of Virginia Community Joins Hands to Volunteer on Make a Difference
Day, Oct. 28
26, 2000 -- More than 2,000 members of the University
of Virginia community are expected to top last year's volunteer
efforts, pulling from 40 student organizations, University departments
and offices to spend the week from Saturday, Oct. 28 through
Saturday, Nov 4 -- volunteering in a multitude of projects that
will benefit the Charlottesville/Albemarle communities. Students,
professors and administrators are coming together to:
sponsor a cancer benefit dinner honoring State Senator Emily Couric;
participate in a "Job Interview Clothes" drive;
collect canned goods;
visit nursing homes;
run school carnivals and Halloween parties;
coach youth soccer;
organize a Wal-Mart toy run for underprivileged children;
and much more!
a Difference Day is a national day of volunteerism that has
inspired 2 million people in corporations, government and charitable
organizations all over the country to help "make a difference"
in the lives of 22 million people. The event is cosponsored by The
Points of Lights Foundation and USA Weekend magazine along with
a number of celebrities, including Reba McEntire, Justin Timberlake,
Doug Flutie, and Paul Newman.
became involved during fall 1998, bringing together so many students,
faculty and staff that the effort drew national media attention.
Last year, Paul Newman, the Points of Light Foundation and USA Weekend
recognized Make a Difference Day at U.Va. as one of the top 10 in
year, Phil Gates, athletic lifeskills coordinator at U.Va., will
be assembling the largest number of sports teams ever involved in
a single-service project.
Hall, president of U.Va.s Make a Difference Day committee,
says, "Make a Difference Day looks to provide service opportunities
to students who would not normally participate in such efforts.
This year we are excited to have the widest array ever of student
groups on grounds participating."
designed by Tashaeda Morton, a 13-year-old Charlottesville student-artist,
will be given to each volunteer as a reminder of his or her involvement.
A quote by fellow Charlottesville student Kenny Beachum, 10, supplies
the final touch on the T-shirts: "The smallest things can make
a big difference. How are you going to plant your seeds?"
Contacts: Kelly LeBrun-Yakeley, (804) 971-8027 and Curt Hall (804)