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Oct. 20 2004
CONTACT: Carol Anderson

EMU students join National 'Make a Difference Day,' Oct. 23

YPSILANTIFrom helping with a pancake breakfast to assisting with basketball competitions, Eastern Michigan University students will be out in the community Saturday, Oct. 23, for National Make a Difference Day.

            “I want students at Eastern to see that they are part of a bigger picture,” said EMU’s Angelina Hamilton, coordinator, adviser, mentor and placement specialist for the Volunteers Involved in Civic Engagement (VOICE) program.

            VOICE is a living/learning community program for students interested in community service.

            Now in its 14th year, Make a Difference Day is the nation’s largest single day of volunteering, according to its Web site.  It is sponsored by USA WEEKEND magazine.

            One of the projects Hamilton and her student volunteers are planning is a Harvest Festival at the Parkridge Community Center in Ypsilanti. EMU volunteers are organizing a basketball competition, arts and crafts activities and dance lessons as well as offering snacks and refreshments for local youth.

            Volunteer sites also include the Washtenaw Area Council for Children (a pancake breakfast to benefit child abuse); and the Center for Independent Living ( silent auction to support people with disabilities).

For additional information, call 734.487.3045 or e-mail VISION@emich.edu.



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