UWM is committed to fulfilling its civic mission and engaging students in the Milwaukee community through volunteerism, service-learning, and leadership development. Non-profit agencies, governmental offices, and public and private schools can partner with the CCBLLR by filling out the Partnership Request Form, and then contacting Laurie Marks at or by calling 414-229-3161 to see which programs are the best suited to your agency’s needs.

Community Resources

  • Service-Learning Timeline (Word or PDF)
  • Service-Learning Agreement and Special Project Request Form (PDF)
  • LEAD MKE team building sessions for your organization

Current Project-Based Service Learning Offerings for Partners

  • Does your organization work on water issues and have a potential service-learning project? The UWM Global & International Studies Department will offer a course in Spring 2020 related to international careers with a focus on water. There will be approximately 10 students in the course, and the instructor would like to incorporate a community project into the curriculum. Potential ideas include a river clean up, assisting at an event related to water ways, or facilitating discussions with youth related to their experiences connected to rivers and lakes. Please consider offering a project idea using the Water Project Form.


  • Need a Map?  Each Spring UWM offers a course to social welfare students where they learn the process for creating GIS Maps using existing data sets and accompanying technical reports. If your agency would benefit from having a GIS map that explores issues in your geographic community, please contact using this GIS Mapping Project Request Form.


  • Need a Grant Writer? Each Fall UWM offers a course in grant writing. While students are responsible for identifying an agency to work with on their own, the CCBLLR often provides a list to the faculty member for students who are not well connected to the Milwaukee non-profit community. If you would like to work with a student on writing a grant for your agency, please contact us.



Like service-learning, field work and internships are academically based, but usually require a much larger time commitment and are geared to the development of very specific skills such as teaching, social work or nursing. Service-learning, on the other hand, does not focus on the acquisition of particular career skills, but rather helps students deepen their understanding of course content through experiences in the community and reflection in the classroom.

The number is determined by you and your capacity to provide service-learning experiences compatible with coursework.

Most faculty members require students to accomplish between 10-15 hours of service over the course of a semester.

Placements are course specific. Students are given a list of organizations which have been determined to match the content and goals of a particular service-learning course. For most courses, students are able to select from a variety of agencies. They are asked to familiarize themselves with the work of the agencies in advance of making their selections.

Chief among them are careful supervision and a commitment to helping make the service-learning experience relevant to course goals. Responsibilities include providing updates on agency information and service needs, offering orientations and training which prepare students for the work they will be doing and signing student time sheets.