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No matter who you are or where you’re from,
anyone can accomplish amazing things when they take on the needs they see in their community. Our website is designed to empower you as a leader. Here, you can shape your mission, recruit volunteers and spread the word about your efforts. Additionally, registering your project puts you in the running for one of fourteen $10,000 grants from Newman’s Own so your project can make an even bigger impact.


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Help Those In Need


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Offer assistance to the elderly and disabled with home repairs, yard work and chores




Coordinate a Recycling Event


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Encourage an environmentally conscious community by hosting a Recycle A Thon




Lead A Clothing Drive


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Collect clothing and blankets to donate to a local homeless shelter

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Help Those In Need #VOLUNTEERS: 1-50 #HOURS: 1-3 Offer assistance to the elderly and disabled with home repairs, yard work and chores Coordinate a Recycling Event #VOLUNTEERS: 1-50 #HOURS: 1-3 Encourage an environmentally conscious community by hosting a Recycle A Thon Lead A Clothing Drive #VOLUNTEERS: 1-50 #HOURS: 1-3 Collect clothing and blankets to donate to a local homeless shelter

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Arrange A 5k Benefit Walk


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Help raise funds for those recovering from a natural disaster




Organize A Food Drive


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Collect food to donate to your local food bank and homeless shelters




Clean Up A Local Park


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Positively impact your community by restoring your park or planting new trees

2014-05-20T18:39:13+00:00
Arrange A 5k Benefit Walk #VOLUNTEERS: 1-50 #HOURS: 1-3 Help raise funds for those recovering from a natural disaster Organize A Food Drive #VOLUNTEERS: 1-50 #HOURS: 1-3 Collect food to donate to your local food bank and homeless shelters Clean Up A Local Park #VOLUNTEERS: 1-50 #HOURS: 1-3 Positively impact your community by restoring your park or planting new trees

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Raise awareness about your Make A Difference Day project:
Local media and social media are powerful tools for raising awareness of your project, as well as calling attention to the results. Many people like to volunteer for the sake of doing something good and aren’t interested in accolades, but telling your story can inspire others to do get involved. That’s what Make A Difference Day is about — inspiring people and communities to serve, even if it’s for just one day. One day of volunteering can easily becomes a habit of volunteering.
If you can’t get the local media to come to your project to cover it, their websites are a great way to post notices and encourage others to participate. Look for local forums, comment on stories, start a blog or submit a letter to the editor.

If you do get local media coverage, share the links! Use social media to distribute the links of local coverage.

Set up a Facebook page or Facebook event where people can get more information and follow your progress. It’s a great outlet for people to contribute ideas and share their experiences.

While you’re on Facebook, be sure to “like” the Make A Difference Day page and share your posts with us. Twitter is a good resource, too. You can follow @MDDay for updates about the day and share details with us and your followers.

Following up with a report of your project’s impact not only inspires others to get involved, but it also reinforces the personal reward your volunteers get from serving. Use numbers and specific details to really paint a picture of your project’s success.
Take lots of photos at your project and ask others to share theirs.
Upload them on social media and tag #MDDAY so they appear on the photo gallery of our website.
Brochures and guides to help make your project a success:
The Make A Difference Day Brochure
Read our general brochure about what Make A Difference Day is, how you can participate, FAQs and an entry form you can print and mail in.
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Volunteer Leader Guide
This resource guide is organized into action-oriented chapters that will help you work with the community, effectively plan and manage projects from start to finish and develop a framework for projects.
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Youth Tool Kit
Inside these pages, you’ll explore local issues and create meaningful ideas to affect change in your community. You’ll also explore the importance of community, leadership and service.
Download
Certificate of Appreciation
Show your volunteers that you appreciate their contribution with a certificate.​
Download

Social Media
Swap your Facebook or Twitter Profile with the Make a Difference Day logo. Download this icon and make it your profile image October 19th through 25th this year. Click here to download. Tag your status updates for Make A Difference Day with #MDDAY.
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Past $10,000 grant-winning projects:
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Playworks DC

