MARQUETTE – The Northern Michigan University Volunteer Center is organizing local “Make a Difference Day” activities on Saturday, Oct. 23, as part of the nationwide community service event. Volunteers are needed to help seniors and people with disabilities with their outdoor chores.

 Â Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚  Individuals and groups interested in participating should plan to spend about two hours doing chores such as raking leaves, washing windows, and helping to store lawn furniture for the winter. 

“Volunteering not only benefits the people you’re helping out; it’s an opportunity to meet new people, make friendships and show the local community that you care,” said Sarah Barclay, NMU volunteer coordinator.

There will be a free breakfast for volunteers at 8:30 a.m. Oct. 23 in the University Center’s Peter White Lounge, sponsored by local businesses and organizations.  Free T-shirts will be available while supplies last.

“Last year we had about 700 volunteers,” Barclay said.

Barclay hopes to get as many volunteers for this year’s event.  Individuals as well as school groups, scout troops, families, church groups and NMU student organizations are invited to “make a difference.”  Service request forms can be picked up at the Volunteer Center in 1206 University Center. For information call 906-227-2466 or e-mail volctr@nmu.edu.

Prepared By
Miriam Moeller