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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.
 

Please contact Faith Krefft, assistant director of Iona in Mission, to learn more or with any questions.

Make A Difference Week 2019 - Programs & Service Projects

The Iona College Annual Make A Difference week will start on Saturday, September 28, 2019. Join fellow Gaels for a week of programs and service projects.

All Week Events, No Registration Required:

  • Hoodie and Sneaker Drive at Athletic Events
    Donate gently used hoodies and sneakers. All donations will be given to Midnight Run!
    Throughout campus
  • CSA School Supply Drive
    Support Columbus Elementary School by donating much needed supplies. For more info contact: Michele Nelson, MLsampson@iona.edu.
    Ryan Library, LaPenta Lobby, Vitanza Common

Make A Difference Week Programs

Event Schedule

Saturday, September 28

  • Best Buddies & After School Kickball Game!
    Come enjoy this signature Make a Difference Week event as we cheer on our friends with disabilities & children from the community during the kickball game! The game shows us what inclusion of all people looks like! We'll have food, raffle prizes, and fun times!
    Noon - 2 p.m., Mulcahy Gymnasium

Monday, September 30

  • Time to Sign
    Join RAs Angela, Margaret, and Sophia in collaboration with the ASL club to learn about the do's and don'ts with deaf culture and learn basic ASL signs.
    7 p.m., North Ave. 6th Floor Lounge

Thursday, October 3

  • Move the World Mural
    Stop by the LaPenta lobby during activity hour to write your life goals on a chalkboard!
    Noon - 1 p.m., LaPenta Lobby
  • Hospitality Supper
    All are welcome for a meal at Montgomery House, meet new friends, and have some good conversations!
    5:30 - 6:30 pm - Midnight, Montgomery House

Sunday, October 6

  • Make a Difference Week Mass
    6 p.m., Holy Family Church

Monday, October 7

  • Voter Registration
    Student Government Association sponsors the League of Women Voter's on campus for Voter Registration!
    11 a.m. - 3 p.m., Spellman Portico
  • #GaelsStandWithBahamas
    Help raise money and awareness for those affected by Hurricane Dorian in the Bahamas. T-shirts and mac and cheese will be sold, all proceeds will be donated to the Bahamas for hurricane relief efforts.
    8 p.m., 2nd Floor Loftus Lounge

Tuesday, October 8

  • Breast Cancer Bingo
    October is Breast Cancer Awareness month. Come to this event to learn more about breast cancer while also enjoying a game or two of bingo.
    Noon - 1 p.m., McGrath A
  • Lemonade for Literacy
    Support Phi Sigma Sigma Sorority by buying lemonade. All proceeds will benefit literacy efforts.
    Noon - 1 p.m., Spellman Portico
  • Hearing Loss Awareness
    Experience in a small way what it's like to have hearing loss by stopping by this event and picking up earplugs to wear for the day and learn facts from the ASL club about hearing loss.
    Noon - 1 p.m., Spellman Portico
  • Don't Mess with Stress
    An event to alleviate stress with music, a gratitude wall, create your own hand lotion, and some yard games!
    8:30 p.m., Loftus Lobby

Wednesday, October 9

  • Box City
    Students will set up boxes and stay on East Hill for the evening; education and advocacy sessions will raise awareness about the day to day realities of the homeless.
    9 p.m., Spellman Portico

Thursday, October 10

  • Blood Drive (Delta Theta Beta)
    Help The American Red Cross by donating blood!
    9 a.m. - 5 p.m., End Zone, LaPenta
  • Cocoa with a Counselor
    Enjoy a free hot cocoa bar and time to chat informally with your friendly Counseling Center! Ask anything!
    Noon - 1 p.m., Starbucks LaPenta
  • Plinko with Iona in Mission
    Come play Plinko and learn all about the Summer 2019 Iona in Mission trips!
    Noon - 1 p.m., Spellman Portico
  • Hospitality Supper
    All are welcome for a meal at Montgomery House, meet new friends, and have some good conversations!
    5:30 - 6:30 p.m., Montgomery House

Make a Difference Week Service Projects

Event Schedule

Sunday, September 29

  • Fuller Center for Housing (11:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.)

Wednesday, October 2

  • Boys and Girls Club (3:30 - 5 p.m.)
    Join other Gaels in mentoring local youth of New Rochelle.

Thursday, October 3

  • New Rochelle Cares (3:30 - 5 p.m.)
    Connect with the local community by visiting the elderly homebound of New Rochelle.
  • Midnight Run (8 p.m. - Midnight)
    Distribute food and clothing to the homeless of New York City while engaging in conversation.

Friday, October 4

  • Project Family Soup Kitchen (4:30 - 6 p.m.)
    Serve a hot meal and enjoy conversations with your neighbors in Mount Vernon.

Sunday, October 6

  • CGG Community Clean-up (Noon)
    Help clean up the community around Iona College.

Monday, October 7

  • HOPE Community Services (9:30 - 11 a.m.)
    Help this organization to combat hunger and poverty in the local New Rochelle area.

Wednesday, October 9

  • Brown Bag Lunches, Trinity St. Paul's Church (9 a.m. - noon)
    Prepare lunches and help give them out to community members at Trinity St. Paul's Church in New Rochelle.
  • Wartburg Elderly Outreach (6 - 8:30 p.m.)
    Visit the elderly at Wartburg Senior Center in Mount Vernon.

Thursday, October 10

  • New Rochelle Cares (3:30 - 5 p.m.)
    Connect with the local community by visiting the elderly homebound of New Rochelle.

Friday, October 11

  • Cerebral Palsy of Westchester (Noon - 2 p.m.)
    Serve those with cerebral palsy and other disabilities through their education program.
  • Abraham House (3 - 5 p.m.)
    Tutor children affected by incarceration in the Bronx.
  • Project Family Soup Kitchen (4:30 - 6 p.m.)
    Serve a hot meal and enjoy conversations with your neighbors in Mount Vernon.