Hundreds of Houghton College, Alfred State and Alfred University students will join together in the 2nd annual Celebrate Service Celebrate Allegany Day of Service by participating in the national Make a Difference Day on Saturday, October 26.
“This is such an amazing opportunity for college students to have a real impact on our community, in which the majority of these students only live in for an average of four years,” said Marshall Green, public and community relations specialist for Houghton College. “Furthermore, this is a great day built around relationships where college students and community members are coming together around a common cause: positive impact.”
Make a Difference Day is the largest national service day in the U.S. during which hundreds of thousands of people work together to serve their local communities through a day of volunteerism. It is an opportunity for college students from all three institutions of higher learning in Allegany County to connect with local residents, learn more about their adopted community, and provide meaningful help to organizations, towns and individuals.
Last year, about 450 local students participated in Make a Difference Day in Allegany County, and there are currently about 600 students signed up for this year’s service day.
This year, students will be taking on larger tasks, with the majority of projects requiring at least 20 and up to 100 students at each location. Some projects include assisting local communities with beautification projects such as at Letchworth State Park where there will be approximately 100 students working to clean and maintain trails. Other volunteers will help local non-profit organizations to paint facilities, assist local relief organizations with preparing supply boxes, along with many other tasks.
“In these tough times that are filled with economic hardship and political strife, it is good to see young adults who are eager to unite and engage with local communities in such a positive, unselfish way,” said Green.