Transportation Options for Volunteers

Starting fall semester of 2021, the Morgridge Center is planning to return to in-person activities. Please note that some in-person activities are dependent on our community partners’ availability and requirements for in-person engagement.

The recent arrival in the U.S. of the more infectious Delta Variant of COVID-19 has led to a steep rise in cases across the country, including here in Wisconsin. Vaccination rates in Dane County and on campus are higher than in other parts of the state and U.S. and this has helped limit the impact of the Delta variant. Effective Thursday, August 5, all students, employees and visitors to campus will be required to wear masks when inside campus buildings.

Masks should continue to be worn on Madison Metro Busses and vehicles when two or more people are present. When you sign up for a Morgridge Center transportation provider you will receive extra information on the safety guidelines being used by our providers.

For more information read the recent return to campus note from the Chancellor.

Transportation Options is a service for any UW–Madison student looking to get off campus to volunteer. Explore the four different volunteer programs and transportation options and decide which one is right for you.

BUS    BCYCLE

Email the transportation intern with any additional questions.

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 one of four campus locations are eligible for the Transportation Options program.

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, Zipcar, Green Cab, UW–Madison Fleet, and Union Cab to get to their community site.

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. If eligible, you can fill out this survey and our Transportation Intern will be in contact with you.

Students interested in volunteer opportunities can start looking here.

All Achievement Connections tutoring is currently being conducted online. For any questions, please reach out to the Achievement Connections Campus Coordinator.

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 transportationMCPS@office365.wisc.edu.

Community-based Learning (CBL) classes incorporate meaningful community engagement with course content so you can get real-world experience as part of a for-credit class.

To learn how to enroll in a CBL course, go here.

Your community-based Learning 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 transportationMCPS@office365.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.

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.