WHAT IS LOVE MADISON?
Every spring we choose a day to go into the Dane County community to serve all together as one church by engaging the entire Blackhawk community in projects all over Dane County.  We call this Love Madison. 

WHY ARE WE DOING THIS?
Throughout the year, people who attend Blackhawk Church are serving all over Dane County. But on Love Madison, we take this opportunity together as a church, to show God’s love to our neighbors and communities around us.

WHAT KINDS OF PROJECTS ARE AVAILABLE?
All sorts! This year, we have increased our number of outdoor projects, included some at-home and virtual options, as well as added a donation drive happening at Brader Way and Fitchburg. You can see the list of projects here.

WHAT ARE THE SERVING GUIDELINES FOR IN-PERSON PROJECTS DUE TO THE PANDEMIC? 
To help us have a safe and healthy Love Madison, please follow these guidelines:    
Before you serve at an in-person project  
Please do not serve on Love Madison on May 23 if any of the following are true:    

  • You are uncomfortable serving in-person (regardless of your health status).  
  • You have symptoms of contagious illness or fever (temperature of 100.4˚ or higher). 
  • You have had any exposure to or have personally tested positive for COVID-19 within the last two weeks.
  • You are in any high-risk categories for severe disease (optional but encouraged).   

    If any of the above are true, please contact your Project Captain and/or impact@blackhawkchurch.org  

    While you serve at an in-person project  

    • Wear a face mask (unless you are eating/drinking).  
    • Physically distance from others by 6 feet.     
    • Practice good hand hygiene, including washing hands frequently and coughing/sneezing into a tissue or your elbow.
    • Do not bring shared or buffet-style food/drink to share with others. You may bring your own drink/water.  
    • Your project may have additional guidelines. The project captain will communicate this information before Love Madison. 

    After you serve   

    • If you test positive for COVID-19 within two weeks after Love Madison, please contact impact@blackhawkchurch.org ASAP. We may need to communicate news of the positive test result to others who were at the project with you (but would do so in a way that maintains your confidentiality).  


    HOW
     DO YOU REGISTER FOR A PROJECT? 
    Registration will be on this website beginning Sunday, April 25 through Sunday, May 15.  Registration is first come, first serve.   


    WHAT HAPPENS AFTER I REGISTER?

    After registration closes, you will get an e-mail from the Project Captain with details on when to meet, where to park, what to bring, etc.


    WHAT ABOUT KIDS? CAN WE BRING THEM ALONG?
     
    Each project lists the ages of those who are able to serve at any given site. The minimum age of each project is set by the organization so we do honor their preferences. There is no childcare available at Blackhawk. 


    MY FAMILY/FRIENDS/GROUP WANTS TO SERVE TOGETHER – CAN WE SIGN UP AS ONE BIG GROUP, OR DO WE NEED TO ENTER EACH PERSON INDIVIDUALLY?
     
    Great question!  We need information about each person who participates. Please register each person individually.   

    For groups, one person can register everyone as long as they have everyone’s full name and email.  Please only register those who have confirmed they can serve.  Unconfirmed spots held for those who eventually can’t serve, leave gaps on our teams and prevent others that are available and willing from serving. Thanks for your understanding! 


    I WAS SUPPOSED TO SIGN UP FOR A SPECIFIC PROJECT WITH MY GROUP, BUT NOW IT’S FULL. WHAT DO I DO? 

    Unfortunately, once a project is full, we are not able to accommodate any more volunteers for that project. We suggest signing up for a project that strikes you as interesting and take the opportunity to get to know some new friendly faces!  


    IS THIS ONLY FOR THOSE WHO CALL BLACKHAWK CHURCH HOME OR CAN I INVITE MY FRIENDS TO COME? 
     
    Anyone is welcome! We encourage you to invite neighbors, friends, and co-workers to join you. Please make sure they register. Everyone who participates in a Love Madison project must register.  


    WHY ARE SOME OF THE PROJECTS AT FOR-PROFIT BUSINESSES?

    While we do work directly with many nonprofit organizations during LoveMadison, we also build relational bridges and work with some for-profit companies and the city andMayorsoffice at times. We believe that good works, builds good will which leads to the good news. As we work alongside these organizations and companies, for the flourishing of our community we gain respect and openness to the gospel.


    WHAT HAPPENS IF I HAVE A FAMILY EMERGENCY AND CAN’T MAKE IT?
    In case of a family emergency, please contact your Project Captain.


    WHAT IF THERE IS BAD WEATHER ON LOVE MADISON? 
     
    If the weather is extremely unfriendly, (tornado, flash floods, or the like) expect to hear from your project captain or go blackhawkchurch.org for instructions. There is no rain date for Love Madison, so pray for good weather! 


    DO WE NEED TO PROVIDE ANY TOOLS OR SUPPLIES FOR THESE PROJECTS?
     
    It depends on the project. Your project captain will let you know if and/or what tools or supplies will be needed for your project.  


    I DON’T HAVE ACCESS TO A CAR. CAN I GET A RIDE?
     
    Please let your project captain know if you think transportation will be an issue. He or she will help you troubleshoot how to get to the site and back. 

    For any questions not answered here, please e-mail impact@blackhawkchurch.org or call 608.828.4200.