Volunteer Toolbox

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Skill-building workshops for Madison area volunteers

No matter where you volunteer, workshops from the Volunteer Toolbox can expand your knowledge base and prepare you to be the best volunteer you can be.

Workshops are presented by Madison Public Library, Literacy Network, and other partners.


Join the the scores of area volunteers who participated in Volunteer Toolbox workshops last year by attending one of the Spring 2018 workshops:

Suicide Prevention Training

Learn the warning signs for suicide, how to offer hope, and how to get help and save a life using the QPR (Question, Persuade, Refer) method. Ask a question, save a life. Presented by Jean Papalia, QPR Liason for the Safe Communities Suicide Prevention Task Force. Register online or call 608-266-6300.
Tuesday, February 20, 6:30-8pm, Central Library - Room 301

Dementia 101

Learn the basics about dementia, from what it is to how to connect with and care for those affected by it, in this workshop led by Joy Schmidt, Dementia Care Specialist at the Aging & Disability Resource Center of Dane County. Register online or call 608-266-6300.
Tuesday, March 6, 6:30-8pm, Central Library - Room 301

White Privilege & Intersectionality Training: 2-part training

Presented by GroundWork. Please plan to attend Part 1 (April 17) and Part 2 (April 24). When you sign up you automatically register for both sessions. Register online or call 608-266-6300.
Tuesdays, April 17 and April 24, 6:30-8pm, Goodman Community Center - Bolz Room A


Photo credit: Literacy Network

Are you a volunteer in Madison? What other workshops would you like to see offered through the Volunteer Toolbox? Please complete a brief survey to help us plan our future offerings.

Are you a volunteer coordinator or manager in Madison? We can coordinate a workshop for your volunteers to help expand your volunteer training program. Please fill out this form or email Laura and Kylee at community@madisonpubliclibrary.org for more information.

Looking for a place to volunteer? Try searching volunteeryourtime.org or volunteermatch.org. If you’re interested in volunteering at Madison Public Library, find more information here.

Resources for Volunteers

Learn more about some of the most-requested Volunteer Toolbox training topics.


Madison Public Library Racial Equity Resources - This is a curated collection of books, websites, articles, videos, music, and more related to racial equity and social justice, created by the Madison Public Library in collaboration with local organizations supporting racial equity.


Learning Express Library - A comprehensive, online database of practice tests and tutorial course series designed to help students and adult learners succeed on the academic or licensing tests they must pass. This resource is available remotely to all cardholders of any South Central Library System member library and in-library at all member libraries.

Tech Boomers - Short online tutorials for popular websites and apps such as Gmail, Netflix, Ebay, and Facebook.

Wisc-Online - Online classes in basic and more advanced computer skills, programming, and more.

Working with Children

The Volunteer Toolbox is generally geared towards individuals working with organizations that serve adults and families, but a great resource in Madison for people who tutor children in the Madison Metropolitan School District is The Tutoring Network.

Working with Older Adults

Aging & Disability Resource Center of Dane County - provides information about resources and support on all aspects of life related to aging or living with a disability and is a one-stop shop for older adults, people with disabilities and their families.

Dementia Communication Tips

Understanding Dementia Behaviors