Begin Making a Difference Today
At the Morgridge Center, we not only bridge the campus and the community, but we help students bridge from their life as students to their lives as local-to-global citizens. We aim to foster lifelong civic engagement in our students by offering diverse opportunities through the pathways of public service. We believe everyone has a passion for something. We’re here to help you take action.
Join Badger Volunteers and build relationships with a community partner by volunteering once a week. Choose from over 75 opportunities and select one that best fits your goals and interests. We provide transportation so you don't have to worry about it.
Whatever passion you have and however you want to get involved, our undergraduate peer advisors can help find you a match. Our peer advisors will help you find meaningful service opportunities that match your interests and availability.
Voting is an important part of being involved in the community and your democracy. BadgersVote is dedicated to providing students with everything they need in order to participate in elections and be an active member of the community. Be a Badger that votes.
Wisconsin Idea Fellowship
Since 1999, over 300 UW–Madison students have been named Wisconsin Idea Fellows. The Wisconsin Idea Fellowships support innovative projects designed collaboratively by UW–Madison undergraduate students, community partners (ie: nonprofits, municipalities, NGOs), and faculty to help address a community-identified need, locally or globally. Students are eligible to receive up to $7,000 for group projects and up to $5,000 for individual projects.
Applications open late fall and are due early spring. The application includes a project proposal, abstract, budget, and letters of support from a faculty mentor and community partner. Decisions are usually announced in late spring and awarded projects may begin as early as June.
Make the City and Community your Textbook
Community-Based Learning Courses
Earn academic credit while serving your community. This might look like volunteering, working on a project with a community partner, or both. This is a great way to incorporate giving back to the community into your daily class schedule.
Be a math tutor with Achievement Connections and tutor in our local high schools, engaging with the youth while they continue to develop productive study skills. Free Transportation provided for select sites.
Community Engagement Preparation
At the Morgridge Center, we understand the power of community engagement as a tool for learning and relationship building. Check out some of the resources that you can utilize to strengthen your understanding of community engagement.
Stay Connected with Us
We’re located on the first floor of the Red Gym, to your right as you enter the building. You can visit our front desk with any questions you have, contact our staff with any questions, or even subscribe to our weekly newsletter, Morgridge Mail to receive volunteer and internship opportunities and events.