Make a Difference Day 2011

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“We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.” ~ Winston Churchill

Make a Difference Day 2011
Ready to get inspired? This national observance should help. Make A Difference Day─held annually on the 4th Saturday of October─offers a chance, quite simply, to lend a hand to those in need. Created by USA WEEKEND Magazine, Make a Difference Day is the largest national day of community service all year.

Together with long-standing partner HandsOn Network, the generosity of Newman’s Own, and hundreds of carrier newspapers, USA WEEKEND rallies millions of caring individuals across the country in a single day to help change the world.

Helping others on Make A Difference Day—and submitting your project for award consideration—gives your favorite charity a chance to receive a $10,000 donation from Newman’s Own. USA WEEKEND Magazine will feature 10 National and three City Award honorees in a special April 2012 issue coinciding with National Volunteer Week, led by Points of Light Institute. Award honorees will receive their awards that month at an event in Washington, D.C. You can get additional details from the “Make a Difference Day” facebook page.

So, how can you make a difference? As it happens, anyone—young and old, individuals and organizations—can carry out a volunteer project that helps others. It might be as ambitious as collecting truckloads of clothing for the homeless, or as personal as spending an afternoon helping an elderly neighbor or relative. It’s the act that counts.

How about simply looking around your community to see what needs to be done? Are people hungry, homeless or ill? Are parks or schools dirty or neglected? No matter where you live, there’s a need nearby. And on Make A Difference Day, millions of Americans will be rolling up their sleeves to help others. You can act alone or enlist your friends, family and co-workers.

If you’d like some help getting organized, visit: http://www.usaweekend.com/article/99999999/MDDAY/90917001/Make-Difference-Day-Getting-started for a host of resources and planning guides for teachers, families, students of all ages, businesses, and organizations of all types. So go ahead and take action—large or small. You’ll be glad you did.

“How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.”
~ Anne Frank

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