Hundreds to Participate in Make A Difference Day

An annual CJ tradition continues October 27 and 28, 2017 as nearly 200 members of the CJ community participate in Make a Difference Day.

"I am always so impressed to see so many of our students, faculty and staff giving their time to volunteer during Make A Difference Day, especially because it means they are giving up part of their day off,” Director of Ministry & Service Kelli Kinnear said.

Seniors Lydia Bice and Cecilia Meadors will be participating in their fourth Make a Difference Day with CJ, and each will be leading a student group for the second year.

“I’ll be leading Student Council members at The Glen,” Bice shared.

“I’ll be leading the women’s volleyball team at Ohio’s Hospice of Dayton,” Meadors said. “As long as the weather cooperates, we’ll be doing some landscaping.”
Kinnear noted, “This year we have a record number of clubs and teams joining in the effort, including men's and women's basketball, men's and women's cross country, and others.” 

Both Bice and Meadors agreed that while they know they could be spending the day off school doing other things, they are excited to give back to the Dayton area.

“I think it’s a really good community building event that we have because it’s all over Dayton, not just at CJ,” Bice reflected.

Meadors agreed, “I think it’s important as well. So many organizations make a difference in our lives, so if we can work together to make a difference in someone else’s life in our local community, why wouldn’t we go?”

Kinnear added, “I think it is truly a testament to what we are all about at CJ, ‘preparing young men and women to become....people of compassion, integrity and service.’"

CJ’s Make a Difference Day participation is in conjunction with the national Make a Difference Day movement. Additional information about the national event can be found here.

Posted October 20, 2017