Make a Difference Day is one of the largest service days of the year for CJ students. All are encouraged to help in the Dayton community by spreading their love and support by volunteering. The two-day event is part of a combined area-wide effort with the United Way of Greater Dayton. Students volunteering include several Eagle sports teams, clubs, and student-led organizations. Make a Difference Day was showcased to the CJ community through posters around the school encouraging others to attend and volunteer.
Service is at the heart of the CJ community, which traces back to Father Chaminade and Saint Julie, the founders of the school’s sponsoring orders. When thinking about service, students said, “Going out to help the community with a group of people is a chance to get to know them better,” and, “Volunteering helps my faith life grow!”
Kelli Kinnear, director of Ministry and Service, helps the coordination of students for Make a Difference Day. She spoke about the fun-filled day connected to the Sisters of Notre Dame's’ Mission Statement.
“Part of our mission statement is that we prepare young men and women to be filled with integrity of service,” she explained confidently. “Students are called on the most basic levels of faith to follow Jesus in His footsteps, and keeping service central as people of faith.”
Students enjoy volunteering because it is a part of CJ’s character as a community that bonds everyone together. The Dayton community is surely stocked with students volunteering at service sites inside and out of Chaminade Julienne, and this will be evident as part of Make a Difference Day.
Written in collaboration with Kerry Kadel ‘21
Posted October 25, 2018