Hundreds of students to participate in national day of volunteering

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More than 350 volunteers from Grand Valley are expected to participate in the nation’s largest day of community service on October 26.

Sponsored by the Community Service Learning Center, Make a Difference Day begins at 9:30 a.m. in the Grand River Room of the Kirkhof Center on the Allendale Campus.

Before volunteers go to their service projects, Jenny Jordan, development coordinator for Kid’s Food Basket and a Grand Valley alumna, will provide a kick-off speech. Participants will then be bused to various sites throughout the greater Grand Rapids area to work on different community service projects until 3 p.m.

Last year, more than 300 Grand Valley volunteers served various area agencies for the day. Volunteers will have the opportunity to work with one of many different causes, from mentoring youth, to working with senior citizens to combatting hunger issues.

The national day of volunteering, promoted by USA WEEKEND Magazine and Points of Light, has taken place for more than 20 years.

For more information, contact the Office of Student Life at Grand Valley at (616) 331-2345.