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Make a Difference Day

Save the Date: Saturday October 25, 2014 will be the 2014 Make A Difference Day! Project details and registration will be made available in mid-October.

Make a Difference Day was held on Saturday October 26, 2013. There were 6 projects that took place in the morning and afternoon.


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The CCE sponsored service projects at 6 different sites for 2013 Make A Difference Day.



How we made a difference:

The Center for Civic Engagement would like to extend huge thanks and appreciation to our 61 volunteers from the OSU community who completed 6 different service projects in the community for Make a Difference Day on Saturday October 26th! The service projects were an incredible success, as OSU volunteers made a difference by painting classrooms, crafting, raking leaves, painting floors, repackaging bulk food, and digging holes for concrete. Please read below for the results in numbers and narrative form.

  • 6 projects at Habitat for Humanity, Trillium Family Services, Linn Benton Food Share, South Corvallis Food Bank, Corvallis Manor, and Corvallis Community Children's Center.
  • 61 volunteers
  • 228.5 hours of service
  • Community Impact:
    • 2 classrooms and 2 large bookshelves painted
    • 1/3 of the floor of South Corvallis Food Bank painted
    • 3 acres of yard space cleared of leaves
    • 4 raised beds cleared
    • 5 berry bushes replanted
    • 4 bread racks removed of rust
    • 23 holes hand dug by volunteers at Habitat for Humanity
    • 30-60 lb. bags of concrete moved
    • Crafts made with residents of Corvallis Manor
    • 7 concrete forms cut using a hand saw
    • Seeds, nuts, squash repackaged at Linn-Benton Food Share

61 volunteers separated into six groups that participated in projects at Corvallis Communiity Children's Center, Trillium Family Farm Home, Linn-Benton Food Share, Corvallis Manor, Habitat for Humanity, and South Corvallis Food Bank. Two groups of volunteers spent the entire day painting 2 classrooms and 2 large bookshelves at the Corvallis Community Children's Center. At Trillium Family Services, volunteers worked hard to clear 3 acres of yard space of leaves, clear and re-seed 4 raised beds, and replant 5 berry bushes. Seeds, nuts, and squash were repackaged at Linn-Benton Food Share to be distributed to families of low-income. Volunteers had a lot of fun working on Halloween and Thanksgiving crafts with the residents of Corvallis Manor. At a Habitat for Humanity Deck Repair Project, volunteers dug 23-12 in. holes, moved 30-60 lb. bags of concrete, and cut 7 concrete forms using a hand saw. Volunteers at South Corvallis Food Bank got started on painting the floor and removing 4 bread racks of rust. 

Make A Difference Day is the most encompassing national day of helping others. Held annually on the fourth Saturday of October, millions of Americans are rallied into a single day of action to help change the world.


Make A Difference Day is a national effort designed to mobilize citizens in communities across the country in volunteer service. Make A Difference Day is cosponsored by USA Weekend Magazine and the HandsOn Network  with the support of Paul Newman and Newman's Own, in collaboration with celebrities, government, nonprofits and businesses.

Contact Info

Center for Civic Engagement
158 Snell Hall (MU East) Corvallis, OR 97331-1610 beaver.volunteer@oregonstate.edu
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