Playworks DC put out the call out for volunteers to come help give the D.C. Center for Therapeutic Recreation a facelift on Make A Difference Day. The center provides services for kids as well as seniors and people with special needs. More than 60 people gathered on the cold fall morning and set to work – refurbishing picnic tables, cleaning and organizing the library, working on landscaping and decorating recycling bins.
2014-06-06T18:49:24+00:00
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Playworks DC put out the call out for volunteers to come help give the D.C. Center for Therapeutic Recreation a facelift on Make A Difference Day. The center provides services for kids as well as seniors and people with special needs. More than 60 people gathered on the cold fall morning and set to work – refurbishing picnic tables, cleaning ...
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Operation Access

On Make A Difference Day, Daniel Rabkin, program manager of Sonoma County Operation Access, banded together with a group of ophthalmologists and their staffs to save the eyesight of 24 area agricultural workers and day laborers and another six needy cataract patients.
2014-05-19T14:22:17+00:00
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On Make A Difference Day, Daniel Rabkin, program manager of Sonoma County Operation Access, banded together with a group of ophthalmologists and their staffs to save the eyesight of 24 area agricultural workers and day laborers and another six needy cataract patients.
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Assistance League

On Make A Difference Day, the National Assistance League, a Burbank-based service club, put the gift of a new book into America’s smallest hands. More than 3,300 members in 94 chapters nationwide collected and gave away 113,101 books to children in need. In one shelter, kids got fleece blankets with their books.
2014-06-06T18:50:29+00:00
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On Make A Difference Day, the National Assistance League, a Burbank-based service club, put the gift of a new book into America’s smallest hands. More than 3,300 members in 94 chapters nationwide collected and gave away 113,101 books to children in need. In one shelter, kids got fleece blankets with their books.
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Fremont, California

Never more so than last October, when a record 1,339 volunteers led by Fremont’s Human Relations Commission fanned out to help their neighbors. Among 76 projects, volunteers weeded a community garden, painted schools, cleaned up a creek, fixed code violations at seniors’ houses, and collected 200 pounds of peanut butter and jelly for the homeless.
2014-06-06T18:50:50+00:00
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Never more so than last October, when a record 1,339 volunteers led by Fremont’s Human Relations Commission fanned out to help their neighbors. Among 76 projects, volunteers weeded a community garden, painted schools, cleaned up a creek, fixed code violations at seniors’ houses, and collected 200 pounds of peanut butter and jelly for the homeless.
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Weirton Madonna and Weir High Interact Clubs

Weirton’s first Make A Difference Day campaign, called Soup, Socks and Smiles: Warm Your Heart, Warm Your Sole, brought in about 500 volunteers. They helped collect 5,000 pounds of food; donate more than 300 pairs of kids’ socks, backpacks and other clothing to Weirton Heights Elementary School; and helped a family whose house exploded in a natural-gas accident, killing their teenage daughter.
2014-06-06T18:49:49+00:00
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Weirton’s first Make A Difference Day campaign, called Soup, Socks and Smiles: Warm Your Heart, Warm Your Sole, brought in about 500 volunteers. They helped collect 5,000 pounds of food; donate more than 300 pairs of kids’ socks, backpacks and other clothing to Weirton Heights Elementary School; and helped a family whose house exploded in a natural-gas accident, killing their ...
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Volunteer Action Center-University of Arkansas

The University of Arkansas and Fayetteville community brought together 1,326 volunteers to work on Make A Difference Day projects that ranged from cleaning and stocking the campus food pantry to creating puppets for a local literacy program. Organizers estimated total economic impact at more than $100,000.
2014-06-06T18:50:09+00:00
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The University of Arkansas and Fayetteville community brought together 1,326 volunteers to work on Make A Difference Day projects that ranged from cleaning and stocking the campus food pantry to creating puppets for a local literacy program. Organizers estimated total economic impact at more than $100,000.
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The University of Akron

708 students and staffers from the University of Akron tackled 60 community projects. In nine years, 5,800 volunteers have served 21,000 hours, says Alison Doehring, who volunteered each October as a student and now coordinates the day as assistant director of student life.
2014-05-19T14:40:20+00:00
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708 students and staffers from the University of Akron tackled 60 community projects. In nine years, 5,800 volunteers have served 21,000 hours, says Alison Doehring, who volunteered each October as a student and now coordinates the day as assistant director of student life.
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