Make a Difference Week
Every year during the fall semester hundreds of Iona students, staff, and faculty engage in a variety of service, advocacy, and philanthropic efforts on campus and in local communities during Make a Difference Week. Make a Difference Week is coordinated by the Office of Mission & Ministry but is truly a collaborative effort with help from all corners of Iona. This annual week of service and advocacy is a major demonstration of Iona College’s commitment to education and action for justice and liberation.
Make a Difference Week at Iona is kicked-off with the Iona College Day of Service sending hundreds of Gaels into the local community on projects and the Best Buddies – Success Center Kickball Game. The students who participate in the Success Center afterschool program and the Best Buddy adults with developmental disabilities and their Iona buddies make up the teams of all-stars who play in the game. The teams are cheered on and celebrated by the Iona community who comes out to support our friends.
The ensuing week is full of many volunteer opportunities such as a Midnight Run, park clean-ups, fundraisers, educational and advocacy programs to help link our volunteer service to the struggle for justice.