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Make a Difference Day



For more information on Make A Difference Day, contact community events coordinator Sue Shafer at 330-841-1696 or e-mail her at

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 26, 2013.

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: 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!

Volunteers Honored

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)

Betty's Angels: collecting household, non-perishables and personal care items at North
Park Plumbing and A to Z Plumbing from now through Oct. 26th.  
Betty's Angels: need group to install gutters on shelter
Blankets of Love: Accepting and making blankets for hospitalized children at Domestic Sewing in Warren from 10am-2pm.
Cards for Veterans: Asking groups to make "thank you for your service" cards for hospitalized veterans. Cards can be dropped off at Amp from 10am-2pm.
Citizens of Newton Falls: clean up of community center.  Need volunteers and supplies
Colbert's Cave: collecting toiletries and children's books for local shelters
Cornhole Tournament: at Warren Com. Amp. 9am-5pm. Proceeds benefit Hope Chest Foundation.
Cortland Rotary Club: collecting clothing for Warren Family Mission and non-perishable foods for Cortland Area Cares at Lakeview High School from 9am-1pm.
Newton Falls Citizens: working from 9am-5pm at Community Center inside and outside
Niles Community Services: food drive for their pantry from 10am-4pm
Nova's Ark Daycare/Ali Baba Grotto: Selling bracelets to raise money for special needs child at volunteer picnic and cornhole tournament
Parkman Road Sparkle Market: Non-perishable food drive during October
SALSA: installing smoke alarms for families in need with Hands On Volunteers
Second Harvest Food Bank:  Non-perishable food drive at Warren Com. Amp from 9am-2pm
SevenSeventeen Credit Union: collecting non-perishables and cash for Warren Family Mission.
Trumbull Neighborhood Partnership: cleaning up litter along bike trail at Woodland Ave, painting fire hydrants.
Warren Glass & Paint: collecting peanut butter during Oct. for Warren Family Mission
Warren Jr. Women's League: electronic recycling collection (computers and small appliances, but no televisions) in SuperK parking lot from 9-11:30am




Alliance for Substance Abuse Prevention: will distribute drug overdose prevention information
American Assoc. of Univ. Women: making protective bedding for Someplace Safe
Bethel Baptist Youth Group: helping an elderly widow with yard work
Bristol Church of the Brethern: clean up littler on Thompson-Clark Rd in township
Central Park Apartments: collecting non-perishables for Niles Community Service
Christian Fellowship, Emmanuel Lutheran: making laprobes for Hospice of Valley
Cline Construction: Assisting with Neighbor to Neighbor to help a widow
Cortland Beautification: cleaning up park next to Pizza's Joes in Cortland
Cub Scout Pack #307: sanitizing toys for Second Baptist Church Day Care
Currence Family: helping at Betty's Angels
Disabled American Veterans Aux. 11: making laprobes for veterans
Fifth Wheel Club: volunteering at Second Harvest Food Bank
First Christian Church Youth Fellowship: assembling shoe boxes filled with toiletries and small toys for children at the Mahoning Valley Rescue Mission
Girl Scout Troop #80-020: making fleece blankets for Children's Services
Girl Scout Troop #80-707: making dog treats to sell at Menagerie to raise money for Animal Welfare League
Girl Scout Troop #324: sanitize toys at church day care
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
Grace Un. Meth. Church: collecting items for Someplace Safe
Mary Hewitt: making fleece jackets and stuffed animals for Guardian Angels program
Julius & Friends: painting house of disabled man
Kenmore Neighborhood Assoc: cleaning up overgrown, vacant property
NEED: clean up of North End Community Garden
Neighbor to Neighbor: helping a widow with home repairs and yard work
Nova's Ark Daycare/Ali Baba Shriners: selling bracelets to raise money for a handicapped child
Northeast Neighborhood Assoc: trim hedges, tree limbs, painting
Northwest Neighborhood Assoc: non-perishable food collection for Grace UMC pantry
Perkins Neighborhood Assoc: neighborhood cleanup
Project Linus/Quilts from the Heart: make quilts/blankets for area traumatized, ill children.
Road Riders for Jesus: helping a widow with home improvement projects
St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish: collecting items for Catholic Charities
St. Joseph Hospital Retirees: collecting non-perishable food or cleaning products for Warren Family Mission
St. Mary Church: collecting supplies for Beatitude House
Trumbull County Herb Society: working at Trumbull County Historical Society Herb Garden
Studio L: offering a free class for children with special needs.
Southeast Side Community Assoc: collecting non-perishables fro senior citizens
Teens Who Matter/Niles 1st Presby: landscaping at Central Park Apts in Niles.
Tribune Chronicle: Coordinating picnic for Make A Difference Day volunteers at Warren Community Amp from 11am-2pm. All volunteers welcome.
Trumbull County Herb Society: working in kitchen garden at Trumbull County Historical Society.
Trumbull Retired Teachers Assoc: collecting winter coats for Easter Seals
Warren Family Mission: providing lunch and activities for residents for Waterstone Apartments
Warren Family Mission: mowing lawns in the community
Warren Jr. Women's League Juniorettes: volunteering at Trumbull County Dog Pound
Warren Lions Club: helping with a party at Moose Lodge for people with disabilities.
West Farmington Liberty Temple: decorating rooms of nursing home patients
Wildare Un. Meth. Church: repairing wheel chair ramp for paraplegic man