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This October 25th, millions of volunteers
across the nation will unite with a common mission – to improve the lives of others. For more than 20 years, USA WEEKEND Magazine, in collaboration with Points of Light, has brought you Make A Difference Day, the largest national day of community service.


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difference makers

Difference Maker 1
Alison Vauz-Bjerke
Alison and Playworks DC rallied more than 60 people to give a center that provides services for kids, seniors and people with special needs a facelift.
Alison
Difference Maker 2
Jessica Carscadden
Jessica rallied volunteers to donate 3,000 stuffed bears for police and firefighters to give to injured or frightened children on emergency calls.
Jessica
Difference Maker 3
Nick Lowinger
Nick, along with 78 volunteers solicited donations to give shoes to 496 homeless kids in 21 shelters in six states.
Nick
Difference Maker 4
Shaquawana Wester
Shaquawana organized a coat drive with a result of 1,000 coats donated for people in need.
Shaquawana
Difference Maker 6
Peggy McGee
Peggy and 18 volunteers donated handmade hats and other clothes, bed and kitchen linens, business suits and other items for homeless veterans.
Peggy
Difference Maker 7
Elijah Rodriguez
Elijah organized a Hurricane Sandy Relief walk resulting in 100 walkers and more than $7,000 in donations.
Elijah
Difference Maker 8
Eleanor Schoenbrun
Eleanor’s passion for homeless animals led her to help raise over $2,700 for the Animal Rescue League of El Paso.
Eleanor
Cell 8
Jessica Collins
Jessica Collins created her foundation A Place to Sleep that has so far produced beds for 349 children in need.
Jessica

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CommunityEducation
Ranch enhancement project to benefit about 20 rescued horses that have suffered abandonment, neglect and abuse in the past.
Orondo,WA
Accepting volunteers
CommunityEducationHealth-related
Share in the Joy of Being of service by helping us to help others
Bath,MI
Accepting volunteers
CommunityDisaster RecoveryEmergency
We will be joining together to sort, tag and bag stuffed animals for first responders and kids in unbearable situations.
San Diego,CA
Accepting volunteers
CommunityHomelessnessHunger
Collecting Coats & items and bringing people together in a way that ALL no matter income can help support the needs of our community.
Cookeville,TN
Accepting volunteers
Education
This project will be to create and build a study area for at-risk students. It will include building a deck, and landscaping the area.
Tulare,CA
Not Accepting volunteers
CommunityHomelessness
Youth will be collecting personal hygiene items and distribute to a local homeless shelter.
Monticello,IN
Accepting volunteers
CommunityHealth-relatedHunger
The Boys & Girls Club of Vineland brings together the community for its 1st Annual Unity Day full of education, fun and community spirit!
Vineland,NJ
Accepting volunteers
CommunityHomelessnessHunger
Prepare and serve meals to homeless, low-income, and hungry neighbors in need.
San Rafael,CA
Accepting volunteers