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On Saturday, Oct. 16, from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., University of Wisconsin Oshkosh students, staff and faculty in participation with Hands on Oshkosh will volunteer their time to clean, paint and fix up sites throughout the Oshkosh community.

Hands on Oshkosh is a volunteer program that originated through the Student Leadership and Involvement department in Reeve Union on campus. In spring of 2008, the program was introduced to campus and the community and more than 50 volunteers made a difference at six sites including schools, the Oshkosh Police Department, residences and businesses.

Over the semesters, the program has continued to grow in the amount of sites that volunteer have visited and in the number of volunteers willing to donate their time and effort on this special day for the community. This year Hands on Oshkosh has 325 volunteers signed up and will be working at 14 different sites.

“Hands on Oshkosh is an awesome opportunity for students, faculty and staff to go out into the community to help a variety of people,” said Meredith Menden, a volunteer for Hands on Oshkosh. “I have attended all five Hands on Oshkosh events, and each time, I have learned more about my community, fellow students and staff, and myself. By the end of the day, I feel that we have truly made a difference in the community which is a wonderful feeling.

“No matter how busy our lives seem, there is always someone out there who could use a little help. Hands on Oshkosh gives me the opportunity to take some time out of my busy schedule to reflect on the needs of those around me and to better appreciate what I have,” she said.

Caitlin Nankee, Hands on Oshkosh, submitted this announcement. Faculty, staff and students are encouraged to contribute calendar items, campus announcements and other good news to UW Oshkosh Today.