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Get Involved!

There are so many ways to get involved with the TRC! Also available as a PDF for easy printing.

Here they are:


The Tenant Resource Center has amazing volunteer opportunities!  We rely heavily on our volunteers to help our clients, and the TRC is one of the few places where volunteers really get a chance to have meaningful interactions with clients.  The main volunteer opportunities are as:

  • Housing Counselors: No experience required! We will train you to work directly with clients, answering questions about rental rights and responsibilities. Minimum commitment of 3 hours/week for one year.
  • Mediators: Trained professional mediators go to eviction court and help negotiate agreements between tenants and landlords in order to help prevent homelessness in Dane County. Mediators also do some out of court mediation.
  • Office/Admin Support: As a small non-profit with limited staff time, we always can use help with the day-to-day office tasks that arise.
  • Board of Directors Member: we always need new energy and expertise to guide us as an organization.

See our brochure for more information.


Mark Your Calendars:

  • Fundraisers! Each year, the Tenant Resource Center hosts a Fall and Spring fundraiser to help support our efforts. These events are always a good chance to connect with other supporters of our programs, find out more about our work, and have a great time. Stay tuned for more information about our upcoming fundraisers!
  • Volunteer Training! Throughout the year, the Tenant Resource Center hosts several volunteer trainings that allow interested parties to get the necessary information for our Housing Counseling program. Each training will be a two-day training where all materials and lunch will be provided. For more information, please visit our Volunteer Page.


There are so many ways to donate! As a small non-profit, we apply regularly for grants and special-project funding, but rely on small amounts given by the hard working folks who value our work.

Seminars & Workshops

Come join us for a Housing Law Seminar! We give a series of seminars in the spring and fall of each year, where we teach participants about tenant-landlord law.  We offer CLE credits for attorneys, and support landlords and service providers as they attempt to understand Wisconsin's rapidly changing housing law.

Community Presentations

As part of our Housing Counseling Program, we offer community presentations around Dane County and Wisconsin. Would you like to host a community presentation from one of our staff members? Please contact us!

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Iron Chef 2017

Friday, March 31, 2017 at 05:00 PM · 4 rsvps

Come Eat for Housing Justice in Wisconsin!  

The Tenant Resource Center will host our annual Iron Chef fundraiser on:

Friday, March 31st, 2017

from 5pm to 8pm at

The Brink Lounge in Madison


Click here to donate today!

Looking for Sponsors, Chefs and Judges!  

The Tenant Resource Center will host our annual Iron Chef fundraiser on Friday, March 31st, 2017 from 5-8pm at our usual spot, the Brink Lounge (701 E. Washington Ave.).

New!  Cocktail Hour
We are extending the length of the event!  Our celebration will be from 5p - 8pm: 5 - 6pm will be cocktail hour, and food will be served at 6:00.  This will give the chefs more time to set up, and give the judges more time to see the full presentation. 

The Citizens United Award
Money can't buy everything -- but it can buy elections!
The 2017 Iron Chef competition will continue with the award for the Chef who raises the most cash votes in their name to benefit TRC. This entirely unregulated process will favor the most creative, random, or ruthless strategy for getting the most bucks into their buckets! The proud winner will receive a one-year supply of envy, infamy, and self-satisfaction.
"Master Chef" Chosen by the People
The winners of each ingredient battle at the 2016 Iron Chef event will be invited to compete a single dish at our 2016 fall fundraiser. The winner will be selected by the people. 
"Real life. Real solutions." Help us keep helping!
In 2016, TRC helped more than 15,000+ people with rental housing issues. Even with our funding cuts and changes to services, those numbers will remain high! Your support at Iron Chef will help us continue to keep families safe in their homes and unlock the doors to affordable housing. 
1. Sponsors needed! You can sponsor the event for $25, $50, $100, $250, $500 or more! Donate or pledge in advance and we will share your name with all of our guests. Sponsorships show community support from you or your business, and encourage others to come to the event!  To sponsor, email
DEADLINE: Tuesday, February 21st @ NOON 
Pro tip: TRC Sustainers are automatically listed as sponsors for all of our events. Become one today!
2. Come to the event! Bring an empty stomach and an adventurous spirit! The suggested donation is $25 -- more if you can and less if you can't. No one turned away for lack of funds. Every guest will get ballots for the People's Choice Award to vote on their favorite dish!
Friday, March 31, 2017
5pm - 8pm
The Brink Lounge (Madison)
R.S.V.P. below or on our Facebook page!
3. Judges Needed! Judges commit to sampling half the menu (minus their dietary restrictions) to determine the winners of each ingredient battle and the chef for the Judge's Choice Award.
To become a judge, email
4. Chefs Needed! No professional experience required, just a love of cooking! You will be assigned an ingredient, which we will ask you to include in a "tasting menu" (think: tiny portions) of 2-5 dishes for 75-100 people. You will prepare this in advance to serve at the event, and we can reimburse you up to $100 for costs. Teams and ancient rivalries are welcome!
To become a chef, email
How to Donate:
If you want to be a sponsor, email by noon on Tuesday, February 21. Your name will be on the invitation and you can choose to donate at the door, by mail (we'll send even send you a stamped envelope), or online!
You can also: 
Click HERE to donate directly to our event
Click HERE to become a Sustainer and be listed as a sponsor of all our events
Click HERE to donate through Community Shares of Wisconsin
Finally, TimeBank dollars are welcome as well!  
Any questions, feel free to ask.  We appreciate the many people who have supported us over the years and look forward to another successful event with your help!  I hope you an come and help us keep helping!

Help keep our services free for everyone! Can you donate a few dollars a month?

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