NATIONAL MAKE A DIFFERENCE DAY
National Make A Difference Day is an annual community service event that is held on the fourth Saturday in October.
Millions of people have united in the common mission to improve the lives of others.
USA Weekend was a national weekend newspaper magazine that was distributed through more than 800 newspapers in the United States and published by Gannett Company as a sister publication to USA Today. USA Weekend’s focus is on social issues, entertainment, health, food and travel. USA Weekend, along with Points of Light, have been sponsoring National Make a Difference Day, the largest national day of community service, for more than twenty years.
While the official event no longer takes place, organizations across the country pick up the tools required to help others during this weekend. Sometimes, they pick another weekend in October. However, they do it in making a difference in the lives of others and their communities. The expression of love for each other through support and good ol’ elbow grease is sometimes all we need to make a difference.
HOW TO OBSERVE #MakeADifferenceDay
Do what you can to make a difference and use #MakeADifferenceDay to post on social media.
MAKE A DIFFERENCE DAY HISTORY
Make a Difference Day was created in 1992 by USA WEEKEND magazine and joined by Points of Light. Together they sponsored the largest national day of community service for more than twenty years. While the organizations no longer support Make a Difference Day, the observance still impacts communities around the country. Volunteers and organizations have taken up the banner to help their communities in ways that best fit their needs. For example:
- Laurence Segal’s Cans For Cancer (Bottles 4 A Cure) collects bottles and cans each year in the name of Make A Difference Day. The proceeds are donated to cancer research.
- The Center for Nonprofit Management at MSU Texas in Wichita Falls, Texas promotes an event in the spirit of the day, too. Check out their Calendar of Events for dates and times.
Do you know an organization that carries on the torch for Make A Difference Day each year? Send us the information through our Contact Us link. and we’ll add it to the list.
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