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Evangel University to participate in national Make a Difference Day 2023

Published on Oct 24, 2023 by Erin Hedlun

A group of EU students participate in a road clean up project as part of last year’s annual Make a Difference Day activities.

SPRINGFIELD, Missouri – Evangel University students, faculty, and staff will participate in national Make a Difference Day this Saturday, Oct. 28 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Participants will complete service projects throughout the local community.

The event is hosted by CROSSWalk, Evangel’s student-led ministry team, and sponsored by EU’s Center for Compassion.

“Make a Difference Day is an opportunity for the Evangel team to practice compassionate service in an accessible way while impacting our larger Springfield community,” said Michaela Farrell, CROSSwalk’s director of community engagement. “We partner with nonprofits throughout Springfield to do practical work, supporting them as they support our city.”

Participants will serve at Victory Mission, Good Samaritan Boys Ranch, Harmony House, Isabel’s House, McGregor Elementary, Robberson Neighborhood Association, Ronald McDonald House of the Ozarks, Springfield Dream Center, Connecting Grounds, Dogwood Ranch, and Ozarks Food Harvest. Projects include bagging groceries, cooking and meal prep, landscaping and yard work, painting, and cleaning.

National Make a Difference Day is observed on the fourth Saturday in October. It is one of the largest collective days of community service in the country

About the Center for Compassion

The Center for Compassion provides opportunities for the Evangel community to engage in compassionate service, education, and internship opportunities.

The Center also coordinates training opportunities for Evangel students and community members who desire to learn how to effectively demonstrate compassion through action.

The center offers a Humanitarian Relief and Development degree (major and minor) that is available in-person and online.


About Evangel University

Evangel University, with its embedded Assemblies of God Theological Seminary (AGTS), is a comprehensive Spirit-led Christian university located in Springfield, Missouri. It is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and a member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities. Under the leadership of Dr. Mike Rakes, EU is committed to excellence in educating and equipping students to serve the Church and society globally and becoming compassionate innovators in their chosen vocations. EU offers more than 70 degree programs, including cutting-edge majors, pre-professional programs, and affordable and flexible online degree options.

EU is highly regarded and has been ranked:

  • #1 Best College in Springfield & #2 Best Christian College in Missouri by Niche
  • US News & World Report Best Colleges Top Performer in Social Mobility
  • Colleges of Distinction Best Christian University
  • Top 10 Best Universities by
  • Third Most Beautiful Campus in the Midwest by Christian Colleges & Universities
  • Top 10 Best Colleges in Missouri by

With additional accreditations in business, counseling, music, social work, and theology and certification as an Excellence in Giving university, EU is focused on providing students with hands-on experience and real-world training for today’s professional careers. Learn more about the university at