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CLC Seeks Volunteers for 'Make A Difference Day'

Volunteers are needed for a variety of work on Oct. 27. Projects include picking up trash along the road, winterizing plant beds and designing centerpieces for the CLC Women's Center fall fundraiser.

Be part of a national campaign on a local level by joining volunteers at the College of Lake County for a host of Make A Difference Day projects on Oct. 27.

Community volunteers will be joined by CLC students, staff and faculty and volunteers from the United Way of Lake County.

A kick-off breakfast will be held 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. in the Learning Resource Center/Library Atrium on the Grayslake campus, 19351 W. Washington St.

Volunteers are needed for a variety of work to be done at the following sites from 10 a.m. to noon.

Adopt-A-Highway: Pick up trash along a county road.

CLC Children’s Learning Center: Clean toys and playground.

CLC Community Garden: Clean garden and winterize planting beds.

CLC Women’s Center: Design and create centerpieces for the Women’s Center Fall Fundraiser.

Lake County Forest Preserve (Grayslake): Collect seeds from native plants to continue in the preservation process of natural beauty.

Mundelein Park District: Clean park and playground area.

NorthPointe Church (at CLC): Organize Halloween bags for carnival.

Partners for Progress (Wauconda): Clean horse stalls and possibly work with children on horseback.

Zacharias Sexual Abuse Center (Gurnee): Clean therapy rooms and playground for children.

To volunteer, visit http://maddatclc12.eventbrite.com/.

For more information, contact Carolyn Brodnicki at (847) 543-2058 or cbrodnicki@clcillinois.edu.

Click here to learn more about Make A Difference Day.

Make A Difference Day has become the largest community service effort in the nation, rallying corporations, government leaders, charitable organizations and everyday Americans into action on one day. Past Make A Difference Days have attracted 3 million volunteers, and an estimated 28 million people in need have benefited.

CLC volunteers have participated in this worthwhile event for more than 14 years, said Sylvia Johnson, executive director of CLC Career and Placement Services.

“It’s a day when folks who have the same passion and interests get together to give back to their community, impacting many lives in the process. Our volunteers will assist with sorting and packaging books, cleaning up a highway, providing educational materials and much more. This is a day when folks carve out a time in their schedules to lend an extra pair of hands to make a difference,” she said.

Last year, United Way of Lake County was selected as one of 11 national Make A Difference Day winners for their playground project at Clearview Elementary with the Chicago Bears.

United Way brought together community members and local businesses, including CLC students, to create a universally-accessible playground that benefited more than 700 Waukegan elementary school students. As a result of this Make A Difference Day project, United Way was featured in USA Weekend Magazine, and accepted a $10,000 donation from Newman’s Own in Washington, D.C.

Submitted by the College of Lake County

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