UAlbany Celebrates Volunteerism With "Make a Difference Day"

Contact: Lisa James Goldsberry (518) 437-4989

More than 200 University at Albany students are organizing a variety of unique events in recognition of 2001 as the International Year of the Volunteer. The Presidential Honors Society at the University at Albany has partnered up with the Volunteer Center of the Capital Region, to commemorate and promote the spirit of volunteerism. The campus will celebrate that spirit on Saturday, October 27, which has been designated as the 11th annual "Make A Difference Day."

A highlight of the special day will be the "Wall of Difference," which will acknowledge people who have given unselfishly of themselves to make a difference in the lives of others and to promote the spirit of volunteerism. The "wall," a monument to volunteerism, will be a giant compilation of stories and pictures submitted by members of the community of how they have made a difference in the lives of others. Along with the submissions will be contact information for nonprofit agencies that in need volunteers. The wall will travel around various public locations in Albany.

Members of the Capital District community are invited to share their stories and pictures in this giant display of altruism. All submissions are welcome and may be made by individuals, agencies, or businesses. They can highlight major projects, participation in a preexisting project, or monetary donations.

Questions can be directed to the Presidential Honors Society by phone at 591-8517 or email at Please send submissions of pictures and stories to the Presidential Honors Society, Lecture Center 31, University at Albany or The Volunteer Center of the Capital Region, 350 New Scotland Road.

Other events planned include a red, white, and blue picture taken on campus during Homecoming Weekend of people wearing these colors to be sold to benefit the Sept. 11 fund, a haunted house for children, and a canned food and clothing drive. Many campus departments and organizations are involved in this project.

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October 17, 2001


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