Transportation Options for Volunteers

Transportation Options is a service for any UW–Madison student participating in Morgridge Center-affiliated programs. Explore the different affiliated programs and transportation options and decide which one is right for you.

The Transportation Options program is active in spring 2024. Email transportation@morgridge.wisc.edu if you have any questions or inquiries. Responses to inquiries may be delayed. Please allow up to 2 to 3 business days for a response. 

Students participating in Morgridge Center eligible programs such as Badger Volunteers, CBL Courses, Achievement Connections, P.E.O.P.L.E., or SOPP whose sites are more than 35 minutes away by bus from all four campus locations are eligible for the Transportation Options program.

Eligible students can fill out our registration form to get started. You will receive an email with specific instructions for your transportation option.

The four locations are: 
Union South
21 North Park St
The Wisconsin Alumni Association
Dejope Residence Hall

Our program connects students with transportation providers such as Lyft, UW–Madison Fleet, and Union Cab to get to their community site.

Regardless if your site qualifies for our transportation providers you can sign up for our Bcycle pass fobs if you are interested, please use the form in the information page to register. Students can check out a pass for up to two weeks at a time. You will need to pick up your fobs at Morgridge Center (716 Langdon Street, 1st floor, suite 154)

The Morgridge Center will cover the cost of transportation for qualifying students in Morgridge Center-affiliated programs. If you are interested in the Transportation Options Program, please confirm your eligibility with your program supervisor.

Students interested in volunteer opportunities can start looking here.

Volunteers engage in tutoring sessions in local area high schools, all program volunteers are eligible to utilize transportation options. For any questions, please reach out to the Achievement Connections Campus Coordinator.

Volunteers engage in tutoring sessions in local area high schools. Volunteers that are assigned to LaFollette, Vel Phillips Memorial or Middleton are eligible to utilize transportation options. Because of their close proximity to campus, Madison West and East Volunteers must use the bus or their own vehicle. If you are eligible to use Morgridge Center transportation options please contact the transportation intern at transportation@morgridge.wisc.edu.

Achievement Connections pairs UW–Madison students and other community volunteer tutors with high schoolers to engage students in learning while they continue to develop productive study skills. Tutors work one-on-one with a high school student in the Madison or Middleton-Cross Plains Area school district, where over 200 tutors have been mobilized this year alone.

To learn more about joining Achievement Connections, go here.

Badger Volunteers is a semester-long program that pairs teams of students with community organizations (schools, nonprofits, municipalities) to volunteer 1-4 hours each week at the same organization. The program is designed to foster meaningful and consistent connections between community partners and students over the course of an entire semester.

Interested in becoming a Badger Volunteer? Go here.

Your Badger Volunteers coordinator will go over the specifics of how the Transportation Options Program can service you. If you have any additional questions, please contact the transportation intern at transportation@morgridge.wisc.edu.

Students enrolled in Community-based Learning courses whose engagement sites are more than 35 minutes away by bus are eligible for the Transportation Options program.

Eligible students can fill out our registration form to get started. You will receive an email with specific instructions for your transportation option.

Large vans or busses can be chartered upon special request. Please reach out to transportation@morgridge.wisc.edu with at least a month’s notice if your group requires coordinated transportation.

If you have any additional questions, please contact the transportation intern at transportation@morgridge.wisc.edu.

What can I do if I need to contact Union Cab to change, cancel, or book a ride? What if my ride is late?
Users can contact Union Cab at 608-242-2000 for any of the above reasons.

Are there any transportation options available for large groups?
Large vans or busses can be chartered upon special request. Please reach out to transportation@morgridge.wisc.edu with at least a month’s notice if your group requires coordinated transportation.

Why isn’t my Lyft ride showing as free in the app?
Make sure you have your pick-up as one of the four campus locations and your destination as your site, or vice versa. If you are scheduling rides in advance, they won’t show as free until completed.

How can I tell if my site is eligible?
To be eligible for transportation support, sites must be more than 35 minutes away from our four campus locations by bus. Use Google Maps to check the travel time from the following:

  • Union South
  • 21 North Park St.
  • Wisconsin Alumni Association
  • Dejope Residence Hall

If my site is closer than 35 minutes away, what are my options to get there?
You can walk to your site, take the bus, or bike. The Morgridge Center has BCycle memberships available for students to check out regardless of how close their site is. Check out the BCycle section to find out more.