Volunteer Opportunities

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Ongoing Opportunities:


Assist at school-based enrichment and recreation programs. Volunteers are able to tutor students in math or reading, assist with homework, help students with projects, lead an enrichment club or assist with sports activities and board games. CLCs are located in many Madison elementary schools. We will work with your location preferences and schedules. Contact Michelle Graves at (608) 204-6696 or mmoe@madison.k12.wi.us for information.


Provide socialization and guidance to people with disabilities during a water exercise program in warm water pool. Assist with personal care issues in the locker room as necessary. Program operation days are Monday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings 6:30-8:30PM. Contact Chad Thom at 204-3020 or cthom@madison.k12.wi.us  for information.


Do you love the lakes in Madison? Here is a great way to enjoy the water yourself and help others to have an opportunity to enjoy it! We need individuals to operate the MSCR fleet of pontoon boats for community drop-in and group reservations. Must enjoy being with people and being out on the lakes. Drivers will also assist participants with boarding, fitting life jackets and answering questions. Training requirements include boat safety course and MSCR pontoon orientation. First Mates assist pontoon boat drivers to board boats, fit life jackets, welcome riders and ride along on the trip.Volunteers work a 3-4 hour shift including ride time. Pontoon season is May-September. Must enjoy people and feel comfortable with boats and water. Must complete MSCR orientation and training. Call Chad Thom at 204-3020 or cthom@madison.k12.wi.us for information.


Assist people with disabilities with ski instruction, on Monday and Tuesday evenings, 5-10pm, at Tyrol Basin, Mount Horeb, WI. Volunteers receive a free lift ticket and equipment rental (if needed) and training for new volunteers is available upon request. Transportation provided if desired. Contact Chad Thom at 204-3020 or cthom@madison.k12.wi.us  for more information.


The Safe Haven Afterschool programs provide recreation and enrichment opportunities for low-income, at-risk elementary school-aged children in the Madison Metropolitan School District. Safe Haven programs are located in elementary schools and neighborhood centers throughout the school district. Safe Haven offers a comprehensive structured program. Activities include art, science, sports, enrichment clubs, structured games, free play and field trips. Times range from 1:00-5:45p.m. on Mondays and 2:30 – 5:45p.m Tuesday-Friday. Volunteer orientation is held on-site by site supervisors and conducted prior to your first date on the site. Contact Michelle Graves at (608) 204-6696 or mmoe@madison.k12.wi.us  for more information.


Work with middle school aged youth in an afterschool setting. Tutor students in after school homework clubs, help supervise open recreation, or facilitate and chaperone a variety of recreation, sports and enrichment clubs. If interested contact Divya Kamath at 204-3052 dkamath@madison.k12.wi.us  for more information.


The MSCR Advisory Committee's mission is to provide guidance on Board of Education policies impacting MSCR, to provide volunteer support to staff and to actively promote MSCR’s goals and public recreation services. If you would like to serve your community in this way please contact Jacob Tisue, MSCR Director at (608) 204-3015 or jdtisue@madison.k12.wi.us 


Friends of MSCR Board members are citizens who have a sincere desire to see recreation and healthy lifestyles thrive in our community. If you...enjoy recreation and leisure time, believe that leisure opportunities for youth and adults provide positive lifestyle choices and alternatives, want to foster our community recreational activities and have a desire to enrich the lives of people of all ages in our community-then you would be a valued Friends of MSCR Board Member! If interested, contact Jacob Tisue, MSCR Director at (608) 204-3015 or jdtisue@madison.k12.wi.us 


Assist youth in a 3v3 beginner league for children 3-12.  East and West side teams need coaches.  Games are one-hour in length (Sundays from 2-6pm) and MSCR encourages coaches to practice for one hour once during the week as well.  Minimum volunteer age: 16.  Contact Chad Thom at 204-3020 or cthom@madison.k12.wi.us for information.


Volunteer Application (in English and Spanish)


Madison School & Community Recreation (MSCR) is the public recreation provider for the residents of Madison (within the boundaries of the Madison Metropolitan School District). MSCR is a department of the Madison Metropolitan School District and is proud to have served the community for over 80 years as the one for fun in Madison!

Please feel free to contact us:

MSCR Main Office
Hours: 8am-5pm, Mon-Fri

Phone: 608.204.3000
Fax: 608.204.0557
TDD: 608.204.3058

Email: mscr@madison.k12.wi.us