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October 19, 2010 > Make A Difference Day

Make A Difference Day

By Fina Mora

Make A Difference Day is a time when the community can come together, sharing their services with someone in need. This year, Make A Difference Day is Saturday, October 23.

Created in 1990 by USA WEEKEND Magazine, Make A Difference Day encourages citizens to volunteer either individually or in groups, undertaking projects to help make their community a better place to live. Make A Difference Day has been an annual event since its founding, and takes place on the fourth Saturday of every October.

One of the most inclusive national days of helping others, everyone can participate, many even helping overseas. Helping out can be as simple as spending a day with an elderly neighbor or as ambitious as collecting a truckload of clothes for the poor. Last year, over 3 million people nationwide volunteered in various projects.

Projects are available wherever you live; just take a look around your community or to find specific volunteer events nearby, visit http://daytabank.handsonnetwork.org/advance-search/state/ca

A few of many events taking place in our area include:

The Milpitas Executive Lions Club
Saturday, October 23
10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Great Mall Special Events Parking Lot
Between Mustang Drive and 1249 Great Mall Drive (near McDonald's)
447 Great Mall Drive, Milpitas
(408) 956-2033

Full Moon Weeding at Eden Landing Ecological Reserve
Saturday, October 23
9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Eden Landing Ecological Reserve
Eden Landing Road, Hayward
RSVP at www.savesfbay.org/volunteer

Beautify our preschool/book drive/build a garden
Saturday, October 23
All day event
Kidango Delaine Eastin Preschool
584 Brown Road, Fremont
(510) 490-5570

Landscaping project
Saturday, October 23
9 a.m. - Noon
City of Union City
31600 Alvarado Blvd., Union City
(510) 675-5422

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