Volunteers Sought for Make a Difference Day

The campus community is invited to participate in “Make a Difference Day,” an annual campus beautification event, on Wednesday, May 11.

Volunteers are asked to meet at the front entrance of Moffett Center on Graham Avenue at 8 a.m. to receive work assignments. Coffee and Danish will be served. The event will be held from 8 a.m. to noon at work sites throughout campus.

The Physical Plant encourages students, faculty, staff and alumni to join them in planting flowers and trees, mulching, raking, sweeping and general spring cleanup. Teams, groups and individuals are welcome. The grounds crew staff will prepare the work sites and provide tools and assistance in all areas. Employees are granted release time, with supervisory approval, to assist in the beautification of the grounds.

“As everyone knows, this has been one of the most difficult winters we’ve had in quite a few years,” said David Horrocks, assistant director of buildings and grounds at the Physical Plant. “The harsh and protracted winter weather, plus the very wet spring we're experiencing, has put our Grounds Department more than a month behind in our spring beautification efforts. The help of the campus community during Make-A-Difference Day will be doubly important this year as we try to make this campus shine for our graduates and their parents.”

The annual event is weather-permitting.

“We’re happy to accommodate people who would like to work in their favorite areas,” Horrocks said. “Many people return each year to a specific task that they enjoy — for some it’s planting flowers at the memorials, others like to spread mulch around their office building.”

Those interested in volunteering are asked to register by contacting Melinda Ferguson at (607) 753-2101.