Make A Difference Day 2013

On October 26th, Dr. Tara Perry’s Interpersonal Communication students and members of Western Washington University’s Comm Club joined Lutherwood Camp and Retreat Center for the 23rd annual Make A Difference Day.


For over 20 years, Make A Difference Day has been the largest national day recognizing community service. It was founded by USA Weekend Magazine and Points of Light Foundation in 1992 and has gained immense popularity each year. According to USA Weekend Magazine, thousands of projects are organized each year involving corporations, nonprofit organizations, small communities and even entire states. This year, our students joined members of the community and International Students from Whatcom Community College in a variety of projects directly in Whatcom County.


This all-encompassing national day of service to our communities would not have been possible without the help of Lutherwood Camp and Retreat Center. Thanks to their staff and its phenomenal level of organization and enthusiasm, our students were able to practice their interpersonal skills while hard at work. We tackled numerous tasks including trail restoration, cleaning and gardening throughout the camp location.

This experience happens to be just one testament of Western students showing their dedication to service. The University was recently ranked 10th in the nation in community service. To hear more on this story, The Western Front article can be found at the following link.

To share our experience and view some of the projects we engage in, click on the video and photo gallery below! 

MADD 2013 Photo Gallery


Interpersonal Communication 327 and Whatcom Community College students.

Written By: Chris Gil, Student Leader, Communication Studies Major