The Opportunity of Make a Difference Day

Make a Difference DayIt’s not difficult to explain the purpose of Make a Difference Day – the name pretty much says it all.  But this annual event, which is happening this Saturday, October 23rd, is more than just the onomatopoeia of service days.  It’s the largest community service effort in the U.S.A., and a great opportunity for nonprofits to get new volunteers involved in the work you do.

On Make a Difference Day the country is united around a single commitment – to make a difference.  This goal extends beyond the one day of service to influence how every person approaches service in their daily lives.

Sponsored by USA Weekend and HandsOn Network, the event occurs on the fourth Saturday of October each year.  Last year 3 million people participated across the country and worked on thousands of projects in their communities.

The buzz for Make a Difference Day is building on sites like Twitter:

Now celebrating its 20th anniversary, this year’s Make a Difference Day promises to be even bigger than last year.  Millions of people are already signed up to run or help with volunteer projects.  Make sure your organization is one of the thousands that benefit from their enthusiasm.

It’s not too late to recruit volunteers for this Saturday!  Simply update your VolunteerMatch listings with the keywords “Make a Difference Day,” and when thousands of people search VolunteerMatch for projects, your opportunities will pop up in the results.

To keep up with the action about Make a Difference Day, follow the Twitter hashtag #MDDay10.