By Mackenzie Riley, Eller Marketing ’14


Students paint tables at the International School.  Photo courtesy Eller Undergraduate Programs.

Students paint tables at the International School.
Photo courtesy Eller Undergraduate Programs.

For the second year in a row, Eller College organized its annual community philanthropy event around Make a Difference Day. Make a Difference Day is the single largest day of community service in the nation. A celebration of neighbors helping neighbors, the campaign calls over three million volunteers from around the world to unite with a common goal of improving the lives of others.  Participants include businesses, nonprofit organizations, communities, and individuals.

Eller Make a Difference Day welcomes and encourages students, faculty, staff, alumni, and friends to connect with the community by volunteering at local nonprofits. This year over 900 volunteers tackled a wide range of projects throughout Tucson over the course of two days: October 25 and 26, overlapping with the national Make A Difference Day of October 26.

Collectively, team Eller participants devoted 3600 volunteer hours to 45 different projects. Of these, over 30 were nonprofit organizations. Some of the projects included repainting the Rattlesnake Ridge Elementary School, painting over graffiti in the Diversion Channel, volunteering at the Boys and Girls Club, cleaning the Hermitage Cat Shelter, and many more.

Erica Olkes, a pre-business major, explained her experience with Eller Make a Difference Day: “I volunteered at the Hermitage Cat Shelter. This project particularly was important for me. I volunteered at an animal shelter in high school and there were never enough volunteers. I was really excited to have been able to give my time to Eller Make a Difference Day and witness the impact that we were able to make.”

Top photo of Eller Ambassadors courtesy of Eller Undergraduate Programs.