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Make a Difference Day

Make a Difference Day is here - let's come together and work to create positive change in our communities!
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Come out and join the celebration of Make a Difference Day on the fourth Saturday in October! This day has been an annual event since 1992, when it was founded by USA Weekend Magazine. It's all about taking action and making an impact in your community. Whether you volunteer your time or donate money to a worthy cause, you'll be helping to make the world a better place. Spread some kindness by participating in this special day – it will definitely make a difference!

History of Make a Difference Day

Make a Difference Day Timeline

<div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1992</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Inception of Make a Difference Day</div><div class='timeline-text'>USA Weekend Magazine initiates Make a Difference Day, encouraging individuals and groups to volunteer in their communities.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1993</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>First Official Celebration</div><div class='timeline-text'>The first officially recognized Make a Difference Day takes place across the United States.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2000</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Growing Participation</div><div class='timeline-text'>Make a Difference Day sees increased participation with millions engaging in community service and improvement projects.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2010</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Service Projects Multiply</div><div class='timeline-text'>By now, Make a Difference Day involves thousands of projects nationwide, involving volunteers of all ages and backgrounds.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2014</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Tegna Foundation Sponsorship</div><div class='timeline-text'>The Tegna Foundation becomes an official sponsor of Make a Difference Day, increasing exposure and resources for participants.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2018</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Digital Expansion</div><div class='timeline-text'>Make a Difference Day expands its digital presence, providing more resources and platforms for volunteers to organize and participate in community projects.</div></div></div>

How to Celebrate Make a Difference Day

<div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>1</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Volunteer at a local charity</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Find a local charity or organization that needs volunteers and give your time and talents. You might be surprised at the difference you can make by just being there and lending a helping hand.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>2</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Donate to a cause</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>You don't have to be a millionaire to make a difference; even small donations can help out those in need. Look for charities that are supporting causes close to your heart and make an impact with your wallet.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>3</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Organize a community clean up</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Gather your family, friends, and neighbors to help you clean up a local park, beach, or other public area. Make it fun by supplying snacks and music, and you'll be surprised how much of a difference you can make in just a few hours.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>4</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Raise funds for a cause</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Host a fundraiser with the goal of raising money for a cause that is important to you. Have everyone donate what they can, whether it's money or baked goods, and donate the proceeds to the charity of your choice.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>5</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Share your skills</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Whether it's teaching someone to read or helping out at an animal shelter, sharing your skills with others can make an immense difference in their lives. Find an organization that could use your skills, and get to work!</p></div></div>

Why Make a Difference Day is Important

<div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>A</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>It encourages volunteerism</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>Make a Difference Day is a great way for individuals, organizations and corporations to come together and make a difference in their communities. By volunteering their time and resources, people from all walks of life can work together towards causes that are important to them.</p></div></div><div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>B</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>It promotes awareness</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>By getting involved with Make a Difference Day projects, individuals can educate themselves and others about different issues in the world around us such as poverty, hunger, homelessness and climate change. These events help to bring these matters to light and encourage people to take action.</p></div></div><div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>C</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>It builds community</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>As people come together to work on various projects, they have opportunities to meet new people, build relationships and form bonds that can last beyond the day. Working together towards something good unites people in a unique way that helps strengthen communities for years to come.</p></div></div>

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