Mount Union College Organizes "Make A Difference Day" Projects
October 21, 2002
More than 350 Mount Union College students, faculty and and staff are expected to participate in a day of service, "Servin' It Up" for "Make A Difference Day."
The 12th annual "Make A Difference Day" will be held across the United States on Saturday, October 26. Various projects are planned for the Mount Union participants, including sponsoring a free hot breakfast at the Alliance Neighborhood Center; working at the John T. Huston - Dr. John D. Brumbaugh Nature Center to clear trails and build a boardwalk; working with "Keep Alliance Beautiful" to remove graffiti from city property and clean up litter; visiting patients at Alliance Community Hospital; carving and decorating pumpkins with the residents of McCrea Manor Nursing Home, the Community Care Center, and the Alterra Sterling House; hosting a canned food drive for the Salvation Army and a clothing/toiletry item drive for the Domestic Violence Shelter; sponsoring a display table at Alliance Community Hospital and in the Mount Union
College Hoover-Price Campus Center to educate people about Multiple Myeloma Cancer; raking leaves for the elderly who live close to the College; hosting an event known as "Homeless in the Quad" to educate people about homelessness; and hosting an event known as "Take Back the Night" to educate people about domestic violence.
Ohio's First Lady Hope Taft and Ohio State University Head Football Coach Jim Tressel are co-chairing this year's efforts in Ohio. According to Taft, "Volunteerism and community service are one the most important traditions we can pass on to the next generation."
Founded by USA Weekend Magazine and the Points of Light Foundation, "Make A Difference Day" is the largest national day dedicated to helping others. "Make A Difference Day" uses locally designed projects to mobilize volunteers to make a difference in their communities. AEP and Grange Insurance are the premiere sponsors for "Make A Difference Day."
"Planning a service project is not only a great way to spend time helping out in the community, but it is also a lot of fun. Mount Union students will have the opportunity to learn more about their community and the importance of giving back," said Ellen Giordano, Americorps* VISTA representative at Mount Union College. Americorps* VISTA (Volunteer In Service To America) builds permanent infrastructure and capacities in non-profit organizations and communities to help support individuals
and the community.
If you are interested in volunteering with one of these service projects or would like to make a food, clothing, or toiletry item donation, please contact Giordano at (330) 829-8228.