Be The Change We Need

27 10 2014

By Nicole Kiefert (@nicole_kiefert)

CivilityWorks at UW Oshkosh is raising money for the Day By Day Warming Shelter with the “Be the Change We Need” campaign. Through this campaign, 13 containers, such as jars or coffee cans, are provided around campus for donations. The drive ends Friday, Oct. 31.

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Tom Grogan, special assistant to the chancellor, said CivilityWorks was “created to provide an avenue for people to express and advance positive thoughts, energy and resolve.”

“The goal is to take a strong campus community and make it stronger,” Grogan said. “The commitment to civility is a commitment to building a stronger and more durable fabric of our shared tapestry.”
Cindy Schultz, the academic department associate in journalism, said as part of Random Acts of Kindness week last year, CivilityWorks held a successful campaign donating non-perishable food items to the shelter in February 2013. She hopes this drive will be equally successful.
“Every little bit helps, monetarily, for the Day By Day Warming Shelter,” Schultz said. “If we can donate $200+, I will be THRILLED!”
The jars and collection containers are located in the following areas:
Academic Support of Inclusive Excellence (Ctr. for Equity & Diversity 120)
• Chancellor’s Office (Dempsey 220)
• Communication (A/C S123)
Counseling Center (Student Success Center)
Facilities Management (Campus Service Center)
• Journalism (Sage 3003)
LLCE (Lincoln Hall 229)
• Math Department (Swart 115)
• OSA (Reeve 105E)
• Physics/Astronomy (Halsey 337)
• Polk Library (Polk 101)
Student Health Center (Radford)
University Studies Program (Pollock Alumni House)

Grogan said the campus is proud to be a part of the campaign to raise money for the shelter because it is “one small part” of our commitment to make a “stronger and more caring community.”
“The Oshkosh community is confronted with economic, social and demographic challenges that befits our modern, contemporary condition,” Grogan said. “Through the warming shelter, people of generous heart and spirit are helping those who truly benefit from our shared commitment.”
Schultz added: “Many of us are very blessed because we have a roof over our head, food in our bellies and friends/families that we can turn to in times of needs. Oftentimes, the homeless in our communities do not have those same lifelines. For whatever reasons, they have fallen on dark times and need a hand. Working with the Day By Day Warming Shelter provides just that—a helping hand.”

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