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The fourth annual National AmeriCorps Week will kick off Monday, May 10, and end  Saturday with a project and a celebration.

This year, the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh AmeriCorps Connects program invites members of the community to become an AmeriCorps member for the day.

AmeriCorps Connects members address many different needs in the community. Volunteers are invited to serve alongside them for the day or for an hour. There also will be a booth set up in Reeve Memorial Union, 748 Algoma Blvd., from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, May 12, with members to provide additional information on this program.

AmeriCorps members serve at public agencies and nonprofit organizations such as Oshkosh Public Schools, Ledge View Nature Center, Girl Scouts, Salvation Army and Red Cross of East Central Wisconsin.

A fulltime member at the Girl Scouts of the Northwestern Great Lakes Inc., Amanda Baldischwiler said, “I have learned so much in this time with AmeriCorps. I love that I am making a difference and that I am needed. The funny thing is that somewhere along the way, I came to the realization that I need them. And that’s just a beautiful thing.”

AmeriCorps week will end Saturday, May 15, at the New Moon Café, 401 N. Main St. Music will start at 7 p.m., and there will be refreshments and door prizes available. The event is open to all of the community.

AmeriCorps has been serving the community since 1994 by providing opportunities for Americans to give back in an intensive way to their communities and country each year. It consists of three main programs: AmeriCorps State and National, AmeriCorps VISTA and AmeriCorps NCCC (National Civilian Community Corps).

Fore more information, visit www.americorps.gov or www.americorpsweek.gov.

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