Make a Difference Day


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A National Event

  • Created in 1990 by USAWeekend, Make a Difference Day is a national event celebrating neighbors helping neighbors.  
  • In 2005, over 3 million volunteers participated, completing thousands of projects in hundreds of towns across America.

Marquette County Make A Difference Day

  • Northern Michigan University’s Volunteer Center is exclusively responsible for planning Make a Difference Day for Marquette County.
  • An average of 1400 volunteers rake leaves or perform other household chores for senior citizens and individuals with disabilities in the local communities of Marquette, Negaunee, Ishpeming, Harvey and Gwinn.

2013 Results

  • In 2013, Marquette County's Make a Difference Day once again had an overwhelming impact on the Marquette community.

  • Over 252 service projects were completed across Marquette County.

  • We had 135 student and community organizations rake yards, wash windows, and prepare homes in Marquette County for the winter.  There were 1230 students and community members registered for Make A Difference Day.

  • Sponsors included Wells Fargo, the American Legion Auxiliary Unit 44, NMU Dining Services, and the Center for Student Enrichment.