CT Public Higher Ed Institutions are coming together for National Make a Difference Day, except, we’re turning it into a week of service – October 19 to 25! Get involved with one of the many community services projects at Middlesex Community College during CT Make A Difference Week. 

Schedule of Events

For information or questions about the events listed below, contact Professor Judith Felton at jfelton@mxcc.edu. To find more information about the CT Public Higher Education Make a Difference Week campaign here

Green Street Arts Center, 10/20-10/23

The Green Street Arts Center is a community-based department of Wesleyan University that serves children, teachers, and the Middletown community through a variety of programs. The heart of Green Street is the Discovery AfterSchool Program, which serves about 60 kids each semester in grades 1-8. Volunteers for CT Makes a Difference Week will be working as snack time assistants, teaching assistants, and homework helpers.

The need is for 5-10 helpers for the individual classes, working with elementary and school aged children on 10/20 from 1-5:45 p.m. and on 10/22 and 10/23 from 3-5:45 p.m. In addition, more helpers are needed to assist students with homework. The agency could use up to 40 volunteers to help with homework on 10/20-10/23 from 5:15-5:45 p.m. If interested, contact Professor Judith Felton or sign up here.

Amazing Grace Food Drive, 10/20-10/24

This is a week-long food drive. Bins for the non-perishable food items will be in Snow Hall, rm. 508, Wheaton Hall, and the Student Activities office. Amazing Grace Food Pantry is a program of St. Vincent de Paul, Middletown, in Middletown. Amazing Grace offers food free of charge to individuals and families. Amazing Grace also operates a mobile food pantry. Approximately 950 households “shopped” in the Food Pantry once a month last year. Approximately 260,860 meals for the year were made possible through the efforts of the Food Pantry.

The need is to collect items for the food drive, and to help pack up and deliver the food on Friday, October 24th, from 12-2p.m. If interested, contact Professor Judith Felton or sign up here.

e-Cycling, 10/22

The e-Cycling event is sponsored by the MxCC Computer Club. MxCC partners with Green Monster e-Cycling in this event. This free event is open to the community. Students and other volunteers collect old and unwanted electronics for recycle. Any donations to the club on that day are used to purchase computers for MxCC students in need. The event will take place between 10-2 p.m.  Students may be assisting the Computer Club in tasks related to this event. If interested, please contact Prof. Donna Hylton or sign up here. Download the flyer here.

Invasive Species Clean-Up, 10/23

This event is sponsored by the Student Environmental Association for Sustainability. In concert with the Middletown Conservation Commission, students will assist the SEAS club with clean-up of invasive species on open land in Middletown from 2-5 p.m. If interested, contact Prof. Christine Witkowski or sign up here.

St. Vincent de Paul Soup Dinner, 10/23

Volunteers are needed to help serve and clean up at the St. Vincent de Paul Soup Dinner at St. Francis Church in Middletown on October 23 from 4-8 p.m. Donations from the evening benefit St. Vincent de Paul, Middletown. If interested, contact Cathie Giufridda and sign up here.

MxCC Scholarship Run, 10/25

Volunteers are needed for the MxCC Foundation’s 11th Annual $cholarship Road Race on Saturday, October 25. Volunteers are needed at the registration table, water stops, and more. If interested, contact Professor Judith Felton or sign up here.

Food & Supplies Drive at The Meriden Center

The Meriden Center is sponsoring a food drive and a school supplies drive. For further information, please contact Tami Christopher, director of the Meriden Center.

Registration

All students who want to participate in a MxCC community engagement event should contact Professor Judith Felton and register online here. All students who volunteer receive a free t-shirt!