This October 24th, millions of volunteers
across the nation united with a common mission of improving the lives of others. For more than two decades the fourth Saturday of October, also known as Make a Difference Day, has become the nation’s largest day of community service.
It is a celebration of neighbors helping neighbors. Anyone, regardless of age, location, or social status, can accomplish amazing things when they work together taking on challenges they see in their community. Make A Difference Day is a day to celebrate the power of people making a positive difference in the lives of those around them.
Service to others is an important characteristic of a disciple of Jesus Christ. There are many ways to serve others. I am a huge fan of giving back to the communities we live in. I love helping others. Often the most meaningful service is expressed through simple, everyday acts of kindness. When it comes to service, often our TIME is valued more than our MONEY.
I look forward to teaching my children the importance of serving those less fortunate. As my son gets older and will be allowed to participate, my goal is to volunteer together once a month. From planting flowers or raking leaves for the elderly, to making cards and care packages to those serving overseas.
- Pick up trash at a local park, school, or trail
- Rake your neighbors’ leaves (may want to ask permission first)
- Mow a sick neighbors lawn
- Volunteer at a food bank or participate in a community pot luck
- Collect food to donate to the food bank or children’s home
- Create homemade cards to give to residents at a local nursing home
- Contact your local fire department to see if they have any landscaping work that needs to be done and do it
- Volunteer to serve food at the local soup kitchen
- Cook a homemade meal to bring to your local Ronald McDonald House or host a game night for their guests
- Contact your local YMCA to see what you can do to help- painting a wall or cleaning the grounds can be a great help
- Volunteer to help tutor at the local Boys and Girls Club, women’s shelter, or other organization that may need help
- Clean shelves or shelve books at the local library
- Call your local thrift store to see if they need help sorting donated items
- Make homemade Christmas ornaments to donate to your local women’s shelter, nursing home, or hospital
- Make blankets or hats to donate to your local Children’s Hospital or cancer wing
- Write thank you cards and/or draw pictures to members of the military
- Volunteer with Habitat for Humanity, United Way, or Red Cross
- With your friends collect used books to donate to your local women’s shelter
- Call your local animal shelter to see if you can help brush animals, clean kennels, or anything else
- Make cookies and deliver them to your neighbors
- If you are a photographer, take family photos of a low-income family (ask your local minister for the name of a family in need and kindly and graciously offer your services)
- Clean out your closet and donate your unwanted items to your local thrift store
- Clean/sanitize the toys at the nursery of your church (or any local church)
There are so many ways YOU can get in on the action! Anyone who wishes to participate in the several projects across the country can learn more by visiting the Make A Difference Day website. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints also has an amazing humanitarian aid organization that anyone interested can participate with caring for those in need.