Make A Difference Day 2016

Celebrate Service / Celebrate Allegany

Over the last four years, we have had a total of 1000 Houghton students involved in the annual Make a Difference Day at Houghton College and a total of almost 2000 between all three colleges involved.  This year our goal is 150 Houghton students, faculty and staff uniting together for a day of service throughout Allegany County. 


Date: Saturday, October 22
Time: 8:30am - Meet in Dining Hall
Return: Between 3pm & 4pm
Will lunch be provided? Yes (If you have the Board Plan Meal, that will be used.)
Will there be a t-shirt? It's a Houghton event, isn't it?
What kind of jobs will I be doing? Service opportunities will range from

  • assisting local communities with beautification projects
  • assisting local relief organiztions with preparing supply boxes
  • working at a food pantry
  • assisting churches with renovation projects
  • much, much more

What is Make a Difference Day – MaDD is a the largest national service day in the U.S. in which hundreds of thousands of people work together to serve their local communities through a day of volunteerism.  Last year, Houghton College, Alfred State College and Alfred University joined together to help positively impact Allegany County.

We here at Houghton, with the support of the SGA and Student Life, see Make a Difference Day as an opportunity to unite as a college community and positively impact Allegany County.   While we have many groups and individuals on campus that serve throughout the year, and we certainly celebrate those, there is something special about coming together as a community unified through service. 

Through service, we are taking the time to celebrate the beauty in nature, and the beauty of the people that reside in our local communities.  As we saw last three years, this is a day that we can reach people who have never heard of Houghton College. 

In addition, the success of the previous four year's event created connections and synergies with individuals and organizations that continue to foster and grow.  

So we ask you today to sign up and join your fellow classmates, professors and Houghton staff members to join together for the second annual Make a Difference Day.  

Make sure to post pictures throughout the day and tag #CelebrateAllegany