Monday, April 11, 2011 myBiz Blog
Morgridge Center update by Katie Coon

There's still time to get involved with the Morgridge Center this semester!  Read on to find out about opportunites at Henry Vilas Zoo, Salvation Army, Children's Hospital and more!

Henry Vilas Zoological Society

The Friends of the Zoo is looking for a volunteer to enhance their grant research and/or 100th anniversary donor recognition program. Those interested in compiling and communicating research results are encouraged to learn more about this opportunity.

Interested volunteers will be asked to attend an “All Aboard” Zoo Volunteer preview event, submit an application, and go through a brief interview and orientation process. The ideal candidate will be available a minimum of 2 hours/week, will be able to work independently off-site (at the UW Memorial Library Grant Information Center) and on-site doing online research, while meeting regularly with staff to provide updates on findings. This is a great way to learn more about the world of non-profit development.

Volunteers must be organized, comfortable with online databases and basic online information searches, and commit to the equivalent of one semester. For more information, contact Lynn Pawelski, Volunteer Coordinator at (608) 258-9490 or by e-mail.

Love Your Neighbor: A Hillel & Pres House Sponsored Day of Service

Sunday, April 17, 11:45 am - 3:00 pm (meet at Hillel)

Join us for a day of community service and involvement! It’s a great way to give back and improve the world around you.

Service Opportunities:

Salvation Army Family & Children’s Carnival Staffer: Be a part of The Salvation Army's ministry to children and families by facilitating carnival-like activities. There will be a bean bag and ring toss, mini golf, a duck pond, and bowling. Other activities include face painting, bingo, bead making, and karaoke. Share an afternoon with young people in Dane County and have some fun yourself!

Lakeshore Preserve Clean-up: Join the Friends of the Lakeshore Nature Preserve staff to pull and bag garlic mustard. This is a great opportunity to enjoy the sights, sounds, and smells of nature while searching for this invasive plant off trail.  Garlic mustard poses a serious threat to the biodiversity and overall quality of the Lakeshore Nature Preserve. Garlic mustard takes up space and sunlight at the expense of native wildflowers; they secrete chemicals through their roots to further prevent wildflower and tree sapling germination and growth.

Porchlight Spring Clean Helper: Porchlight offers over 230 units of housing at 21 Madison-area locations to families and individuals on a transitional or permanent basis, through an array of housing programs designed to address specific client needs. Through Porchlight housing, residents can establish housing and credit references critical to obtaining future housing. Help Porchlight get ready for spring with some old-fashioned “spring-cleaning”: everything from working outside on landscaping to helping indoors with window washing.

Children’s Hospital Coloring Book Creator: Co-sponsored with the Morgridge Center, this activity allows students to drop in and create a coloring book that will then be donated to the Madison area Children’s Hospital. This opportunity is a great way to let your creative juices flow while helping out kids at the same time! After all, who doesn’t like to color?

For more information: please don’t hesitate to contact Caitlin Brazner (Volunteer Projects Intern, Hillel) at volunteerism.hillel@gmail.com, Amanda Boris (MASA Intern) at boris@wisc.edu, or Jonathan Reid and Karen Best (Pres House Representatives) at jreid@wisc.edu and karenb.fields@gmail.com respectively.