For the sixth consecutive year, Black Hills State University students will be doing a variety of community service projects on Oct. 24 as they join a national effort in Make a Difference Day.
Make a Difference Day activities begin at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday with a free kick-off breakfast for all participants in the Hive dining hall located in the David B. Miller Yellow Jacket Student Union. Service projects will begin around 9 a.m. and will last 3-6 hours depending on the project.
Those interested in participating can work on one of the projects organized by the Office of Civic Engagement or set up a project of their own. Longer projects, such as food or book drives, or projects with children in schools, will also be conducted during the week. Projects already organized include: working on the Spearfish Habitat for Humanity house; bingo and other activities at the Dorsett Home; painting at the Black Hills Amphitheater; clean up at the RSVP garden; walking dogs and cleaning cages at the Western Hills Humane Society; food drive for the Spearfish Food Pantry; and a supply drive for the Artemis House.
This year, to provide further support to community groups, the BHSU Office of Civic Engagement is asking everyone who attends the breakfast to bring an item for the Artemis House. The Artemis House is in need of items such as paper towels, toilet paper, and cleaning supplies. This event is free and open to the public.
Make a Difference Day, the largest national day of service, is in its 18th year nationally. On the last Make a Difference Day, a record 3 million volunteers participated and an estimated 28 million people-in-need benefited. BHSU recorded over 180 volunteers in the event last year. The event is sponsored by USA Weekend Magazine in partnership with the Hands on Network. BHSU has been named to the national President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for the past three years.
To participate or for more information, please call the BHSU Office of Civic Engagement at 642-6471 or email Richard.Raridon@BHSU.edu.