In light of COVID-19 we at the Center for Community-based Learning, Leadership, and Research reaffirm our commitment to the well-being of UWM students, staff, and faculty, as well as our non-profit partners in the Milwaukee community.

For current updates on COVID-19 and its impact on the UWM campus, please visit

As you are social distancing, to help prevent the spread of the Coronavirus, we want to remind you that remaining connected is important for your mental health and well-being. Below are some ways to remain connected to the community. For in-person service options we have checked in with our non-profit partners to ensure they are following current CDC guidelines, including mask wearing and distancing.

    • Tutor a local kid through the Virtual Tutoring Program-
      Tutors meet with a local K-12 youth once or twice a week to assist with homework or to read together. For more information visit the Virtual Tutoring Program page.
    • Take a Service-Learning Course-
      If you want to take a service-learning course or if you are in a service-learning course and need support as you work to complete your placement in-person or virtually please contact Ben Trager at  The CCBLLR office can offer masks and hand sanitizer refills to students going to sites. Further, our van is available for limited transportation to sites such as the Hope House Food Pantry on Tuesdays and Thursdays as well as The Gathering on Friday mornings.
    • Join the CLIP Program-
      If you are a student who wants to make a difference in the community and you are eligible for work study, we have paid internships at local non-profit agencies and public schools in the Milwaukee Metro area that you can do virtually. Click here to learn more.
    • Check-in on Elders through Serving Older Adults-
      Serving Older Adults of Southeast Wisconsin (SOA), runs the programming at the 5 county-owned senior centers. Although general programming at the centers is on hold, they are distributing meals in a drive-through format to those older adults who need them. They are reaching out to seniors to check in on them. They have over 5,000 participants, so they welcome any help. A volunteer application can be downloaded from their website at Volunteers should fill out the online application form so SOA can complete a background check before you get started. For more information contact Cathy Woods at 414-628-6755. 
    • Assist with the UWM Adopt-a-River Program
      This past Spring, Summer and Fall UWM volunteers and service learners did a series of DIY river and park clean ups, and as a campus we have adopted a portion of the Milwaukee River in Lincoln Park. As winter sets in these activities are on hold but stay tuned for events as the weather warms up again this spring.
    • After School Learning Support Volunteer at the Tandem 20/20-
      The Tandem 20/20 Tutoring Program is designed to help students grades 4-10 succeed during virtual schooling and beyond! The program is located at Owen’s Place (4610 W Fond Du Lac Ave) which has a large indoor space with individual cubicles perfect for socially distant tutoring! Interested in making sure our students are successful in this difficult digital school year? Volunteers can apply today to help our young people keep current with their schoolwork and stay on top of their studies! Volunteer shifts are weekdays from 3pm-5:30pm, and approved tutors can sign up for one shift at a time with no long-term commitment! While we may eventually add evening and weekend shifts, or shifts of shorter duration, we are asking the initial round of volunteers be able to commit to a full 2.5 hour session. We recognize that volunteering is a privilege, and want to make sure every qualified adult in our community who wants to help is able to do so! Volunteer stipends up to $600 are available for approved candidates who pass a background check. Apply as a tutor here:
      Learn more about The Tandem here:



    • Find local volunteer opportunities in your area on the Volunteer Wisconsin COVID-19 Response Page-
      Not in the Milwaukee area? Volunteer Wisconsin now has a COVID-19 response page where you are able to search for local service opportunities by the county or city in Wisconsin that you are currently living in. We realize that with classes moving online for the rest of the semester that a lot of our students have returned to their hometowns for the rest of the year. This is a great way for you to get still get involved while being away from campus. If interested in searching these opportunities go to


If you have questions or need help, contact  Laurie Marks by email or call 414-229-3161.