Make a Difference Day is celebrated annually on the fourth Saturday of October, which is October 28th this year. If you have ever wondered if your actions can make a difference, the answer is yes! And if you have questioned where to start, the answer is Make a Difference Day. We can come together to volunteer, raise funds, offer support, and learn about the most urgent needs of our society. You don’t have to join an non-governmental organization or travel to another country — you can start by cleaning your own backyard (literally and figuratively) because volunteering is all about becoming the change you wish to see in the world.
Make a Difference Day was created by “USA Weekend” magazine in 1992 to offer community support and encourage volunteerism across the country. Points of Light, a non-profit organization founded by former U.S. President George H. W. Bush, joined USA Weekend and together they sponsored the largest national day of community service for more than twenty years. These two groups no longer support Make a Difference Day, but the observance still impacts communities around the country.
What can you do?
- Volunteer at a Local Nonprofit Organization
- Organize a Community Cleanup
- Support Local Businesses & Initiatives
- Spread Kindness & Compassion
- Mentor or Tutor
- Organize a Fundraising Event
Remember, National Make a Difference Day is not limited to a single day. The spirit of making a difference should extend through the year. Incorporate acts of kindness and community service into your routine and encourage others to do the same.
Together, we can create a better world, one act of kindness at a time.