“Life’s most urgent question is: What are you doing for others?” – MLK Jr. 

Sharing your time and talents is one of the most meaningful ways to give to those that are experiencing homelessness in Dane County. We welcome volunteers who are passionate about helping change a person’s life.

Whether you’re looking to serve on your own, engage your workplace in service, or connect your church/local group to The Beacon, we have a place for everyone!


How do I become a volunteer?

Apply Here!
Contact 608-826-8022 or info@thebeaconhelps.org for more information.

Is this the right place for you?

Are you committed to helping restoring hope to homeless men, women and families in Dane county? Are you over the age of 18? Are you able to volunteer your time on a weekly or monthly basis? Do you want to help change the lives of others?


Shuttle Driver

AM shift is 7:15-9:00 am and PM Shift is 3:30 – 5:00 pm. Shuttle guests of the Beacon to and from the overnight emergency shelters and sometimes in the morning bring another group to Safe Haven. Must have valid drivers license, proof of insurance.


A Volunteer Float comes in for a morning or afternoon to fill in wherever needed… you can stop in and say- “Hi, I had some extra time today and wanted to stop in help out wherever needed until 12, I am comfortable with any of the jobs BUT….. the Kitchen or family room, etc. You can be specific about your comfort level.


Pick any shift time that you like between 8-5 (even if you have an hour and want to help, we would be grateful for it) This person will help organize and sort incoming donations and supplies as they are able. Help is needed weekly if not daily for this task.

Kitchen Service

Morning and afternoon shifts 8:00 am—10:30am, (Mondays are 8:00am-1:00pm) OR 12:00pm-2:30pm (Fridays are 1:00pm—3:00 pm) are available daily to help serve food, wash dishes, make coffee and help feed people who are hungry!

Welcome Center Greeter

Welcome Center Greeter– Shift hours are 8:00am-12:00pm and 11:30am-3:30 pm, If you are the “Host or Hostess with the most-est”… this could be a good fit for you– help create a welcoming and hospitable environment for people when they come in each day.

Child & Family Advocate

Shift hours are 8-:00 am12:00 pm and 12pm -4:00pm. If you love holding babies or were the babysitter that all the kids in the neighborhood fought over– this is the job for you! Entertain the little ones and help parents take care of their needs.

Guest Advocate

Shift hours flexible . Help homeless individuals find resources, play cards with them, talk to them about what’s going on in their lives and be that person who shows them they are cared about and not alone!

Computer Lab Assistant

Computer Lab Assistant– Shift hours are 8:00am-12:00pm and 12:00-pm 4:00pm, Help us maintain the Jobs board and help folks apply for services and employment. You do not have to have a degree in Information Technology to do this job, just good basic computer skills and an understanding on how to search the internet and fill out online applications.

Shower Services

Shift hours are 8:00am-12:00pm and 12:30pm-3:30pm Be someone that people are always happy to see! You give out towels and toiletries, and they get a chance to shower and get clean and feel good again.

Laundry Service

Laundry Services —Shift hours 8-:00am-12:00 pm, 8:30am—1:30pm, and/or 11:30 am—3:30 pm, Guests put their laundry into a bag, we wash, dry and give it back to them by 1 pm. This position works in TEAMS of 2, so you can sign up with a partner or friend and the time will fly!

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