Each month we welcome new, and enthusiastic volunteers for our many opportunities.  

Getting Started

Fill out our Volunteer Application and return to:
Gilda's Club Madison
Attn: Volunteer Coordinator
7907 UW Health Court
Middleton, WI  53562

or email to debby@gildasclubmadison.org

Attend a Gilda’s 101 Volunteer Training session to learn the basics of our program and the benefits to being involved with Gilda’s Club Madison. Gilda's 101 sessions take place the 2nd Monday of every month from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Clubhouse. Please call or email to let us know you are coming. 

Volunteer Positions

Presenter of Lectures and Workshops

Goal: Lectures and Workshops offer Gilda’s Club members activities for acquiring new skills, tools, information and techniques to learn how to live with cancer.

Objective: Members build community or emotional and social support by sharing a variety of activities over time and in the same place.  Exposure to a wide variety of information that is pertinent to one’s own experience enhances a sense of control and well being.

Responsibilities: Presenters work with staff in formatting their presentation and descriptions for the Gilda’s Club Calendar.  All lectures and workshops take place at the Clubhouse and cover a wide range of topics of interest to our members.  Lectures and workshops should be interactive, informative, and of general interest.

Qualifications: Recognized experts in a variety of fields with good interpersonal skills and warmth.  No individual medical or spiritual advice is given, nor is the solicitation of clients or patients allowed.  Members may not apply for this position.

Training/Supervision: Volunteers will be briefed in the Gilda’s Club philosophy and can attend volunteer supervision sessions. Some will be asked to attend a Gilda’s 101.

Evaluation: Evaluation forms are given to members, feedback is provided to the presenter.

Commitment: As schedule allows and as Gilda’s Club members request specific topics of interest.

Noogieland Team Member / Child Care Assistant

Goal: Provide supervised play at the instruction of the group facilitator for children in Noogieland, Kid’s Talk, or Teen Time.

Objective: To provide a warm, supportive play environment that fills important psychosocial needs and reduces children’s fears by making the appearance of cancer a part of ordinary life.

Responsibilities: Provide interactive play and supervision to children, under the guidelines of the Gilda’s Club model; meet with parents of children upon request of Gilda’s Club staff. And attend Family Focus with family members upon request of Gilda’s Club staff.

Qualifications: Caring, warm, loving individuals that enjoy working with children.  Must attend an additional volunteer training session and pass background check.  Members may not apply for this position.

Training/Supervision: Must attend Gilda’s 101 Volunteer Training, in addition volunteer to be trained by Gilda’s Club staff and attend volunteer supervision sessions with facilitators &/or staff.

Evaluation: Informal feedback; one-on-one consultation.

Commitment: Attend Gilda’s 101 Volunteer Training and an additional training session.  Commit to volunteer as schedule allows; some consistency in Noogieland, Kid’s Talk, or Teen Time is recommended.

Noogiefest Team Member

Goal: To organize an annual Noogieland Halloween party for the entire Gilda’s Club community. Noogiefest also is used to create community awareness about Gilda’s Club.

Objective: To provide all members, and their families an opportunity to socialize and have fun.

Responsibilities: To help plan, promote and carryout the greatest Halloween party in the community by soliciting in-kind donations for food, costumes and party give-aways.  May also assist with other parties throughout the year.

Qualifications: Caring, warm individuals that have an interest in planning and carrying out children’s parties and events. Pass background check.  Members may apply for this position.

Training/Supervision: Gilda’s 101 Volunteer Training session required, and volunteer supervision sessions recommended.

Evaluation: Informal feedback; one-on-one consultation.

Commitment: Attend volunteer committee planning meetings as scheduled and attend Noogiefest if possible.

Social Events / Potluck Dinners Team Member

Goal: To provide a place for members to gather with other people who are going through a similar experience, and have fun.  We intend to build community and belonging for the members of Gilda’s Club.

Objective: To help plan and carry out social events at the Clubhouse, which include group night dinners, potluck dinners and other activities.

Responsibilities: Solicit, buy and pick-up food and decorations for Clubhouse dinners & social gatherings.  Plan and/or secure entertainment for potluck dinners. Also responsible for preparing the Clubhouse, assisting during the event and cleaning-up after the event.

Qualifications: Anyone interested in planning and hosting social events. Pass background check. Members may apply for this position.

