Simpson University Strike Teams Join National Make A Difference Day
For Immediate Release
REDDING, Calif. - Simpson University Strike Teams will participate in the national Make A Difference Day on Oct. 22, with students serving two Redding-area nonprofit organizations.
Team members will help with morning setup for the Good News Rescue Mission’s Harvest of Hope banquet fundraiser; in the evening, they will help run carnival games at the Martin Luther King Jr. Center.
Started in 1992, Make A Difference Day grew from a national day of service each leap year to an annual event on the fourth Saturday of October, where volunteers serve on thousands of projects to help improve the lives of others in their communities.
This year, Hannah Dewater, Simpson University’s coordinator of community services, submitted information about Strike Teams’ Oct. 22 outreaches to the Make A Difference Team, which awarded Strike Teams with a $100 gift card to buy food for its volunteers and listed its outreaches online.
“In both of these cases we are not only helping low-income and homeless families, but also the longterm staff and volunteers of these organizations,” Dewater wrote. “We love to come and bring extra energy and joy.”
Simpson University Strike Teams is an effort begun in 2012 by students desiring to help meet community needs year-round. Volunteers go out on immediate, short-term service projects in the local area. Since 2012, hundreds of students, along with staff and faculty, have served more than 6,000 hours on over 230 projects, including cleanup, maintenance, construction, moving and helping at nonprofit community events.
Simpson University, established in 1921, is a Christian university offering undergraduate, graduate, and teaching credential programs. The university celebrated its 25th year in Redding and the completion of a Science and Nursing Center in 2014. Academic programs include ASPIRE, a degree-completion program geared toward working adults with both on-campus and online course offerings, including degrees in psychology and organizational leadership. For information about the university, or to arrange a campus visit, call 1-888-9-SIMPSON or visit simpsonu.edu.
Contact: SU Public Relations