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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 25, 2014.

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)

Alliance Community Outreach Program - need volunteers to unpack boxes, general cleaning and painting a sign at 2050 Niles Road in Warren.
Blankets of Love - Domestic Sewing Center will accept blankets to be given to hospitals from 10am-3pm at 2011 Youngstown Rd. in Warren
In Memory of William Boorn - collecting wrapped candy for Gilette Nursing Home residents for Trick or Treat from now until 2pm on Oct. 25.
Cortland Rotary Club - accepting clothing and non-perishable food donations at Lakeview High School Bus garage from 9am-1pm
Douce, Diane - Collecting coats, blankets, hats, gloves, scarves at Trumbull Memorial Hospital for Emmanuel Lutheran Church Closet.
Helsel, Susan - She will make cards and encourages groups to make Veterans Day cards. Take to volunteer picnic and then will be delivered to hospitalized veterans.
Hope Chest Foundation - holding the 6th annual cornhole tournament in Perkins Park to raise money for needy families during the holidays
Niles Community Services - collecting non-perishable food donations from 10am-4pm at 401 Vienna Ave in Niles.
Northwest Neighborhood Assoc. - collecting non-perishable food for Grace Un. Meth. Church from Noon -3pm at 1725 Drexel Ave. NW in Warren
Parkman Road Sparkle Market - collecing non-perishable food items the month of October
Project Linus / Quilts from the Heart - making quilts and blankets for traumatized and ill children from 10am-1pm at Tod Ave. Un. Meth. Church (155 Tod Ave. in Warren)
Sevenseventeen Credit Union - collecting non-perishable food donations at branches from 9-11am on Sat., Oct. 25.
Teen Straight Talk - Need volunteers to weed and do some general clean up at 1393 Youngstown-Kingsville Road in Vienna.
Trumbull 100 - rehabbing the house at 1165 High St., NE in Warren. Supplies and volunteers needed
Trumbull County YMCA - cleaning and painting in building from 10am-6pm
Wildare Un. Meth. Church - hosting "The Big Give" a reverse rummage sale. All items free at 7211 N. Park Ave. Ext. in Champion Township from 9am-2pm.
Willard School - collecting used band instruments at the school from Oct. 20-24 for students
Woods Family - having a bake sale and accepting non-perishable food donations for Warren Family Mission on Fri., Oct. 24 from 9am-6pm.




AAUW - packing emergency meals and vials for life at Mobile Meals
Bethel Baptist Youth Group - clean up on Tod Ave. near former hospital
Butcher, Pierson - painting fire hydrants and cleanup on Route 422
Cashland - assisting a handicapped person with outside yard work
Community Concerned Citizens II - Serving lunch to residents of Tod's Crossing
Cortland Beautification - cleaning up creek area and planting spring bulbs
Cortland Un. Meth. Church - delivering homemade soup and visiting elderly
Cub Scout Pack #40 & friends - packing boxes to be sent to military troops serving overseas.
Disabled American Veterans Auxiliary 11 - knit laprobes for veterans in local nursing homes
Fifth Wheel Club - bagging and labeling bulk pasta and cereal for distribution at Second Harvest
Girl Scout Troop #598 - making blankets for homeless and lap quilts for nursing home patients
Girl Scout Troop #80324 - making Make A Difference Day pins for distribution at picnic
Girl Scout Troop #80588 - working on gardens at Upton House
Girl Scout Troop #80865 & 80259 - making toiletry kits for Someplace Safe
Girl Scout Troops of Howland and Vienna - collecting food and toiletry items for senior citizens
Grace Un. Meth. Church - collecting cleaning supplies for Someplace Safe
Guardian Angels of Ohio - Baking a Difference pies; service dogs visiting Champion Estates; preparing Vials for Life.
Hannah House - baking cookies for police and fire units and visiting Gilette Nursing Home
Historic Perkins Homestead Neighborhood Association - clean up vacant lots on Monroe Street
Niles McKinely High School Key Club - making place mats and preparing Angels for Salvation Army
North East Warren Neighborhood Assoc.: Painting historical street markers and fire hydrants
North End Environmental Development - fall pruning and cleanup of NEED Community garden
Road Riders for Jesus Chapter #41 - installing drywall and painting for a widow
St. Joseph Hospital Retirees - collecting non-perishable food for Warren Family Mission
St. Mary Church - collecting supplies for Beatitude House in Warren
Second Harvest Foodbank - Volunteers will help sort donations
Southeast Side Community Association - mowing laws of vacant and abandoned homes and lots
The Movement - repairing and painting ramp for handicapped person
Tribune Chronicle Employees - collecting and recycling batteries
Tribune Chronicle Volunteer Picnic - Serving lunch to volunteers from 11am-1pm at the Amp
Trumbull County Genealogical Society - preserving and cleaning Pioneer Cemetery in Warren
Trumbull County Herb Society - working in herb garden and John Stark Edwards Home and starting an herb and butterfly garden in the Perkins Rose Garden in Warren
Upton Association - winterizing the Women's Park in Warren
VFW Post 1090 Ladies Auxiliary - placing stars to recognize veterans who live at area nursing homes
Warren Family Mission - cleaning up on Rt. 422 east of McDonald's to the overpass, delivering refreshments to project volunteers at their sites, replacing a flag and cleaning and painting a cancer patient's home.
Warren First Assembly of God - Trunk or Treat at church from 3-5 p.m.
Warren G. Harding High School Key Club - collecting non-perishable food items
Warren Junior Women's League - landscaping at Women's Park and Someplace Safe
Wean Foundation- hosting a leadership summit for energizing community leaders
YSU Scholars - volunteering at Second Harvest Foodbank