In October 2008, 40 Cedarville students took place in Join Hands Miami Valley, a collaborative volunteer project coordinated by the United Way of Greater Dayton as part of the statewide Make a Difference Day Ohio. In March 2009, Ohio Governor Ted Strickland and Ellen Tressel honored this project at the annual awards ceremony. Photo provided by Kimberly Ahlgrim (The Cove/Cedarville University)
by Public Relations Office—Cedarville, Ohio
May 25, 2009
Cedarville, Ohio—Before the sun was even up, 40 Cedarville University students rolled out of bed and spent a Saturday pulling weeds, organizing warehouses and installing computers to help people they’d never met.
These students worked alongside more than 40,000 Ohioans for Make a Difference Day Ohio. Though all the participants volunteered without expecting anything in return, the dedication and effort they put into the project didn’t go unnoticed. Ohio Governor Ted Strickland and Ellen Tressel, wife of The Ohio State University’s head football coach Jim Tressel, honored 10 outstanding Make a Difference Day Ohio projects at the annual awards ceremony in Columbus in March. Join Hands Miami Valley, the project Cedarville’s students participated in, was among those recognized.
“Ohioans have always been committed to volunteerism and serving others,” said Governor Strickland. “In times like these, when many of our friends and neighbors are struggling to make ends meet, community service is especially important.”
Join Hands Miami Valley was a collaborative volunteer event coordinated by the United Way of Greater Dayton as part of the statewide Make a Difference Day Ohio. The Cedarville students worked alongside other area students, professionals and community volunteers. The 950 participants were divided based on their interests and spent a combined total of more than 3,000 hours working on their projects.
Read more about Make a Difference Day Ohio.