Volunteers Needed for Make a Difference Day: Saturday, October 22nd

The United Way Roger Hill Volunteer Center will be participating USA WEEKEND’S Make a Difference Day national day of service by coordinating volunteer projects throughout Lawrence and Douglas County on Saturday, October 22nd. Several agencies and local schools will be hosting groups of volunteers – up to 270 volunteers are needed – in outdoor clean-ups, recycling at the KU vs. K-State football game, wetlands restoration, and so much more.

USA WEEKEND's Make a Difference Day is an annual event that takes place on the fourth Saturday of October. Created by the magazine in 1992, it soon grew into the largest community service effort in the nation, rallying corporations, government leaders, charitable organizations and everyday Americans into action on one day. Each year, 3 million people participate worldwide, helping millions more.

Volunteers are invited to sign up as individuals, families, or groups. In the past, area businesses have joined the effort as a way of building teamwork, and promoting community involvement within the workplace. Other participants have included KU clubs, civic organizations, and church groups. It's a perfect way to spend a few hours on an autumn Saturday.

Volunteers can check out the details for over 15 projects and self-register for their project of choice by visiting www.volunteerdouglascounty.org.

“Our online registration service makes it fast and easy for volunteers to pick the projects that interest them most, then register themselves or their group immediately,” said Lori Johns, Director of The United Way Roger Hill Volunteer Center. “The system will also send them a confirmation and reminder.”

Volunteers may also register for projects by contacting The United Way Roger Hill Volunteer Center at volunteer@rhvc.org or 785-865-5030.

Some examples of projects include:

  • Winterizing the Operation WildLife water garden.

  • Outdoor clean-ups at local elementary schools, including Quail Run, Schwegler, and Woodlawn.

  • Working on a sensory trail for Midnight Farm’s therapeutic horseback riding program.

  • Tree/brush trimming, raking out flower beds, and more for The Villages, Inc.

  • Collecting cans at the KU vs. K-State football game for Cans for the Community, who will donate the money earned from recycling the aluminum to a local non-profit agency.

…and so much more!


mkinley 7 years ago

Such a great event! Has helped us so much at Independence, Inc.!

DennisAnderson 7 years ago

Remember, you can also help other days throughout the year. I met several students at Southwest Middle School on Wednesday who volunteer in our community, many at the Humane Society.

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