Roll up your sleeves and join hundreds of local residents in volunteering for Make a Difference Day!
Two hundred-fifty volunteers are needed to make a difference in communities throughout Darke, Miami and Shelby Counties on October 23 and 24 in celebration of Make a Difference Day, a national day of volunteering sponsored by USA Weekend. Volunteers are expected to complete nearly 20 community service projects, ranging from hosting Nintendo Wii parties for older adults to literally putting a roof over the head of a local kidney transplant recipient, for 12 local social service agencies. Projects are available from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. or 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. on both October 23 and 24. Volunteers may sign up individually or in groups for specific projects available throughout Darke, Miami and Shelby Counties by visiting www.handsonwestcentralohio.org/MakeADifferenceDay.htm or by calling HandsOn West Central Ohio at (937) 778-5220, ext. 461. All ages are welcome!
Make a Difference Day activities are coordinated regionally through a partnership between five local nonprofit organizations, including: Darke County United Way, HandsOn West Central Ohio, Piqua Area United Way, Shelby County United Way and Tipp City Area United Way. The group hopes to engage hundreds of volunteers from local churches, businesses, schools and more in service projects that help nonprofit organizations better serve area residents in need.
Make a Difference Day is a national day of volunteering sponsored by USA Weekend. More than 3,000,000 volunteers nationwide participated in Make a Difference Day 2008, held annually on the fourth Saturday of October since 1992. Ohio has led the nation in the number of service projects sponsored in conjunction with Make a Difference Day since 2000. Last year, more than 40,000 volunteers completed over 1,000 community service projects in Ohio for this national day of helping others.
To learn more about this event, visit www.handsonwestcentralohio.org/MakeADifferenceDay.htm.