Mount Union Students Volunteer to Make a Difference

May 05, 2010

Make A Difference Day is an annual event that takes place on the fourth Saturday of every October. Mount Union has participated in this event that was created by USA WEEKEND Magazine since 2000.

This year, Make A Difference Day took place on October 28, which was also the Homecoming football game where the Purple Raiders took on the Capital Crusaders.

On Saturday, at the gates of Mount Union Stadium, members of the Alpha Phi Omega and Midwest Campus Compact Citizen-Scholar Fellowship Program (M3C) collected money to donate to the United Way of Stark County.

Also taking place on Saturday, Cleveland's 92.3 K-Rock came to the campus with prizes to give away and there was a drawing for an autographed guitar. This event was scheduled to take place in the quad, but because of the weather it was moved to the Campus Grounds. The three-hour broadcast included a number of games and giveaways. In addition, students who signed up to complete volunteer hours through Mount Union's Office of Service Learning and Community Service won prizes including concert tickets, an autographed guitar, a CD prize pack and PlayStation games prize pack. Prizes will be awarded upon completion of scheduled service hours.

'K-Rock originally planned on having tons of games set up, but we had to downsize because there wasn't enough space,' said Leigh Ann Drago, VISTA Coordinator. 'We still played music and had a good time though.'

More than 30 students signed up for five projects during the month of November. The first project is scheduled for Wednesday, November 1 at 3 p.m. at the Alliance for Children and Families, Inc where six students will be helping to sort the donations.

Seven students will finish the labyrinth build on Saturday, November 4 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Trinity Episcopal Church. The third project will be on Monday, November 6 at the Canton Calvary where five students will paint the floor of their new game room.

On Tuesday, November 14 at 4 p.m., nine students will clean cots at Interfaith Child Development Center. The last project will be on Wednesday, November 15 at 1 p.m. where six students will prepare and clean the kitchen of the Alliance Neighborhood Center.

All of these projects were coordinated by Drago, who is part of the Office of Service Learning and Community Service at Mount Union.

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