The Chippewa Valley hosts several events or ongoing projects that are looking for volunteers. Upcoming opportunities will be listed below and posted on the bulletin board outside the Student Organization and Leadership Center, Davies 220.
If you would like to be contacted directly when new opportunities are posted, please complete the Volunteer Mailing List form.
Each fall the Eau Claire YMCA hosts Monster Bash, a free event open to families and children in the community. This safe, festive event hosted 500 trick or treaters last year and boasts a great atmosphere for area families. Volunteers will work alongside the Eau Claire YMCA's Youth Development Coordinator to plan, setup, and execute the Monster Bash. Service time will include event setup, working alongside other volunteers and volunteer leaders, interacting with community members, leading activities/games/stations within the event, and event tear down. Students must be available intermittently throughout the week leading up to Monster Bash (October 20th - 27th) to assist with preparations. Student must also be available Friday, October 27th from 1:30 p.m. to approximately 8:30 p.m. in order to setup, execute, and tear down the event. For more information, please contact Jen Zwicky.
Ruby's Pantry Volunteers
- Ruby's Pantry, located within the Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd, is looking for volunteers to help on the first Thursday of every month. Volunteers are needed to help unload/unpack the truck delivery, staging and setting up the food, assisting guests with obtaining their food, and helping them load it into their vehicles. Volunteers are needed both inside and outside, so you would need to dress appropriately for the weather, and all volunteers need to lift at least 10lbs. Volunteers shifts are from 1:30 p.m. - 7 p.m. on the first Thursday of every month. For more information, please contact Deanne Swenson.
- The Buddy Program is looking for domestic and/or current international students at UW-Eau Claire. This program, organized by the Center for International Education, pairs domestic and current international students with incoming international students. Students are expected to meet at least twice per month, with a minimum of five hours per month, with the goal of building intercultural relationships through interests, language, culture, and friendship. Students who are native or fluent English speakers are encouraged to apply to also be a buddy who can assist international students who are English as second language learners, by practicing their English conversational skills. They may have cultural questions, want to learn slang, have questions about social options, etc. that are not addressed in the classroom. For more information, please contact Rachel Ann Steuer.
Campus Harvest: Student Volunteers
- Campus Harvest is an on-campus food pantry focused on UW-Eau Claire students in need of supplemental food assistance. Any UW-Eau Claire student with food need/insecurity is welcome to attend and get nutritious, fresh and healthy food. Campus Harvest is looking for pantry staff (stock shelves and assist pantry clientele), food drive assistants (help organizations as they raise funds or gather food), and pantry advertising (to help spread the word about how Campus Harvest can help students in need). Student volunteers have to be able to use Excel, lift up to 40 lbs. and be able to keep confidentiality. Campus Harvest is open Wednesdays 2-4pm and Tuesdays/Thursdays 3-5 pm. For more information, please contact Julie Carr.
- The Chippewa Valley Habitat for Humanity just opened their 1st ReStore and we need volunteers to help us operate the store. We need help with customers on the sales floor and help processing donations that come in so they are recycled back into the community. Our ReStore is a building products store which helps generate more revenue to support home builds in our community and other projects that impact families in need. Hours are very flexible with this role. For more information, please contact Aaron Czappa.
On Air Personality
- Come gain some high impact learning experience training in hosting for radio broadcast at Blugold Radio. Blugold Radio is a non-commercial radio station which is the home for local music in the 110 mile broadcast region encompassing the Chippewa Valley. Four hours required per week during regular business hours of 10 am - 5pm. For more information, please contact Scott Morfitt.
Community Hospice Volunteer
- Volunteer for Allina Health Hospice patients and families. You may provide companionship, help with errands, provide respite time for caregivers, assist with writing/reading, fix a meal, and any other way that support patients and families on their end of life journey. Volunteers need to have big hearts, be good listeners, and be okay with just being quiet and sitting with a patient sometimes too. Additionally, volunteers need common sense, the ability to keep confidentiality, and good personal boundaries. Once you are assigned to a patient, the time requirement is about 1-3 hours per week. For more information, please contact Judy Plucker.
Eau Claire County Hoarding Task Force
- Volunteers are needed to work with county organizations to ensure clients' homes meet the Health Department's safety standards. Students will be serving individuals suffering from a mental illness (hoarding) and need to be caring, non-judgmental and supportive of all clients. Hours are flexible and would be around 5-10 hours a week. For more information, please contact Elisa Steinmetz.
Youth Development Center Monitor
The YMCA's Youth Development Center is a game and activity room used fro programming/classes as well as free time for community youth. The room can only be open when supervision is provided by either a parent or volunteer. We are looking for volunteers who want to hang out with kids, get to know them, play with them, help them with homework, and develop a mentoring relationship. Kids will be able to work on homework, hang out, play games (pool, foosball, ping pong, air hockey, board games, etc.), and more. Our hope is also to start regular events in the Center (tournaments, competitions, etc.) and it would be the responsibility of the student volunteer to plan, organize, and execute these events in conjunction with the YMCA staff. For more information, please contact Jen Zwicky.