Community — Get Connected

Get Connected

The community and the university have a lot to learn from and share with each other. Connect with university faculty to find expertise, or recruit UW–Madison students to volunteer at your organization or event.

Share your mission and opportunities with students at public service fairs and you can also sign up for our monthly community partner newsletter.

We want to be an open door for the community. See below for how you can get volunteers or connect with faculty. Get in touch with us today to begin a partnership.

Get Volunteers

Our Morgridge Mail digital newsletter is sent to nearly 8,000 students each week. We are happy to promote your local nonprofit volunteer opportunity, event, job or internship.

We also actively promote opportunities on social media.

Send all opportunities to Please include a short description and a link to more information.

The database is a great way to connect with students (and non-students) looking to volunteer. The database is managed by the United Way of Dane County, in partnership with the Morgridge Center, Edgewood College and Madison College and features over 800 volunteer opportunities.

Register and Post Opportunities (At the top of the page, click on “SIGN UP”)

Reaching out to student organizations can help you recruit larger numbers of students and potentially create long-term partnerships. With over 600 student organizations active in any typical semester, chances are you can find a fairly specific cause. Email the Student Organization Preparation intern for more details.

Search the Student Organization Database

Badger Volunteers connects teams of UW–Madison students with local community sites (schools, nonprofits, municipalities) to volunteer with that organization 1-4 hours every week for an entire semester. This is a great option for organizations that could benefit from having consistent volunteers over the span of 11 weeks.

Learn more about Badger Volunteers

Connect with Faculty

The Wisconsin Idea Exchange is an interactive database designed to help community groups and UW-Madison faculty and staff find collaborative Community-based Learning and research projects. Community groups can post project ideas or community needs in the database. Explore the Wisconsin Idea Exchange.

Community-based learning (CBL) is a credit-bearing course that integrates meaningful community within course curriculum. 110-120 CBL courses are taught at UW-Madison every year.

Past CBL course examples include:

  • Health education students teaching stress management skills to a community group
  • A Spanish course in which students provided recreational programs for children in the Latino community
  • A journalism class that helped create a website to promote South Madison restaurants

Interested in partnering with a CBL course? Contact Haley Madden.

The Community Partnerships and Outreach (CPO) Staff Network was established in 2008 as a community of practice of University of Wisconsin-Madison staff members who span the boundaries between campus and community. Staff members are the “brand representatives” of the Wisconsin Idea.

CPO Staff Network professionals facilitate projects, programs, services and relationships with community partners that are sustained, mutually beneficial, equitable and respectful of the knowledge, values, priorities, resources and needs of all partners. Learn more.