Frequently Asked Questions

Does it have to happen on Saturday?

Yes. The project may span other days, but a significant part of the activity must occur Oct. 25. If you can't participate on Saturday for religious reasons - that is, if Saturday is your holy day - please volunteer Sunday, Oct. 26. If you miss the date because of scheduling conflicts or bad weather, we regret that the effort cannot be considered for an award. If your volunteers are together Monday through Friday only (such as schools and workplaces), plan an extra effort for Oct. 25. Example: If a school collects food during the week, students can serve it to the homeless that Saturday.

What if I'm not interested in an award? Do I still have to send in an entry form?

Many readers participate for goodness' sake without seeking recognition or donations. Still, USA WEEKEND wants to hear about what you're doing! Your idea could benefit other communities in need of solutions. Plus, we keep a count of how many join in; we'd love to include you in our millions. Also, reporting to us could result in publicity for your cause.

Where can I get help or recruit volunteers?

Contact area non-profits that coordinate volunteers. Visit to find a volunteer center near you. Other helpful contacts: Volunteers of America and local branches of the United Way, Red Cross and Salvation Army. Call the Make A Difference Day hotline at 1-800-416-3824, sponsored by Points of Light, and read more on our website for tips on planning or recruiting.

How easy is the entry process?

After Oct. 25, tell us about the difference you made. Describe your accomplishments in concrete and colorful ways. Add photos if you'd like. Use the form in this brochure, or go to the DAYtaBank. Give before-and-after facts, plus details about who was helped and how lives were changed. (Sorry, extra materials can't be returned.)

What if I have other questions or need help registering my project?

Please call 1-800-416-3824 or email and we would be happy to answer your questions or help you register your project.