OGDEN, Utah — Weber State University students, faculty and staff will join the community in sprucing up their surroundings for the fifth annual WSU Makes a Difference in Ogden Day, May 4 from 8 a.m.-noon.

Individuals will meet at the Stewart Bell Plaza and will leave from there to volunteer at either the WSU Discovery Loop trail (east of Stewart Stadium on Skyline Drive) or the Ogden City Dog Park (2450 A Ave).

The Center for Community Engaged Learning (CCEL) has hosted this event in conjunction with Ogden City’s Make a Difference Day for the past four years. In 2016, WSU volunteers donated 142 hours of service.

"The university is part of a greater community, and this is a chance for us to feel connected and to give back," said Teresa Martinez, CCEL program coordinator. “This event serves our broader community in combining our efforts to improve our city. We look forward to having our amazing Weber State family assist with this day and hope they feel a sense of connection to their community.”

Those who choose to work on the Discovery Loop Trail will clear invasive weeds, fill in holes, pick up trash and remove overgrown plants that are blocking the path. This project will involve moderate hiking to get to the trail.

Service at the Ogden City Dog Park will include raking up old mulch and spreading new mulch. This project is accessible to those who are unable or choose not to hike. 

“Make a Difference Day is truly the one day of the year where anyone in the community can come and participate in making our community a better place to live and work,” said Jay Lowder, Ogden City Public Services director. “It is a way to give of yourself to enrich the community we live in, and to contribute to the quality of life we all enjoy.”

The university’s benefit-eligible employees can take advantage of WSU’s Service Leave policy to perform up to eight hours of voluntary community service each year at this event.

To RSVP, visit weber.edu/ccel/difference.html.

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Teresa Martinez, CCEL program coordinator 801-626-7737 • teresamartinez1@weber.edu


Rachel Badali, Office of Marketing & Communications 801-626-7295 • rachelbadali@weber.edu