Northwood University to Host "Go Make a Difference Week"

Northwood University will be hosting “Go Make a Difference (Go Mad) Week” from November 3-9, 2013. Throughout the week, registered student organizations will be participating in various volunteer activities to make a difference in the community. Volunteers are coordinated through a collaborative program between United Way and Northwood called Campus Connection which strives to build a stronger community through volunteerism.

Monday, November 4, through Friday, November 8, Sodexo, Inc. will be collecting canned food items and all proceeds will be donated to Open Door of Midland County. All donations for the canned food drive should be dropped off at the Student Leadership Center in the Student Union.

Interested students, staff and faculty can sign up to volunteer for the following projects in the Student Leadership Center by October 28:

Monday, November 4, and Tuesday, November 5: Northwood students, staff and faculty are invited to assist with preparing Sharing Tree Tags on Monday from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. and Tuesday from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at United Way located at 220 W. Main Street. The United Way of Midland County Sharing Tree program helps our community fill the local holiday wishes of those in need.

Monday, November 4: Student organizations will be participating in “Rake-a-Difference Day” from 3-5:30 p.m. Students will be assigned to assist elderly residents throughout the Midland area with yard work activities. Students will meet in the lobby of the Hach Student Life Center at 3 p.m. The deadline for registered student organizations to sign up is Monday, October 28, in the Student Leadership Center.

Tuesday, November 5: Registered student organizations will meet in the Student Leadership Center at 8 p.m. for a Habitat for Humanity Birdhouse Building Competition.

Wednesday, November 6: Northwood students, staff and faculty are invited to volunteer at Project Housing Connect located at 315 W. Larkin, the “one stop shop” for Midland County families who are homeless or need assistance with keeping their housing. There are several shifts available from 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m.

Thursday, November 7: Circle K DoRAK Day (Do Random Acts of Kindness) will promote random acts of kindness all day long.

Friday, November 8: Northwood students will be participating in “Reading with Woody” from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. (noon) at St. Brigid’s School.

Saturday, November 9: Northwood football versus Ferris State University at 12 p.m. (noon). Northwood University is sponsoring a canned food collection during Saturday’s game which will also serve as an entry fee to the football game. Registered student organizations will be introduced at halftime and will be showing posters of the community organizations they represent.

For more information, contact Teresa Sullivan, director of student life, at 989.837.4227 or by email


Northwood University is committed to the most personal attention to prepare students for success in their careers and in their communities; it promotes critical thinking skills, personal effectiveness, and the importance of ethics, individual freedom and responsibility.

Private, nonprofit, and accredited, Northwood University specializes in managerial and entrepreneurial education at three full-service, residential campuses located in southern Florida, mid-Michigan and northern Texas. Adult Degree Programs are available in seven states with many course delivery options including online. The DeVos Graduate School offers accelerated, evening and weekend programming in Michigan, Texas and Florida. The Alden B. Dow Center for Creativity and Enterprise provides system-wide expertise in family enterprise, entrepreneurship, creativity and innovation, and new business development. International education is offered through study abroad and in Program Centers in China (Changchun and Wuxi), Malaysia and Sri Lanka.