Transportation Options for Volunteers

Please direct any transportation inquiries to transportationMCPS@office365.wisc.edu and we will respond as soon as possible

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.

BCycle

For any questions about any COVID-19 transportation guidance, please visit the relevant link below:
City services/Madison buses
Lyft
Fleet/Campus services

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

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.

Are there any transportation options available for large groups?
Large vans or busses can be chartered upon special request. Please reach out to transportationMCPS@office365.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.