Join in the campus-wide initiative, as Randolph-Macon students get involved with our community. Macon a Difference Day will take place on Saturday, April 26, 2014. Macon a Difference Day is an annual event held in conjunction with the celebration of Earth Day. Students, staff, and faculty volunteer along with citizens of the Town of Ashland on a variety of earth friendly and service projects in the Randolph-Macon Community and the Town of Ashland.
Macon a Difference Day was created in 2006 and each year since its inception participation has increased and the College and the Ashland community have augmented the scope of their community service to truly make this an important event. And we need YOU to volunteer to make this year's event even more successful!
Macon a Difference Day is a collaboration between the College and The Hanover County Department of Community Resources on their annual Global Youth Service Day. Hanover County is hoping to host Hanover's most successful Global Youth Service Day to date. For the sixth consecutive year, Hanover County has been selected by youth Service America to serve as one of 79 Global Youth Service Day Lead Agencies throughout the Nation. Celebrated in over 100 countries, Global Youth Service Day is an annual world-wide event that mobilizes millions of youth to improve their communities through service and service-learning. This year R-MC will take part in the national event through our community service effort for Macon a Difference Day.
At Macon a Difference Day we will be collecting electronic waste to donate to Hanover Industries, which uses the recycled waste to create employment and job training opportunities for people with disabilities in our local community. We will take any of the following: televisions, computer monitors, computers systems (hard drive, CPU), computer accessories (cables, wires, keyboards, mice, speakers, etc.), printers, scanners & copiers, telephones & cell phones, fax machines, VCRs & camcorders, stereos, and microwaves that you no longer use, or which do not work and are beyond repair, used batteries, and ink cartridges and laser printer toners. Any items that Hanover Industries cannot use, will be given to a non-profit recycling organization that has a 0% waste to landfill policy.
If you have a service project that you would like to be completed during Macon a Difference Day please fill out the MADD Project Proposal Form.
Macon a Difference Day Project Opportunities for 2014
Location: RAFT House, Hanover County 14433 N. Washington Highway Ashland VA 23005
Time: 9:00 am – 12:00 pm (includes lunch)
Prepare lawn for spring and summer by providing assistance to the members with task such as gardening, weeding, and trimming bushes. Wear comfortable clothing/shoes, possibly bring bug spray and sun screen.
Number of Volunteers: 20
Friends of the Ashland Library
Location: 201 S Railroad Ave Ashland VA 23005
Time: 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Help set up and take down tables and move books for a book sale. Help the patrons find what they are looking for and help keep the tables filled with books.
Number of Volunteers: 6
Cleaning Up Macon
Location: Fox Hall
Picking up trash from the James street trail.
Number of Volunteers: 10-15
Ashland Historic Garden Tour
Location: Ashland Historic Garden
Time: April 26th 9 am- 1 pm (shift one)
Direct traffic from drop offs to fields for parking. Also show people where to park in fieldsGreet cars at drop offs & help ladies out of carsWork at the shuttle site - helping people on & off small busSelling Tickets & handing out literatureDoing tours in the homesHelping with lunch at Locust Helping with refreshments at Southwood
Time: On site at 8:30am
Work with children with disabilities playing baseball.
Number of Volunteers: FULL
Healthy Kids Day!
Location: Ashland YMCA
Healthy Kids Day is a fair for children and their families to learn about and celebrate healthy habits. Volunteers will assist with activities, bounce houses, healthy snacks, set up/take down of tables and chairs.
Mechumps Creek Cleanup
Location: Area behind APD to I-95
Looks for 20 people to pick up trash and debris in and along the creek.
Number of Volunteers: 20
Clean Up Ashland
Location: Different locations around Ashland (you will be given a set location)
Assisting in cleaning up Ashland.
Number of Volunteers: Unlimited
Low Impact Development
Location: Different locations around campus (you will be given a set location)
Volunteers will work to maintenance and develop the rain gardens on campus.
Number of Volunteers: 20-30
Smith and Henry Native Plant Lot
Location: Smith at Henry Street
Volunteers will be weeding, mulching, and planting.
Number of Volunteers: 12
Hanover Parks and Recreation
Location: Poor House and Taylor Parks
Volunteers will be planting and maintaining park landscape.
Number of Volunteers: 12-20
Ashland Railroad Run
Volunteers will be needed to “marshal” the runners in the right direction and help with any vehicles if they need to cross over the running course at any time.
Number of Volunteers: 6-10
International House Herb Garden
Location: R-MC International House
Volunteers will be weeding, mulching, and planting
Number of Volunteers: FULL
Location: Fountain Plaza
Volunteers will be collecting old electronics for safe disposal.