Friends of Woods Hall

Get involved

When Velma and Rev. Otto Schroedel founded Woods Hall, Velma chose weaving as the first craft to help island residents stay busy and support themselves through the long Madeline Island winters.

It’s fitting because the island always has benefited from an interwoven community. During Woods Hall’s more than 50 years, it has enjoyed support from the entire island community. Even those who have not chosen to become Woods Hall artisans have eagerly helped in other ways, starting with the community construction project that built the Woods Hall building.

Making purchases at the shop is a favorite way for islanders and island-lovers to support Woods Hall. But many community members also help with donations of finances or time. We always welcome involvement, knowing part of our mission is to nurture community relationships on Madeline Island.

Velma and Otto in front of the craft cooperative they helped found.

How to volunteer

  • Edit or write for our newsletter
  • Assist in the production and mailing of the newsletter or other communications
  • Represent and promote Woods Hall in your home community and on the island
  • Share our stories and photos on Facebook, Instagram and other social media
  • Volunteer on the grounds, helping keep up the landscaping as well as the building’s exterior and interior
  • Support other special efforts of Woods Hall
  • Volunteer to give a demonstration or artist talk in your chosen medium
  • Join us to celebrate artists, donors or others at an event