Program offers community service opportunities

March 3, 2003

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PLATTEVILLE - UW-Platteville Campus Programming and Relations (CPR) and Community University Partnership (CUP) will be hosting the first-ever community service program titled "Pioneer Action Week" April 21-26.

"Pioneer Action Week" started as a distant idea and has become a reality. Dustin Reichwald, CPR community service coordinator, sat down with the Director of CUP, Sue Curtis, last fall and discussed the possibility of a campus and community related program for students, faculty and members of the community. Reichwald shared the idea with CPR Advisor Anuschka Neuwald and it grew from a possibility to an actuality.

The purpose of "Pioneer Action Week" is to offer students the opportunity to get involved with the communities located in the southwest region of Wisconsin and to build personal experiences through volunteer activities and peer interactions.

"It is important to realize that community service and involvement is a team activity," Reichwald said.

All students, faculty and community members are encouraged to participate in "Pioneer Action Week." Teams of 3-5 people will each be assigned a community service project in Grant, Lafayette, Green, Iowa, Richland or Crawford County.

Each team will have the opportunity to select a specific project prepared by CPR and CUP or to choose a project of its own that has been approved. Teams will then have the week of April 21-26 to complete the work and prepare a poster portraying the volunteer project in which they participated in.

On Wednesday, April 30, everyone is invited to the Pioneer Student Center to celebrate the work accomplished during "Pioneer Action Week." James Hesch, community activist and well-known acoustic guitarist, will perform during the day for the children at the UWP daycare and for the community service celebration at 7 p.m. in the Pioneer Crossings. During the evening performance, Hesch will offer community members and teams the opportunity to reflect and share their experiences related to their volunteer projects. The University North and South rooms will also be open during the performance to display the posters created by each group.

Students interested in signing up for the weeklong community service program may do so until March 12 by emailing Reichwald at cpr@uwplatt.edu or by calling the CPR office at (608) 342-1497. Reichwald will be available for sign-up and to answer questions Tuesdays and Thursdays until March 11, at a booth located across from the information desk in the Pioneer Student Center.

CPR and CUP are still looking for community service project ideas and community volunteers to provide leadership for each team. If you are interested or can provide information please contact Sue Curtis at (608) 342-1308 or Anuschka Neuwald at (608) 342-1480.

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