This October 24th, millions of volunteers
across the nation will unite with a common mission – to improve the lives of others. In its 24th year, Make A Difference Day is a USA TODAY initiative, backed by the Gannett Company and TEGNA Inc. In collaboration with Points of Light it is the largest national day of community service.


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.
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.
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.
Difference Maker 4
Shaquawana Wester
Shaquawana organized a coat drive with a result of 1,000 coats donated for people in need.
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.
Difference Maker 7
Elijah Rodriguez
Elijah organized a Hurricane Sandy Relief walk resulting in 100 walkers and more than $7,000 in donations.
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.
Cell 8
Jessica Collins
Jessica Collins created her foundation A Place to Sleep that has so far produced beds for 349 children in need.


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