MARQUETTE – “Make a Difference Day,” a nationwide event that celebrates neighbors helping neighbors, will be held on Saturday, Oct. 22. The Northern Michigan University Volunteer Center is seeking individuals or groups who would like to participate at the local level, and encourages them to register by the Oct. 3 deadline.

          Volunteers typically assist local residents with outdoor tasks such as raking and other yard work, washing windows and routine fall maintenance.

          “The NMU Volunteer Center is coordinating the effort, but it’s not just a university activity,” said co-director Sierra Boyle. “We would love to have more involvement from the community, so we’re encouraging individuals and groups to begin thinking about taking part in this event. Last year, a total of 971 people volunteered. Of the 78 groups involved, 70 were affiliated with Northern and eight were from the community. We hope to increase the community number this year.”

          Boyle said local “Make a Difference Day” activities will begin with a kickoff breakfast from 8:30-10 a.m. on Oct. 22. Participants can register and pick up t-shirts in the University Center atrium before proceeding upstairs to the Wildcat Den for a complimentary breakfast.

          For registration information, contact the NMU Volunteer Center at 227-2466 or volctr@nmu.edu.

Prepared By
Kristi Evans
News Director