COVID-19: Morgridge Center Updates and Resources

Please visit UW-Madison’s response to COVID-19. Visit it frequently to stay up to date and to review previous posts.

Below, you will find volunteer and donating opportunities as well as resources that are in response to COVID-19.

Volunteer Opportunities

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Free Meal Distribution

Food For Free is mobilizing a volunteer team to make sure their most vulnerable populations still get food. This will be a collaboration between people who are willing to assist in a safe way during this challenging time.

After you fill out this form, they will be in touch with you regarding specific opportunities as the situation unfolds and they execute action plans.

National Voluntary Oganizations Active in Disaster (VOAD)

National VOAD coordinates volunteer efforts with over 70 organizations and the CDC in order to ensure they are doing everything we possibly can to assist in the response to COVID-19.


Porchlight is seeking volunteers to do health assessments on the homeless men. Volunteers must be healthy and not have any risk factors. This is NOT an opportunity for everyone; knowledge of homelessness or COVID-19 preferred. If you are healthy, not in a high-risk group and interested in volunteering, please email Kim at Follow Porchlight on Facebook to receive updated volunteer opportunities.

River Food Pantry

The River Food Pantry is seeking healthy volunteers who are not in the higher-risk demographic to help out in the market with food packaging and distribution, as well as client registration. The river is not currently scheduling groups of volunteers. View updated volunteer hours and sign up here.

Second Harvest Foodbank

Be a Care Box Volunteer! Help Second Harvest of Madison pack and distribute boxes of food to partner agencies. Volunteers must be between the ages of 12 to 64 due to health and safety concerns. Sign up to volunteer. 

The League of Wisconsin Municipalities

The League of Wisconsin Municipalities is looking to put together a social media/social influencer campaign to give municipalities resources to help people understand the COVID-19 situation and what they need to do to keep themselves and their communities as healthy and safe as possible, including understanding:

1. Social distancing matters for everyone, regardless of age

2. Not only older and vulnerable people can get sick and have ultimately deadly consequences from this virus
Are you interested in working on this?

Sign up on this Google Sheet, which will be shared with Gail Sumi, the League of Wisconsin Municipalities Member Engagement and Communications Director.

Morgridge Center Updates:

Morgridge Fellows Application Deadline Extended

The Morgridge Fellows application deadline has been extended to Wednesday, April 8. Interested applicants should fill out this form. Questions can be sent to Beth Tryon, Assistant Director for Community-Engaged Scholarship.

Voters are Encouraged to Vote Absentee

The April 7 Wisconsin Presidential Primary and Spring Election is fast approaching. Election officials encourage everyone to vote absentee due to the COVID-19 outbreak. Visit for more information.

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Resources for the Community and Students

UW–Madison Emergency Assistance

If you are a student facing an unexpected emergency due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, complete the UW–Madison Emergency Assistance Form. Upon submission of this form, an Office of Student Financial Aid team member will contact you within one business day to discuss the best ways to support you.


UW Credit Union Emergency Personal Loan

For existing UW Credit Union members who have been financially impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak, UWCU are offering a low-rate personal loan to help with budgeting concerns. Loan funds can be used for purposes such as to supplement income loss, pay bills and cover expenses related to COVID-19. To apply, please call 800-533-6773, option 1 during regular business hours.

211 Wisconsin

2-1-1: The United Way of Dane County runs a free information service designed to connect those in need with service providers; including those looking for an emergency food resource. Just dial 211 on your phone, give them your zip code, and they will tell you where the nearest emergency food provider.


Madison Area Resources

This document was created to collect resources for alleviating primarily non-medical problems caused by the public emergency surrounding COVID-19. These issues include financial, emotional, logistical, and childcare challenges. Resources have been collected from news articles, local Facebook groups, grassroots organizations, etc.