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250+ to serve community on Make a Difference Day

Published on Oct 23, 2014 by Evangel University News

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – On Saturday, Oct. 25, more than 250 Evangel University students, plus faculty and staff members, will volunteer their time during Make a Difference Day.

There will be a kick-off meeting at noon in the EU Student Union, and then teams will leave to assist a dozen agencies around the city.

Two Evangel campus organizations, Global Connections and CROSSwalk, have worked to coordinate the Make a Difference Day outreach, with additional assistance by the Evangel Activities Board, Student Senate and the Social Work Club.

Volunteers will go to:

  • ARC of the Ozarks
  • Center for the Blind
  • Family Resource Center
  • Lighthouse Family and Children Development Center
  • Maranatha Village
  • Pregnancy Care Center
  • Ronald McDonald House
  • Salvation Army
  • Sammy’s Window
  • Victory Mission
  • Victory Square
  • Watershed Committee of the Ozarks

“As part of the Make a Difference Day activities this year, Evangel has collected more than 350 pairs of shoes for Stomp Out Hunger,” said Donna Trower, chair of Evangel’s team.

The new and gently used shoes will be added to those collected by Missouri State, Drury, OTC and SBU. Donated shoes will benefit local nonprofit organizations, Sole Food and Friends Against Hunger, and the St. Louis based project, Shoeman Water Projects.

History of Make a Difference Day

Evangel’s observance of Make a Difference Day began in 2005 at the prompting of Lacey Nunnally, director of Evangel’s social work program. Nunnally is a driving force for volunteerism on campus.

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.

For additional information, contact Donna Trower at (417) 865-2815, ext. 7321.