Marquette University has a strong tradition of service with the community. On Saturday, August 29, 2015, teams of students, accompanied by an Orientation student staff member, engage in various community service projects throughout Milwaukee. Participating in Urban Connection is not only a great way to learn about service at Marquette, but also a way for you to make a difference in your new community and meet many of your new classmates. The first 200 students who register online and check in will receive an Urban Connection t-shirt. Sign up today by clicking the link below. Spaces are limited due to agency capacity needs; your registration will reserve your space.

Groups of Urban Connection participants/volunteers serve at a variety of sites throughout the city of Milwaukee. Many Marquette students volunteer at these sites throughout the year. Some of the service activities require physical labor and some include working alongside persons with disabilities, individuals who are homeless and/or community members from low-income neighborhoods. Projects vary from cleanup work with residents, renovation, to recreational activities with communities members. All work materials are provided and volunteers are encouraged to dress accordingly.

Orientation staff members are assigned to each group to serve as team leaders. Teams may walk, take public bus or be provided charter bus/Marquette transportation, pending location of sites, size of groups and tool needs. All participants are required to complete a liability waiver prior to participation in the program. If you are under the age of 18 at time of participation, you will receive a liability waiver to your email address in mid-August. Please complete this form and bring it with you to Orientation. If you are 18 years or older at time of participation, you will be required to sign a liability waiver at Urban Connection check-in.

Marquette is part of a nation-wide initiative for interfaith community service. Interfaith service involves people from different religious and non-religious backgrounds tackling community challenges together. This is an important way to build understanding between different communities and contribute to the common good. If you join this special team, we hope that you will share your faith with your teammates and also be open to hearing about others’ experiences.