“Make A Difference Day”

Posted by Judy Anne Cavey on Oct 24, 2011 in , , | No Comments

More than 3 million volunteers helped 20 million fellow Americans last Saturday.

Were you one of the volunteers?

Annual Partnership

Since 2005, USA Weekend Magazine and NBC News have joined forces to promote “Make A Difference Day”, organized by HandsOn Network, to help millions of Americans. This annual event brings together more than 3 million volunteers across America to help 20 million in need–our nations largest day of volunteering.

College Students Volunteer

More than 600 University of Delaware students helped 14 nonprofit agencies in the Newark community. In Lewiston, Idaho, students at Lewis-Clark State College painted for a YWCA “Soup Port Our Shelter” event. The Trio Club of Centralia College in Washington packaged donated coats, shoes, gloves and hats for needy families.

There are many more stories of college students volunteering their time on “Make A Difference Day”, see them on Facebook (link below).

Inspire the World

Organizers want to see a “collective impact” of the millions of volunteers. They hope our nations efforts will inspire the rest of the world to follow this example.

From October 23-November 14, visit Facebook and share your story at MakeaDifferenceDay. Include photos, and show what a difference you and your fellow volunteers made using the hastag #MDDAY11. After you share your story, you then become eligible to be one of three weekly winners of a $100 gift card, or a grand prize of $500! But the most generous award of all comes from Newman’s Own–$10,000–so be sure to report your results on makeadifferenceday.com online, or download an entry form to submit by mail.

Even though Saturday’s national event has come and gone, there are many opportunities, right now, in your community to lend a helping hand. Being a volunteer does make a difference.


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