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.

2015 Results

  • Marquette County's Make A Difference Day once again had an overwhelming impact on the Marquette community.

  • Over 230 service projects were completed across Marquette County with over 1,500 students and community members participating.

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