Make a Difference Week at NSU

NSU’s Make a Difference Week, from Oct. 22 to 27, is a week-long opportunity for students to help the community through a variety of volunteer projects. The Office of Student Leadership and Civic Engagement, which sponsors and plans the event, promises that this year’s Make a Difference Week will be bigger than last year’s, with new ways for interested students to demonstrate and show just how much NSU cares.

Assistant Director of the Office of Student Leadership and Civic Engagement Aaron Hackman said that he hopes the week will aid in “increasing student involvement both off and on campus. It is to market service opportunities for students and student organizations.”

The week will include five main events: Habitat for Humanity’s House Build and Re-store, projects to revitalize low income families’ homes; Making Strides Breast Cancer Walk in Boca Raton; a volunteer opportunity to help clean the Don Taft university Center, which will allow the volunteers to interact with other students; and an event with Junior Achievement, an organization that mentors and teaches middle school students by giving them real life examples of how to succeed in the future.

Jesse Chait, sophomore biology major, has never been a part of volunteering with NSU before, but she is looking forward to being a part of the Make a Difference Week.

Rachel Salveson, sophomore chemistry major is particularly excited for the Junior Achievement program. She said that it’s is a great way for “students to get involved with mentoring kids.”

Daily activities will last from 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., with the exception of Habitat for Humanities House Build, which will begin at 7 a.m. Students can select volunteer times that do not conflict with their class schedules.

Hackman said that volunteer spots for each event are filling up fast, so he encourages students to sign up as early as possible throughout the week.

To learn more about the available opportunities and sign up for a volunteer spot, contact the Office of Student Leadership and Civic Engagement at 954-262 – 7195 or

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