On Saturday, October 21, nearly 240 students participated in the national Make A Difference Day, also known as MADD. This day is celebrated across the country in which universities come together through service. This project was dear to me, for I was placed in charge as the senior intern for Volunteer Services. I was the person who coordinated the food, reservations, students and community partners. We worked with a total of 40 locations: 10 community partners and 30 local homes. The planning for this event took about a month and countless hours of work on the part of the Volunteer Services Team.
The day was a beautiful Saturday morning, the sun shined bright and the warmth welcomed many to come participate. We had many organizations come, such as the Alpine ski team, women’s tennis team, softball team, the track and field team, women’s squash team, men's baseball team, Alpha Tao Omega fraternity, Rotaract Club, men’s lacrosse team, Kappa Kappa Game sorority, Chi Omerga sorority, Kappa Delta Sigma sorority, men and women's cross country teams, Newman Club and many more. It was a busy day for service. Everyone arrived early around 10 a.m., brought their cars and rakes, some even brought their own gloves and bags. They were ready to get a start. Throughout the day, Canton was painted in brown and scarlet, for everyone brought SLU spirit and went MADD to help clean up our beautiful Canton. We moved in packs, smiling and ready to clean, bag, rake, or paint anything that needed it. That is why I love this school; regardless of the situation, we are always willing to help.
One of the biggest components of being part of SLU is the sense of community that we build from day one in our FYPs where we learn to co-exist with each other, with our faculty and with our community. Everyone practices it, and it is shown through the numbers of people we at Volunteer Services often see. Many, like to volunteer, but everyone is always willing to show up.
We are all MADD for service. We are all MADD for the community. We are all MADD for SLU.