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Nearly 600 volunteers Go MAD in Midland

November 14, 2022

2022 Go Make A Difference Day held Nov. 4 at Northwood University

Nearly 600 volunteers participated in Northwood University’s 2022 Go M.A.D. Day.

“We had a total of 592 volunteers this year,” explained Dean of Student Affairs Andy Cripe. “They collectively provided 829 hours of community service through activities such as raking 26 yards and assembling 10,000 meals for Kids Against Hunger.”

Twelve agencies benefited from Friday’s Go MAD Day.

Every year on Go MAD Day, or “Go Make A Difference Day,” Northwood University engages as many student, staff and faculty volunteers as possible in a single day. Hundreds of individuals and dozens of community organizations are beneficiaries of their hard work.

The Go MAD theme was inspired by the late Pat Riepma, Northwood University’s football coach and athletic director. Riepma was known for encouraging his players and others to “Go MAD” – to go make a difference. That sense of responsibility to help others is part of his legacy for his family, friends, players, and the Northwood and Midland communities after his death from cancer in 2015.

Since the inception of Go MAD Day, Northwood has had 4,830 volunteers provide 12,864 hours of service by, among other things, assembling 70,000 meals; raking 276 yards; and supporting 36 agencies.

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