SET maintains deep community partnerships which create student opportunities for volunteering, service-learning, service trips and other forms of community-based learning.

Opportunities are always available to make a different from working to improve the environment, mentor children, stock shelves at a food pantry, serve breakfast to Milwaukee’s unhoused community, engage in an alternative spring break and more!

Looking for something specific or none of our current programs interest you? Connect with us and we can refer you to some great organizations.

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The Gathering Meal Program

Volunteer at The Gathering to serve breakfast to community members that would otherwise go hungry. We go each Friday from 7:00am-10:30am. Transportation is provided, but limited. The van leaves promptly at 7:00am and returns around 10:30am. If you have any questions email

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Hope House Food Pantry Program

Volunteer at the Friedens Food Pantry located in the Hope House. We go each Tuesday and Thursday from 11:30am-3:00pm. Transportation is provided, but limited. The van leaves promptly at 11:20am and returns around 3:00pm. If you have any questions email

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Student Service Record Program

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 to setup a meeting and start the SSR program. New and current SSR participants can use the link below to learn more about the program and locate program resources.

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Virtual Tutoring Program

We are looking for volunteers who will provide academic and social support to elementary and secondary students impacted by distance education. All tutors will be trained and meet with their student twice a week for approximately 30-45 minute sessions for 8-10 weeks. Tutoring provides continued professional development for volunteers and an opportunity for community members to support the education of young people.

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Panther Response Team

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.

Make a Difference Day

Members of the UWM community are invited to take part in the city-wide Spring Make a Difference Day every fall and spring semester. Make a Difference Day is a citywide volunteer event where volunteers across Milwaukee help with neighborhood clean-ups and helping older adults with cleaning patios, raking leaves, and clearing garden beds.

You can sign up as an individual or with a team. Individuals will be grouped as a team before being sent out to do service. For more information, email

Big Brothers Big Sisters Program

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.

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Alternative Spring Break Trip

Travel to Asheville, North Carolina, to explore Appalachian culture and communities by volunteering and engaging in community-based learning. Participants volunteer at various non-profit agencies (focusing on issues of veteran rehabilitation, hunger and homelessness, and environmental sustainability) while enhancing their leadership skills.

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Peace Corps Prep

UWM has partnered with the Peace Corps to help students prepare for the application process and ultimately fulfill their dream of volunteering and traveling through the Peace Corps after college.

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