More than 100 students expected to volunteer on Make a Difference Day

Students planting flowers and weeding

For the past decade, participating in Make a Difference Day has become as much a tradition on the Marietta College campus as Homecoming and the Late Night Breakfast.

More than 100 students are expected to participate again this year. The national Make a Difference Day campaign, which started in 1992, is on Saturday, October 22nd.

“Make a Difference Day at Marietta College is truly a campus-wide service opportunity. We have participation from students across the board — from first year students to Physician Assistant students — along with staff and faculty,” said Maribeth Saleem-Tanner, Director of Civic Engagement at Marietta College.

She said that local students sometimes will invite family members to volunteer alongside them.

“What people who volunteer on that day may not realize is all of the work that goes into developing and facilitating the service projects,” she said. “Students in LEAD 101 have been working in partnership with wonderful, dedicated community members and organizations since the beginning of September to put this day together. In the process, student project leaders get experiential education in leadership skills including project planning, communication, marketing, budgeting, and networking, as well as gain a deeper understanding and appreciation for the Mid-Ohio Valley community.

Marietta students will be working with Daily Bread Kitchen, Marietta in Bloom, Ely Chapman Education Foundation, Marietta Cemeteries Coming Alive, The Castle, Harvest of Hope and the Boys and Girls Club in Parkersburg.

Saleem-Tanner said the volunteers will be doing work like weeding and landscaping to organizing books and cleaning old artifacts.

Registration is from 8:00-8:45 a.m. Saturday and the volunteer work will run from 9:00 a.m. until noon.