NATIONAL MAKE A DIFFERENCE DAY – Fourth Saturday in October


National Make A Difference Day brings community service to a whole new level each year. Organizations join forces on the fourth Saturday in October to make a difference, big or small.

Millions of people have united in the common mission to improve the lives of others.

For more than 20 years, USA Weekend and Points of Light sponsored National Make a Difference Day. It became the largest national day of community service. However, the two organizations no longer promote the community service weekend. Despite that, the event carries on, thanks to many with like-minded beliefs in their communities.

All across the country, organizations pick up the tools required to help others during this weekend. Sometimes, they pick another weekend in October. However, they do it, they do so 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

Making a difference can come in many forms so this day is wide open for participation!

  • Volunteer in your community or for an organization with merit. 
  • Be a mentor. Help a youth or another professional to gain new skills.
  • Make a donation to a charity with meaning to you. 
  • Say a kind word of support to someone who is struggling. 
  • Put your skills to work. Sometimes our hobbies can bring joy to others in ways we least expect it.

Do what you can to make a difference and use #MakeADifferenceDay to post on social media.


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.
  • Central School of Grand Cane, Louisiana will participate by spending the day sanding and painting picnic tables. The National Honor Society members are volunteering their time for this project. 
  • The Kiwanis Club embraces the Make A Difference Day theme each year. Learn more about their projects by visiting kiwanis.org.
  • The TRIO Club at Centralia College in Centralia, Washington will be supporting the local ECEAP program with shoes and coats for 3-5 year-olds.

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.



National Food Day focuses on healthy and nutritious food. The observance takes place annually on October 24th.

One of the themes of the day aims to help people to “Eat Real.” This theme is defined by “cutting back on sugar drinks, overly salted packaged foods and fatty, factory-farmed meats in favor of vegetables, fruits, whole grains and sustainably raised protein.”  The observance involves some of the country’s most prominent food activists. Their vision includes food that can be healthy, affordable and produced. At the same time, the goal is to produce food with care for the environment, farm animals and the people who grow, harvest and serve it in mind.

The movement seeks a balance between nutrition, affordability and the environment. They strive to meet these goals by consistently addressing policy.

In 2012, there were 3,200 events taking place from community festivals to a national conference in Washington, D.C. to thousands of school activities. 

HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalFood Day

Attend an event near you. Learn about healthful eating and sustainable farming. Enjoy some of your favorite healthy foods and use #NationalFoodDay to post on social media.


The Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) initiated National Food Day 2011. The nationwide celebration of healthy, affordable and sustainably produced food is a grassroots campaign for better food policies. This project builds throughout the year and culminates on October 24th of each year.



Each year on October 24th, people across the nation make a sandwich to participate in National Bologna Day.  This would be a good day to have a bologna sandwich for lunch.

Sometimes this specialty meat is spelled baloney since that’s how many people pronounce it. However, the more common spelling is Bologna. That’s because it originated in the city of Bologna, Italy. This type of sausage is similar to the Italian mortadella. The finely ground pork or beef sausage or a combination is smoked and cured. In Italy, bologna includes a variety of spices not found in American bologna. In fact, in the United States, regulations require American bologna to be finely ground and without visible lard pieces. It hardly resembles anything found in Italy. It can also be made from chicken, turkey, venison, or soy protein. 

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When is National Sandwich Day?

Many people enjoy bologna sandwiches with a variety of garnishes. Some of those include mustard, ketchup, mayonnaise, cheese, lettuce, pickles, tomato, and onion.

Bologna Bowl – When a slice of bologna is heated, the fat renders and the round slice takes the shape of a bowl which may be filled with cheese or other fillings.

Makers offer a wide variety of bologna to choose from, too!

  • German Bologna
  • Kosher or halal bologna
  • Lebanon bologna
  • Lauantaimakkara
  • Rag bologna
  • South African polony
  • Vegetarian 

HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalBolognaDay

Pick out your favorite bologna. Make a sandwich or two. Share with us your favorite toppings, too! Do you toast your bread? Before you take a bite, take a picture to share. Also, if you have a favorite deli serving bologna, give them a shout out!

Celebrate by trying something new and enjoy these bologna recipes:

Fried Bologna Casserole
Various Bologna Recipes
Fried Bologna, Egg on Challah Bread with an American Cheese Rarebit Sauce
Big Daddy’s Prize-Winning Bologna Sandwich
Barbecued Bologna

Use #NationalBolognaDay to post on social media.


National Day Calendar® continues researching the origins of this tasty food holiday.



United Nations Day recognizes the founding of the United Nations (UN) in 1945. The celebration is observed annually on October 24th. 

U.N. Day has traditionally been marked throughout the world by meetings, discussions, and exhibits about the achievements and goals of the organization.

The United Nations works for the entire human family of seven billion people and cares for the Earth, our one and only home. ~ Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

Today the United Nations consists of 193 member states and 2 observer states. The mission of the United Nation is to maintain international peace and security.

