Mary Baldwin Students Seek Area Youth Volunteers to Make a Difference

September 22, 1999

Two Mary Baldwin University students are busy developing ambitious plans to make this year’s national “Make a Difference” program the largest ever in Augusta County. “Make a Difference” will be held on Saturday, October 23 and devotes an entire to day for people around the nation volunteer in their communities.

Megan Huff, a senior from Richmond, and Jennifer Withers, a freshman from Charlotte, NC, are leading a group from the college’s Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) club. SIFE consists of students who wish to create an awareness of business through education on free enterprise and by performing community service.

“We are again partnering with the United Way agencies in Augusta County,” Huff explained. “Last year our project had about 175 volunteers and generated over 700 hours of assistance to various community service agencies. Our goal this year is to double last year’s accomplishments.”

Jennifer Withers said SIFE is primarily handling the recruitment of high school and college students in the county while the United Way offices in Staunton and Waynesboro are finding places for the volunteers to work.

“We want to show our county residents that the teens around here care. So, we need teens to contact us, to volunteer to work for four hours or more on that Saturday,” said Withers.

Elissa McDonald, executive director of United Way of Staunton and West Augusta County, expects the volunteers to serve a wide variety of agencies.

“Last year our “Make a Difference” workers served over a dozen different agencies, such as Big Brothers/Big Sisters, Goodwill, the Wildlife Center, Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts. We plan to serve over 20 agencies this year,” said McDonald.

“We can put workers together such as teens with friends or families working together. We hope many students will take a leadership role to volunteer,” Huff concluded.

Students interested in volunteering can reach the SIFE team by calling Megan Huff at (540) 887-4403. Other community members wishing to volunteer can contact the United Way of Staunton and West Augusta County at (540) 885-1229 or United Way of Waynesboro and East Augusta County at (540) 943-1215.