Volunteer

At USO Wisconsin, volunteers play a special role in making moments matter for our troops and their families. Whether it is welcoming visitors to our center, easing their journey with a cup of coffee, or providing a free phone call for a military member to connect with a loved one, volunteers lead with their hearts and serve with integrity. Sign up today to volunteer for a one-time event or to provide your ongoing support.

Center Volunteers

USO Wisconsin’s most common type of volunteer provides needed behind-the-scenes support for our military. Some of their unsung tasks are stocking supplies, cleaning facilities, greeting visitors, and completing daily tasks to warmly meet the needs of our guests. Each volunteer fulfills the required number of shifts assigned to each center.

Milwaukee Airport Center

  • Badged opportunity
  • Minimum of 16 years old with ID
  • Inside airport
  • Behind security checkpoint
  • Shifts are 2-4 hours in length using self scheduling
  • 12 hours per month minimum
  • Open Daily from 8 a.m. until 8 p.m. (Only available times for shifts)

La Crosse Airport Center Attendant

  • Hours: 6am to 8pm Sunday through Friday and 8am to 12pm on Saturday
  • Must be age 15 1/2 with guardian or 16 + for volunteering solo
  • Free parking while volunteering inside airport

MEPS Center Attendant

  • Regular shift volunteers who arrive on the same day of the week for their shift.
  • Hours of operations Monday through Thursday 6 am – 12 noon.
  • We are looking to expand our operations to add additional afternoon shifts.
  • Must be 18 and have a valid ID.

Fort McCoy Center Attendant

  • Field Volunteers serve on range when requested by the units.
  • Hours of operations are 7 days a week with hours possibly from 7 am to 8 pm.
  • Field volunteers must be 18 and have a valid ID.
  • Office and special projects must be at least 16 years old.

Special events & OTHER volunteer Opportunities

Special Events

Help to plan and organize a current USO Wisconsin event such as Operation Christmas or the Father-Daughter dance. Or sign up as a one-time volunteer for a single event. You can even create your own event to help support military families!

Fundraising Volunteers

Support a USO Wisconsin event like: golf, sporting clays, or our annual Gala. Create your own fundraiser, such as: bowling night, pancake breakfast, car show, etc. Or we can help you set up a Crowd Rise webpage to raise money for USO Wisconsin when you are competing in an activity such as a marathon or related event.

Office Volunteers

Assist with the office tasks supporting the administration of USO Wisconsin. This includes tracking donations, organization of in-kind products, answering phones, and supporting management staff. This weekly volunteer work requires grammar skills and experience in Excel and Word.

Collection Drive

Collection Drive/Care Package

Support military while they are away from home due to traveling, training, or deployment. Contact USO Wisconsin if you want to collect items. We need items separately or put together in a brown paper bag. You can include a card with your well wishes or decorate the bag!

Schools, Groups, and Veteran Organizations

Groups and schools are invited to participate in the donation collection by creating treat bags for the troops and by assisting with community events. USO Wisconsin loves to provide volunteer opportunities to students in all levels of academics with specialized projects. We welcome civic and veteran-focused groups to volunteer including: American Legions, VFW, and Auxiliaries.

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  • Granola Bars
  • Cereal Bars
  • Beef Jerky
  • Slim Jim’s
  • Individual snack bags (Potato chips, pretzels, cheese crackers)
  • Fruit snacks
  • Dried fruit Pop tarts
  • Candy bars
  • Hard candy
  • Gum
  • Nuts
  • Trail mix
  • Protein bars
  • Sunflower seeds
  • Peanut Butter and Jelly
  • Drink mix (Kool aid, lemonade, tea, Gatorade)
  • Microwave meals
  • Microwave popcorn
  • Lunch bags
  • Lysol wipes
  • Travel size toiletries
  • Tooth brushes
  • Tooth brush covers
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Bug spray
  • Feminine products
  • Ziploc sandwich bags
  • Baby wipes
  • Hand warmers
  • Laundry pods
  • Tuna and chicken pouches
  • Medication (Advil, Tylenol, sinus, allergy, menstrual, cold)
  • Headphones
  • Shave gel
  • Razors men
  • Cup of soup

What the USO of Wisconsin has done for the morale of my family and the memories we have made are priceless. We are and will always be eternally grateful for what you have done for us while I have been stationed here.

Jason

The USO of WI is an amazing organization that has also allowed me the opportunity to share some of the benefits of my military service with the people that deserve it the most; my friends and family.

Matthew

I just want to thank the USO and the Brewers for the warm welcome and hospitality. It certainly was an honor to throw out the first pitch! It will be a day that I will never forget. Words cannot really describe what the USO does for the military and their families. It definitely makes the a difference in the life of a soldier!

Lynn

We thank you for your efforts on this and truly appreciate the support. You guys provide such a wonderful service, and I hope you know how much everyone that wears the uniforms appreciates it.

Joe (Navy)

I can’t thank you enough for the opportunity and for inviting us to the Brett Favre dinner. There is honestly no bigger Packer fan than I and Brett came straight to our table, shook our hands and I actually got to chat with the man himself! Such an amazing experience!

Robert (128 ARW Emergency Actions Controller)

Attending a Brewers game means so much. It means we all can do something together, with our families, and create memories. All of us soldiers can be united in our cheering for the home team as we are all Brewers fans regardless of where we call home.

Marikay (CPT, AG)

I want to and can not thank the USO of Wisconsin enough for your continued support to the U.S. Coast Guard in Milwaukee. I retired in 2015 and I have always told our new people that report to Sector Lake Michigan to take advantage of the un-wavering support of your office.

Matthew (USCG)

Thank you for being available to those who serve our country, to those who have served, and to those of us who love them!

Charis (Attendee at Airport Event)

Camp Hometown Heroes 2015 was a great success. With your help, we provided this life changing opportunity to 140 campers from 27 states this year. Thank you for supporting our mission.

Neil, Paula, Deb

Great to see a place where I know I’m welcomed. It’s never easy leaving home, but even harder when you sit alone.

Airman First Class