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Volunteers shine bright at The Beacon
Written by Kevin Wondrash, Catholic Herald Staff   
Thursday, Apr. 19, 2018 -- 12:00 AM
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Volunteers Darrell and Janie help out in the kitchen at The Beacon in Madison. (Contributed photo)

MADISON -- “There’s nothing better you can do with your time than to help people who are suffering, have a decent life, [and be] able to lead the life they want,” said volunteer coordinator Tami Fleming from The Beacon.

The Beacon is a comprehensive day resource center for people who are experiencing homelessness in Dane County.

It is a joint venture among Catholic Charities Madison, Dane County, the City of Madison, and United Way of Dane County.

In addition to its staff, The Beacon needs about 20 volunteers per day -- half in a morning shift and half in an afternoon shift -- to run the normal day-to-day operations. Shifts are about four hours long.

The Beacon is open seven days a week from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and has volunteer opportunities as a front desk greeter, laundry and shower manager, computer lab assistant, guest and child and family advocate, among many others.

Becoming a volunteer

“We need volunteers every day,” said Fleming.

The first step in becoming a volunteer at The Beacon is attending an orientation session. They are held at The Beacon (615 E. Washington Ave., Madison) Wednesdays at 6 p.m. and Fridays at 9 a.m.

Fleming said these two-hour sessions give prospective volunteers a chance to “get a real feel for it” and “hear what it’s about [and] see the place.”

She admitted she is “real frank with people” about the challenges they may face working with homeless people who need help.

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St. Paul’s welcomes students on journey of faith
Written by Carolyn Averill, For the Catholic Herald   
Thursday, Apr. 19, 2018 -- 12:00 AM

MADISON -- On a windy April evening, the opening prayers of the 2018 Easter Vigil were heard for the first time since 2015 from the exterior of 723 State St., home of the beautiful new St. Paul’s Church and Student Center in the heart of the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus.

And what an eagerly anticipated evening it was for those gathered to celebrate the Lord’s Resurrection during this momentous first year in St. Paul’s new home!

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Students take second place in national coding competition
Written by Kevin Wondrash, Catholic Herald Staff   
Thursday, Apr. 19, 2018 -- 12:00 AM

SAUK CITY -- Not all that long ago, one may have heard the words “computer programming” and had an idea what it meant.

One would picture someone typing letters, numbers, and symbols onto a computer and creating a program or application.

These days, “coding” is the more popular word for it, and it’s being taught in many schools.

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