Mount Union Students, Faculty and Staff to Participate in Various Projects for Make a Difference Week

October 27, 2009

Mount Union College will be celebrating Make a Difference Week October 24-31 by doing multiple service projects with various community agencies and organizations.

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. The College's Make a Difference Week is being kicked off with Make a Difference Day and it 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 week begins on Saturday, October 24 with a Habitat for Humanity build day from 8:30 to 4:30 in Leetonia.  Members of the AmeriCorps M3C program will be working at Stark Parks with students from Walsh University and Baldwin Wallace College.  The Office of Service-Learning and Community Service will be volunteering at the trick-or-treat party at McCrea Manor from 2 to 5 p.m.  Delta Sigma Tau sorority also will be helping with a Halloween party at Damascus Elementary School.

On Sunday, many organizations will be participating in Trunk or Treat at Southside Church of God from 3:30 to 6 p.m.  Sigma Theta Epsilon fraternity will be helping with Treats from the Ark at First Christian Church from 5 to 7 p.m.  Alpha Phi Omega, a service honorary on campus, will be participating in Boo at the Zoo.

Student National Education Association (SNEA) will be cleaning and organizing at Interfaith Child Development Center on either Wednesday or Thursday.

Also on Thursday, Alpha Delta Pi will be trick-or-treating with residents from Copeland Oaks from 2 to 5 p.m.  Alpha Phi Omega will be having a Halloween dance at McCrea Manor that evening.  Delta Sigma Tau also will be participating in family night at the Alliance Neighborhood Center. 

International students and members of the Mount Union band will be participating in the Kiwanis’ monthly food distribution on Friday.  Alpha Xi Delta will also be hosting an event on Friday called “Xi Marks the Spot.”  This event will raise money for Autism Speaks. 

This exciting week of service will end with Trick-or-Treat for Canned Goods on Saturday, October 31 from 5 to 7 p.m.   

“The ultimate goal of Make A Difference Week is to have enough projects going on in the community so that every Mount Union student has a chance to take part in a project,” said Heather Eichner, Ohio Campus Compact AmeriCorps VISTA.  “Each year, annual and new projects during Mount Union’s Make a Difference Week help us get closer to reaching this goal.”

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