Over 2,700 Participate in Saint Louis University’s Make a Difference Day
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More than 2,700 students, faculty and staff gathered in late October for Saint Louis University’s annual Make a Difference Day.
The day began at the school’s Robert Herrmann Stadium with a rallying speech by SLU alumnus and St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay and a time of reflection. Then the volunteers headed out to more than 120 local service sites that included schools, churches and community organizations.
From painting to gardening to home building, schools took on a fresh look, community gardens were tended and Habitat for Humanity got a welcome hand.
The day of service—one of the largest of its kind in the country—is helping meet some important needs during challenging economic times.
Bobby Wassel, manager of SLU’s Center for Service and Community Engagement, said non-profit groups often take a major hit during economic downturns.
But the boost schools, churches and community groups get from volunteers serving those around them goes far beyond money.
“The combined efforts and energetic enthusiasm of those who donate their time and talents can make a difference for these organizations and the people they serve all year,” Wassel added.
SLU’s participation wasn’t limited to St. Louis; hundreds of SLU alumni in cities across the country took part in their local Make a Difference Day programs. [Saint Louis University]