Oct 23 2009
Oregon State joins nation in Make A Difference Day
A reminder to all that tomorrow, Oct. 24, will be our Oak Creek Cleanup for national Make a Difference Day. Come out and join the Community Service Center staff in making a positive difference in our community. You can read our previous post for more information regarding the Oak Creek Cleanup.
Check out the article from The Daily Barometer that features us about Make A Difference Day!
Issue date: 10/23/09 Section: News
Want to make a difference? On Saturday, Oct. 24, the Community Service Center on campus is planning a clean-up of Oak Creek as this year’s annual Make a Difference Day project.
“Volunteers will meet at 10 a.m. outside the campus book store near the Jefferson bus stop and walk to the creek from there. Clean-up will consist of invasive species removal as well as garbage clean-up,” said Kyle Ireton, a sophomore majoring in biochemistry and biophysics. “The event will end at 1 p.m. Volunteers should wear work shoes and expect to get dirty. Tools and gloves will be provided, and it’s recommended to bring water and a snack.”
This event is designed to go along with the Earth Democracy Conference, which will be held Oct. 23 on campus. The goal is to provide the community with a hands-on service opportunity where they can apply the information learned from the conference.
Make a Difference Day was created by USA Weekend Magazine as a national day to get people involved with their communities. In 2008, three million people took part in various projects and activities in hundreds of towns. This is the 19th annual Make a Difference Day.
Volunteers can create their own projects, small or large, and anyone can participate, whether it is at home, school, church or out in the community. USA Weekend features articles about planned projects and volunteers.
There are also awards given to ten national honorees. Newman’s Own, a food company co-founded by Paul Newman, gives out $10,000 donations to charities the honorees choose. This year’s winners will appear in the April 2010 issue of the magazine.
USA Weekend honored Soaringwords, a non-profit organization that inspires ill children and families to heal, as a national charity partner for this year’s Make A Difference Day. Soaringwords encouraged people to help decorate SoaringQuilts and SoaringPillows with inspirational messages for children at Doernbecher Children’s Hospital in Portland, Ore.
In 2002, 45 Oregon State students and community volunteers worked on six Habitat for Humanity homes, according to USA Weekend. In all, one house was framed, two received foundations and two more received interior work. One needy family received indoor plumbing for the first time.
Hundreds of other Oregonians were also involved with their communities. A Salem family, along with the help of 115 Brownies, Girl Scouts and 4-H members, painted, designed and delivered pumpkins and cards to four different hospitals, according to the Statesman Journal.
If you would like to get involved with Oregon State’s Make a Difference Day event, contact the Community Service Center on campus.
Katrina Lorengel, staff writer