What is Make A Difference Day?
Make A Difference Day is the most encompassing national day of helping others — a celebration of neighbors helping neighbors. Everyone can participate. Created by USA WEEKEND Magazine, Make A Difference Day is an annual event that takes place on the fourth Saturday of every October. The next event is Saturday, October 27, 2012.
Nationally, millions have participated. In 2009, 3 million people cared enough about their communities to volunteer on that day, accomplishing thousands of projects in hundreds of towns.
Locally, The Tribune Chronicle has coordinated projects in Trumbull County for the past ten years
What can I do?
Your project can be as large or as small as you wish! Look around your community and see what needs to be done. A project idea generator is available at: www.makeadifferenceday.com. You can organize projects such as a coat drive, making or collecting blankets for a homeless shelter, collecting baby items for a crisis pregnancy center, clean ups at a park or vacant lot, painting or serving lunch at a shelter or senior citizen housing complex, visit senior health care centers; the choice is yours!
In 2003, the first year projects were coordinated by the Tribune Chronicle, USA WEEKEND honored Trumbull County Make A Difference Day with a $10,000 award for being one of the 10 best projects in the United States that year. In 2004 Make A Difference Day Ohio chose the event as one of the 10 best projects in Ohio. The Associated Press honored the Tribune Chronicle for Make A Difference Day in 2005 as the best community service project by a newspaper. Then in 2006, Trumbull County Make A Difference Day was named the national Encore Award winner by USA WEEKEND and received another $10,000 award.
|How you can help: (Call Sue Shafer at 330-841-1696 to volunteer labor or materials)
Blankets of Love: Accepting blanket and new stuffed animal donations for hospitalized children and making bibs for nursing home patients at Domestic Sewing in Warren.
Champion Pride Council: Free clothes giveaway from 9-11am at Champion Central School. New and nearly new winter clothing for children and teens at no cost.
Colbert’s Care: collecting children’s band aids for local pediatric wards. Bring to volunteer picnic at the Amp in Warren from 11a.m. to 1 p.m.
Community Volunteer Council: Needs labor to put on roof. Has materials.
Cortland Rotary: Clothing Drive from 9am-1pm at Lakeview High School and food drive for Cortland Area Cares food bank
Dress for Success: 10am-2pm at 518 Main St; accepting donations, need volunteers to sort clothes; need mirrors, lights,office supplies, help with web design/maintenance
First Un. Meth. Church: collecting items for deployed soldiers from 10am-Noon at 309 N. Park Ave. in Warren.
For Betty’s Angels: yard clean up on Fairgreen Ave. in Warren from 8am-Noon
Grace Un. Meth. Church: collecting layette items and gift cards for Bella Women’s Center
Hannah’s House: Food drive at 3653 Warren-Sharon Rd. location from 8am-4pm
Helsel, Susan: Encouraging people to make Veterans Day cards for hospitalized veterans. Bring completed cards to Make A Difference Day volunteer picnic.
Hope Chest Foundation: Register to play in the 4th annual charity cornhole tournament in Courthouse Square Park beginning at 9am.
McCale, Cindy: Walk for health and donate one dollar for Emmanuel Community Care Cetner from 8am-3pm in front of 2 N. State St. in Girard.
Newton Falls Citizens: Clean up at Veteran’s Park and Community Park
Niles Community Services: Non-perishable food collection 10am-4pm.
Niles First UMC: Reverse garade sale. Free clothing, books, games, etc.
Northwest Neighborhood Assoc: clean up community garden 10am at 3321 Lynwood Dr. in Warren.
Project Linus: Making quilts for local hospitals, Hospice, Someplace Safe from 10am-2pm at Tod Ave. UMC in Warren.
Ricky Mack Giving Back: Fundraiser on Tues., Oct. 16 for Make A Wish Foundation. Check presentation at Hubbard Schools on Fri., Oct. 26th.
Saint Joseph Health Center: clean up of Cancer Center Healing Garden
Saint Mary Church: donations for Beatitude House in Warren
Second Harvest Food Bank: Collecting non-perishable food at CVS stores in Trumbull and Mahoning counties.
SevenSeventeen Credit Union: collecting monetary donations and non-perishable food for Warren Family Mission and Second Harvest Food Bank at Larchmont and Vienna locations from 9-11am.
Southwest Neighborhood Assoc: collecting food for Thanksgiving baskets for Tod’s Crossing
Sparkle Market on Parkman Road in Warren: collecting non-perishables for food bank
Suitcases for children: collecting gently used suitcases for CSB children.
