College students help make a difference

It was not a typical Saturday morning for college students in our area.

Students from University of Wisconsin- La Crosse, Western Technical College, and Viterbo University were up early and volunteering for the annual Make a Difference Day.

Make a Difference Day’s aim is to educate students and community members about service opportunities in the La Crosse area.

Students were able to volunteer with several different organizations, including the Children’s Museum of La Crosse,The Hunger Task Force, HorseSense, and more.

Carly Juzwik, program advisor for UW-L’s The Cove, said the event was about connecting students with the community.

“To understand that the community is larger than the campus you’re a student at. I think that once students get engaged at a young age that will be a thing that they will carry with them for the rest of their lives,” Juzwik said. “So if we get students to care about the community and care about the place they’re living these days then that will carry on and they’ll be engaged community members for the rest of their lives.”

More than 118 students volunteered Saturday.

Students signed up through, which is powered by United Way and the three college campuses.