Training/Supervision: Gilda’s 101 Volunteer Training and volunteer supervision sessions are recommended, but not required. Program Manager oversees Team.

Evaluation: Informal feedback; one-on-one consultation.

Commitment: Commitment to host/plan meals, social events and potluck dinners for a period of 6 months.

Social Activity Team Captain

Plan engaging and fun social activities and potlucks monthly with members of the social activity team.

Coordinate with Program Manager needs for event.  
Plan adequate and appropriate volunteer staffing.     
May coordinate with other Team Captains for events.

Gilda’s Goodie Gang

Goal: To provide meals, lunches and goodies/snacks for various club activities.

Objective: To create a warm, home-like environment by utilizing volunteers that want to help behind the scenes at Gilda’s Club.  Assist with food for Family Nights, lectures and other activities.

Responsibilities: Solicit, buy, or make snacks for Gilda’s Club members to enjoy during activities.  Make and serve meals for Family Night, or provide food for freezer for future meals.

Qualifications: Anyone with an interest in baking or helping behind the scenes. Pass background check if coming into the clubhouse. Members may apply for this position.

Training/Supervision: None, if baking at home and not coming to clubhouse. If working in clubhouse, volunteers are coordinated by Goodie Gang Team Captain, under the supervision of Program Manager.

Evaluation: Individual meetings, if in clubhouse.

Commitment: As needed or as schedule allows.

Goodie Gang Team Captain

  • Coordinates Goodie Gang volunteers.
  • Arranges cooks, servers for meals.
  • Arrange for healthy snacks available in clubhouse.
  • May plan some meals, or delegate as needed.  
  • Route grocery list through Program Manager in timely manner for Errand Runner.
  • Communicate with Program Manager.

Errand Runner / Delivery Person

Goal: To assist the staff of Gilda’s Club in running errands such as shopping for clubhouse needs.

Objective: To support the staff & program.

Responsibilities: To run errands as needed. Weekly grocery pickup. Fill out reimbursement form and turn in receipts.

Qualifications: Anyone interested in helping Gilda’s Club. Have dependable transportation. Members may apply for this position.

Training/Supervision: Attend Gilda’s 101 Volunteer Training session.

Evaluation: Informal feedback; one on one consultation.

Commitment: As schedule allows.

Library / Resource Room Attendant

Goal: To utilize a volunteer to monitor resource room and materials.

Objective: To provide a place where members can relax, read, access the internet and find resource materials.

Responsibilities: To keep resources organized as the system has been set up on the library.  Serve as a resource for members on using the computer, and assist in gathering books, materials, and articles.

Qualifications: Anyone with an interest or experience with library organization and/or computers. Pass background check. Members may apply for this position.

Training/Supervision: Gilda’s 101 Volunteer Training session and supervision sessions recommended but not required.

Evaluation: Informal feedback; one-on-one consultation.

Commitment: Flexible schedule and the availability to check-in materials and re-shelve books and materials every week or every other week.

Greeter

Goal: To create a warm, welcoming first impression to Gilda’s Club Madison.

Objective: Greet & guide Gilda’s Club members, volunteers & visitors as trained for safe, kind & prompt guidance to activities or staff.

Responsibilities: Greet all visitors. Direct and interact with members, arrange clubhouse tours, provide general information about the clubhouse and program. Check out Library books. May answer telephones, when directed or in evenings.

Qualifications: Excellent interpersonal and computer skills, organizational skills and comfort in interacting with people. Pass background check. Members may not apply for this position.

Training/Supervision: Gilda’s 101 Volunteer Training and supervised by Program Manager with Greeter Team Captain. Additional training required. Occasional volunteer meetings and listening sessions required.

Evaluation: Informal feedback; one-on-one consultation.

Commitment: As schedule allows; prefer 3 month commitment.

Greeter Team Captain

  • Schedule greeters for all times when clubhouse is open.
  • Coordinate greeters for front desk.
  • Train greeters with job specific procedures.
  • Keep Greeters informed of schedule needs.
  • Communicate with Program Manager specific needs, challenges, and good news.
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Gilda Radner - the inspiration for Gilda's Club"To ensure that all people impacted by cancer are empowered by knowledge, strengthened by action, and sustained by community."

 

Services and membership are free. Our club is 100% sustained by donations. 

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