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Volunteer

Volunteer

Volunteer

Volunteer

Canopy Center has a strong history of volunteer support. Because we provide services every single day of the year, we rely heavily on the volunteer efforts provided by people in our community—on average, over 80% of our team is volunteering their time. Our volunteers: provide child care; assist in the office; supervise family interactions; mentor and advocate for children in the court system; co-facilitate parent, child, adolescent or teen support groups; serve on the Board of Directors; participate in special events and more. We are so grateful for the efforts of our volunteers!


Volunteer Positions

Click on the name of the volunteer role to download a full position description. Each position description lists tasks, shift times and requirements.

Current students, please see below if you are interested in learning more about receiving internship or practicum credit.

Please note that required trainings for some positions are held only a few times per year. We encourage you to apply with the understanding that your actual engagement with the program may not start right away. A rough training and onboarding schedule (subject to change based on demand) is included for each position. Please contact us if you have questions about available positions.

Please note that we are currently requiring all volunteers, interns, and staff to be vaccinated against COVID-19 in order to best protect the children and families we serve.

  • Program: Parent to Child
    Training and onboarding: Seasonal, roughly 4 times a year
    In partnership with the Dane County Department of Human Services, provide parents with supervised visitation opportunities during evenings and weekends. Volunteers supervise visits as ordered by the court and give objective reports based on those interactions, while also serving as a mentor and advocate for those parents and families.

  • Program: Oasis
    Training and onboarding: As needed, throughout the year
    Childcare Specialists provide a warm, welcoming presence to make clients feel comfortable when they enter our office. They take care of maintaining a clean and sanitary childcare space, and provide supervision for young children while they’re at Canopy Center for a family visit or while their parents/caregivers attend treatment, support groups, or training. They create a safe, fun environment for children (infants through 12-years-old) and offer the positive role modeling and extra one-on-one attention that allows children to thrive.

  • Program: Admin
    Training and onboarding: As needed, throughout the year
    Client Services Assistants provide a warm, welcoming presence to make clients feel comfortable when they enter our office. Their main task is greeting and directing visitors and clients as they come in – making sure they are situated, that the appropriate staff is notified, and providing refreshments. Assistants are also responsible for answering and directing phone calls, maintaining a clean and sanitary waiting area, and assisting with administrative and fundraising projects as needed.

  • Program: CASA of Dane and Columbia Counties
    Training and onboarding: Fall and Spring
    CASAs are assigned by a Dane County juvenile court judge to meet weekly with a child going through the child welfare system. Build up a caring, mentoring relationship with the child, while also exploring the circumstances for the case, communicating your findings, and making recommendations to the judge and other legal parties via written reports. Please note that CASA has a separate application than our other volunteer opportunities.


Board Positions

If you are interested in applying for a board position please contact: volunteercoordinator at canopycenter dot org


Internship and Practicum Students

We often work with schools to provide internship or practicum credit to students for work done for our programs. If you are a current student enrolling in an internship/practicum course -- or thinking about enrolling in the future -- please see below for opportunities.

All interns are asked to fill out the Volunteer Application (non-CASA) linked to above. Please indicate in the application that you are interested in an internship position. As above, please note that required trainings for some positions are held only a few times per year. We encourage you to apply with the understanding that your actual engagement with the program may not start right away. A rough training and onboarding schedule (subject to change based on demand) is included for each position. Please contact us if you have questions about available positions.

Click on the name of the volunteer role to download a full position description. Each position description lists tasks, shift times and requirements.

  • Program: Parent to Child
    Training and onboarding: Seasonal, roughly 4 times a year
    Largely similar in duties to the Family Interaction Specialist position listed above. Schedule and hours flexible to meet program requirements.

  • Program: CASA of Dane and Columbia Counties
    Training and onboarding: Beginning of each semester
    The CASA intern provides support to CASA volunteers and assists in advocacy initiatives for the children served by the CASA program. The intern is responsible for supporting the case coordinator with duties related to their caseload as well as general program support in the form of community outreach, training of volunteers, stakeholder relations.

  • Program: Oasis
    Training and onboarding: Position starts with school year, interviews in spring
    The Clinical Intern conducts trauma assessments and intakes, provides individual, group and family therapy, provides crisis counseling as needed, maintains client records, attends team treatment coordination meetings, and works as part of the agency’s team of therapists who work with families affected by child sexual abuse. Clinical Interns will be provided training, including observation of therapy sessions, and case load will be determined by the number of hours per week of the internship.

  • Program: Oasis
    Training and onboarding: Beginning of each school year
    The Childcare Specialist Intern is responsible for providing direct childcare supervision as needed, as well as a safe, nurturing, and activity-based environment for children in a trauma-informed setting. They must maintain the physical childcare space and therapy rooms to ensure they are kept clean and tidy, and develop activities for childcare (especially art activities).


Thank you for your interest in Canopy Center. If you have any questions about the opportunities listed above, please contact our Volunteer Coordinator at:

volunteercoordinator at canopycenter dot org or 608-729-1134

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