Posts Tagged ‘Make a Difference Day’


-Nutrition majors help cook and serve food to people living with AIDS in San Luis Obispo.

The AIDS Support Network

-19th Annual Walk for Life, Nov. 6th

Nutrition majors prepare food for people living with AIDS in SLO

It’s not everyday that you hear about people living with HIV and AIDS in an area near you, but the truth is, people are suffering and students at Cal Poly are reaching out and helping.

Cal Poly’s nutrition club stepped in and decided to prepare meals for patients suffering from HIV and AIDS in honor of Make a Difference Day.

Although the event was kept a little under wraps due to the confidentiality of the AIDS patients, it was still a successful event, according to Nutrition major and second year Cal Poly student Jennifer Grise.

Nutritional salads are individually bagged for each patient.

Jennifer is apart of Cal Poly’s nutrition club and heard about volunteering for this event through an e-mail circulated by the club.

Members of the nutrition club cooked Enchiladas, prepared salads, and made Rice Krispie Treats as a dessert. The meals were then individually bagged, so that any person suffering from AIDS in the San Luis Obispo community could stop by and grab a meal.

“Preparing food for those suffering from AIDS in our community was an amazing opportunity,” Grise said.

Though many are unaware of those affected by HIV and AIDS within the San Luis Obispo community, there are still ways to show support and get involved.

Another Nutrition major and second year Cal Poly student who attended the event, Jordan Young said, “Preparing food is a passion of mine, I was able to take my passion and turn it into a way to help others. It’s an awesome feeling.”

Some upcoming events for the San Luis Obispo County AIDS Support Network include the 19th Annual Walk for Life event on November 6. The event is located at Santa Rosa Park and is an opportunity to raise “much-needed dollars for services,” according to the official ASN website.

Funds have been greatly cut within the past year and this event is an opportunity to obtain the money needed to run a successful and thriving program.

Getting involved and preparing nutritional meals for those suffering is just one way that Cal Poly students can get involved.

When asked what advice she would give for students looking to get involved in any kind of volunteer work, Grise said, “Just do what you love and as long as you are helping people it doesn’t matter what it takes, you feel great after.”

Volunteers prepare Enchiladas for HIV and AIDS patients.


Read Full Post »


Make a Difference Day, a National Day of Service, is on Oct. 23


Walking into the Community Center on the second floor of the University Union, I was immediately drawn into the eccentric and colorful looking room. A few students looked hard at work as I sat on the big brown couch waiting to speak with Coordinator and as she described herself, avid blogger, Joy Pedersen Harkins.



A pamphlet I picked up at the Cal Poly Community Center.


I was immediately intrigued and somewhat curious as to what these students were up to. It was a bit intimidating, as I myself am a new volunteer searching for my place; adding to the fact that I’m not completely sure where to start. I noticed fliers and posters up on the walls highlighting all the different organizations and upcoming events, as well as inspirational quotes. Just over hearing some of the conversations of the students working at the center had me interested enough. They were speaking of upcoming events and all the work they were anticipating. The atmosphere had me energized and ready to begin my journey.

When I walked into Joy’s office she initially wanted to know what was going on with this blog of mine and what it was all about, before I could finish explaining myself, she quickly pointed out the new website that had just gone through some revamping.

The Cal Poly Student Community Services website contains all the information you could ever need to get involved in volunteer work on or off campus.

Joy showed me that as you come to the homepage of the website you can scroll down to the bottom of the page and find a calendar with upcoming events for each month.

There are over 15 events for the month of Octoberand by clicking on a day that has an event, a smaller box will appear with even more information about that specific event.
One of the bigger events that Joy highlighted for this month is Make a Difference Day, a National Day of Service dedicated to bringing volunteer groups together to work on sites all around San Luis Obispo County. Groups can pick up and fill out the Group Volunteer Form at the Community Center. By filling out this form, friends or even established organizations on campus can get involved and work together on a project that fits their interests while helping out the community.

Joy also shared with me some one minute promotional videos that will soon be added to the website, highlighting a few of the organizations that the Community Center supports.

Below is an example highlighting People’s Self Help Housing:

Video Produced by Highlight Media Productions.

Read Full Post »