Volunteer Picnic: Tribune Chronicle sponsoring a picnic at the Warren Community Amp for Make A Difference Day volunteers from 11am-1pm.
Warren City Fire Dept./HandsOn Volunteer Network: Installing smoke detectors from 8:30am-11:30am. To volunteer contact: Kristen Gallagher at email@example.com
Warren Glass and Paint: Peanut Butter drive for Warren Family Mission. Drop off peanut butter at 1203 Youngstown Rd., M-F from 8-5.
Warren Family Mission: 10am-1pm food drive at 2671 Yo-Warren Rd. location. In great need of canned and boxed foods, eggs, milk, rice, oatmeal, lunch meat
Warren Family Mission: 10am-1pm fresh produce give-a-way at 361 Elm Rd location.
AAUW Trumbull - collecting non-perishables
American Legion Auxiliary #699 - lap robes and quilts for VA Hospital; stuffed animals to Warren Township Police and Fire Dept. and McKinley Heights Fire Dept. for trauma victims
Bristol Beta Club: landscaping at Packard Music Hall
Casterline, Earl: donating furniture and household goods to Warren Family Mission.
Christian Youth Fellowship of First Christian Church in Niles: donating food and supplies to Animal Welfare League
Cortland Beautification Association: clean up on S. High St. in Cortland
Disabled American Veterans Auxiliary Unit 11: Knitting lap robes for veterans in area nursing homes
Emmanual Lutheran Church Christian Fellowship Group: making lap robes for Hospice
Fifth Wheel: volunteering at Second Harvest Food Bank
Girl Scout Troop #324: collecting personal hygiene/shower supplies for Salvation Army
Girl Scout Troop #598: Making quilts and blankets for needy and given to Emmanuel Lutheran Coat Closet for distribution
Girl Scout Service Unit #807: non-perishable food drive for SCOPE pantry/baskets
Girl Scout Troop #80159: non-perishable food drive for SCOPE pantry/baskets
Girl Scout Troop #80239: re-stocking food pantry at First Church of God
Girl Scout Troop #80259 & #80865: making thank you for your service cards for military and veterans; cleaning the Healing Garden at St. Joseph Hospital
Girl Scout Troop #80669: cleaning flower bed,landscaping at Beatitude House in Warren and giving flower pens to residents there.
Guardian Angels of Ohio: “Trip Around the World” for area nursing home residents
Hannah’s House: Giving hot chocolate and cookies at Vienna IGA and Vienna branch of Cortland Banks at 10am to thank them for their support
Historic Perkins Homestead: annual fall clean-up north of City Hall
John F. Kennedy Catholic Schools Lower Campus: making thank you for your service cards for military and veterans
Leavittsburg Baptist Church: Making fleece blankets for foster children at Trumbull County Children’s Services
NEED: Neighborhood clean-up, garden clean-up and vacant house clean-up
Neighbors and Friends: clean up project in Warren
Niles Catholic Women’s Club/St. Stephen Church: collecting non-perishable food
Northeast & Garfield Neighborhood Assoc: paint street markers and fire hydrants
PJ Quinn & John Brown: painting exterior of disabled lady’s home in Warren
Road Riders for Jesus Chapter 41: Helping wheelchair bound man and wife cleaning gutters, trimming trees, raking leaves, washing windows in Champion.
Saint Joseph Retirees: non-perishable food drive for Warren Family Mission
Saint Rose Pack 40 Cub Scouts: packing boxes to send to deployed soldiers
Take Back the Neighborhood: Clean up from N. Park to Chestnut/High St.
Trumbull County Ge. Soc / Boy Scout Troop 15: Clean up at Pioneer Cemetary
Victory Christian School: students are crocheting quilt squares for “Warm Up America”
Warren Family Mission: mowing lawns on west side of Warren
Warren Interfaith Com/Dollar General: Clean up at Interfaith Park 9-11a.m.
Warren Junior Women’s League and Juniorettes: Helping at Animal Welfare League 9am-1pm.
West Farmington Pythian Sisters: Decorating rooms for Halloween at Community Skilled and Laurie Ann Nursing Homes
Wildare Un. Meth. Church: Roof repair in Champion, lawn work in Warren, helping at Champion Pride clothing give-away
324 Wolves Boyz Group: renovate prayer garden at Power of Pentecost Church