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East Carolina University. Tomorrow starts here. A P i rat e ’s Guide to Service A publication of the Volunteer and Service-Learning Center Make A Difference Day 2009 Make A Difference Day is an annual event that takes place on the fourth Saturday of every October. The event, created by USA WEEKEND Magazine, will take place on October 24th this year. Make A Difference Day is a day of neighbors helping neighbors. There are projects all over the country with that mission in mind. ECU and the VSLC will be participating in Make A Difference Day by organizing a day of service on the 24th for those who register by October 22nd on the VSLC Web site. The day will begin at 8:30 a.m. at 1026 Bate Building with volunteer check in and an opening ceremony. The students will then have time to travel to their service sites and will begin working on projects by 9:30 a.m. The projects are set to last until 12:30 p.m. and will include a reflection activity lead by a volunteer student leader. Projects for this Make A Difference Day include: landscaping for the Red Cross, painting beds at RHA Howell Tar River, preparing packages for Give To The Troops, and walking dogs at the Pitt County Humane Society. Make A Difference Day is a fantastic opportunity for ECU students to volunteer in the Greenville community while contributing to a national effort and celebration of service. Last year, the national initiative had over three million participants. Registration for the event is currently open and can be accessed through the VSLC homepage at More information on projects and requirements is also available on the site. Page Two Student Spotlight Fall Service Fair Fall T.R.I.P.S. Update Each fall the Volunteer and Service-Learning Center (VSLC) gives students an alternative to going home over fall break. Turning Responsibility Into Powerful Service (T.R.I.P.S.), is an opportunity for students to do service while on fall and spring breaks from classes This fall break, October 10-13th, the T.R.I.P.S. format was slightly different than past years. Instead of taking an overnight trip and doing service at one site, the participating students stayed in the area working with three local sites. A group of seven students, accompanied by a VSLC staff member, worked alongside Habitat for Humanity staff to clean out their warehouse. They removed debris and moldy items that could be of no more use to the organization from the site. The students worked hard and at the same time enjoyed themselves. Reconvening Monday, the students visited the Ronald McDonald House of Greenville and put together luminary kits. The luminary kits make up the biggest fundraiser of the year for the House. People purchase kits and set them outside their homes as festive decorations. On the final day, students volunteered at the Food Bank of Central and Eastern Carolina. They sorted through donations from local grocery stores to be picked up by community members. Throughout the break, the students had a great time and made new friends. If you are interested in participating in T.R.I.P.S. this spring, contact the VSLC for more information. Page Three My Sister’s Closet Student Service Collaborative Page Four Calendar of VSLC Upcoming Events 9/11 National Day of Service and Remembrance

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