Â Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚  MARQUETTE – The Northern Michigan University Volunteer Center has received a $500 grant from the Marquette Community Foundation to help in coordinating “Make a Difference Day” activities.

The nationwide event is in its 13th year. It connects volunteers with senior citizens and people with disabilities in the community who need assistance with chores such as raking leaves, chopping firewood and painting the interior or exterior of houses. More than 700 volunteers participated in 2003, helping 100 people in Marquette County.

 Â Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚  The NMU center assumed full responsibility for coordinating the local event after the United Way Volunteer Center closed last fall.

“The Marquette Community Foundation grant is very much appreciated,” said Sara Barclay, an NMU Volunteer Center coordinator. “We are hoping to raise additional funds to purchase rakes, garbage bags and other supplies, because many of the volunteers are NMU students who may not have these things on hand. We also need to cover costs associated with mailings, postings and publicity, and an appreciation breakfast for the volunteers on ‘Make a Difference Day.’”  Â 

Barclay said the center will be responsible for advertising the event, sending and receiving service order forms, collecting food donations, finding sponsors for T-shirts, and designing and printing the T-shirts. 

“Make A Difference Day” will be held on Saturday, Oct. 23.

Prepared By
Jessica Holman