Make A Difference Week 2010

October 25, 2010

The University of Mount Union will be celebrating Make a Difference Week October 23-30 by doing multiple service projects with various community agencies and organizations. This year’s theme is “Stand Up. Take Action. Make a Difference” and will focus on the eight United Nations Millennium Development Goals.
 
Make a Difference Week was started by Mount Union in 2006 to expand upon Make a Difference Day which is a national, annual event that provides an opportunity for individuals to volunteer and make a difference in their local communities. Mount Union’s Make a Difference Week is being kicked off with Make a Difference Day and it is sponsored by the Ralph and Mary Regula Center for Public Service and Civic Engagement.
 
The week begins on Saturday, October 23 with a brief service project on campus during Mount Union’s Alumni Weekend and Homecoming 2010. The Ralph and Mary Regula Center for Public Service and Civic Engagement will have a booth set up on campus where alumni can create cards with words of advice for Alliance High School students about life after high school.  The same evening, a tent will be set up at the street fair from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. where students will have the same opportunity to create cards.  The cards will focus on helping with universal education and child health – two of the United Nation’s Millennium Development Goals (MDG).
 
Adopted by world leaders in 2000 and set to be achieved by 2015, MDGs are the most broadly supported, comprehensive and specific development goals the world has ever agreed upon. The goals provide concrete, numerical benchmarks for tackling extreme poverty in its many dimensions. They provide a framework for the entire international community to work together towards a achieving these goals.
 
The goals include:
  • End Hunger  
  • Universal Education
  • Gender Equality
  • Child Health
  • Maternal Health
  • Combat HIV/AIDS
  • Environmental Sustainability
  • Global Partnerships
Student organizations and campus offices are encouraged to get involved in Make a Difference Week by putting together service projects, fundraisers, collection drives or awareness campaigns that relate to the MDGs.
 
For more information or to get involved, contact the Ralph and Mary Regula Center for Public Service and Civic Engagement at (330) 823-5993 or e-mail eichnehe@mountunion.edu.
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