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California State University

Across a network of 23 campuses, 5,500 college students from California's state university system mobilized to clean and landscape community schools, paint homeless shelters, walk to raise research funds for AIDS and breast cancer, plant trees and host parties for needy kids at shelters.

Idaho State University

With the financial help of Wal-Marts in three communities, the Golden Key National Honor Society at Idaho State University collected enough clothing, school supplies, children's books and toiletries for 800 needy adults and kids helped by four community-based groups.

University of Kansas

Led by the university's Center for Community Outreach, students helped a Native American cultural center by moving its food pantry to a new facility and cleaning and remodeling its transitional housing building. They also painted eight single-family homes and did yardwork for an elderly neighbor.

Ohio State University and Northwestern University

100 students from each school volunteered at service activities throughout the Chicago area on Make A Difference Day, which was also the day of the Ohio State vs. Northwestern football game. Projects included trash clean-up, site revitalization, and volunteer work. The day started with a breakfast for the participating students and concluded with a substance-free tailgate party at the football game.

University of Nevada-Reno

The Undergraduate Student Social Work Association collected 5,000 pounds of clothing and distributed it to the homeless at a barbecue in the parking lot of Project Restart. They served 400 hot dogs donated by local businesses, and treated children to balloons, candy and Halloween toys. These students received an award of $2,000 that went to the Committee to Aid Abused Women.

Georgetown College

390 of the 1,000 students at this Kentucky school volunteered. They served a meal to 25 needy families, including 76 children; gave them 5,700 donated clothing items; and awarded prizes to the kids. They also did chores for elderly people, cleaned a highway and collected 3 tons of food. They received an award of $2,000 that went to school-based Family Resource Centers.

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Lake Superior State University

Michigan students hosted a career fair for "at-risk" students from seventh grade to college. Career Day '98 consisted of career information tables attended by volunteer professionals, and at least three workshops: Goal Setting, Resume Writing, and Interviewing.

Stephen Austin State University

A "SWAT" team rebuilt a kitchen for a 74-year-old woman with glaucoma; transformed gardens at three nursing homes and a senior center; and collected toys for a women's shelter. They received an award of $2,000 that went to Stephen F. Austin State University Foundation.

Mohave Community College

Fraternity members and a children's karate class teamed up to visit three nursing homes.

University of Montana

107 volunteers helped in a continuous effort to raise $10.4 million for a 70,000 square foot expansion to the School of Pharmacy and Allied Health Science Building.

Del-Val College

Students in Pennsylvania planted vegetable seeds to be used in gardens for homeless people.

Northern Arizona University

350 students kicked off a long-term tutoring program at 17 elementary schools and 4 high schools.

University of Great Falls

After a devastating flood, 70 students raised $85,000 on Make A Difference Day by contacting local businesses and residents. The money went to the University Great Falls Library.

Keene State College

New Hampshire students helped in a Habitat for Humanity home and a Boston city cleanup.

More In Make A Difference Day

Make A Difference Day, the largest national day of helping others, is sponsored annually by USA WEEKEND Magazine and its 800 carrier newspapers. Make A Difference Day takes place on the 4th Saturday in October each year.