The UN also sets terms for protecting human rights around the world. In 1948, they created international law with a Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

The member nations deliver humanitarian aid to populations in crisis. The first aid delivered was an immediate response to the devastation following World War II.

Another aim of the international organization is to promote sustainable development.

Some major achievements of the UN include:

  • The UN peacekeeping budget is less than 0.5% of global military spending
  • Their World Food Programme (WFP) provides food and assistance to 91 million people in 83 countries
  • They also supply vaccines to 45% of the world’s children
  • The UN helps people who displaced by violence, conflict, and persecution


Throughout the day, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in Paris hosts conferences and meetings. They also display exhibits of UN achievements. On United Nations Day, schools throughout the world celebrate the diversity of their student bodies. These schools also hold cultural performances and food fairs.

A UN Day concert is held each year to commemorate the day. The concert is held at the General Assembly Hall at the United Nations Headquarters in New York City. Performers at the concert have included the KBS Traditional Music Orchestra, Stevie Wonder, the Harlem Boys Gospel Choir, and the Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra.

To participate in United Nations Day, think about how diversity makes our lives better. Make it a goal to learn something about each of the 193 countries that make up the United Nations. Find out what all the flags of each country look like. If you know someone who is of a different nationality, ask them questions about their country of origin. To spread awareness, share #UnitedNationsDay on social media.


Franklin D. Roosevelt coined the name “United Nations” during World War II. Twenty-six nations united to pledge their governments to continue fighting against the Axis Powers. In 1945, delegates from 50 countries drew up the United Nations Charter in San Francisco, California. They signed the Charter on June 26th, 1945 and it was ratified on October 24th, 1945. United Nations Day originated in 1948.

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October 24 History


The first transcontinental telegraph line in the United States began operation. Only 17 months before, the Pony Express had been the fastest means of delivering a message on the frontier. With the telegraph now connecting the country from coast to coast, the iconic and short-lived era of the Pony Express came to an end.


With the passage of the Fair Labor Standards Act, the 40-hour workweek went into effect in the United States.


Harry Houdini took the stage for his final performance. However, neither he nor his audience at the Garrick Theatre in Detroit know that Houdini was falling ill. He died a few days later on October 31st from a ruptured appendix.


Winning the World Series in 6 games, the Toronto Blue Jays become the first team outside the United States to win the championship. They defeated the Oakland A’s 4 games to 2.

Recipe of the Day

Chicken & Wild Rice Soup

Prep: 20 mins
Cook: 20 mins
 6 – 8







2 Chicken Breasts
2 Carrots – Sliced
1 Celery – Sliced
3 Green Onions – Sliced
1/4 cup Frozen Peas
2 Cloves Sliced garlic
2 15 oz cans Chicken Broth
1 Box Wild Rice


Prepare 1 cup store brand Wild Rice per instructions on label using chicken broth to replace water.

While rice is soaking, cube skinless chicken breast into 1/2″ cubes

Dice carrots, celery and green onions into 1/8″ slices. Set aside.

Dice garlic into 1/8″. Set aside.

Add 2 tablespoons of olive oil or frying oil to a medium skillet. Add chicken and garlic and cook thoroughly (about 8 minutes).

Add remaining chicken broth and veggies to a soup kettle. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to simmer.

Add frozen veggies and rice. Mix well.

Simmer 20 to 30 minutes. Stir frequently.

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Marjorie Joyner – 1896

The cosmetologist was a woman of many firsts. She was the first African American to graduate from the A.B. Molar Beauty School. As a teacher for Madam C.J. Walker, she invented and patented the first permanent-wave machine. Seeing the need for students and educators to network, Joyner founded the Alpha Chi Pi Omega Sorority and Fraternity for beauty students and United Beauty School Owners and Teachers Association.

Melvin Purvis – 1903

Working for the Justice Department under J. Edgar Hoover, Purvis was charged with capturing the gangster and bank robber, John Dillinger. After several near misses, on July 22, 1934, Purvis and his agents received a tip that led them to Dillinger. Outside the Biograph Theater, a shoot out between Dillinger and Purvis’s agents resulted in the gangster’s death.

Bob Kane – 1915

The comic book writer created, along with Milton Finger, the DC Comics character Batman.

Marie Foster – 1917

The Civil Rights activist helped thousands of African-Americans to register to vote and overcome voter suppression.

Belva Ann Bennett Lockwood – 1830

As an attorney, Lockwood lobbied for equal rights for women including suffrage, property, guardianship, and pay. In 1874, Lockwood drafted a bill that would allow her to be admitted to the Supreme Court bar. It took five years to pass both the House and Senate and on February 15, 1879, President Rutherford B. Hayes signed the bill into law. In March, Lockwood became the first woman admitted to the Supreme Court bar. The following year, she became the first woman to argue a case before the Supreme Court.

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