Without Kevin Kropp, many home-bound senior citizens in the area would not get the food assistance they rely on each month.
Kropp, a University of Wisconsin Oshkosh senior, is part of the team that volunteers for the Oshkosh Area Community Pantry’s home delivery program. Each month, Kropp shows up to sort and deliver food to designated assisted-living facilities in Winnebago County.
“It’s important because it’s a reoccurring activity and it allows us to see how much of a contribution we can make over a longer period of time,” said Kropp, who has been involved with the program for two years.
Mike Lueder, program adviser for volunteerism at UW Oshkosh, feels a certain sense of pride over the time and energy Kropp spends focusing on helping others—both at the food pantry and through his involvement in other initiatives on campus.
“Kevin is an outstanding young man,” said Lueder, who nominated Kropp as 2012 Volunteer of the Year.
Kropp earned the honor in April at the Student Leadership Involvement Awards, but that isn’t where his story of doing good for others and his community starts or ends.
“He not only serves as a student leader, but also as a volunteer who makes a major impact locally and globally,” Lueder said.
Kropp became interested in volunteerism early in his college career at UW Oshkosh through Greek life. He went on to become co-chair of the UW Oshkosh Titan Volunteers program, a student leader for a Washington D.C. alternative spring break trip and a planning team member for Hands on Oshkosh.
“I find the idea of self-improvement to be very important,” Kropp said. “I try really hard to do good work and take the opportunities that are presented to me.”
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