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University Housing civic work day to benefit Menomonie

August 22, 2013

Institutions and locations around Menomonie will look a little better and brighter after University Housing’s annual Civic Engagement Day.

A total of 100 student and professional staff members of University Housing at University of Wisconsin-Stout will spread out around town to volunteer Tuesday, Aug. 27.

From left, students Maddie Karras, Zach Wenner and Eric Quam work at the Community Table in 2012 in Eau Claire.This is University Housing's fourth annual work day, which is part of staff training for residence hall employees for the new academic year. Employees include resident advisers, hall directors, desk service managers and academic resource coordinators.

They will break into small groups and volunteer from four to five hours at each of 13 sites around the city. The sites are:

- American Lutheran Home
- Bridge to Hope
- Campus Ministry
- Dunn County Health Care Center
- Dunn County Humane Society
- Main Street of Menomonie
- Menomonie Public Library
- Menomonie High School
- Oaklawn Elementary School
- Shirley Doane Senior Center
- Stepping Stones of Dunn County
- UW-Stout biology department
- Wakanda Park disc golf course

Volunteer projects include cleaning, outdoor cleanup, painting, lawn care and helping with events at the senior home, according to Hannah Bendroth, one of the organizers and Curran-Kranzusch Hall director.

Civic Engagement Day also serves as a way for University Housing staff to strengthen relationships with each other and within the community, Bendroth said.

Students begin moving into residence halls Sunday, Sept. 1. Fall classes at UW-Stout begin Thursday, Sept. 5.

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