by Cesca Janece Waterfield
This Saturday, October 24 is the 19th Annual Make a Difference Day, when people around the US work on behalf of their communities in a variety of projects that build good will and support organizations. Make a Difference Day was initiated in part by the HandsOn Network, the nation’s largest volunteer organization made up of more than 70,000 corporate, faith and nonprofit groups. For project ideas in your neighborhood, visit www.handsonnetwork.org/MakeADifferenceDay
Reward Yourself with a Day at Disney
Invest some time in your neighborhood, and see the world of Disney for free. Last month Disney announced its “Give a Day, Get a Day” program, which begins Jan. 1, 2010. To encourage grass-roots community volunteerism, Disney will give one million people who perform volunteer service for a participating organization free one-day admission to Walt Disney World in Florida, or Disneyland in California.
“We’re really trying to inspire families,” says Disney spokesperson Michelle Baumann. “I think that’s key – to get families to begin volunteering with their kids at a young age so they’ll continue to have the whole spirit of volunteering throughout their life.”