Hiram College students, faculty and staff members strive to make a positive impact in their day-to-day lives, but on Oct. 24 they took it a step further and participated in a nationwide volunteer initiative called “Make A Difference Day.” Thirty-six volunteers served for a combined total of approximately 202 hours at five different work sites.
The work sites in Hiram included Little Village Learning Center, Hiram Farm and the Hiram College campus. Students also volunteered with Habitat for Humanity in Painesville and at the Mantua Center Clothing Drive.
Volunteers helped the Little Village Early Learning Center winterize the playground and set up and run a Halloween festival.
“I volunteered at Little Village because I wanted to make a difference in the Hiram community,” said Jennifer Kistler ’19, of North Olmstead. “I know it’s important for children to learn through play, and that they need a good place to do that. I learned how much people can accomplish in a short amount of time when they work together towards a common goal. It also opened to me the possibility of volunteering for Little Village in the future.”
At the Habitat for Humanity site in Painesville, volunteers helped with a construction project.
A group helped put up fencing for an animal enclosure at the Hiram Farm.
Volunteers at the Mantua Center Clothing Drive sorted through donations, hung up clothes and helped out with anything else the Center needed.
Students, faculty and staff also showed their pride in their campus while helping with trash pick-up, weed pulling and more around the College.
“I am so proud of Hiram for making a difference together and making this such a special and rewarding day,” said Sarah Dowd, Hiram College’s service coordinator. “To see the hard work done, and smiles on the students’ and staff’s faces was priceless.”
A USA TODAY initiative, Make A Difference Day has grown over the past 20 years to become the nation’s largest day of community service. The purpose of the day is to unite volunteers with a common mission to help others and to show people that they can have an impact in their communities.