Oakland University Students Make A Difference
Oakland University students were able to see firsthand how a group of people can make a difference in the lives of others last month when they came to the Baldwin Center. “There are so many opportunities right on our doorstep to help those less fortunate. It is incredible to see the impact a small task can make on the lives of families”, according to student Tommy Chen. Over 40 students made sure that 300 Pontiac families received a holiday meal and two weeks of groceries this Thanksgiving and Christmas as part of the national Make a Difference Day day of service.
Oakland University students spent the day organizing canned food items and moving two truckloads full of groceries to our holiday warehouse. When asked about the service day, Chen reflected on the opportunities for student volunteers: “As students, we know that we are in our prime years to become knowledgeable of the world around us. From the feedback that I received from students, they all enjoyed the service. Even though it was cold, the service was what mattered. The students now recognize how easy and important it is to make an impact on the lives of those less fortunate.”
Every day, hundreds of people come to the Baldwin Center in search of food, clothing, educational assistance or to just feel renewed. This is something the 15 Baldwin Center staff members cannot provide to the Pontiac community on their own. It is only through the help of volunteers that the community’s needs are met. At the Baldwin Center, we want to share our mission to “feed, clothe, educate, and empower” the men, women and children of the Pontiac community, with the schools and organizations who volunteer with us. Together, we can build a community where people of all ages and cultures share the belief that they can create and shape how they live and grow within the community. During the holidays, we work with large groups of volunteers to make greater impacts in the community at a time when we know people need our services the most. s what mattered. The students now recognize how easy and important it is to make an impact on the lives of those less fortunate.”
To find out more about how you can be a part of our holiday programs and the growing movement for change in the Pontiac community, please call or email our Volunteers Coordinator at 248.332.6101 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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