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Doane College Takes Part in Make A Difference Day

As part of national Make A Difference Day, Doane College students will volunteer at Foodnet in Crete on Saturday, Oct. 27.

Make A Difference Day is the largest national day of helping others -- a celebration of neighbors helping neighbors. Millions participate in the annual event. In 2005, 3 million people volunteered, accomplishing thousands of projects in hundreds of towns on that day.

The Doane volunteers will spend Make A Difference Day at Foodnet at the former Wanek's building in Crete, helping bundle food products for customers. Foodnet is an all volunteer organization that feeds more than 1,000 families each week through 28 distribution sites in the Lincoln area. Foodnet provides mostly perishable foods such as fruits, vegetables, dairy products, bread, etc. to all needy families.

The Doane students participating are part of the college's women's mentoring program, a two-year-old Multicultural Support Services program whose goal is to help students of color and others make the transition from high school to college, cope with diversity issues and adjust to academic challenges. The group is led by Mary Amber Matzke, a senior from Blair. Brittany Jones, a sophomore from Omaha, is the assistant group leader.

For more information, contact Wilma Jackson, director of Multicultural Support Services, at 402.826.8620.