October 27, 2013 - 10:04pm
BY ANNIKA WILDENRADT
On Saturday, University students participated in Make A Difference Day, a national day of community service.
Created in 1992 as a partnership between USA Weekend Magazine and service organization Points of Light, Make a Difference Day encourages people to improve their communities through hands-on volunteer work.
Several student groups contributed to the day’s activities.
Members of the Golden Key International Honor Society picked apples at the Windy Acres Farm in Willis, Mich., one of the food donors to Food Gatherers, an Ann Arbor homeless shelter.
“Participating in events like Make a Difference Day, or doing community service activities, are very important to our organization," Ellen Robinson, president of the University’s chapter of Golden Key, said before the event. “Service is one of our three pillars, along with academics and leadership.”
Though they did not participate in Make a Difference Day last year, the honor society has participated in the past and Robinson said the group was excited to be back.
“We hope to help as many people as we can, but even if we just help one person the event would be a success. We want to brighten someone's day — make them smile,” Robinson said. “We want to give back to our community that has given so much to us.”
Make A Difference Day promotes a variety of community service projects from park cleanups and building restorations to mentoring school children. To promote collaboration, USA Weekend encourages groups to post events in its online Make A Difference Day Databank, making it accessible to others in the area to join.
In a separate service project, brothers of Delta Sigma Pi Business Fraternity braced the cold weather on Saturday as they work in the Nichols Arboretum to clean out invasive species.