Make a Difference Day and Lasallian Day of Service

Make a Difference Day and Lasallian Day of Service


In recognition of national “Make a Difference Day,” Saint Mary’s Volunteer Mentors group is inviting Winona residents and nonprofit agencies to submit requests for service.

CAPTION: Students helped clean up the grounds at Winona Visitors’ Center last year.

The university hopes to get as many students as possible out into the community between 1 and 4 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 26. Students are willing to help individuals and organizations with anything from painting to yard work.

“Make a Difference Day” is a national day of helping others, a celebration of neighbors helping neighbors. Created by USA WEEKEND magazine, this annual event takes place on the fourth Saturday of every October. For the sixth year, SMU is proud to join the millions of people throughout the nation who are participating.

Lasallian Day of Service

Also on Oct. 26, alumni are invited to participate in the fifth annual Lasallian Day of Service. This is a day that allows alumni to come together in the spirit of the Lasallian mission in service to others.

The alumni association has established a volunteer site for the Winona area at the CSTea House, 357 Gould St.

The CSTea House is the home of the College of Saint Teresa Alumnae Association. It is located next to Lourdes Hall and adjacent to the Chapel of the Angels and the Alverna Center. Fifteen volunteers are needed from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. to organize and clean the basement.

Sites have also been confirmed in the Chicago, Twin Cities, Saint Louis and Denver, Colo., areas. Alumni who reside outside these locations have been encouraged to arrange their own service project(s).


  1. Thanks to the Lasallian day of service I discovered “Feed My Starving Children” What a wonderful organization. They ship food to Haiti, Kenya and several other areas around the world. What I didn’t realize is what they send. The food is a rice dish with tofu, veggies and vitamins. One package is a meal for a family of five. The packages that we created last Saturday have a shelf life until April 2015.

    I also appreciated that FMSC is a faith based organization. At the end of our two hour shift we had the opportunity to pray over one of the palettes of food that we had packaged. So, the food was prayerfully going to nurish people and the project nurished my soul.

  2. Bonnie,
    Thank you for sharing your experience with us. It’s great to hear how far-reaching our Lasallian Day of Service is. It wouldn’t be possible without volunteers like you.