More than 800 student volunteers from Marquette, the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee and Milwaukee Area Technical College will come together this Saturday, Nov. 9, to help older adults across Milwaukee County get ready for Wisconsin’s winter.
Due to overwhelming volunteer interest, registration is now closed. More information about the event is online.
About Make a Difference Day
The event, co-hosted by the three institutions, is part of “Make a Difference Day,” an annual nationwide event in which organizations join forces to elevate community service.
This year, student volunteers will visit more than 150 homes throughout the county to assist older adults with raking leaves, cleaning yards and providing a friendly visitor, ensuring they are able to stay safe, warm and independent in their homes this winter. One-third of older adults live alone, and many cannot complete the outdoor tasks required as the winter months approach. In addition, according to the Milwaukee County Department on Aging Area Plan for 2019-21, when compared to the state of Wisconsin as a whole, Milwaukee has a higher percentage of people age 65 years and over living alone.
Make a Difference Day is a collaboration among Marquette’s Sorority and Fraternity Life and the Center for Community Service; UWM’s Center for Community-Based Learning, Leadership and Research; and MATC’s Center for Engaged and Service-Learning.