The University of Wisconsin Oshkosh honored the Oshkosh Area United Way for 50 years of service to the community during the nonprofit’s 50th Annual Campaign and Volunteer Recognition Meeting on May 17.
UW Oshkosh Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs Petra Roter presented a certificate, on behalf of Chancellor Richard Wells and the institution, that states as follows: “Celebrating our 140 years of service, we thank everyone for the hard work associated with the United Ways programs and services responsive to the needs of the people, the families, the businesses and the organizations in our shared area of service. Thanks to the Oshkosh Area United Way, our community is stronger, more resilient and more caring.”
During the meeting, Roter also began her role as president of the Oshkosh Area United Way’s Board of Directors.
The annual meeting further featured keynote speaker Dick Bergstrom, community awards, a presentation by the team involved in starting up Oshkosh’s Day by Day Warming Shelter – which benefitted from UW Oshkosh human services students’ and Business Success Center support – and the election of new United Way board officers.
Every year, UW Oshkosh colleges, programs, the institution’s 13,600 students and its 1,700 staff and faculty support United Way in dozens of ways. Collectively, they donate thousands of dollars to support its mission and programs. Individually, UW Oshkosh campus community members serve on boards of local nonprofit agencies United Way supports and also volunteer for that array of vital organizations providing food, shelter, education, refugee services and other essential needs in the Oshkosh area.