Mennonite Voluntary Service

Madison, Wisconsin Unit

Capitol Service
Come serve in the beautiful, progressive capitol of Wisconsin. Madison has a plethora of non-profit agencies working in the areas of immigration, health, homelessness, tenant rights, and low income housing, the arts, environmental law, community gardens, elder care, prison reform, services for minorities, and many more. We are still developing positions, so if you are interested in Madison, tell us what you want to do and we'll find you that job.

Madison is located in South-Central Wisconsin, about 2 hours northwest of Chicago and has about half a million people in its metro area.

Madison and its suburbs are consistently ranked one of the country's most desirable places to live, including making the top-ten lists for most livable cities, most bike friendly and best green communities.

Madison is home to a number of colleges and universities, including the main campus of the University of Wisconsin which has an enrollment of about 41,000 students. The city is also the state capital which encourages an active political community. A strong technology and bio-technology industry exists and feeds off the highly educated population from the University. Madison's residential areas are generally grouped into neighborhoods which often provide local services and festivals. Both the University and immigrant populations provide many diverse cultural opportunities.

Madison has a temperate climate. Winter temperatures can fall well below freezing and provide a full range of cold weather outdoor activities:

hockey, cross-country skiing, skating, sledding, snowshoeing, etc.

High temperatures in summer often reach the upper 80s to 90s. Common warm weather outdoor activities including water sports, biking, and numerous local sports leagues including softball, baseball, soccer, and Ultimate frisbee.

The Madison unit is new this year. We expect that the unit will be housed in a large apartment or a rented house, depending on the number of volunteers. The first group of volunteers will have the opportunity to develop unit traditions and otherwise influence the unit's future location and character.

Madison Mennonite Church is the sponsoring congregation for the Madison MVS unit. MMC has an attendance of around 110 people and meets Sunday evenings in a rented church building. The median age of our congregation is quite young, with a large number of our members in their 20s and 30s. The atmosphere is relatively informal. There is a strong focus on shared leadership and most members are involved in various aspects of church life. The MMC MVS committee meets regularly and is available to assist volunteers with their work situations as well as general care and support.

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