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Scores Of Projects Will Benefit Charlottesville Area Residents On Oct. 23, National Make A Difference Day

Oct. 20, 1999 -- More than 3,000 University of Virginia students, staff and faculty are expected to participate in a broad range of volunteer projects during Make A Difference Day on Oct. 23.

The day will bring together more than 65 student organizations, athletic teams and work units to benefit people of all ages in the Charlottesville area. Among the diverse activities are repairing and painting a whole street of houses, refinishing playground equipment, painting over graffiti, visiting the elderly and tutoring children.

Frank Griffiths, a fourth-year student majoring in economics and psychology, organized Make A Difference Day activities for the first time at U.Va. last year. He and his twin, Jeff Griffiths, a senior at Miami University-Ohio, are competing to see who can marshal more supporters during the national day of caring, created in 1992 by USA Weekend in partnership with the Points of Light Foundation.

The brothers received a $10,000 award in April from actor Paul Newman in recognition of the 75 events they organized on their two campuses. (For more on the award, see http://www.usaweekend.com/diffday/others1999.html)

To volunteer or gain more information on this year’s projects, contact Frank Griffiths at (804) 984-4047 or fbg5s@virginia.edu.

Selected Volunteer Projects Associated with Make a Difference Day,

organized by University of Virginia student Frank Griffiths

Wednesday, Oct. 20

noon - 6 p.m.

Painting and Clean-Up on U.Va. Grounds

Webb Lounge (residence hall across from the football stadium)

About 50 first-year and residence-life students are expected to volunteer.

noon - 6 p.m., 4 - 6 p.m.

Elementary School Mural Painting

About 50 Madison House tutors are expected to paint and clean up around Cale, Greer and Jackson Via Elementary Schools and Burley Middle School. The tutors will paint murals in the schools from 4 to 6 p.m. and paint and clean up from noon to 6 p.m.

6 p.m.

U.Va. Women’s Soccer Players Visit Eldercare Gardens Nursing Home

About 30 players are expected.

6:30 p.m.

Bingo, Jefferson Park Center

About 40 University guides are expected to lead bingo games.

7 p.m.

U.Va. Football Team Visits Cedars Nursing Home

About 12 players are expected.

Thursday, Oct. 21

noon - 6 p.m.

Painting and Clean up on U.Va. Grounds

Webb Lounge (residence hall across from football stadium)

About 50 first-year and residence-life students are expected to volunteer.

7 p.m.

Bingo, Cedars Nursing Home

About 10 members of the U.Va. football team will conduct bingo games.

Friday, Oct. 22

4:30 - 9:30 p.m.

Agnor Hurt Carnival

Agnor Hurt Elementary School

Scores of U.Va. student athletes will help stage a children’s carnival at the school.

Saturday, Oct. 23, Make A Difference Day

8:00 a.m.

Apple Gleaning

About 100 students are expected to gather at Newcomb Hall Plaza to board buses to engage in apple gleaning at Silver Creek Orchard.

9 a.m.

Stadium Road Spruce-Up

About 10 Rodman Scholars will plant and mulch area along Stadium Road.

9 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Shelter for Help and Emergency

About 20 volunteers are expected to clean up.

10 a.m.

Flower Bed Renovation

About 10 Circle K volunteers will renovate the flower beds at McGuffy Park.

10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Lunch at the Salvation Army

About 20 residents of Brown College will prepare, serve and clean up after lunch.

10:30 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Tonsler Park

About 100 fraternity members and youth in the Boys and Girls Club are expected to refinish and mulch Tonslor Park playground area.

throughout the day

**Esmont Community Clean-Up**

Hundreds of U.Va. students will renovate, paint, clean and fix up houses along Porters Road in Esmont.

Sunday, Oct. 24

10:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Children’s Carnival

About 40 Fourth Year Class Trustees are expected to conduct a carnival for elementary school children at The Park (located past the Law School).

1 p.m.

Graffiti Cover-Up Project

About 100 students will gather at Newcomb Hall Plaza to paint over graffiti. Areas expected to be painted include: 11th St. SW at Trax; 4th and Main, 8th and Main, 9th St. NE, Garret at 6th St.; Valley at Cherry Ave.; Jefferson Park Ave. at Old Lynchburg Rd.

For more information, contact Frank Griffiths at (804) 984-4047 or fbg5s@virginia.edu.

Contact: Ida Lee Wootten, (804) 924-6857

FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: please contact the Office of University Relations at (804) 924-7116. Television reporters should contact the TV News Office at (804) 924-7550.
SOURCE: U.Va. News Services

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