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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.

We ask that all who are interested in a volunteer position (internships included) fill out an online application. There are two application links below: one for the CASA volunteer position (second link), and the other for all other positions. 

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 might 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.

  • 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 for those parents and families.

  • Program: Admin
    Training and onboarding: As needed, throughout the year
    Volunteers in this position provide a warm, welcoming presence to make clients feel comfortable when they enter our office. When not providing child care, they are at the front desk, greeting clients and visitors as they arrive, connecting clients with the therapist they are scheduled to see, and answering and directing phone calls. Volunteers are available to assist with child care for a client or client’s accompanying family members, allowing parents/caregivers to meet with Oasis staff one-on-one. Volunteers create a safe, fun environment for children (infants through 12-years-old) and offer the positive role modeling and extra attention that allows children to thrive.

  • 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.


Board Positions

If you are interested in applying for a board position please contact: volunteercoordinator@canopycenter.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 (except where noted) 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 might 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
    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. Schedule and hours flexible to meet program requirements. In addition to visits, interns also assist with program support.

  • 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
    Education Requirement: Interns must be enrolled and working on a master's degree in Counseling, Marriage & Family Therapy, Social Work, or a related field.
    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. Note: to apply, please send resume and cover letter directly to the Oasis Clinical Director at patriciaw@canopycenter.org

  • Program: Admin
    Training and onboarding: As needed - position begins with Spring semester
    The Communications Intern will assist with increasing visibility and interaction with Canopy Center and its work. With the Communications & Event Planning Assistant, they will develop content for the agency's social media outlets, regular email newsletter, and the agency website in order to assist with fundraising efforts, publicize events, and increase agency recognition in the community. This includes taking and editing photos, taking and editing video, and creating graphic design elements for publication. They will also assist in generating new ideas for content and will have input in future marketing initiatives for the agency and its programs. PLEASE NOTE: To be considered, applicants must submit a portfolio containing 3 examples of the applicant’s work in graphic design, along with their application. Portfolios should be emailed to volunteercoordinator@canopycenter.org. Make sure identifying information is included so that portfolio can be connected to the online volunteer application.


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@canopycenter.org or 608-729-1134

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