When asked that question, about 3 million people across the country will say, “I volunteered.” That’s not your typical weekend.
This past Saturday, October 23rd, was the 20th annual Make a Difference Day sponsored by USA Weekend and HandsOn Network. Thousands of projects were organized to benefit local communities around the U.S. But it wasn’t just the projects themselves that helped local communities – it was also the way organizations took the opportunity to bring volunteers of all sizes and shapes together to have an impact.
Melissa Etheridge organized people to fight breast cancer:
Members of Obama’s Cabinet spent their day building a playground with KaBOOM! for a local school in Washington, DC:
It wasn’t only celebrities out there doing awesome things. In Fort Lauderdale, the 18-year-old founder of Fishing for Families in Need took 30 other teens with him to catch fish for a local soup kitchen. Talented sewers from Land of Lincoln Quilts of Valor spent the day making beautiful quilts for troops returning from war.
Of course, Make a Difference Day isn’t only about what your project accomplished in one day – it’s about how one day will influence what you will do and how you will do it moving forward. If your organization made an impression on one volunteer to come back again during the rest of the year, then you certainly made a difference to them.
What did your nonprofit do on Make a Difference Day? What did you learn?
Share your story and hear about what others accomplished:
Shari led Online Marketing and Communications at VolunteerMatch from 2010-2015. After working with nonprofits for 9 years, she moved over to the corporate sector and is now leading Inbound Marketing for a tech company in San Francisco.