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It Takes a Village . . .


Volunteerism is a cornerstone of the Village model, drawing upon the untapped capacity of people in our communities to support each other. Please consider joining our group of volunteers who play a vital role in the success of SAIL.


Some of the benefits volunteers experience include: 

  • Staying active – physically, mentally and socially
  • Connecting with others, and feeling part of community
  • Putting talents, skills and capacities to good use
  • Paying it forward – knowing that someday each of us may need support too!                            

For more information on how you can become a part of
SAIL by volunteering, please contact the SAIL office at 230-4321 or send an email to Peggy York, volunteer coordinator at

Prior to volunteering, new volunteers are required to complete an application, meet with SAIL staff, and pass background and reference checks. All volunteers will receive the necessary training required for the individual role(s). 
To get started, print, complete, and mail the following forms to SAIL, 6209 Mineral Point Road, Suite 210, Madison, WI 53705 or email to SAIL Volunteer Manager.

Volunteer Application         

Background check

We look forward to meeting you and learning about your interests in helping seniors age in place in the Madison community!

“Thank you to a wonderful staff of a great organization and to many faithful volunteers! SAIL has fulfilled a promise to help seniors navigate the sometimes treacherous waters of aging.”     
            ~SAIL Member Fran Bicknell

Volunteer Drivers Share a Little Social Time Together 

Joan, a charter member and volunteer on SAIL’s Connections Team, is happy to get her screen replaced by fellow member and SAIL volunteer, Bob.

We love helping members help each other. The “it takes a Village” adage rings true for all of us! To learn more about SAIL member benefits, click here.

SAIL Member, Charlotte, loves sharing her beautiful garden with
others. When she’s not taking care of her plants, Charlotte is   often volunteering her time—here at SAIL she sends thoughtful cards to members on special occasions or during challenging times. Thank you, Charlotte!


Volunteer Opportunities


Volunteer Driver

  • Pick up and return members to their homes
  • Typical trips involve doctor appointments, grocery stores, or banking

In-Home Assistance

  • Help with paperwork, minor chores, meals
  • Provide computer help, house-sitting, pet care, mail pickup
  • Visit member by phone or in person on a regular schedule
  • Take walks or go on outings with member
  • Dine out with member or attend local events
  • Be an exercise partner to keep member motivated

Gardening Advice and Help

  • Water and care for plants during brief absences
  • Share gardening advice

Light-Home Maintenance

  • Change light bulbs, hang curtains, flip mattresses, reset clocks, test smoke alarms, etc.
  • Do minor repairs
  • Sweep walks

Social Events/Educational Programs

  • Initiate and arrange events of interest to members
  • Locate and recommend programs and social events

Medical Advocacy

  • Accompany member to medical appointments
  • Take notes at appointments

Office Support

  • Assist with phone calls, mailing, filings
  • Enter information into a database
  • Follow-up after volunteer visits to determine member satisfaction




© 2018 SAIL (Sharing Active Independent Lives)
6209 Mineral Point Rd., Ste 210 (Inside Oakwood Village)
Madison, WI 53705 (View map)

SAIL™ is a non-profit program of AgeBetter Inc., in collaboration
with Attic Angel Association and Oakwood Village.
Office hours M-F 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.