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Students serve at Evangel’s annual Make a Difference Day

Published on Nov 13, 2018 by Paul K. Logsdon

More than 140 Evangel University students, faculty and staff volunteered and served in eleven organizations during the local Make a Difference Day, on Saturday, October 27, 2018.

Evangel’s Center for Compassion worked in conjunction with CROSSwalk, faculty and staff to promote Make A Difference Day.

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Students serve at Convoy of Hope. // (CLICK TO ENLARGE)

Volunteers gave up to four hours in service in these eleven organizations:

  • Convoy of Hope
  • Springfield Dream Center
  • Fairbanks
  • Footsteps
  • iPourLife
  • Lighthouse Children’s Development Center
  • Ronald McDonald House of Ozarks
  • Roberson Neighborhood Association
  • Weller Elementary
  • Rainbow Network and Hands on for Seniors with United Way of the Ozarks

“We have seen how generous our Evangel students can be,” said Melissa Pulis, Center for Compassion program and logistics coordinator. “We want to facilitate their involvement and we want our local community to continue to feel the support of our Evangel community.”

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Students sort supplies for the Rainbow Network. // (CLICK TO ENLARGE)

From cleaning to garden maintenance to packing food, volunteers served in a variety of ways in an effort to give back to the local community.

“These tangible acts demonstrate our University’s mission and commitment to living out a theology of compassion,” said Donna Washburn, director of Center for Compassion.


Evangel’s observance of Make A Difference Day began in 2005.

USA Weekend’s Make a Difference Day is an annual event that takes place every fourth Saturday of October.

Created by the magazine in 1992, Make a Difference Day has grown into the largest community service effort in the nation by rallying corporations, government leaders, charitable organizations and everyday Americans into action. Each year, 3 million people participate worldwide and help millions more.