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UW Oshkosh students volunteer in the Oshkosh community as part of the Spring 2014 Hands on Oshkosh event

More than 250 University of Wisconsin Oshkosh students participated in Hands on Oshkosh on April 26, a twice-annual day of community volunteering.

Students helped with everything from painting and weeding to planting, cleaning, moving and more as part of the program that dispatches students out into the broader Oshkosh community to volunteer. Hands on Oshkosh is held once each semester.

The goal is to get UW Oshkosh students into the community and making a difference. April’s Hands on Oshkosh sent volunteers to 16 organizations including schools, businesses, nonprofit organizations and faith communities.

“I think this event is really important for our campus to put on because it gives students an opportunity to spend a few hours making an impact and giving back to the community that surrounds them,” said Addela Marzofka, a UW Oshkosh senior sociology major, who helps with the overall marketing coordination for Hands on Oshkosh.

“Each year, there are students who look forward to this event and this opportunity. It’s just really awesome to see the students and the organizations that we send them to having fun and benefiting from this event,” Marzofka said.

Hands on Oshkosh is developed and coordinated through Reeve Memorial Union’s leadership and involvement initiatives, aimed at connecting students to opportunities that help them connect, learn and grow as contributing citizens.

“Hands On Oshkosh is a program that positively affects both our students and the Oshkosh community,” said Mike Lueder, Reeve Union’s program adviser for volunteerism. “Through Hands on Oshkosh, our students are exposed to a number of nonprofit agencies and their missions while at the same time providing a few hours of service. The agencies are able to get projects accomplished that they wouldn’t be able to address without the help of the college students. The agencies are always greatly appreciative of the support they receive from the UW Oshkosh students.”

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