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 agency have questions that might be answered with data analysis and a GIS map related to neighborhood populations, businesses, social services, or crime? Each Spring UWM offers a course to social welfare students where they learn the process for creating GIS (Geographic Information Systems) maps, an accompanying technical report, and a Powerpoint Presentation that explains the findings. 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.


  • Does your agency need grant-writing assistance? The UWM English Department has an upper-level grant-writing course that seeks service learning projects related to grant writing. The students will be able to provide agencies with research assistance to develop needs statements, narratives, and potentially more based on your project ideas. Each agency will be assigned one or two students who will work throughout the semester on the project. If you have a project in mind, please contact us using this Grant-Writing Project Request Form.



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.