Student Volunteer Commitment & Safety Guidelines for COVID-19
The Morgridge Center for Public Service encourages all students to seek virtual or no-contact engagement opportunities unless they are required to do in-person engagement for graduation, certification, or licensure (see UW-Madison guidelines here). We recognize that some students may be doing other in-person engagement or service activities regardless of our recommendations, and want to provide the following safety protocols and information so students can keep themselves and community members as safe as possible.
This document contains guidelines to inform students what behaviors and actions need to be taken while volunteering with an off-campus nonprofit organization during the COVID-19 pandemic, if they so choose to do that. These guidelines and commitments are in place to ensure the safety of both student volunteers and organization staff members, and to promote a positive work environment.
How can I prepare students for virtual CBL engagement?
Our community-based learning interns can help prepare students for the upcoming semester. Please contact Haley Madden at firstname.lastname@example.org to request one.
You can also contact our community engagement preparation specialist, Cory Sprinkel, at email@example.com to access preparation modules that are entirely online.
Is there any flexibility in the CBL requirements this fall?
Yes! We realize this semester will look really different than most, and may even change midway through. Students may not complete a full 25 hours of engagement this semester, and that’s okay. Their time may be more focused on preparing to work in community, reflection, or learning from community partners in other ways.
How can I connect with community partners?
We can help! If you have students who are looking to connect with community partners, please send a description of what they can offer community partners (skills, your learning goals, what kinds of engagement you are looking for) to firstname.lastname@example.org.
I need more help for my course!
We can help — request a community-based learning intern at no cost to you! They can support your course for up to five hours per week over the course of the semester. Request one by emailing Haley at email@example.com.