make a difference day 2018 at The University of Akron


Step 1: Registration

Registration deadline is at 5 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 28, 2018

Step 2: Waiver Form

To expedite your check-in process, please take advantage of filling out the waiver form ahead of time and bringing it with you the day-of the event.

Register Your Agency or Service Site

This year, The University of Akron will be participating in Make a Difference Day on Friday, October 26, 2018.

October 28th is the 2018 National Day of Service, and UA is proud to serve among the thousands of volunteers dedicating their time across the nation.


  • UA volunteers will be at service sites for 2 hours, during two shifts: 9 a.m. - 11 a.m. or 1 p.m. - 3 p.m.
  • We supply the volunteers with breakfast and snacks before they leave, so you will not need to worry about providing food. However, in regard to tools and supplies, we do ask that each service site provide the needed equipment for their designated service project.
  • As we have every year, thanks to our sponsors, we will provide transportation to and from service sites!


If you have any questions, please contact Adam Beverly at 330-972-2837 or


What is Make A Difference Day?

Make A Difference Day is the most encompassing national day of helping others. Held annually on the fourth Saturday of October, millions of Americans are rallied into a single day of action to help change the world.The University of Akron has participated in this national day of service for the last twelve years. 2018 marks the 14th year of our participation!

When is Make A Difference Day?

Make a Difference Day 2018 will be held on Friday, October 26, 2018. Students will be able to volunteer from either 9am-11am or 1pm-3pm. Snacks, a t-shirt, and transportation will be provided for FREE to all participants.

How do I participate?

Please fill out the registration form and e-mail the completed form on Orgsync. All registration materials must be submitted by 5:00pm Friday, September 28. After registration has closed, you and/or your group leader will be notified of your assigned timeslot as well as details needed for your participation.

Can I volunteer with a group of people?

Yes! All student organizations are encouraged to volunteer as well as any groups of students that would like to be placed together.

Is it guaranteed that I will get to serve with my group?

Although it is our intention to ensure that those who register as groups are able to serve together, due to the capacity size of our projects, a group larger than 10-20 will most likely be split between a few projects.We will attempt to keep as many group members together as possible.

How many people participate in this event?

Historically, 700-850 students, faculty, staff, and community members volunteer together for UA's Make A Difference Day.Since MDD started at The University of Akron twelve years ago, our campus has dedicated more than 25,550 hours of service and more than 7,425 students, faculty, staff, and community members have participated.

What types of service opportunities are there?

Some of our past projects have included community clean ups, repairing homes, painting, spending time with the elderly, landscaping, animal care, and much, much more.

See last year's posts at #UAmdd2017 and tag this year's posts at #UAmdd2018