MAKING A DIFFERENCE IN ONE DAY.
SANTA CLARITA - For the third consecutive year, the Santa Clarita Valley Resource Center, in cooperation with the city of Santa Clarita, will host a local Make a Difference Day, joining volunteers across the country for a national day of service.
This year, Make a Difference Day will take place Oct. 25, but local nonprofit organizations must submit project proposals by Friday.
Volunteer projects must be hands-on, must have visible positive results in one day and will be chosen for their effectiveness and long-term positive impact on the agency and the community.
Make a Difference Day activities can include such projects as book and clothing drives, visits to hospitals, school renovations, providing meals for the homeless, planting a community garden, neighborhood clean-ups and more.
``By bringing together a variety of local nonprofit and community service organizations with the help of the Santa Clarita Valley Resource Center, we hope that this event will help to highlight the many volunteer opportunities that exist within our valley,'' said Neil Shah, Make a Difference Day event co-chairman.
The nonprofit group or service agency producing the event will be responsible for planning and executing the project, including all costs, supplies and insurance coverage. The Make a Difference Committee will provide support for the project with recruitment of volunteers, logistical organization and media coverage.
To submit an application for a Make A Difference Day project, call Laura Piening at the Resource Center at (661) 250-3720.
Volunteers can Make a Difference at Hart Park, bagging some 600 pounds of animal food.
David R. Crane/Staff Photographer