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10/18/2007 Linfield community to make a difference in Yamhill County

McMINNVILLE – More than 150 members of the Linfield College community, including students, faculty and staff, will canvass Yamhill County on Saturday, Oct. 27, to volunteer their time, energy and talents during Make A Difference Day.

The day of service will kick off at 8:15 a.m. in the Fred Meyer Lounge in Riley Hall at Linfield. After check in, volunteer teams will travel to project sites for community service.

Make A Difference Day, the largest community service effort in the U.S., prompts corporations, government leaders, charitable organizations and individuals to volunteer and perform service projects for one day.

Volunteers will serve on 17 projects with 14 area organizations and government agencies including City of McMinnville Parks & Recreation, Gallery Theater, Henderson House, Hillside Terrace, Juliette's House, Mayor's Charity Ball benefiting Kids on the Block, McMinnville Downtown Association, McMinnville Habitat for Humanity, McMinnville Public Library, Rainbow Family Services, Yamhill Basin Council, Yamhill Community Action Partnership Homeless Shelter, Yamhill County Food Bank and Yamhill Soil and Water Conservation District.

Linfield’s Portland campus will be hosting a series of events to raise awareness about homelessness. The week will culminate on Friday, Oct. 26, when volunteers will serve coffee and sandwiches and interact with homeless men and women at Operation NightWatch in Portland.

According to Linfield President Thomas L. Hellie, participation in Make A Difference Day is one more example of how Linfield is fulfilling its mission, "Connecting Learning, Life, and Community."

"Whether in McMinnville or Portland, Guatemala or Cameroon, Linfield students have demonstrated a deep commitment to serving others," he said.

Make A Difference Day is the most encompassing national day of helping others – a celebration of neighbors helping neighbors. Created by USA WEEKEND Magazine, Make A Difference Day is an annual event that takes place on the fourth Saturday of every October. In 2005, 3 million people volunteered, accomplishing thousands of projects in hundreds of towns.

For more information, contact Jessica Wade, Linfield community service coordinator, at 503-883-2636 or jwade@linfield.edu.