UW-P volunteers to Make a Difference Saturday
By Samantha Savaglio
UW-Parkside will once again participate in the nationally celebrated Make a Difference Day Saturday, Oct. 27. Students, faculty, and staff will join together to help organizations in the Racine and Kenosha communities in their fall-cleaning.
This day of service, created by USA Weekend, has quickly grown into the largest community service effort in the nation. It highlights the importance of neighbors helping neighbors.
"This is the tradition of volunteering that Parkside is known for," says Casey Jones, UW-Parkside Volunteer and Experiential Program coordinator. The event usually draws in over a hundred volunteers, annually.
On the day of the event, participants will meet in the Student Center Atrium to pick up T-shirts, refreshments, and directions to a particular project site. They will volunteer with local organizations from 9 a.m. to noon.
This year's organizations include John XXIII Education Center, River Bend Nature Center, Shalom Center, Habitat for Humanity, and Women & Children's Horizon. With the guidance of project supervisors, volunteers will help in cleaning, organization, and even painting.
Jones encourages individuals and student organizations to participate. The annual outstanding participation awards will praise those organizations that have demonstrated exceptional volunteer work on this day.
Jones hopes this event encourages individuals to continue on volunteering. "This is a great opportunity for people to engage, get out, and give back," he says.If you would like to participate in this volunteer effort, please sign up mid-day on the Bridge, at the Advising & Career Center, or contact Casey Jones at 262-595-2011 or access firstname.lastname@example.org via email.