Saturday is the 20th anniversary of Make A Difference Day - the largest national day of community service, held annually on the fourth Saturday in October.
The event is sponsored nationally by USAWeekend magazine and the Hands On network, a business unit of Points of Light Institute. In Columbiana County, the event is co-sponsored by the Morning Journal, as the only county newspaper which distributes USAWeekend magazine.
On that fourth Saturday in October, millions of Americans join together to perform volunteer services to make our world a better place to live.
Columbiana County projects we've learned of so far include several efforts organized by the First United Methodist Church in Lisbon designed to help underprivileged area families for Make A Difference Day.
First, the church plans to give away coats, sweatshirts, sweaters, hats and gloves. Church members anticipate giving away 300 to 350 items of clothing and they also will be serving hot dogs, beverages and snacks to those who come in to select a coat.
The church will also have a produce giveaway at its pavilion in the parking lot. This giveaway will be held in conjunction with the Second Harvest Food Bank. The first two projects will require the work of at least 60 volunteers.
Also on Saturday, the Girl Scout troop sponsored by the church will clean and help organize the church library, while the church's Boy Scout troop will work alongside the church trustees to remove old shrubbery and beautify the landscaping of the church.
Members of this church's congregation don't just mark the annual day of volunteering once a year, members have a Make A Difference Day food pantry which is open two days a week and serves 1,100 needy people per month.
If you're looking for something to do for Make a Difference Day, it sounds like the Lisbon First United Methodist Church could use a hand with all of these projects. Or, if you'd rather do your own charitable project, but you're not sure what to do, check out the Make A Difference Day pages on Facebook or Twitter to see what others are doing.
Or visit daytabank.handsonnetwork.org/ for a list of planned projects from around the nation.
Remember, no effort is too small and there is no such thing as being too old or too young to make a difference.
And, if you do organize your own project, be sure to register in online with Make A Difference Day. Your project could give your favorite charity a shot at getting a $10,000 donation from Newman's Own and national headlines in USA WEEKEND for your efforts.
And also be sure to contact this newspaper to let us know of your local project by calling our newsroom clerk at 330-424-9541, ext. 297 or enter your project on our Virtual Newsroom on our Web site www.morningjournalnews.com. You can also email the project to our newsroom at firstname.lastname@example.org