Mount Union Participates in "Make a Difference Day"

April 27, 2010

In honor of 'Make a Difference Day,' a national day of community service, the Office of Service Learning and Community Service at Mount Union College organized a week long donation drive as well as service projects to assist the Alliance community.

 

For the donation drive, bags were distributed around campus as well as to neighbors of the College. These bags were then filled with non-perishable food items, school supplies, clothing and toiletries and will be distributed to various social service agencies in the community.

'I was overwhelmed by the support for the 'Make a Difference Day' bags,' said Shana Blazer Hruby, interim director of service learning and community service. 'I really appreciated how the student organizations, faculty and staff and our neighbors jumped in to help with this project.'

'Over 200 bags have been received so far but it's not too late to make a contribution,' added Blazer Hruby. 'As long as the bags are received by the end of the week, they will be included.'

In addition, recipients of the Midwest Campus Compact Citizen-Scholar Fellowship Program (M3C) scholarships participated in service projects at the Alliance Homeless Shelter and the Alliance Neighborhood Center.

The M3C scholarships are part of 600 Americorp Education awards supported by a government grant received by the Midwest Campus Compact. Mount Union currently has twelve students that have been awarded these scholarships. In order to earn their awards, these students have to complete three hundred hours of community service in one calendar year.

'I am impressed with how eager the M3C students are to participate in service learning,' said Blazer Hruby. 'They are creating new projects and eager to help wherever and whenever they are asked.'

On Saturday, these students volunteered at the Alliance Homeless Shelter where they cleaned out the basement and organized and stored clothes, shoes and toys. Following the clean-up they cooked and served lunch at the Alliance Neighborhood Center.

'It really opened my eyes,' said C. J. Checkelsky, a freshman recipient of the M3C scholarship. 'It was such a rewarding experience for me to know that I was able to help make a difference. I am looking forward to the other opportunities that will come my way as a part of this scholarship.'

The Pre-Law Society at Mount Union also conducted a canned food drive on Saturday prior to the Raider football game.

All donated items will be delivered to various social service agencies in the community including the local food pantry run by First Christian Church, Alliance Emergency Residence, the Alliance Area Domestic Violence Shelter and others.

To make arrangements to participate in the donation drive, please contact Shana Blazer Hruby at (330) 829-8168 prior to Friday, October 28.

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