SERVE: Students Engaging in Real Volunteer Experiences

SERVE provides an opportunity for first year students to engage in a wide variety of meaningful service experiences throughout the Milwaukee community. This program takes place in the spring semester.

The program consists of a group of 15-20 first year students who will participate in their choice of at least 5 service opportunities throughout the semester. Program coordinators will compile a variety of opportunities—accommodating participants’ schedules and interests. Ideally, 5-10 SERVE participants will attend each opportunity along with a coordinator. At each site, participants will have the opportunity to learn about the agency’s mission and history, the populations it serves, and more ways they can get involved. In addition to the service requirement, participants will attend biweekly evening sessions in which they will reflect on their experiences, discuss community needs, and learn about social justice through positive and meaningful dialogue.

Here are a few of the sites SERVE has gone to in the past:
-Penfield Children’s Center
-St. Hyacinth
-Fourth Street Forum
-Urban Ecology Center
-St. Ann’s Rest Home


Applications for Spring 2016 are due on December 4th. Apply here

Please contact the Center for Community Service for additional information or questions at

Why Join SERVE?

Expectations of SERVE Participants

Volunteers are expected to commit to attending 5 service opportunities throughout the semester and each biweekly evening session. We understand that things come up, so we are willing to negotiate 1-2 absences at the evening sessions. The success of the program relies on the participants’ attendance!




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