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UNT students work to make a difference on national day for community service

UNT students work to make a difference on national day for community service

UNT students work to make a difference on national day for community service
November 14
07:50 2018

About 400 UNT faculty, staff, and students from various groups and organizations volunteered Saturday, Nov. 10 for Make a Difference Day, a campus-wide community service initiative.

Make a Difference Day, is one of several community service projects implemented by the Center of Leadership and Service, housed under the Division of Student Affairs. They also host other yearly events such as The Big Event and Adopt-A-Block, where each participating organization gets assigned an area on campus that they are responsible for keeping clean.

“We work heavily with our network of community partners,” said Tricia Rodriguez, Center of Leadership and Service community service coordinator. “We email and call them to invite them to be one of the service sites [for Make a Difference Day.] We always want to be thoughtful with our community partners [because] we know that it takes time and resources to be a host, and we always want to make sure that we are being beneficial to them and not creating more work.”

To participate, groups on campus must register as an organization, and they will be assigned a task and location to complete their community service. There are a number of tasks available to the organizations including things like picking up trash, mulching and planting or sanitizing children’s toys at a day care.

“This is a good experience to help the community by giving back,” Thomas Burnette, a fifth year music education and performance student said.

Burnette is a member of Phi Mu Alpha, a music fraternity at UNT. The fraternity participates in Make a Difference Day every year and he, along with two other members of the fraternity picked up trash along Avenue C outside of the Voertman Concert Hall.

“I love participating in events like these because it gives me the chance to make connections with the people in my organization,” Kinesiology sophomore Ashia Arline said. “It’s also a great way to de-stress from school, and it gives me something to do,”

Arline, is a member of the National Residence Hall Honorary (NRHH)  and has been a member since spring 2018. NRHH is a honor society for students who live in residence halls. They participate in Make a Difference Day annually.

Psychology sophomore and NRHH member Mushifique Chowdhury planted flowers outside of Bruce Hall.

“We also have to meet a minimum requirement of service hours, and I think this is a fun way to do that,” Chowdhury said. “I love any opportunity to be able to do some good, because it makes me feel good.”

Featured Image: New plants outside of the Hurley administration building and Bruce Hall that were planted as part of UNT’s campus-wide Make A Difference Day on Nov. 10.  Ashley Gallegos

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