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Volunteer at Oakwood Village

Support Oakwood and make a difference in the lives of older adults by volunteering your time.

  • Make a Difference
  • Prairie Ridge
  • University Woods
  • Make a Difference

    Numerous volunteer opportunities exist at Oakwood, and we strive to match our volunteer needs with your interests and availability. By volunteering your time, you make a real difference in the lives of others while contributing to the success of a local, faith-based, not-for-profit organization with an established history of providing excellent care to Madison-area seniors.

    Volunteering on one of our campuses provides an opportunity to meet interesting people, acquire new skills and to share your talent and experience. Volunteer opportunities include interacting with residents and visitors by helping in one of Oakwood’s campus shops, spending time visiting with residents or assisting with special campus events or life enrichment programs, or supporting employees in their work.

    A minimum three-month commitment is required to volunteer at Oakwood Village.

  • Prairie Ridge

    Volunteer at Oakwood Village Prairie Ridge

    Be a part of our close-knit, thriving community located just off American Parkway at 5565 Tancho Drive. Learn more about volunteer opportunities that match your interests and talents by contacting us at (608) 230-4213 or by emailing

    Volunteer Opportunity Highlights

    Life Enrichment Assistants

    Lead a special interest group for Independent Living residents (e.g. computers/smart phones, exercise, crafts, educational, etc.) or share your skills one-on-one or with a group of Assisted Living, Memory Care and Skilled Nursing residents (e.g. euchre, board games, manicures, horticulture, etc.). Frequency and schedule are negotiable.

    Village Mercantile Cashiers

    Serve residents and other customers in the Village Mercantile gift shop/grocery store a few times a month. Training is provided. Shifts available are Monday-Friday, 9:45 am-12:30 pm or 12:30-3:15 pm or Saturday, 9:45 am -1:15 pm. Schedule is negotiable.

    Gardening Assistants

    Help maintain the Prairie Ridge grounds, and plantings for the enjoyment of residents and visitors. Assistants are needed to help a few times a month or once a week mornings or afternoons, April through October. Gardening experience is beneficial, but not necessary.

  • University Woods

    Volunteer at Oakwood Village University Woods

    Contribute to the success of our flagship campus conveniently located on Mineral Point Road. Learn more about volunteer opportunities that match your interests and talents by contacting us at (608) 230-4238 or by emailing

    Volunteer Opportunity Highlights

    Aviary Assistants are needed to help with light cleaning and bird care taking of the skilled nursing, memory care and assisted living aviaries once or twice a week in the morning or afternoon. Scheduling is negotiable and training will be provided.

    Resident Gardening Assistants are needed to help Independent Living residents with their personal garden plot, and/or raised/landscape beds/pots every other or once a week around the University Woods grounds. Assistance will include some light lifting, planting and kneeling based on resident requests. Gardening experience and interest in helping residents beneficial. Scheduling negotiable and volunteers will be matched/get information from Oakwood head horticulturist.

    Village Grocery Store Cashiers and Baggers are needed to help a few times a month or once a week, Monday-Saturday, 8:45-11:15 a.m., or Monday-Friday, 1:15-3:15 p.m., to serve residents and other customers. Training is provided and scheduling is negotiable.