Students

The Center for Community-Based Learning, Leadership, and Research provides the UWM campus with different opportunities to volunteer throughout the city and beyond. Each week of the year there are opportunities to make a real difference in Milwaukee and beyond by working to improve the environment, mentoring local kids, stocking shelves at a food pantry, serving breakfast to Milwaukee’s homeless community, engaging in an alternative spring break, and helping older adults. Below are some specific programs coordinated by the CCBLLR, but we are also a drop-in center if you simply want a referral to a local non-profit agency so that you can coordinate a volunteer position on your own.

Event Calendar

Event Calendar

If you can only commit to a “one-time” event, view our online calendar of events! You can also download a PDF.

Student Service Record Program

Student Service Record Program

This program helps you keep a detailed record of your community engagement activities throughout your college career. A certificate is issued after completing at least 75 hours of approved service in the community. Email leader1@uwm.edu to setup a meeting and start the SSR program. Current SSR students, click here to log hours or download documents.

Food Pantry Program

Food Pantry Program

Help alleviate the negative impact of food insecurity in a local Milwaukee neighborhood by helping us at the Hope House Food Pantry any Tuesday or Thursday afternoon from noon-3:00pm. Transportation is provided, and spots fill quickly, so sign up for a shift now by emailing the specific date(s) you would like to volunteer to vista@uwm.edu.

College Bigs & Youth Mentors Program

College Bigs & Youth Mentors Program

Each year 200+ UWM students, faculty, and staff volunteer less than two hours per week by serving as a Mentor and Tutor to a local kid at a MPS school or local community center. Our Mentors make a real difference in the lives of kids through this work. To learn more about this program, attend one of our information sessions, taking place each September. Sometimes spots become available during the school year, and you can contact Michelle Brzezinski

The Gathering Meal Program

The Gathering Meal Program

Every Friday Morning, UWM volunteers serve breakfast to Milwaukee’s homeless community at The Gathering. Transportation is provided for this event which occurs from 7:00-10:30am. To sign up for one or more Fridays, email the date(s) you would like to volunteer to vista@uwm.edu.

Older Adult Programs

Older Adult Programs

The CCBLLR partners with many non-profit agencies who provide opportunities in the community to help local older adults! To find out how you can help, attend the Older Adult Programs Information Session on Tuesday, September 20th at 7:30pm in the UWM Union, Room 280. RSVP for this session here. Questions can be directed to femeraz@uwm.edu.

Alternative Spring Break

Alternative Spring Break

This year we will be serving in Asheville, North Carolina. Participants will engage in service at various non-profit agencies throughout the trip while enhancing their leadership skills. Students can get more information here.

Community Leaders Internship Program

Community Leaders Internship Program

The Community Leaders Internship Program (CLIP) engages work-study eligible students by placing them in community-based work-study jobs at local non-profit agencies and public schools. Students work between 6-15 hours each week at their work-study site and earn between $9.25 and $11.00 an hour. Learn more here.