More than 350 Marquette students to help older adults stay safe, independent and warm this winter

November 9, 2018

MILWAUKEE — More than 350 Marquette University students will travel to homes of older adults and help them get ready for Wisconsin's winter during the annual "Make a Difference Day" on Saturday, Nov. 10.

Marquette students will travel throughout Milwaukee to assist older adults in raking leaves and cleaning yards at more than 60 homes. One-third of older adults live alone, and many cannot complete the outdoor tasks required as the winter months approach.

"Make a Difference Day" focuses on helping older adults remain independent and in their homes. Some volunteers have maintained relationships with the adults and continue their service throughout the year.

Marquette's Sorority and Fraternity Life and Center for Community Service participate in the event in collaboration with UNISON Interfaith Neighborhood Outreach Program. Students are encouraged to get to know their older adult match and spend some time as a friendly visitor. After volunteering, students come together to reflect on service and community.

Marquette's Center for Community Service supports students as they engage with the broader Milwaukee community, actively entering into the struggle for a more just society.

*Interview Opportunities

Interviews with Marquette staff, student volunteers and homeowners are available at the homes where the work is being conducted between 10 a.m. and noon. Please contact Kelly Walker at or (585) 507-7876 for the exact location.