The West Virginia University Center for Service and Learning is asking all Mountaineers to make a difference this weekend.

Saturday (Oct. 25) marks Make a Difference Day, the nation’s largest annual day of community service.

WVU students, faculty, staff and alumni are encouraged to make a difference in the local community any way they can. WVU has coordinated cleanup projects in areas affected by the destructive behavior that occurred throughout Morgantown by some students and visitors following Saturday’s victory against fourth-ranked Baylor, as well as other opportunities to benefit local residents and social service organizations. Those interested in serving may sign up for local projects on iServe.

In partnership with the Mountaineer Maniacs and the WVU Student Government Association, the Center for Service and Learning will host a downtown Morgantown and campus cleanup. The cleanup will be the largest local service event as part of Make a Difference Day.

Participants will meet on the Mountainlair Green at noon Saturday (Oct. 25). They will be divided into to groups and assigned specific neighborhoods and parts of campus to clean up litter. Groups will clean up areas downtown, in the Sunnyside neighborhood and in Evansdale.

Trash bags and equipment will be provided. It is recommended that volunteers wear close-toed shoes, bring work gloves and wear bright clothing for visibility. Once finished, volunteers will return to the Mountainlair Green to sign out.

“For the past eight years, WVU and the local community have joined together to highlight one day of focused service. Make a Difference Day has been grand in size and has met real community needs, while giving students the opportunity to learn and grow. This year we have seen the most progress in student-led initiatives, and we are proud they are taking accountability for the success of projects,” said Kristi Wood-Turner, the director of the Center for Service Learning and Engagement.

Limited volunteer placements are also available for downtown and Star City Waterfront projects, sponsored by the Morgantown River Towns Program.

For project sign-up links and more information, visit



CONTACT: Andrew Carter, Operations Coordinator, Center for Service and Learning

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