Make a Difference Day Has Become Week-Long Event at Mount Union College

October 31, 2008

makeadifftrunkMount Union College observed Make a Difference Day October 19-26 with a week packed full of service projects.

Make a Difference Day is a national, annual event that provides an opportunity for individuals to volunteer and make a difference in their local communities. The College's Make a Difference Day participation is sponsored by the Office of Service-Learning and Community Service.

Since 2000, Mount Union has participated in the national Make a Difference Day celebration. An initiative created by USA WEEKEND Magazine, Make A Difference Day is an annual event that takes place on the fourth Saturday of every October. Mount Union has expanded the event to last a full week, giving students the opportunity to serve in a variety of capacities.

The events kicked off Sunday, October 19 with students participating in the Breast Cancer Walk and Sigma Theta Epsilon worked for Treats from the Ark, a fun, faith centered youth event at First Christian Church. On Tuesday, SNEA cleaned and organized at Interfaith Child Development Center and M3C volunteers cleaned office at Alliance for Children and Families.

kiwanisOn Thursday, the M3C and APO met at McCrea Manor to paint pumpkins and make stockings for Operation Recon Stocking. The stocking will be filled and sent to American soldiers serving in Iraq. M3C volunteers also participated in Halloween Family Night at the Alliance Neighborhood Center and decorated Fairmount Elementary for Trick or Treat. The students also dressed up and returned to Fairmount to pass out candy. On Friday, APO service fraternity assisted with Fall Fest at Sterling House and the Mount Union Cheerleaders worked for the Kiwanis food distribution, which provides thousands of pounds of food to the Alliance community.

Saturday saw members of the Greek community cleaning up Silver Park, M3C and others decorating McCrea Manor and assisting with their Halloween Party and dressing up and passing out candy for Boo at the Zoo at Akron Zoo. On Sunday, students volunteered at Trunk-n-Treat at Southside Church of God.

“We are so pleased to see Mount Union students volunteering for more than just one day,” said Amanda Espenchied-Reilly, director of service-learning and community service. “Our students really step up and get involved to make a difference throughout the year.”

 “At first, I got involved in Make a Difference week in order to fill a class community service requirement,” said freshman Sarah Hayes of Macedonia. “But once I got involved, I realized just how rewarding a service experience could truly be! Boo at the Zoo was a blast, and I know that I had a hand in making so many children happy!”

In 2007, Mount Union’s Make a Difference Day programming was recognized as a semi-finalist by Make a Difference Day Ohio, a state competition to honor schools for their efforts with Make a Difference Day projects.

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