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Brookhaven College employee newsletter: Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Student Volunteers Make a Difference in the Community

Student Volunteers Make a Difference in the Community

Fifteen Brookhaven students spent their Saturday morning giving back to the community by participating in the Office of Service-Learning and Civic Engagement’s Make a Difference Day activities on Oct. 26. Students worked in two group homes managed by Mosaic, an organization that provides a life of possibilities for individuals with intellectual disabilities.

After introductions and a brief orientation, students tackled the tasks of the day to weed flower beds, trim hedges, rake and bag leaves, trim tree limbs, mow the yard, clean windows and remove a tree stump. Participants enjoyed the privilege of working as a team and the opportunity of meeting new people.

One volunteer noted the valuable service Mosaic provides to small communities that tend to be neglected and planned to inform others looking for volunteer opportunities about the organization.

“Our Make a Difference Day event grew out of one of our students worker’s desires to impact other people’s lives,” Andrew Deibert, program services coordinator, said. “Chukwuka ‘John’ Umeojiako has been the lead organizer the past two years for this project, showing his passion to make our community a better place.”