BY HANNAH KESTLY
On Saturday, Oct. 25 from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., SNC Residence Hall Association (RHA) hosted its annual Make a Difference Day event.
At St. Norbert College, Make a Difference Day (MADD) is a volunteer opportunity for students, faculty and staff to go out into the community and help the De Pere elderly winterize their homes. This included raking leaves, cleaning gutters, washing windows and other outdoor work.
This year’s MADD had a total of 57 volunteers sign up, spread across a number of groups including Biology Club, ESL students, Optimist Club, NRHH and Knights Against Human Trafficking. The volunteers served at a total of 21 houses.
The day began with the volunteers meeting in the Campus Center for a group breakfast. Supplies were distributed at 9 a.m. and the volunteers were on their way, either walking to the houses or driving cars to go farther out into De Pere. The day ended at 1 p.m. after the volunteers came back and had lunch together.
Planning for Make a Difference Day began back in September.
“We mailed our houses from last year to see who was interested in partaking again in Make a Difference Day,” said Sean McIlheran ’15, Vice President of RHA.
At the start of October things began to pick up quickly with posters, advertisements and the start of volunteer recruitment.
Make a Difference Day and Dance Marathon were held on the same day this year, but volunteers were still able to participate in both events due to cooperation between RHA and Dance Marathon, allowing both events to be successful.
“My favorite part of the day was talking with the volunteers on their return to campus and hearing their stories about the people they helped and anything else they encountered that morning,” said McIlheran.
Make a Difference Day is part of an annual event created by USA Weekend Magazine that is held on the fourth Saturday of October throughout the United States. It serves as the largest national day of community service.