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.
If you can only commit to a “one-time” event, view our online calendar of events!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Student Artist in Residence (SAIR) Program embeds a student artist in a community such as an elder care facility, a medical clinic, or a public school, and they work for one year with members of the community doing creative engagement that addresses a specified need. Students earn a stipend or are provided room and board in exchange for their work. To learn more about the SAIR Program Go to our SAIR page or contact Kika Meraz.
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.
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 email@example.com.
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 CCBLLR partners with many non-profit agencies who provide opportunities in the community to help local older adults including volunteer with Interfaith, being a Timeslips Volunteer, or applying to be a Student Artist in Residence! To find out more stop into the CCBLLR or contact Kika Meraz.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org to setup a meeting and start the SSR program. Current SSR students, click here to log hours or download documents.
The UWM Panther Response Team (PRT) facilitates opportunities for UW-Milwaukee students, faculty, and staff to train and serve with agencies and non-profit organizations that support individuals and communities as they prepare for, respond to, and recover from emergencies and disasters. To learn more about the PRT and our partners contact the Program Manager, Jordan Davis. Are you already interested in applying to become a PRT Member? Fill out an online application here.