Mount Union Honored for 2008 Make a Difference Day

April 07, 2009

Megan Young helped coordinate the many events for Make a Difference Day 2008Mount Union’s Make a Difference Day programming has been once again been 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.

During October of 2008, Mount Union College students participated in service-learning and community service projects in the Alliance community and surrounding area from October 19-26 in honor of Make a Difference Day.

“This places Mount Union in the top 33 out of the 1,000 registered projects,” said Amanda Espenschied-Reilly, director 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 working 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 offices at Alliance for Children and Families, Inc.. 

On Thursday, M3C and APO met at McCrea Manor to paint pumpkins and make stockings for Operation Recon Stocking. The stockings were sent to American soldiers serving in Iraq. M3C and DST volunteers also participated in Halloween Family Night at the Alliance Neighborhood Center and decorated Fairmount Elementary for Trick or Treat. The students 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.

On Saturday, members of the Greek community cleaned up Silver Park and M3C and others decorated McCrea Manor and assisted with their Halloween Party.  Students also assisted at Boo at the Zoo in Akron by dressing up and passing out candy. On Sunday, students volunteered at Trunk-n-Treat at Southside Church of God.

This year’s efforts were organized by Megan Young, a sophomore middle childhood education major of Burton, Espenschied-Reilly said.  “I absolutely could not have managed to make it so big without her help.”

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.

Espenschied-Reilly was glad to see an increase in the number of projects completed and students participating in Make a Difference Week.

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