“Volunteering with the UWM community as well as the Milwaukee community can be extremely beneficial in exploring the city. Last fall I participated in the Rak-A-Thon, which is a neighborhood cleanup. I am also involved with Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Milwaukee which allows me to make a connection with a young girl who attends a Milwaukee Public School. For an hour each week I am able to help her with her homework and spend time with her.” – Alyssa Loferski, Sophomore.
Volunteer with campus and community organizations
Getting connected to and improving your community is a great way to build a network, develop leadership skills, and leave your mark on Milwaukee and UWM. The Center for Community-Based Learning, Leadership and Research (CCBLR) [http://www4.uwm.edu/cvsl/], located on the ground floor of the Union, is your best resource to seek out opportunities to volunteer for an hour, a day, or a more sustained commitment.
o Interested in mentoring or tutoring youth?
o Volunteers can mentor or tutor children two hours a week through one of the following programs: Big Brothers Big Sisters [http://www4.uwm.edu/cvsl/programs/bigbrothersbigsisters.cfm] , the United Community Center, Our Next Generation, & Word of Hope Mentoring Children of Prisoners as well as the America Reads Work Study Program [http://www4.uwm.edu/cvsl/programs/americareads.cfm]. Mentors put hope in a child’s future by putting a friend in a child’s life. Some of these programs take place on the UWM campus while transportation is provided for most others. Activities are defined by the child and the site coordinator, and might include tutoring and social/recreational activities. Since most of these programs are located at a school, volunteers and their “littles” or “mentees” may have access to computer labs, gyms, libraries, and cafeterias.
o Want to Bring a Smile to the face through Random Acts of Kindness?
o The Center for Community-Based Learning, Leadership, and Research holds an annual Random Act of Kindness “RAK”-athon event around the city of Milwaukee each fall. Contact CCBLR for more information!
o Interested in Issues of Poverty or Hunger?
o Think about donating a few hours to our local Hope House Food Pantry [http://www.hopehousemke.org/]. UWM students, faculty and staff volunteer at the food pantry on a regular basis.
o Looking to spend your Spring Break making the world a better place?
o The Adventure Center and CCBLR host alternative Spring Break, allowing students to travel to a different part of the country to learn about various topics, experience a different part of the country, and lend a hand. Stop by CCBLR or the Adventure Center to Learn More.