In the spirit of giving displayed in last fall’s highly successful "Into the
Streets" program, UT students, faculty and staff will work as community
volunteers on "Make a Difference Day," Monday, January 15. Some 125 students, 15
student facilitators, and 15 faculty and staff members already have volunteered
for the event, which is designed to coincide with Martin Luther King Day, and
will conclude with a gathering in King’s honor at Pepin-Rood Stadium.
After breakfast in Plant Hall’s Grand Salon, students and leaders will be
dispersed to nine area sites to provide volunteer services ranging from beach
cleanup at MacDill Air Force Base to conducting a ‘50s dance at Hudson Manor.
Other sites include Ronald McDonald House, the Spring store, Metropolitan
Ministries, Lowry Park Zoo, Francis House, Judeo-Christian Health Clinic and
Hope Children’s Home. About 35 residents of Pyramid, a center for people with
developmental disabilities, will work with the UT teams.
In late August, the University inaugurated "Into the Streets" as an annual
student volunteer day to be conducted the Saturday before classes start for the
fall semester. When 400 students—twice the anticipated number—volunteered to
serve at more than a dozen Bay Area organizations, UT created "Make a Difference
Day," a second annual organized volunteer effort, to kick off each spring
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