Currently, MFIS needs help with the following:

Join the MFIS Board — Looking to add experience to your resume?  Want to get more involved with MFIS and give back to the community?  We are currently accepting applications for our Board of Directors.  Click the link above to learn more about what our Board does and how you can join!

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 a new storage location- contact Mike if you have any leads.  Also looking for helpers who can help load items at MFIS’ furniture storage facility. Also needed: a vehicle to pick up or deliver furniture.  Open Houses are held the first Saturday of the month from 11:30am-12:30pm, except for June, July, December and January.  Additional open houses are held in August, September and January when we see an influx of new students.  Click the link above for dates.  Interested volunteers should call or email Mike vonS at 608-620-8780 or furniture@mfismadison.org.

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 an international student (or 6!) to join you and your family for Thanksgiving.  This is a great opportunity to share a very unique US tradition with our international visitors and 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)