In light of Coronavirus, 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 to 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.

    • Vote in Upcoming Elections-
      The 2020 Spring Election and Presidential Preference Vote is April 7th. Visit this link for more information on how to register to vote, request an absentee ballot, and find your polling place.
    • Complete the 2020 Census-
      According to the census website, “The results of the 2020 Census will help determine how hundreds of billions of dollars in federal funding flow into communities every year for the next decade. That funding shapes many different aspects of every community, no matter the size, no matter the location.” Visit this link for information about the census and how to complete it.



The CCBLLR office will update this webpage with volunteer opportunities that follow social distancing guidelines so you remain safe and healthy. Volunteering remotely is a great way to spend some of your time while you are at home – it will help you feel connected to the outside community, and it will allow you to make a difference in the lives of others. Below are current remote/virtual volunteer service opportunities that you explore.



    • K-12 Online Tutoring Project-
      Are you interested in supporting elementary, middle, or high school students with their academics during this period of uncertainty? The Online Tutoring Project matches college-age tutors with families seeking academic support while their kids are home. Tutors can indicate the subjects and grade levels they are comfortable working with and are asked to commit to tutoring two students for two sessions each week; the sessions last about 30-45 minutes each. Individuals with experience working in educational environments are strongly encouraged to apply! The CCBLLR with provide logistical support for the tutor onboarding process. Please indicate your interest in joining the Online Tutoring Project by completing the form.
    • Virtually Tutor Hartford University School Kids-
      Hartford University School (located on the UWM Campus) is seeking help in engaging students through distance learning. Volunteer will work remotely with Hartford Ave school kids who are below grade level, and help is urgently needed to help bring these students to grade level. Volunteers would engage with middle school students through a variety of means, including phone, calls, google meets, etc. Volunteers must have already previously passed an MPS background check. For additional information, contact Mr. Hill, a Hartford Ave school math teacher, at or phone 414 534-0456.
    • Make Masks for Milwaukee youth at Pathfinders Shelter-
      Pathfinders continues to do the essential work of meeting the needs of the city’s most vulnerable young people. On the front lines, we are feeling the effects of resource shortages, especially resources that protect our staff and young people from spreading and catching COVID-19. Many people are getting creative and making masks for organizations in need. If you are able to volunteer your time, please consider making masks for our young people who, for various reasons, have a more difficult time remaining in a safe, clean space and for the Pathfinders employees who are serving them. For more information email



    • Send a UWM Neighbor a Card or Letter of Encouragement-
      We are looking for UWM Students, Faculty, and Staff who would be willing to send a letter or card of encouragement to a local older adult during these difficult times. We are partnering with Eastside Senior Services to hopefully make the day of one of our UWM neighbors as many people are isolated during these unique circumstances. If you are interested please fill out our online request form found at We will review your request to be matched with an older adult and be in touch with further details. If you have any questions you can email       
    • 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. 



    • Mentor Refugees through Catholic Charities Milwaukee-
      If you are looking for an opportunity to work with the Milwaukee refugee and immigrant communities join the Milwaukee Catholic Charities Refugee and Immigration Services volunteer team! Volunteers will work directly and remotely with learners to improve their English speaking, reading and writing, review the 100 civics questions, information/vocabulary on the N400 (Citizenship Application) questions, encourage learners to work independently on their English and, just to check-in. Lessons take place one-on-one or in small groups once a week for 20-30 minutes. Although teaching/tutoring experience is helpful, no experience or additional language skills are required. This opportunity is ideal for volunteers who want to continue to support refugees/immigrants in a more structured setting during COVID-19. Training and materials will be provided to all volunteers. For more information or to sign-up please contact Jessica Brandt at



    • Volunteer Remotely with the Schlitz Audubon Nature Center-
      The Schlitz Audubon Center has a unique opportunity to volunteer remotely until they are able to reopen. They need assistance creating materials for their nature preschool. These items include painted rocks, small wooden tree houses, doll clothing, and cutting animal pictures from magazines for collage projects. If you are interested in learning more please contact 



    • Help build the African American Civil War Soldiers Database-
      Volunteer to help transcribe images of African American soldiers military service records for the National Archives and Records Administration.  The goal of this project is to improve the knowledge of the African Americans who were in the American Civil War and provide their descendants with access to information on their ancestors. The African American Civil War Museum is using this information to build a database of an estimated 200,000 soldiers. If interested please go to 
    • 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



      • Donate items of need to the Gathering Meal Program-
        The Gathering Milwaukee is a meal program in Milwaukee that our office has long been a partner with. They provide 10 meals a week to people who would otherwise go hungry. The Gathering is currently in urgent need of tuna pouches, bottled water, juice boxes, to-go containers with compartments, salty snacks, and fresh fruit/fruit cups. If interested in donating, items can be dropped off at 1300 W Fond Du Lac Ave, Monday through Friday between 7:00 am and 8:30 am or between 9:30 am and 10:30 am



The CCBLLR office will update this webpage with volunteer opportunities for the summer. Some of the following volunteer opportunities may be in person.

    • Volunteer with Girls Rock MKE-
      Girls Rock MKE is a one-week summer day camp for girls and non-binary youth ages 8-16. Youth campers of all skill levels learn an instrument (guitar, bass, drums, keyboard or vocals), form a band, write a song, and perform their song on stage at an end-of-camp showcase for friends, family and fans. Camp sessions are held for a week in June and a week in July at the UW-Milwaukee Helene Zelazo Center. Showcases are performed at Turner Hall Ballroom in downtown Milwaukee. During the summer they are seeking both folks with musical talent, but also those that are interested in just being fun, positive role models for campers, who can lead team-building and other such activities. Before summer arrives, they are interested in volunteers who can help plan camp activities and assist with aspects of camp administration. If you are interested in signing up to volunteer you can go to or email Arielle.


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