Chickasha’s YMCA was one of the many sites where a group of 220 USAO volunteers, along with visiting students from Madonna University, came together to serve the city of Chickasha as part of the fourth annual Drover Difference Day on Friday. Pictured are from left, Carlos Rivera, junior business major from Mexico; Hannah Green, sophomore deaf education major from Randlett, Okla.; Sam Rimmer, sophomore business major from England; and Bo Steele, USAO residence life director.

USAO pairs with visiting students to help community on Drover Difference Day

Friday, February 28, 2014

A record-breaking number of 220 members of the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma community (students, faculty and staff) as well as visitors from Madonna University in Livonia, Mich., spread out across Chickasha on March 7 volunteering on a variety of projects.

The volunteer teams visited included sites including Ross Health Care, Chickasha Public Library, Grady County Historical Society, Grady Memorial Hospital, YMCA, Bill Wallace, Chickasha Animal Shelter, Shannon Springs Park and USAO's campus.

Thirteen students from Madonna University, located in Livonia, Mich., partnered with USAO’s volunteer force, which was the largest in the event’s four-year history.

As part of this unique partnership, USAO provided the MU volunteers housing at Lawson Court during their weeklong visit.

Despite inclement weather, the MU volunteers worked in the Moore area Tuesday through Thursday doing tornado relief work before participating in Drover Difference Day on Friday.

On March 3 at the Chickasha City Council, Mayor Hank Ross proclaimed March 7 as Drover Difference Day to recognize this annual day of service.

“I think this is an extraordinary event for the city and the university,” said Ross. “It’s such a great opportunity for the staff and students to be stewards for the community. It’s a wonderful thing they do each year.”  

“We are grateful to be honored by the city of Chickasha again this year,” said Monica Treviño, USAO vice president for enrollment management and student affairs. “Drover Difference Day is an opportunity for USAO students to give back to the community in which they learn, work and live.

“We believe that in addition to the positive impact our volunteers will make on the community, they will form lasting relationships with members of the Chickasha community, build leadership and learn new skills that last a lifetime.”

Several area businesses provided food and supplies to the volunteers including Crazy 8, Temazcal, BJ’s Pizza, Mazzio’s, Domino’s, Paradise Donuts, Long John Silver, Chicken Express, 4th Street Donuts, Interurban, A&E Grill, Spencers, Homeland, Wal-Mart, Chickasha Lumber, Ace Hardware and Sodexo.

Drover Difference Day is a university-sponsored event organized each year by USAO’s Student Services team.

More information about Drover Difference Day, including volunteer and sponsorship opportunities, can be obtained by calling 574-1278.