Volunteer

Currently, MFIS needs help with the following:

Donate Today — Help us continue the goodwill that began in 1952 by supporting MFIS financially so that we can provide a warm Wisconsin welcome to even more international students as our programs expand and interest increases.  No donation is too small.

Furniture Program — Our furniture program is in search of an additional storage location – please contact Mike if you have any leads.  During the second half of August many, many newly arrived international students will be looking for furniture.  Please come to our August open houses just to see what goes on AND to meet and chat with the newly arrived internationals while they are waiting to be served.  The busiest days will likely be Thur Aug 16 and Sat Aug 18, 2018 from 9am-noon.  This is in a garage behind the Dale Heights Presbyterian Church at 5501 University Avenue in Madison.  Walk west on Norman Way for about 200 feet just past the church.  Of course, you could also help with clerical matters or deliver furniture, but there is less of a demand for that.  If you want to do more than observe and chat please call Mike vonS at 608-620-8780 or email  furniture@mfismadison.org.  You can find more details about the Furniture program at  http://www.mfismadison.com/furniture-program/.

ISO a Website Manager — No coding experience necessary! MFIS is looking for a tech-saavy individual who is familiar with Word Press/GoDaddy to manage this website. Time commitment approximately 5 hours per month, and everything can be done from home! Please contact website@mfismadison.org with questions or to express interest.

ISO an MFIS Office Manager — Help Us From Home! Are you fairly tech-savvy, familiar with Microsoft Office programs, email, and enjoy organization? MFIS is looking for someone to manage office tasks. Time commitment approximately 5 hours per week, all of which can be done from home! Please contact president@MFISmadison.org.

Global Friends Conversation Partners — Local residents are paired with international visitors.  Partners then decide how often and where to meet, and what they would like to do.  Conversation practice is helpful, but this is not instruction.  Partners plan what interests them. We always have many more students who want to participate in this program than we have volunteers- sign up today!  Our Global Friend coordinator will contact you once she has found a match that meets your request.

Temporary Homestay Hosts— Volunteers take students into their homes for limited stays (2-3 days) while they organize permanent housing. Volunteers are needed most at the beginning of each semester, but may occasionally be called on at other times.

English Classes — For many years able, experienced ESL teachers have offered English classes to family members of international students. Cultural discussions add to the fun for students and teachers.  Teachers are needed for classes held on Tuesday and Thursday mornings.  For more information email EnglishClasses@MFISMadison.org.

Thanksgiving Hospitality Hosts— Invite one or more international students to join you and your family this Thanksgiving. This is a great opportunity to share a very unique US American tradition with our international visitors. What better way to give thanks than invite someone, who would otherwise spend the holiday alone, into your home for a traditional
home-cooked meal.  Express interest to participate this fall by emailing info@mfismadison.org!

Update Your Communication Preferences and Volunteer/Donor Information
As we grow, we need to ensure we are able to use efficient communication with our existing volunteers and donors to make best use of your time and donations. Please tell us how you would prefer we communicate with you and whether you have any updated communication information (email address, new postal address, etc.) To provide this information, click here.

Volunteer Application Form — To get involved in one of our programs, learn more, or have a member of our Board of Directors reach out to you email info@mfismadison.org or click the VAF button to fill out our Volunteer Application Form. VAF_button (small)