MARQUETTE COUNTY — It’s that time of the year where everyone takes some time in the morning to go out and participate in the national day event called, Make A Difference Day. Created in 1990 by USAWeekend, Make A Difference Day is a national event celebrating neighbors helping neighbors.
Make A Difference Day is one of the largest annual single-days of service nationwide. Tens of thousands of volunteers across the country unite on the fourth Saturday in October with a common mission: to improve the lives of others through a wide range of community-driven service projects.
“NMU is really closely connected to the Marquette community,” explained Emily Tinder, One of the Volunteer Coordinators from NMU. “You know we try not to make it just a college town, but more like an everybody-town, and we are just a part of it. I think it is cool that we get to interact with the generations of the city that we usually don’t get to interact with.”
Northern Michigan University’s Make A Difference Day initiative has brought in over 1,000 volunteers to rake leaves for elderly people in the Marquette community. Volunteers arrive at the Northern Center at 8 a.m. on the day of the event for a free breakfast and t-shirt pick up.