Students: participate in Tulane Make a Difference Day

October 22, 2013 8:45 AM

Benton Oliver

Tulane University students will have an opportunity to help out the community and notch hours for the Cowen Service Challenge on Saturday (Oct. 26) at Tulane Make a Difference Day, sponsored by the Tulane Center for Public Service and the Community Action Council of Tulane University Students (CACTUS).

Logo for Cowen Service Challenge

It will be the culmination of an entire week of service projects and workshops which started on Oct. 19.

Volunteers will learn about urban farming as they work at the Hope Gardens plot of land in the Ninth Ward, will help build family homes with the St. Bernard Project, will take on small home improvement projects for elderly citizens in the Broadmoor neighborhood, and other service projects.

Sign up online for the event, where you can read more about the variety of volunteer opportunities, or swing by the information table for Make a Difference Week to sign up in person. Representatives will be stationed by the entrance to the Lavin-Bernick Center on the quad side every day until Oct. 24, the last day to sign up for the Saturday service day.

The Center for Public Service and CACTUS are working to provide transportation for volunteers.

Aside from the good karma that comes with altruism, the hours completed by participants of Tulane Make a Difference Day will contribute to the Cowen Service Challenge. The Tulane community has pledged to log 750,000 service hours to honor retiring President Scott Cowen by May 2, 2014.

Benton Oliver is a senior at Tulane University majoring in communication and music.


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