions you may have, and discuss the volunteer opportunity that best fits you. If you have any questions please feel free to reach out to our volunteer manager. 

Apply to Volunteer

Want to help, but can’t commit to a regular weekly volunteer role? Special events and projects are held throughout the year and rely on volunteers like you! You don’t need to be a current GCC volunteer or attend an orientation to help out at special events – so you can jump in and get started right away!

ANNUAL EVENTS/PROJECTS

Thanksgiving Baskets

GCC’s Thanksgiving Basket program has been helping families enjoy a homemade Thanksgiving dinner for over 26 years. This past year, 3,600 families received a basket: filled to the brim with everything needed to share a bountiful feast with friends and family. Over 900 volunteers participate in the Thanksgiving Basket program! Past participants will be invited to volunteer this year in late August – keep an eye on your inbox. Remaining volunteer spots are open to the public in September.


BENEFITS

Volunteering at GCC has many benefits. You’ll be joining a team of hundreds of volunteers and staff working together to strengthen lives and secure futures. Here are some of the benefits volunteering for our special events can provide:

  • Flexible: whether you can volunteer once a year or once a month, special events provide the opportunity to give back on your schedule.
  • Great for groups! If you’re looking to set-up a volunteer opportunity for a group, events are a great place to start.
  • Kids welcome! Want to volunteer with youth? Many events are perfect for families to volunteer together. We ask that children be old enough to participate in activities, so please consider your child’s ability to contribute when selecting a volunteer opportunity.
  • Work in a community center which embraces and reflects the diversity of our community. Meet new people and expand your world view.
  • Make a difference! Every volunteer role is designed to fill a need in our community – your work changes lives.

CURRENT OPENINGS

Events generally open for volunteer registration about a month prior to the event date. Don't see what you're looking for? You can see more of our annual events below, and sign-up for our email list to be the first to know when registration opens for each event.

If the opportunities are not displayed above, please visit our volunteermatch.org site to view the roles we are currently recruiting for. Needs change frequently, so check back soon if you don’t see what you’re looking for. 

Group volunteering can be a great way to get involved as part of your corporate team, school, faith-based organization, youth club, and more! Groups come in all types and sizes. At GCC, we welcome groups of 2-35 to support our mission and programs.

If you’re looking to volunteer as a group, a great first step is to check out our special events tab. Special events are planned throughout the year and welcome group volunteers. You can sign up for current events online as a group – each event sign-up will have information on the size of groups it can support.

We also offer ready-set-go volunteer opportunities for groups. These are pre-planned activities which can be scheduled at your convenience.  

For more information on any of these opportunities, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 608-204-8048.

SMALL GROUPS  |  2-10 VOLUNTEERS

Playground Spruce-Up

Kids need space to run and play! You'll help make that happen by sprucing up GCC’s playground! Volunteers help with sweeping rubber chips, sifting the sandbox, removing rubber chips from playground water feature, picking up garbage, and other basic maintenance tasks. Enjoy a (hopefully) beautiful morning outside on the playground making a great environment even better for the kids who use it!

Group size: 5-10
Length: 2-3 hours
When: Spring-Fall
Day/Time: Weekdays after 5:30 pm preferred
Physical Requirements: Volunteers should be willing to get a little dirty. Volunteers should be physically able to spend duration of shift performing tasks above.

Keep our Vans Clean and Safe

Every day GCC transports 80 youth to/from school, our programs, and home. Help us ensure that our vehicles are clean so that kids can ride safely. Volunteers will work with GCC staff to vacuum and wash our fleet of vans to leave them sparkling and welcoming for our youth!

Group size: 2-5
Length: 2 hours
When: Late spring-early fall
Day/Time: Weekdays before noon or after 5:30 pm
Physical Requirements: Volunteers should be willing to get a little dirty. Volunteers should be physically able to spend duration of shift performing tasks above. 

 

MEDIUM GROUPS  |  5-20 VOLUNTEERS

The Great Building Clean-Up

GCC is located in a historic building on Madison's east side. Be a part of keeping our center clean and safe for the over 36,000 people who visit us each year. Volunteers will be working both inside and outside of the building. Potential tasks include: washing the windows to let light shine in to all of our classrooms and public spaces, pressure washing the pathways, deep cleaning our fitness center so everyone in our community has access to an active and healthy lifestyle, and deep cleaning the interior of the center. You can create a clean, healthy, and welcoming environment for our community!

Group size: 5-20
Length: 2-3 hours
When: Year round
Day/Time: Flexible, but Mondays/Tuesdays between 2-4 pm preferred
Physical Requirements: Volunteers should be willing to get a little dirty. Volunteers should be physically able to spend duration of shift performing tasks above.

 

LARGE GROUPS  |  21+ VOLUNTEERS

Host a Workplace/School/Club Food Drive

Support GCC’s Fritz Food Pantry, which helps over 120 families each week. Groups can hold internal food drives and drop donations off at GCC. We are happy to offer a tour of our center and food pantry to your group when you drop off donations! You can find a list of our most needed items here. Make it fun by:

  • Setting a goal and keeping your group up to date on how close they are to success.
  • Creating a fun competition between departments or teams to see who can bring in the most food. Offer a prize to the winning team.
  • Getting your CEO/top administrators in on the fun. Ask them to commit to doing something silly (dressing up in a silly outfit, singing a song, etc) if your group meets its goal!

For more information on any of these opportunities, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 608-204-8048.

Gain experience while making a difference! GCC offers exciting internships in a variety of programs. If you are interested in completing an internship at GCC, please send your resume and cover letter, along with the internship requirements for your program to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

VOLUNTEER INFORMATION CENTER

Current volunteers can log in to access their account via our Volunteer Information Center! Use the volunteer information center to keep your contact information up to date and view your schedule. Volunteers in certain programs can use VICnet to sign-up for shifts.

Volunteer Information Center

CLOSURES

Click here to view holiday building closure dates, as well as special schedule closures. 

CONTACT US

Still have questions after looking over this site? For more information, contact volunteer@goodmancenter.org or 608.204.8048. Thank you for your interest in supporting our work and community!