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As a volunteer, you can make a meaningful and lasting impact on the lives of emerging adults in Dane County on their path to self-sufficiency.


Volunteer at OFS!

Thank you for your interest in giving your time to support Operation Fresh Start’s mission! Volunteers are an important part of OFS programming and play a critical role in meeting our goals. As a volunteer, you can create a meaningful and lasting impact in the lives of emerging adults on their path to self-sufficiency.

Current Opportunities


​Time commitment: Flexible

  • Provide high-quality portraits of our graduating Legacy participants. Senior photos are an important tradition of high school graduation! You would have the opportunity to meet with the young adult first to discuss their style/preferences, and then schedule the photoshoot for 1-3 weeks later. A private studio is not required but is preferred. Photographer will need to provide their own backdrops and lighting. Meetings and photoshoots can only be scheduled Mondays-Thursdays, 9-11 am or 1-3 pm.

  • Capture photos/video of our Legacy crews working. We’re always looking for adventurous photographers/videographers to spend a morning or afternoon with the crew and capture their hard work in action! Photos/videos would be used for marketing and fund development.


​Time commitment: Flexible

  • With over 50 years of history, our organization has a large collection of photos and documents that need to be archived and preserved for the future. We are seeking volunteers interested in sorting, organizing, and archiving these pieces of OFS history.

  • Volunteers will organize the original artifacts and help scan and sort them into a digital format.

  • Must be able to work collaboratively and independently. 


​Time commitment: Flexible

  • OFS is looking for a volunteer to complete administrative tasks, such as:

    • Collect, organize, and document participant insurance information.

    • Assist in our education wing library

  • Must be detail-oriented and able to work collaboratively and independently.


Time commitment: Flexible

  • Fluent in Spanish or Hmong

  • Help translate the English content on our website, flyers, and other promotional materials into Spanish or Hmong to help us reach non-English speaking community members.


Time commitment: 2-3 hours/week

  • A friendly volunteer with great communication skills and competence in all areas of high school curriculum. An OFS tutor should be flexible and able to work with a variety of students and skill levels.

  • Ideally, we would like a candidate that can commit to a 9-11 am or 1-3 pm slot Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday (there are no students Fridays or the weekend). Last-minute cancellations are possible depending on student attendance.

Building Handyperson

Time commitment: Flexible/as needed

Perform basic building maintenance tasks, such as touch up paint, glue down tiles, etc.

Build Academy Assistant

Time commitment: Flexible

  • Go on-site and assist supervisors in production and technique (teaching supervisors different carpentry skills; must have construction/carpentry expertise) 

  • Coach/Mentor young adults about independent living skills such as how to job search, budget, buying cars/houses, saving, etc.

  • Drivers who can take OFS vans and pick people up to/from site/OFS

Group Volunteer Activities

Is your group looking for an outdoor team building activity? Join us on site for a half day of volunteer work with a Legacy Conservation Crew.  Work side by side with a conservation supervisor and a small crew of young adults (ages 16–24) to restore and maintain natural habitats in the City of Madison and Dane County Parks. OFS can accommodate a maximum of five people per volunteer session.

Interested in volunteering?

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