New Paltz students, faculty, and staff dedicated themselves to the local community on Oct. 18 – 19 in honor of Make a Difference Day 2013. The College participated in the national day of community service, created by USA Weekend, for the ninth consecutive year. This year, the College’s contributions included a donation drive and a day of volunteering.
More than 250 students registered to volunteer at 14 service sites in the immediate area. “This year, we are focusing on having participants reflect on their experiences and contributions. We know that when students are able to reflect on their impact, it encourages making volunteerism a habit,” said Michael Patterson, director of student activities and union services.
Local organizations that participated in the program this year included the New Paltz Child Care Center, Village of New Paltz, YMCA Kingston, Mohonk Preserve, Rosendale Theatre, Queen’s Gallery, Children’s Home of Poughkeepsie, Youth Mission Outreach, Town of New Paltz, New Paltz Youth Program, NYSDEC, Kingston Adams, and GLSEN. The College sent between 5-20 volunteers to each of the service sites.