Thursday, October 27, 2011 myBiz Blog
Morgridge Center update by Katie Coon

The  Morgridge Center is UW-Madison’s center for public service – connecting students, faculty and academic staff with nonprofits and the community through volunteerism, service-learning and community-based research.  Check myBiz each week for new ways to get involved.  This week: an opportunity to become certified as an IRS volunteer tax preparer and a Big Ten Network scholarship for outstanding service.

Become Certified as an IRS Volunteer Tax Preparer

Progress Through Business is looking for dedicated volunteers to help our cause. Last tax season volunteers helped over 520 people in our Madison VITA program (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance), and we are hoping to stabilize our program with loyal volunteers.

We will be providing volunteers with tax trainings and directions on how to receive their IRS certification in the fall and early winter of 2011. Information, tax law and software training sessions will all be included in this opportunity. As well we provide flexible volunteering shifts, on-site supervisors and refreshments/snacks for volunteers during shifts. Locations for volunteering include are all located on busline and very close to UW campus.

Volunteering for our non-profit will not only give you the satisfaction of helping the low-income community and being a member of a dynamic team, but it will also provide you with tangible life-long skills with an edge to your resume.

Contact Stephanie Thompson, Program Coordinator, at (608) 232-9000 for more information.

Announcing Big Ten Network LiveBIG Scholarship for Outstanding Service

This year, as part of its BTN LiveBig campaign, the Big Ten Network is awarding a $1,000 Scholarship for Outstanding Service to one student from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Applications will be accepted starting November 14. If you have volunteered 10 or more hours this fall, now is the time to share your story of service for the chance to win and be featured on the Big Ten Network.

Students who have volunteered at least 10 hours should go to, fill out the application and submit an essay telling how they live big by helping others in their community. The BTN is only accepting the first 200 applications per school, so get ready to apply! Scholarship judges will pick five finalists by Friday, January 6.

Need help finding a project? Stop by the Morgridge Center and we’ll be happy to find an organization that needs your help. Click here to set up a peer advising appointment