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Young Harris College Celebrated Make-A-Difference Day

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Media Contact: Krystin Dean
(706) 379-5310, kndean@yhc.edu

Young Harris College Celebrated Make-A-Difference Day

YOUNG HARRIS, Ga. - Young Harris College recently hosted a special day of service to celebrate Make-A-Difference Day, a national annual event traditionally held in October. The event was sponsored by S.E.R.V.E. (Service, Empowerment, Responsibility, Voice and Engagement), a committee comprised of student and staff representatives from the College’s Bonner Leaders Program, Office of Religious Life and Office of Campus Activities.

“Make-A-Difference Day provides a great opportunity for our students to connect their lives and beliefs to the needs of our community,” said YHC Campus Minister and Assistant Professor of Religious Studies Rev. Dr. Tim Moore. “The liberal arts experience is about empowering students to live more dynamically and passionately in the world and their communities, and this day of service serves as a reminder for our students that the YHC community stretches beyond our campus.”

To make a difference in the community, the group assisted Habitat for Humanity of Towns/Union Counties in the construction of a new house in Blairsville, Ga., and helped with general maintenance and cleanup of facilities at Reach of Clay County in Hayesville, N.C.

“Life as a college student is not just about doing homework and school projects or making money from a job—it’s about the relationships you form through service learning,” said Danielle Tully, a junior biology major from Hayesville, N.C. “While volunteering for this day of service, I found it so rewarding to know that the community appreciated our willing hearts.”

“Events like Make-A-Difference Day help connect me with the different volunteering opportunities available around Young Harris,” added Jeremy Mabe, a senior outdoor leadership major from Marietta, Ga. “By helping out Habitat for Humanity, I learned more about what that organization does and realized how much of a difference they make in people’s lives.”

S.E.R.V.E. will sponsor an event on Thursday, Nov. 8, in Grace Rollins Dining Hall on the YHC campus in which volunteers will pack 10,000 meals in one hour to assist Stop Hunger Now, an international hunger relief organization that coordinates the distribution of food and other life-saving aid around the world.

About Young Harris College
Young Harris College is a private, baccalaureate degree-granting college located in the beautiful mountains of north Georgia. Founded in 1886 and historically affiliated with The United Methodist Church, Young Harris College educates, inspires and empowers students through the highest quality liberal arts education. The College currently has more than 1,000 students across five divisions—Education, Fine Arts, Humanities, Mathematics and Science, and Social and Behavioral Sciences—and plans to increase enrollment to 1,200 over the next few years. The historic campus in Young Harris, Ga., is currently undergoing major campus improvements to accommodate the College’s growth, including recent completion of a 200-bed, LEED Silver-certified residence hall, Georgia’s first higher education facility north of Atlanta to achieve this certification, a 57,000-square-foot, LEED-certified recreation center, the second higher educational recreation facility in Georgia to achieve this certification, and a 248-bed, apartment-style residential village. In 2011, the College was granted candidacy for NCAA Division II athletics. YHC is among fewer than 200 colleges and universities nationwide named to the 2012-2013 list of Colleges of Distinction. For more information, visit www.yhc.edu.

Young Harris College student Jeremy Mabe, a senior outdoor leadership major from Marietta, Ga., assisted Habitat for Humanity of Towns/Union Counties in the construction of a new house in Blairsville, Ga., during Make-A-Difference Day.

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